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The Bush Way - A Pattern of Conquest and Neglect

Glücklicherweise gibt es auch durchaus Amerikaner zB meine Familie und offensichtlich auch Herrn Krugman, die der Meinung sind, daß der derzeitige neoconservative Kurs der USA nicht im Interesse einer besseren Zukunft ist. Dafür führt er Afghanistan, die Wirtschaft, Steuersenkungen und Arbeitslosenzahlen und ähnliches auf.

Ich denke, daß teilweise die Überreaktion und Identifikation der einzubürgernden Ehefrauen der (ehemaligen) US-Soldaten durch Kompensation verursacht wird. So nach dem Motto: Man möchte sein, was man nicht ist.

Möglicherweise liegt es aber auch einfach daran, daß die USA als Ausweg aus der deutschen Misere angesehen wird, in die sie sich hereingeboren fühlen. Fast so wie transsexuelle Männer, die sich in Frauenkörpern wiederfinden und dann einen auf Überfrau machen, mit Gesten und Wimperklimpern, Lippenlecken etc was die als Frau geborene Frau nicht tut.

Also, nun der Krugman Artikel in der IHT:

NEW YORK Credit where credit is due: The hawks were right to say that a whiff of precision-guided grapeshot would lead to the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. But even skeptics about this war expected a military victory. Instead, we worried - and continue to worry - about what would follow. As one skeptic, Michael Kinsley of Slate, wrote Thursday: "I do hope to be proven wrong. But it hasn't happened yet."
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Why worry? I won't pretend to have any insights into what is going on in the minds of the Iraqi people. But there is a pattern to the Bush administration's way of doing business that does not bode well for the future - a pattern of conquest followed by malign neglect.
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One has to admit that the Bush people are very good at conquest, military and political. They focus all their attention on an issue; they pull out all the stops; they don't worry about breaking the rules. This technique brought them victory in the Florida recount battle, the passage of the 2001 tax cut, the fall of Kabul in Afghanistan, victory in the midterm elections and the capture of parts of Baghdad.
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But after the triumph, when it comes time to take care of what they've won, their attention wanders, and things go to pot.
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The most obvious example is Afghanistan, the land the Bush administration forgot. Most of the country is back under the control of fundamentalist warlords; unpaid soldiers and police officers are deserting in droves. (Remember that the Bush administration forgot to include any Afghan aid in its latest budget.)
.
President Hamid Karzai's brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, told an Associated Press reporter: "It is like I am seeing the same movie twice, and no one is trying to fix the problem. What was promised to Afghans with the collapse of the Taliban was a new life of hope and change. But what was delivered? Nothing. Everyone is back in business."
.
The same pattern can be seen on the U.S. economic front. President George W. Bush won a great triumph in 2001 when he pushed through a huge tax cut - saying that his plan was just the medicine to cure the economy's ills. What has happened since?
.
The answer is that things have gradually fallen apart. There was one quarter of good growth, early in 2002 - and there were cries of triumph over the policy's success. After that, however, things went steadily wrong. Growth was too slow to create jobs: At the end of 2002, after a year of "recovery," fewer people were working than at the end of 2001.
.
And in the last two months the situation has deteriorated rapidly. In February and March the U.S. economy lost 465,000 jobs, bringing the total job loss since the recession officially began in March 2001 to more than 2 million.
.
At this point the employment decline has been bigger, and has gone on longer, than the slump that took place during the first Bush administration. And there's no sign of an upturn: New claims for unemployment insurance are still running well above the level that would signal an improving labor market.
.
Some hope that the U.S. economy will turn around of its own accord - that consumers and businesses, relieved that the war has gone well, will begin spending freely. But hope is not a plan. What is the plan?
.
The answer seems to be that there is no plan for the economy. Instead, the White House is fixated on achieving another political triumph - the elimination of taxes on dividends - that has little or no relevance to America's current economic troubles.
.
I could demonstrate this irrelevance by going through an economic analysis, but here's a telling political clue: USA Today reports that the administration, faced with concerns in Congress about budget deficits, has indicated that it is willing to consider a phase-in of its dividend plan.
.
That is, it's willing to forgo immediate tax cuts - the one piece of its proposal that might actually help the economy now - in order to be able to pass its long-run proposal intact, and hence claim total victory.
.
The scary thing is that this slash-and-burn approach to governing may continue to work for Bush's people, because the initial triumphs get all the headlines. Unfortunately, the rest of the world has to live in the wreckage they leave behind.
.
E-mail: krugman@nytimes.com The Bush way

