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Friday, August 19, 2005

krugman's fantasy

Near the end of today's column discussing the alleged shenanigans of the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections, Paul Krugman writes:
Our current political leaders would suffer greatly if either house of Congress changed hands in 2006, or if the presidency changed hands in 2008. The lids would come off all the simmering scandals, from the selling of the Iraq war to profiteering by politically connected companies.
I used to have this fantasy, too. Back in 2000, I had this idea that maybe some of the real scandals under the Clinton administration, like Waco, would be investigated and we would find out what really happened. Of course, nothing happened at all. Since then, I've come to believe that the Republicans and Democrats share one very important trait: that the most important thing in the world is to maintain the authority of the State and that no investigation of the previous administration is worth the risk that the people might lose faith in the State in general because of a scandal. Think about how leftists must have felt in late 1992. No doubt they had the same fantasy I would have eight years later. Oh, how they must have spent many a night dreaming of the Clinton administration exposing the depredations of the Reagan and Bush I.

Didn't happen, did it?

That's one of the main reasons that, as much as I loathe the current administration, I don't imagine for a second that President Hillary (ha ha) will do a damn thing to look into the messes and real scandals of Bush II.

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