Monday, March 19, 2007

The Reagan Legacy

Paul Krugman, in an editorial in today's New York Times, says that Republican shenanigans at the Justice Department are nothing new. The money quote:

Why is there such a strong family resemblance between the Reagan years and recent events? Mr. Reagan’s administration, like Mr. Bush’s, was run by movement conservatives — people who built their careers by serving the alliance of wealthy individuals, corporate interests and the religious right that took shape in the 1960s and 1970s. And both cronyism and abuse of power are part of the movement conservative package.

In part this is because people whose ideology says that government is always the problem, never the solution, see no point in governing well. So they use political power to reward their friends, rather than find people who will actually do their jobs.


Another sentence that got my attention:

The politicization of Justice got so bad that in 1988 six senior officials, all Republicans, including the deputy attorney general and the chief of the criminal division, resigned in protest.


So where are the resignations now?

3 comments:

Brad said...

You have to be willing to admit you have a problem before you can start on the road to recovery. This administration is in such denial and/or blind delusion, that they don't know how to do the right thing.

Teri said...

Just a reminder:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_travel_office_controversy

Teri said...

OOPS!
link