[Article] Krugman: Ending the Fraudulence- Outstanding piece

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Submitted by PAAMember on October 31, 2005 - 10:00pm.

On Mon, 31 Oct 2005, Bill Crosier wrote:

> Dick Cheney will be forced to resign; even Karl Rove may keep his post.
> One way or another, the Bush administration will stagger on for three
> more years. But its essential fraudulence stands exposed, and it's hard
> to see how that exposure can be undone.

Sadly, there are those for whom Bush can do no wrong. Hopefully, they'll
be shown to be a very small minority.

> The record of policy failure is truly remarkable. It sometimes seems as
> if President Bush and Mr. Cheney are Midases in reverse: everything they
> touch - from Iraq reconstruction to hurricane relief, from prescription
> drug coverage to the pursuit of Osama - turns to crud. Even the few
> apparent successes turn out to contain failures at their core: for
> example, real G.D.P. may be up, but real wages are down.

Except... I don't think that was ever their purpose. They're true purpose
(which I believe they have succeeded in beyond their wildest dreams) was
to enrich themselves and their cronies.

I think this was a money making venture from day one. And boy did they
make money... for themselves.

> tombstone reads, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."

I want a bumper sticker that says that.

> It's a sad commentary on the timidity of most Democrats that even now,
> with Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former chief of staff, telling
> us how policy was "hijacked" by the Cheney-Rumsfeld "cabal," it's hard
> to get leading figures to admit that they were misled into supporting
> the Iraq war. Kudos to John Kerry for finally saying just that last
> week.

What's really tragic is that many of us knew that from the start. It's why
I didn't support Kerry in the primaries. I tried to explain it to some of
his delegates at my precinct convention, but they didn't want to hear it.

> So the long nightmare won't really be over until journalists ask
> themselves: what did we know, when did we know it, and why didn't we
> tell the public?

This *is* the real failure, to my mind. I knew what BushCo was about
from the outset. I'm incredibly angry that the press, our supposed
watchdogs, licked the hands of the robbers in the living room rather than
baying to the skies when they broke in.