<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Bush hires commentator to defend his hiring of commentators

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Bush hires commentator to defend his hiring of commentators

Well, not really, but it wouldn't surprise us if he did. Yesterday House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and nine colleagues released a report showing that the Bush administration spent more than $88 million last year on contracts with public relations firms.

EIGHTY-EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS!

Why would Bush feel the need to spend that kind of money—our money—to promote his agenda? Could it be...that he knows his agenda is bogus? That it needs all the promoting he can buy—with our money?

Bush, of course, accepts no responsibility for the travesty. He said yesterday that Armstrong Williams and the Education Department had made a mistake, and that federal agencies should stop awarding contracts to outside commentators. "All our Cabinet secretaries must realize that we will not be paying, you know, commentators to advance our agenda," Bush said. "Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet."

Well, yeah, it ought to. But it never will, as long as Bush refuses to stand on his own two feet.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39872-2005Jan26.html

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