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January 25, 2003

Budget Savings Through Ignorance

First, Bush started with the Veterans Administration, seeking savings through not telling veterans about the benefits they qualify for.

Now, the idea has gone prime-time with Medicare contractors being told to cease education and outreach to tell the elderly of their rights under the Medicare program. Reaction was scathing:

Representative Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, said he had received complaints from constituents.

"The cuts are eroding not only the quality of customer service," Mr. Brown said, "but also confidence in the traditional Medicare program."

But undermining that confidence is the point. With Bush plans to seek the end of traditional Medicare in favor of HMO-style plans where richer folks would get better care, making the old system as confusing and obscure as possible is a terrific Rove-like strategy.

Posted by Nathan at January 25, 2003 12:05 PM

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I'm on a crusade to stop people on the left using terms like "terrific" for Rove's nasty ideas. Is it really that brilliant? I don't think so, I think pretty average people could come up with it. But you have to have no conscience - that's where the surprise comes from. Hitler was surprising. Stalin was surprising. My personal belief is that Rove is an evil little bastard who is luckily incompetent enough that despite the overwhelming gift of 9-11, he will have just time enough to ruin the US economy and alienate all our allies before 2004. So no, not "terrific". Watch his incompetence make Bush's popularity unravel. It's happening as we speak.

Posted by: John Isbell at January 25, 2003 12:40 PM

Don't forget about security. Secureroot.org

Posted by: Simon at July 6, 2004 09:07 AM

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