President George W. Bush is full of holiday cheer. He offered Christmas gifts in the form of pardons to 7 Americans convicted of mostly minor federal offenses. I wonder who else was on the list but didn’t make the cut.
Continuing on with my nepotism theme, here is a great website for keeping up with nepotism in American politics.
Along the same lines, below is the abstract for Op-Ed Column written by Paul Krugman for New York Times which profiles the rise in nepotism.
November 22, 2002, Friday
The Sons Also Rise
By PAUL KRUGMAN (NYT) 773 words
Late Edition – Final , Section A , Page 27 , Column 1
ABSTRACT – Paul Krugman Op-Ed column finds that inherited status is making comeback in nation that has always valued upward mobility; points to Pres Bush and his brother Jeb, Elizabeth Cheney, with specially created State Department job, Eugene Scalia, top lawyer at Labor Department, and Janet Rehnquist, inspector general at Health and Human Services; adds that inheritability of status will be mightily reinforced by repeal of estate tax, example of odd way in which public policy benefits the wealthy even as society becomes more class-ridden (S)
To read the full article, go here: The Unofficial Paul Krugman Archives. Click on columns link.
President George W. Bush sure has a way with words. Thus, couldn’t help but share this latest Bushism:
“There’s only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others hug but having committed the troops, I’ve got an additional responsibility to hug and that’s me and I know what it’s like.”—Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2002.
For more Bushisms, go to: Slate. These are just classic!
Btw, if you want to get your hands on a talking Dubya, check out TalkingPresidents.com. It may be too late to get one from Christmas, but any serious collector of Presidential memorabilia should have one in their collection.
I’m sure this is no surprise to many, but it looks like America is going to war sometime next year. According to Secretary Colin Powell, Iraq is in “material breach” of a U.N. disarmament resolution. And “the world will not wait forever.” God help us!! Since Bush II wants to finish what Bush I didn’t, I have this awful feeling that things are going to be a lot worse than Desert Storm. Saddam is not going to go quietly. Even if he is captured and or killed, this won’t be a 100 day war. As with Afghanistan, American/British/UN troops are going to be in Baghdad for a long time. This pains me greatly as my nephew recently joined the military. Thankfully, he had to good enough sense to join the United Staes Airforce and not the Marines.
And wondering, after we’re done with Iraq, is Iran & North Korea next?