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The Dr. Strangelove competition

Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 17:39:30 EDT
From: B.T.
Subject: The Dr. Strangelove competition

It's hard to say who's going to come out as the leading Dr. Strangelove of the Bush administration. The talk so far has been about Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, but watch out for Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill. He looks like a comer. He recently called for the abolishment of ALL corporate income tax, and then followed up with this beauty: "If you set aside Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, the safety record of nuclear power is really very good." (Wall Street Journal corporation, May 25)

Hmmm, besides his statement being highly debatable, it reminds me of that old joke: Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how'd you enjoy the show? Perhaps we can also say that if you set aside the Holocaust and World War II, the record of the Nazis was not too bad.


From: John Judge
Date: Wed, 30 May 2001 23:35:32 -0400
Subject: Re: The Dr. Strangelove competition

Don't worry, they are working on it. Just like making an evil of "partisanship" while chiding Jeffers for betraying party loyalty. All they mean by "partisanship" is not going along with the Republican agenda, and when you fold to it, you are "bi-partisan" (I guess because you can swing both ways?). I don't want political parties, but if you are in one, what's the point if you are not partisan?

The Republicans hate checks and balances when they work against them; they want a Republican White House, House, Senate and Court, that's their idea of Democracy. I'm afraid Jeffers switch will not stop them winning most votes, since many Democrats eschew "partisanship" and vote with them anyway, but it might change what the committees look at or do.

It's still One Big Party, the GOP (Gas, Oil, Plutonium). As for a Strangelove candidate, how about an Assistant Secretary of State, anti-Castro Cuban Contragator named Otto Riech?

John Judge

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