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...As with his foreign policy, no level of factual refutation seems to make a dent in Bush's economic policies. His programs not only shift the burden of Americans' economic security to an increasingly deregulated private economy, they do so at a time when the deregulated private economy is singularly unable to provide economic security. Given how the market has performed over the past two years, you might think that that would slow the course of the administration's economic agenda. But, as with foreign policy, that would understate the role of blind faith within George W. Bush's White House.
There's lots more; read the whole thing. More than any single source I've seen, this article points out in one neat and utterly irrefutable package the radicalism of Bush's agenda. I've said repeatedly that Bush's 2000 electoral success--such as it was--owed a great deal to his being a superficially likable unknown quantity. The Democrats must get the American public to realize that Bush isn't a conservative, he's a radical whose policies are inherently harmful to more than 80% of the population, no matter how he candy-coats them. Hopefully, moderate Republicans -- such principled conservatives as still exist -- will also realize it's in their interest to rid themselves of Bush and his neocon cabal before they sink along with his imperial ship.
Democrats would do well to adopt the piece's concluding sentence as their 2004 election motto: "[O]btaining Bush's defeat is an urgent matter of national security -- and national honor."
(via To The Barricades)