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January 12, 2004

The O'Neill "Revelations": What is New?

Okay, what's new is that a former Cabinet member is saying that Bush is a liar and completely directed by political imperatives, as this Time magazine article details:

So, what does O'Neill reveal? According to the book, ideology and electoral politics so dominated the domestic-policy process during his tenure that it was often impossible to have a rational exchange of ideas. The incurious President was so opaque on some important issues that top Cabinet officials were left guessing his mind even after face-to-face meetings.
But for those who read the Esquire story featuring ex-Bush aide, John DiIulio, this all sounds familiar. From that July 2002 story:
"There is no precedent in any modern White House for what is going on in this one: a complete lack of a policy apparatus," DiIulio tells Esquire. "What you've got is everything—and I mean everything—being run by the political arm. It's the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis."

A current senior White House official: "Many of us feel it's our duty—our obligation as Americans—to get the word out that, certainly in domestic policy, there has been almost no meaningful consideration of any real issues. It's just kids on Big Wheels, who talk politics and know nothing. It's depressing. DPC [Domestic Policy Council] meetings are a farce."

Everything, from bombing Iraq to passing the Medicare bill, is driven by politics and reelection. This is why even many conservatives have begun to despise this administration, since they are so completely devoid of principle.

They'll yack about fiscal responsibility while running $500 billion deficits, bemoan the costs of entitlements while dishing out Medicare money to the pharmaceutical industry, and posture on ethics while cutting sweetheart contract deals for Halliburton.

These are evil, unprincipled people folks. And worse for the American people, they just don't give a crap whether you have a job or not.

Posted by Nathan at January 12, 2004 04:22 PM