Sacrifice Is For Suckers

September 10th, 2007 by Andy in Bush League

Paul Krugman nails it once again, this time calling out the faux patriots and chickenhawks who have hidden behind the flag for too long…

This time around, Mr. Bush celebrated Mission Accomplished by cutting tax rates on dividends and capital gains, while handing out huge no-bid contracts to politically connected corporations. And in the four years since, as the insurgency Mr. Bush initially taunted with the cry of “Bring them on” has claimed the lives of thousands of Americans and left thousands more grievously wounded, the children of the elite — especially the Republican elite — have been conspicuously absent from the battlefield.

The Bushies, it seems, like starting fights, but they don’t believe in paying any of the cost of those fights or bearing any of the risks. Above all, they don’t believe that they or their friends should face any personal or professional penalties for trivial sins like distorting intelligence to get America into an unnecessary war, or totally botching that war’s execution.

For some reason I keep hearing that John Fogerty CCR classic “Fortunate Son” running through my head.

Read Krugman’s complete piece Here

He adds to his argument with this essay on the immoral philosophy that marks the meaning and purpose of the ideological agenda of the Bush administration and its adherents, particularly in regards to their conception of who should be helped and aided in our society, by our society.

“[President Bush] wants the public to believe that government is always the problem, never the solution. But it’s hard to convince people that government is always bad when they see it doing good things. So his philosophy says that the government must be prevented from solving problems, even if it can. In fact, the more good a proposed government program would do, the more fiercely it must be opposed.”

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