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Commentary on the present and future of culture, politics, economics, and social values................... "At any given instant/All solids dissolve, no wheels revolve,/And facts have no endurance." W.H. Auden.

Friday, December 10, 2004

MR. SNOW AND SELF-RESPECT

President Bush has announced that he wants Secretary of the Treasury John Snow to stay on for the second term. But for ten days Snow was left hanging out on a limb of humiliation as members of the White House publicly dissed him, as it was made clear the President was trying to find someone better for the job, and as the job was actually offered to a Wall Street guy, who refused it.

A bad move by Bush to show his displeasure with Snow and then go ahead to reappoint him. Admitting weakness in Treasury just when Bush wants to undertake major new economic initiatives is simply bad politics.

But for Mr. Snow there is something worse. If he had any intregrity, he would turn the job down. No one should accept that humiliating treatment from anyone!


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