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So let me get this straight.
Dean wrote that this guy was a decent guy and father in 1997. When he wrote it, he didn't know differently. In 2000, the guy is formally investigated for spousal abuse--occurring 3 years previously--- and Dean fires him.
In 2004, ABC decides that this proves:
a: that Dean approves of spousal abuse and helps out his staff with their legal problems that arise from such trivial behavior....
b: that Dean is a politically correct jerk who fires people for political purposes just based on allegations.
A brilliant piece
. Somehow they managed to hose him coming AND going; and of course it's so timely, with the story breaking either 4 or 7 years after the fact, depending on how you're counting.
This guy is good:
"If I were Howard Dean, I would say taxes are what you pay to be an American, to live in this country with democracy, with opportunity, and especially with the enormous infrastructure paid for by previous taxpayers -- infrastructure like schools and roads and the Internet, the stock market, the Securities and Exchange Commission, our court system, our scientific establishment, which is largely supported by federal money. Vast amounts of important, marvelous infrastructure: all of these things were paid for by taxpayers. They paid their dues. They paid their fair share to be Americans and maintain that infrastructure. And if you don't pay your fair share, then you're turning your back on your country. "
for the rest.
Robert Heinlein, who I enjoyed immensely when I was much younger and liked my issues black and white, wrote a story about the tremendous power of the unconscious impact of different words and how that can be used in a political context. I believe it was titled "If This Goes On..."
If Professor Lakoff's explanation is too pedantic, I recommend Heinlein.
The cover-up has begun
Oneill's comments regarding w's management style were negative enough, but the real criminal accusation came from the revelation that Iraq has been on the administration's agenda since inauguration day
. Headline material, right?
Evidently, no. The local papers and half of the major news web sites have nothing on this story. The ones that do, tend to characterize Oneill as some kind of a crackpot disgruntled former employee
. Of course, this is different from what the administration was saying
back when Oneill was treasury secretary. Sad to see our Democracy go down this way.