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A Bunch of People Criticize the President

Letter by Business and Economics Professors Criticizing Bush’s economic policies.

Novelists are supporting Kerry too (surprise surprise). Joyce Carole Oates writes:

Like virtually everyone I know, I’m voting for Kerry. And probably for exactly the same reasons. To enumerate these reasons, to repeat yet another time the fundamental litany of liberal principles that need to be reclaimed and revitalized, seems to be redundant and unnecessary. Our culture has become politicized to a degree that verges upon hysteria. And since I live in New Jersey, a state in which an “honest politician” is someone who hasn’t yet been arrested, I have come to have modest, that’s to say realistic expectations about public life.

William Saletan writes at how Bush’s speeches reveal a complete inability to grasp an argument’s complexity.

Bush pretends he’s just blowing off the French. But his comments show a pattern of blowing off external feedback in general. He shrugs off information that debunks his claims about WMD, arguing that it’s more important for a president to understand the overall nature of the world. He defines credibility as agreement with himself. He reinterprets evidence of policy mistakes in postwar Iraq as evidence of success. In Thursday’s debate, he dismissed unwelcome reports from that country as too offensive to heed. And according to Sunday’s New York Times, he and his aides exaggerated Iraq’s nuclear capability, ignoring warnings from “the government’s foremost nuclear experts.”

Bush claims he has done all this to protect you. But that claim is precisely what’s challenged by the evidence he conceals or disregards. What he’s protecting you from is the ability to measure his assertions against the world that you and I can see. That’s the global test he’s mocking. And he expects you to applaud him for it, because he thinks you resent the French so much you’d rather have a president accountable to no one.

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