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January 8, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

CRISIS MANAGEMENT....This would have made an excellent blog post, but instead it's an excellent article by Jim VandeHei in the Washington Post today:

Warning of the need for urgent action on his Social Security plan, Bush says the "crisis is now" for a system even the most pessimistic observers say will take in more in taxes than it pays out in benefits well into the next decade.

He calls the proliferation of medical liability lawsuits a "crisis in America" that can be fixed only by limiting a patient's right to sue for large damages. And Bush has repeatedly accused Senate Democrats of creating a "vacancy crisis" on the federal bench by refusing to confirm a small percentage of his judicial nominees.

...."This White House had made an art of creating crisis where a crisis does not exist," said Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).

You said it, Harry. Bush has this schtick down pat.

(And you really have to love the last one. Sure, I'm not surprised that Bush is mad at Democrats for filibustering some of his judicial nominees, but a "vacancy crisis" over ten judges? Please.)

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