New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman â€” no left-wing nut â€” let it rip today. He said that the Bush administration was well-suited to respond to Sept. 11 and to conduct a war on terror, but not to deal with Katrina. “These are people so much better at inflicting pain than feeling it, so much better at taking things apart than putting them together, so much better at defending â€˜intelligent designâ€™ as a theology than practicing it as a policy,” he wrote.
And hereâ€™s what he said about their budget priorities and about Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist, who visited Kansas earlier this summer: “An administration whose tax policy has been dominated by the toweringly selfish Grover Norquist â€” who has been quoted as saying: â€˜I donâ€™t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtubâ€™ â€” doesnâ€™t have the instincts for this moment. Mr. Norquist is the only person about whom I would say this: I hope he owns property around the New Orleans levee that was never properly finished because of a lack of tax dollars. I hope his basement got flooded. And I hope that he was busy drowning government in his bathtub when the levee broke and that he had to wait for a U.S. Army helicopter to get out of town.”
Now say what you really think.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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