the silver spoon factor
Eric Hallstrom of The Chilicheeze Weblog pulls an interesting quote from an article I cited in passing in an earlier post:
What kills the President is that every time Harken comes up, Democrats get to retell the story of how he made his money. And this, basically, is the story of the spectacular unfairness with which moneymaking opportunities are lavished on the politically connected. It is the story of a man who has been rewarded for repeated failures by having money shot at him through a fire hose. It is the story of a man who talks with a straight face about having "earned" a fortune of tens of millions of dollars, without having ever done an honest day's work in his life.
I, for one, enjoy constantly iterating Bush's "silver spoon saga." It reminds me that no matter what he may or may not say, Bush is not like us. He is a member of something slightly worse then the pure political elite (e.g., Al Gore). Bush is the result of a confluence of crony capitalism and crony politics. Will the U.S. learn that this is not the best way (although it seems to be the default way) to select qualified leaders?
As I've said in the comments, whenever a politician touts his business experience or says government should be run like a business, I hold on to my wallet with both hands.