Friday, July 6, 2007

Apparently Paul Krugman Has Written A Powerful Op-Ed

RawStory is reporting that the New York Times has published a powerful Op-Ed by Paul Krugman. Here are some excerpts purloined by RawStory.

You see, the Iraq war, although Bush insists that it is part of a Global War on Terror(TRADEMARK), a fight to the death between good and evil, is not like America's other great wars -- wars in which the wealthy shared the financial burden through higher taxes and many members of the elite fought for their country.

This time around, Bush celebrated Mission Accomplished by cutting tax rates on dividends and capital gains, while handing out huge no-bid contracts to politically connected corporations. And in the four years since, as the insurgency he initially taunted with the cry of "Bring them on" has claimed the lives of thousands of Americans and left thousands more grievously wounded, the children of the elite -- especially the Republican elite -- have been conspicuously absent from the battlefield.

The Bushies, it seems, like starting fights, but they do not believe in paying any of the cost of those fights or bearing any of the risks. Above all, they do not believe that they or their friends should face any personal or professional penalties for trivial sins like distorting intelligence to get America into an unnecessary war, or totally botching that war's execution.
I would love to read the entire Op-Ed. Damn the New York Times firewall. So many wonderful voices locked in a gilded cage, unable to share their songs with the rest of us.