Commonplace Book #77

Chafing at the stinginess  of his co-Republicans when it came to public expenses, [George W. Bush speechwriter Michael] Gerson struggled to resist the antigovernment, antispending, “leave us alone” coalition in the administration and the Congress.  But his hopes for a massive AIDS relief campaign in Africa, for massive new foreign aid grants tied to improvements in health and education, and (perhaps most quixotically) for establishment of a tax-subsidized savings account for each American child born in poverty were blocked or radically whittled down.  For all the talk of a new nationalism and a new citizenship, markets and politics had by now become more radically intertwined.  Governance operated more and more through acts of contract: marketizing, outsourcing, and incentivizing the supply of public goods.

Daniel T. Rodgers, Age of Fracture,  265.

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