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In communist China in the mid 80s (of which I have some direct knowledge) and before, every government office and branch office had a special Party Secretary looking over the ostensible leader of that government body. So, a school principle would have a Party Secretary lurking at all times making sure no one left the reservation or thought of doing so - same with hotels, factories, and regulatory agencies. For every "director" or "manager" or the like there was an assigned Party Secretary.

This tastes just like that. A very Leninist approach to governing and party power.

Posted by mirror | January 29, 2007 9:26 PM

I think it's cute when our little retarded president does something like this. He's trying to act like the normal kids, but he fails. His whole life has been about failing, but he doesn't know it. You have to laugh, or you'd cry all day.

Posted by At least they don't make him wear a helmet.... | January 29, 2007 10:33 PM

"We burn the fat off our souls" Hemingway said that.

Posted by sputnik | January 29, 2007 10:42 PM

I suspect this will be another policy that will, and very quickly I suspect, come to bite Bush in the ass. After all, this means that the White House is now directly responsible for how this regulations are enforced. It seems like this actually removes all accountability from any of these agencies and gives it to the White House.

So when the White House loosens regulations on nuclear waste disposal, poisoning the water supply of Las Vegas- he gets to take all the blame.

I think this will eventually cement his legacy as the worst president in the history of the US.

Posted by GDC | January 29, 2007 10:52 PM

I feel like the little girl in "Pan's Labyrinth".

Posted by otla | January 29, 2007 11:05 PM

I'm having flashbacks to Atlas Shrugged. Who is John Galt??

Posted by BostonBear | January 30, 2007 5:10 AM

Please, No Ayn Rand references. It's too early for romance novels ;-)

Posted by Dominque Francon | January 30, 2007 7:54 AM

I really, really hope there's a special place in hell for George Bush, et. al.

Posted by Dianna | January 30, 2007 9:25 AM

As long as it results in less regulation and more direct accountable by the Executive for what regulation there is, it sounds great to me.

“The natural effort of every individual to better his own condition, when suffered to exert itself with freedom and security, is so powerful a principal, that it is alone and without any assistance, not only capable of carrying on the society to wealth and prosperity, but of surmounting a hundred impertinent obstructions with which the folly of human laws too often incumbers its operations; though the effect of these obstructions is always more or less either to encroach upon its freedom, or to diminish its security.”
-Adam Smith; The Wealth of Nations

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | January 30, 2007 11:00 AM


Uh, perhaps you've noticed that everything Bush does has the opposite effect of what he intended?

The man does in fact have the reverse Midas touch -everything he touches turns to #$%&!

Posted by Original Andrew | January 30, 2007 12:15 PM

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