‘Faith is the badness of government leads to—bad government”~

rove_4_02c0d‘Faith is the badness of government leads to—bad government”~

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BLOG POST FROM THOMAS FRANK’S

take-no-prisoners book THE WRECKING CREW a previously reviewed send up of the deliberate and sometimes methodical Reagan/Bush/ Republican Conservative dismantling of government, government programs to aid the less fortunate, to protect the environment, the consumer, safety regulations—the list is long, he makes the following memorable comment:

             The chief consequence of the conservative’s unrelenting faith in the badness of government is…. bad government. [let’s repeat: The chief consequence of the conservative’s unrelenting faith in the badness of government is…. bad government.     And Frank goes on to say:] ..The one follows the other not as a casual happenstance, but as a rule…

 

Frank goes on to discuss the Bush (II) administrations propensity for hiring anti- or much limited government tops, not always of the greatest talent for key posts. Then he notes:

 

It is a classic self-fulfilling prophecy and today (2007) we behold its fulfillment all          around us, in the prodigies money-burning bungling enacted by an anti-government president working with an anti-government Congress. (Frank, p. 141)

 

       He points to the the second Bush administrations deliberate staffing of agencies like FEMA (Brown, Katrina) and other with apparatchiks more interested in administration priorities than the mission of their organizations. But this was just the culmination of a long history of “defunding the left,” privatization, extracting regulatory agency teeth, etc.

 

 

Today (2014) we no longer have an anti government President, but, perhaps not unrelated, an even More anti-government Congress, especially in the House.

Today (2014) we no longer have an anti government President, but, perhaps not unrelated, an even More anti-government Congress, especially in the House.

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