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January 6, 2003

“Here’s how it works,” writes Paul Krugman.
Faced with a real problem—terrorism, the economy, nukes in North Korea—the Bush administration’s response has nothing to do with solving that problem. Instead it exploits the issue to advance its political agenda.
Twelve paragraphs follow, analyzing the administration’s “stimulus” plan. They’re good paragraphs. But those twelve paragraphs could have been devoted to any administration policy. The first paragraph could still have been the same. And also the last line:
Will these guys ever decide that their job includes solving problems, not just using them?
No wonder they hate him. [11:27 PM]
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Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2003, 12:13 AM:

Most amusing thing about this shameless . . . shamelessness:

How much the Bush Administration's behavior in fact resembles the behavior of the Clinton administration as seen through the filter of Talk Radio: A giant, scary leviathan trying to crush our rights and enrich itself.

I really miss having a president who could breath and eat pretzels at the same time.

Graydon ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2003, 06:52 PM:

Looks to me like they see their job as persuing their domestic agenda, but whatever means presents itself.

Richard Ney ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2003, 10:42 PM:

What administration hasn't exploited issues to advance its political agenda. Krugman's blinded by his anger toward Bush.