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  •  WE were warned in OCT 2002 (4.00)
    In DiIulio's words, "there is no precedent in any modern White House for what is going on in this one: complete lack of a policy apparatus. Besides the tax cut, which was cut and dried during the campaign, and the education bill, which was really a Ted Kennedy bill, the administration has not done much, either in absolute terms or in comparison to previous administrations at this stage, on domestic policy. What you've got is everything, and I mean everything, being run by the political arm. It's the reign of the Mayberry Machiavellis. [They] consistently talked and acted as if the height of political sophistication consisted in reducing every issue to its simplest black-and-white terms for public consumption, then steering legislative initiatives or policy proposals as far right as possible." The former White House director confides, "I heard many, many staff discussions but not three meaningful, substantive policy discussions. There were no actual policy white papers on domestic issues. There were, truth be told, only a couple of people in the West Wing who worried at all about policy substance and analysis ... Every modern presidency moves on the fly, but on social policy and related issues, the lack of even basic policy knowledge, and the only casual interest in knowing more, was somewhat breathtaking: discussions by fairly senior people who meant Medicaid but were talking Medicare; near-instant shifts from discussing any actual policy pros and cons to discussing political communications, media strategy, et cetera ." DiIulio goes on to tell us that "the remarkably slapdash character of the Office of Homeland Security, with the nine months of arguing that no department was needed, with the sudden, politically timed reversal in June ..."
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    Mysteriously, John DiIulio apologized for this candid insider's report. We may never know what pressures were exerted upon him by the Chief Mayberry Machievelli, Karl Rove.

    This above all: to thine own self be true,... Thou canst not then be false to any man.-WS

    by Agathena on Tue Sep 06, 2005 at 10:36:17 PM PDT

    •  Was it you (none)
      who posted a reporter's interview with DiIulio yesterday or earlier today? I read that article and was horrified with how they actually operate "behind the curtain" at the White House. It was an eye-opener, and I appreciated your link, if it was indeed yours.

      I am beginning to wonder if Republicans aren't getting a little uncomfortable about this whole thing. Starting to loosen up the collar around their necks, experiencing that little flip-flop feeling in the stomach when you've seen or heard something  that triggers disgust or pain,  having fleeting moments during their "work" days when they gaze across their mahogany-lined offices and picture the faces of those victims. If you have a shred of decency, just a tiny SHRED of decency as a human being--not as a Republican or a Democrat, but as a human being--you can't walk away from this without thinking that SOMETHING is wrong with this picture. They can't all be sociopaths.

      •  Not me. Was it a recent interview? (none)
        I often wondered what happened to DiIulio.

        We will be hearing from those insiders who are not sociopaths, those who do have some decency.

        The only way out for the main players is for them to admit wrong doing and beg foregivness but they are incapable of that kind of decency.

        Bush from day ONE set out to destroy FEMA, to distance himself from any disaster so he would never be blamed for anything. It's in Salon.com.

        There's no policy here, it's image. Bush did not want to be tainted by getting involved in disasters.

        [...] The Bush administration's distance from local disaster-relief officials is by design. From the moment Bush stepped into office, he's been determined to move away from the coordinated state/local/federal disaster-relief approach used by Clinton. Instead, as Joe Allbaugh, Bush's first FEMA director, told a congressional panel in 2001, Bush wanted to pull the federal government out of the disaster-relief business and aimed to "restore the predominant role of state and local response to most disasters." The federal government became even less involved in natural disaster relief after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when FEMA's mission was shifted toward responding to terrorist attacks. In 2002, Congress created the Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA -- which Clinton had elevated to a Cabinet-level agency -- was made one department in the massive bureaucracy. As a result, although George W. Bush has a nickname for FEMA director Brown ("Brownie"), Brown enjoys far less clout under Bush than Witt enjoyed under Clinton, which Haddow says is an "incalculable loss of influence" for FEMA. [...]

        This above all: to thine own self be true,... Thou canst not then be false to any man.-WS

        by Agathena on Tue Sep 06, 2005 at 11:38:03 PM PDT

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      •  "They can't all be sociopaths" (none)
        Care to wager on that? So far, I've seen nothing to convince me otherwise.

        They're all worried that if Bush goes down, he'll take them with him.

        Same thing with the MSM. If they start showing the truth, the whole truth that is, then Joe Redstate might start asking himself, "Well, if that's what's been going on here... then what the hell's been going on for the last five years?" And the MSM will be exposed for the mewling sycophants they have been.

        Call me a cynic if you must, but I really don't think any Republican has a shred of decency left. They've hitched their cars to the GDub train and are going at full speed into the darkness of the tunnel of Fascism.

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