Democratic leaders criticized President Bush after his New Orleans speech last week for trying to use the disaster to promote “ideological experimentation.” And I was a little surprised myself that he chose that speech to outline plans for school vouchers, “worker recovery accounts,” and opportunity zones. But David Brooks opined in his New York Times column on Sunday that the reconstruction could be Bushâ€™s version of FDRâ€™s New Deal, and an opportunity to forge “a positive use of government that is neither big government liberalism nor antigovernment libertarianism.” That will be a battle, Brooks noted, but said that if Bush can “devote himself to executing his policies, the Gulf Coast will be his T.V.A., the program that serves as a model for what can be done nationwide.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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