Hard right

The brief lull between Katrina and Rita was an instructive time for observers of American politics. Because the Bush administration had done such a bad job of preparing for the storm’s impact, it found itself scrambling to look humane in its response—it didn’t blanch at figures like $200 billion. But it refused to even entertain the idea of revoking any of the massive tax cuts it’s delivered to the wealthiest Americans.


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