Wednesday, August 18, 2004


Catching up with old reading: I came across Jonathan Chait's "Power from the People" in TNR and it is hands down one of the best written anti-Bush articles I've read all year. If you read this piece and remain unconvinced as to why we need regime change, then there's nothing more that can be done for you. I began to pluck out key sentences to copy here but realized I was basically plucking most of the article.

I'll at least list one, regarding the now infamous Medicare bill passage:

To ensure that it received proper credit for the new law, the Bush administration employed similarly unconventional means, hiring a pharmaceutical lobbyist to help sell it to distrustful voters. The advertising campaign included $9.5 million in TV advertising--which, astoundingly enough, was financed not by Bush's campaign, but by taxpayer dollars. Promotion of the law also involved the production of "video news releases," in which a "reporter"--actually, a p.r. agent--touted the virtues of the new Medicare law. The General Accounting Office (GAO) later concluded that the videos amounted to an illegal use of government money to produce propaganda, but not before 40 TV stations had already aired them.

Circulate this article to all of your Republican friends, ASAP.

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