Mayberry Machiavellis

Gregory Alan Bolcer gbolcer at
Mon Sep 1 15:02:20 PDT 2003

Owen Byrne wrote:

> I believe thats called a strawman argument. You should be on the air at
> Fox news.

I do believe that my response wasn't sent to FoRK.   It's
typically good netiquette not to post someone's private
emails.  I was hoping to get you to clarify your
email first before I attempted to respond with something
insightful, yet humorous.  

In addition, my neocon test ranked me
as a realist and not a neocon.  I'm more
than happy to play your straight man for
your shadow boxing, but my point was
that I found the previously cited quote


> >I paid and earned my own way through school, but
> >what's the relationship?
> >
> >Greg
> >
> >
> >
> You paid for your elementary school? From the article:
> "Originally, the twin centerpieces of Bush's compassionate conservatism
> were his education plan, "No Child Left Behind," and his "faith-based
> initiative" to direct federal funds toward private charities, including
> religious institutions:"
> is the word "education" too difficult to understand?
> or well - since you're holding up publicly funded welfare as inferior to
> "faith-based" I would like to hear your rationale as to why.
> As I understand it the usual argument is that the money creates
> dependency. So what does the following create:
> > The result is that the President's "faith-based initiative" has been
> > transformed into a patronage operation. During the 2002
> > midterm-election campaign, Administration officials suddenly showed up
> > at inner-city churches, seeking to entice African-American ministers
> > with federal funding. A half-million-dollar grant was quickly slated
> > for Pat Robertson's quasi-charitable Operation Blessing International
> > Relief and Development Corporation, which the Christian Coalition
> > founder has in the past used to advance his diamond-mining ventures in
> > the Congo region.
> In this part of the world we have a lot of welfare/unemployment
> problems. And they are exacerbated greatly by cynical politicians who
> use poverty as a
> way to buy votes. That is sure what that sounds like.
> But you haven't really addressed the central point of the article -
> which is the Bush regime's credibility problem - where's the compassion?
> Thats what the republicans ran on and they're rolling it out again to
> get the votes of women and minorities.
> Owen

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