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November 22, 2005

Over at Counterpunch, Marshall Auerback is taking on one of the major fallacies of the Bush Administation again.

Neither Compassionate, Nor Conservative

Mr Bush has now overseen the fastest increase in domestic spending of any president in recent history. Furthermore, he has never resolved the inherent contradiction between his so-called "compassionate" spending policy and his small-government tax policy (which was ostensibly designed to "kill the beast" of Big Government once and for all, according to the President's conservative apologists). And his casual dismissal of the remnants of civilian authority in the Gulf basin - "It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces -- the institution of our government most capable of massive logistical operations on a moment's notice" - evokes something more along the lines of Mussolini-style fascism than any coherent, mainstream conservative, philosophy.

One thing I agree with. What we're seeing is anything but coherent and completely from the lunatic fringes of politics. I don't think I'd call it a "philosophy" though. That implies that there was rational, logical thought put into it. These guys have nothing but wishful thinking and a determined blindness to reality.

(Plus? I thought it was worth reposting Bush's claim that what this country needs is the military being more active in domestic affairs. This is something to worry about, people.)

Posted by AnneZook at 09:50 AM