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2005

George W. Bush is building a big government of the right

In plain sight

With the public distracted, George W. Bush is building a big government -- of the right

BY ALLAN LICHTMAN
Allan Lichtman is a professor of history at American University and author of "The Keys to the White House."
August 7, 2005

Like a master pickpocket, George W. Bush distracts the American people with one hand while reaching into their pockets with the other. The distraction comes through the flash and bombast of explosive social issues like public displays of religion, end-of-life decisions and creationism, on which Bush has delivered little beyond rhetoric. The pilfering comes through initiatives that take from working- and middle-class Americans and give to Bush's corporate backers, to whom he has delivered the goods big time.

This summer, with the public preoccupied over whether Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, Congress passed an energy bill with $14.5 billion in tax breaks, most of which will flow to companies like Exxon, which last year made about $25 billion in after-tax profits, enough to float a small country. [...] Read the rest at Newsday Editorials page: //tinyurl.com/dbl4y


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