Direct From Manchuria ….

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Last Friday, Lew commented on Bush’s “economic address”:

Bush had said, “I’m a strong believer in free enterprise, so my natural instinct is to oppose government intervention. I believe companies that make bad decisions should be allowed to go out of business.”

And Lew replied, “And this is why he nationalized airport security, created huge new bureaucracies, spent more than any president in American history, centralized control of education, put up more protectionist barriers than Clinton and his father combined, bailed out airlines, presided over the Sarbanes-Oxley reign of terror, unleashed anti-trust regulators, intensified health-care controls, and pretty much used every headline as an excuse to demand more money and power?”

Lew, the real answer has been provided today by a shrewd observer from Down Under (as Sarah Palin would put it, “isn’t that close to North Korea?”):

“George: the Manchurian Candidate”


“For that was the apotheosis of the Bush presidency. The ruin of American financial institutions. The destruction of capitalism. Karl Marx argued that capitalism would be destroyed by its internal contradictions and Bush obliged with cascading crises, encouraging insatiable greed that, in turn, produced a revolution. Yet not a single shot was fired.”

8:40 am on October 1, 2008