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When ‘Inconsequential’ Means ‘Better’ – Jeff Jacoby

08/23/2011

To many liberals, Rick Perry’s audacious pledge to make Washington, DC, as “inconsequential in your life as I can” is tantamount to a pledge to bring back the Dark Ages.

Commenting on Twitter as the Texas governor announced his presidential candidacy last weekend, longtime Washington journalist Howard Kurtz wondered: “Perry wants to make DC ‘inconsequential in your life.’ Does that include Medicare, Soc Sec, vets’ programs, air safety, FDA?” Former Bobby Kennedy aide Jeff Greenfield, calling Perry’s words “nothing short of astonishing,” ran through a litany of Washington’s contributions to American life — from railroads, interstate highways, and the Hoover dam to land-grant colleges, civil rights, and subsidized mortgages — and marveled at the depth of the right’s “disdain for all things Washington.” …

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