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The Bush betrayal
Bovard, James.
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First edition.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2004]

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330 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction -- 9/11 canonization and coverup -- A war on dissent? -- Hollow steel: Bush vs. free trade -- Ed fraud 101 -- AmeriCorps and moral reformation -- Bush's farm fiasco -- Spending as caring -- The political profits of pointless punishment -- Government by stealth : the new Iron Curtain -- Airport antics : the TSA attitude police -- John Ashcroft, king of "Ordered Liberty" -- Antiterrorism abuses and frauds -- Protecting democracy from freedom -- Afghan absurdities -- Iraq : the iron fist of freedom -- Conclusion -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
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A leading Libertarian voice warns that George W. Bush has transformed America -- for the worse

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Writing from a libertarian perspective, Bovard (Terrorism and Tyranny, etc.) offers a fierce critique of the presidency of George W. Bush , focusing on restrictions on liberty and expansion of government. After 9/11, he writes, "[t]he simple solution was to increase the power of good-i.e., government-to vanquish evil." By the fourth chapter, Bovard has moved on to Bush's gyrations on free trade, notably steel tariffs. By the fifth, he's on to No Child Left Behind, arguing that home schooling surpasses government schooling. Bovard takes swipes at AmeriCorps (a wasteful way for Bush to invoke virtue, he says), subsidies for sugar (an industry that gives huge political contributions), the Medicare bill (far more expensive than advertised), the prison industry and the drug war. He asserts that Attorney General John Ashcroft has "effectively encouraged agencies to deny FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] requests" and points out abuses of 9/11 detainees in New York. Americans, Bovard concludes, should cease looking to a president as a savior and instead view him as a hired hand-though he doesn't exactly sketch out the boundaries of such limited government. The book, based on secondary sources, does not break much new ground. It is notable as a comprehensive attack on the administration from a less-often-heard place on the political spectrum. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
1 Introductionp. 1
2 9/11: Canonization and Coverupp. 9
3 A War on Dissent?p. 33
4 Hollow Steel: Bush vs. Free Tradep. 47
5 Ed Fraud 101p. 59
6 AmeriCorps and Moral Reformationp. 81
7 Bush's Farm Fiascop. 95
8 Spending as Caringp. 109
9 The Political Profits of Pointless Punishmentp. 129
10 Government by Stealth: The New Iron Curtainp. 149
11 Airport Antics: The TSA Attitude Policep. 165
12 John Ashcroft, King of "Ordered Liberty"p. 185
13 Antiterrorism Abuses and Fraudsp. 199
14 Protecting Democracy from Freedomp. 215
15 Afghan Absurditiesp. 231
16 Iraq: The Iron Fist of Freedomp. 245
17 Conclusionp. 273
Acknowledgmentsp. 279
Notesp. 281