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Wit and Wisdom for a One Party State

A handbook for government by wishful thinking

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Soliloquy, n. A conversation with one's inner self.

2007 GW BUSH via SMH 31 Jul. "Look, people who kill innocent men, women and children to achieve political objectives are evil. That's what I think. I don't think there's any need to negotiate with them."

Friday, July 27, 2007

Legacy, n. What remains of reputation after the removal of spending authority.

2007 NYT 14 Jan. "President Johnson was increasingly concerned about his legacy. He wanted it to be the Great Society, but more and more he feared it would be overwhelmed by failure in Vietnam."
2006 D BRINKLEY in WAPO 3 Dec. "So Bush's legacy hinges on Iraq, which is an unmitigated disaster."
2007 WAPO 2 Jul. "The White House was in the midst of tough negotiations with [House Ways and Means Committee chair Charles B.] Rangel over trade pacts. But Bush did not try to cut a deal with Rangel, chatting instead about baseball."