Wednesday, February 05, 2003

I'm a little behind on the times, but now that things have slowed at work a little (I hope it doesn't stay that way) I've had a chance to catch up on some reading.

BMA's biggest beef has always been the propagation of bullshit, something this administration relies on heavily. This entry that I came across in the New Republic says it, and ties in nicely with a post/running dialog with contributer to BMA Public Citizen from a couple of weeks back.It's about compassionate conservatism being a marketing ploy and nothing more. The United States of Advertising is right.

Taken from the New Republic's &c. a Daily Journal of Politics.

Last week we marveled at Karl Rove's ability to keep his conservative base in line while the president delivered a rather moderate-sounding State of the Union address. Our hunch was that Rove had used his pre-speech meeting with top conservative operatives to assure them that the president's policies were as conservative as ever even though his words might sound a little mushy.
From the looks of the budget the White House released yesterday, Rove et al have been scrupulously true to their word: $1.5 trillion in new tax cuts over ten years; less spending (ostensibly by cracking down on waste and fraud) on programs--like the earned income tax credit, school lunches, and Medicaid--that benefit the poor; large cuts in Medicare and Medicaid spending overall.

Give Rove credit: The formula of talking compassion while slashing key government programs and cutting taxes for the wealthy really does work. Most of the country ends up believing Bush is a moderate, while conservatives read the fine print and take heart that he's not. What's amazing is that the White House is now basically owning up to this strategy.

A pre-State of the Union Address entry on &c. is referenced here as well.


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