NEW YORK Credit where credit is due: The hawks were right to say that a whiff of precision-guided grapeshot would lead to the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. But even skeptics about this war expected a military victory. Instead, we worried - and continue to worry - about what would follow. As one skeptic, Michael Kinsley of Slate, wrote Thursday: "I do hope to be proven wrong. But it hasn't happened yet."
.
Why worry? I won't pretend to have any insights into what is going on in the minds of the Iraqi people. But there is a pattern to the Bush administration's way of doing business that does not bode well for the future - a pattern of conquest followed by malign neglect.
.
One has to admit that the Bush people are very good at conquest, military and political. They focus all their attention on an issue; they pull out all the stops; they don't worry about breaking the rules. This technique brought them victory in the Florida recount battle, the passage of the 2001 tax cut, the fall of Kabul in Afghanistan, victory in the midterm elections and the capture of parts of Baghdad.
.
But after the triumph, when it comes time to take care of what they've won, their attention wanders, and things go to pot.
.
The most obvious example is Afghanistan, the land the Bush administration forgot. Most of the country is back under the control of fundamentalist warlords; unpaid soldiers and police officers are deserting in droves. (Remember that the Bush administration forgot to include any Afghan aid in its latest budget.)
.
President Hamid Karzai's brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, told an Associated Press reporter: "It is like I am seeing the same movie twice, and no one is trying to fix the problem. What was promised to Afghans with the collapse of the Taliban was a new life of hope and change. But what was delivered? Nothing. Everyone is back in business."
.
The same pattern can be seen on the U.S. economic front. President George W. Bush won a great triumph in 2001 when he pushed through a huge tax cut - saying that his plan was just the medicine to cure the economy's ills. What has happened since?
.
The answer is that things have gradually fallen apart. There was one quarter of good growth, early in 2002 - and there were cries of triumph over the policy's success. After that, however, things went steadily wrong. Growth was too slow to create jobs: At the end of 2002, after a year of "recovery," fewer people were working than at the end of 2001.
.
And in the last two months the situation has deteriorated rapidly. In February and March the U.S. economy lost 465,000 jobs, bringing the total job loss since the recession officially began in March 2001 to more than 2 million.
.
At this point the employment decline has been bigger, and has gone on longer, than the slump that took place during the first Bush administration. And there's no sign of an upturn: New claims for unemployment insurance are still running well above the level that would signal an improving labor market.
.
Some hope that the U.S. economy will turn around of its own accord - that consumers and businesses, relieved that the war has gone well, will begin spending freely. But hope is not a plan. What is the plan?
.
The answer seems to be that there is no plan for the economy. Instead, the White House is fixated on achieving another political triumph - the elimination of taxes on dividends - that has little or no relevance to America's current economic troubles.
.
I could demonstrate this irrelevance by going through an economic analysis, but here's a telling political clue: USA Today reports that the administration, faced with concerns in Congress about budget deficits, has indicated that it is willing to consider a phase-in of its dividend plan.
.
That is, it's willing to forgo immediate tax cuts - the one piece of its proposal that might actually help the economy now - in order to be able to pass its long-run proposal intact, and hence claim total victory.
.
The scary thing is that this slash-and-burn approach to governing may continue to work for Bush's people, because the initial triumphs get all the headlines. Unfortunately, the rest of the world has to live in the wreckage they leave behind.
.
E-mail: krugman@nytimes.com The Bush way

NEW YORK Credit where credit is due: The hawks were right to say that a whiff of precision-guided grapeshot would lead to the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. But even skeptics about this war expected a military victory. Instead, we worried - and continue to worry - about what would follow. As one skeptic, Michael Kinsley of Slate, wrote Thursday: "I do hope to be proven wrong. But it hasn't happened yet."
.
Why worry? I won't pretend to have any insights into what is going on in the minds of the Iraqi people. But there is a pattern to the Bush administration's way of doing business that does not bode well for the future - a pattern of conquest followed by malign neglect.
.
One has to admit that the Bush people are very good at conquest, military and political. They focus all their attention on an issue; they pull out all the stops; they don't worry about breaking the rules. This technique brought them victory in the Florida recount battle, the passage of the 2001 tax cut, the fall of Kabul in Afghanistan, victory in the midterm elections and the capture of parts of Baghdad.
.
But after the triumph, when it comes time to take care of what they've won, their attention wanders, and things go to pot.
.
The most obvious example is Afghanistan, the land the Bush administration forgot. Most of the country is back under the control of fundamentalist warlords; unpaid soldiers and police officers are deserting in droves. (Remember that the Bush administration forgot to include any Afghan aid in its latest budget.)
.
President Hamid Karzai's brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, told an Associated Press reporter: "It is like I am seeing the same movie twice, and no one is trying to fix the problem. What was promised to Afghans with the collapse of the Taliban was a new life of hope and change. But what was delivered? Nothing. Everyone is back in business."
.
The same pattern can be seen on the U.S. economic front. President George W. Bush won a great triumph in 2001 when he pushed through a huge tax cut - saying that his plan was just the medicine to cure the economy's ills. What has happened since?
.
The answer is that things have gradually fallen apart. There was one quarter of good growth, early in 2002 - and there were cries of triumph over the policy's success. After that, however, things went steadily wrong. Growth was too slow to create jobs: At the end of 2002, after a year of "recovery," fewer people were working than at the end of 2001.
.
And in the last two months the situation has deteriorated rapidly. In February and March the U.S. economy lost 465,000 jobs, bringing the total job loss since the recession officially began in March 2001 to more than 2 million.
.
At this point the employment decline has been bigger, and has gone on longer, than the slump that took place during the first Bush administration. And there's no sign of an upturn: New claims for unemployment insurance are still running well above the level that would signal an improving labor market.
.
Some hope that the U.S. economy will turn around of its own accord - that consumers and businesses, relieved that the war has gone well, will begin spending freely. But hope is not a plan. What is the plan?
.
The answer seems to be that there is no plan for the economy. Instead, the White House is fixated on achieving another political triumph - the elimination of taxes on dividends - that has little or no relevance to America's current economic troubles.
.
I could demonstrate this irrelevance by going through an economic analysis, but here's a telling political clue: USA Today reports that the administration, faced with concerns in Congress about budget deficits, has indicated that it is willing to consider a phase-in of its dividend plan.
.
That is, it's willing to forgo immediate tax cuts - the one piece of its proposal that might actually help the economy now - in order to be able to pass its long-run proposal intact, and hence claim total victory.
.
The scary thing is that this slash-and-burn approach to governing may continue to work for Bush's people, because the initial triumphs get all the headlines. Unfortunately, the rest of the world has to live in the wreckage they leave behind.
.
E-mail: krugman@nytimes.com

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