Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Former Aide Blasts Bush's Faith-Based Plan

Shocker:

"WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration is defending the president's faith-based agenda against criticism from a former White House staffer who alleges the president gained politically from his vow to let religious-affiliated organizations use federal money to help the needy, but lacks a commitment to the initiative.

David Kuo, former deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, says that as soon as the president announced his faith-based agenda, 'hackneyed church-state scare rhetoric made the rounds,' yet congressional Republicans matched Democratic hostility with 'snoring indifference.'

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Kuo, in an article posted on the religious web site, beliefnet.com, argues that Capitol Hill gridlock could have been eased with minimal West Wing effort, but that over time, it became clear that the White House didn't need to expend Bush's political capital for 'pro-poor' legislation.


'Who was going to hold them accountable? Drug addicts, alcoholics, poor moms, struggling urban social service organizations, and pastors aren't quite the NRA,' Kuo said of the powerful National Rifle Association lobby."

Sorry, Mr. Kuo, no one is going to hold them accountable. The disenfranchised groups you mentioned haven't taken the time to set up the PACs they'd need to gain access to so much as a twenty-two year old congressional aide, and this certainly won't be chased down by the sheeple in Corporate Media, who can't be bothered to move beyond those tidy WH press releases.

Thanks for your time, Mr. Kuo. Enjoy your fifteen minutes, and then have a seat over there with the others who have exposed the administration for what it is. I think the chair next to Ms. Whitman is open.

2 Comments:

Blogger bluememe said...

I was just a'fixin' to post on this one myself.

The angle on this story over @ dKos is that there is a large block of compassionate conservatives out there who have been hoodwinked by Bush's bait-and-switch. Sorry, but I don't buy it. Their "compassion" has not been for the poor or disadvantaged for a very long time. I am afraid most of them are still thumbing through their Bibles looking for the part where Jesus says, "I've got mine, Jack." Lip service to helping the poor is exactly what most of them want, and the number of folks like Mr. Kuo who lie awake nights about the gap between words and deeds is pitifully small.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous abigail said...

This is just about a bunch of Christian Right loonies fighting between themselves. Doesn't really concern us.

6:26 AM  

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