A Monument to Failure
Wisco | January 18, 2007 at 02:43 pmby
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Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.
-- Michael Corleone, Godfather III
What's it going to take to get rid of this guy? Bush's plans for his presidential library are phaoroh-like -- a $500 million monument to the worst president ever. It'll be the most expensive presidential library in history. No word on whether Bush is being fitted for a golden sarcophagus yet, but there are rumors that he's asking the slaves to make bricks without straw.
In late-November, the New York Daily News reported that "Bush sources with direct knowledge of library plans" said that "Bush fund-raisers hope to get half of the half billion from what they call 'megadonations' of $10 million to $20 million a pop." According to the Daily News, "Bush loyalists have already identified wealthy heiresses, Arab nations and captains of industry as potential 'mega' donors and are pressing for a formal site announcement - now expected early in the new year...The rest of the cash will come from donors willing to pony up $25,000 to $5 million."
And not only will we have a monument to Bush's vision, but we'll have the actual vision. A bona fide neocon think tank.
The really big extra embedded into this project appears to be what Bush insiders are calling the Institute for Democracy. Modeled after the Hoover Institution, a long-time conservative think tank located on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, Bush's institute would hire conservative scholars and "give them money to write papers and books favorable to the President's policies," one Bush insider told the Daily News. This would effectively be the post-administration version of a policy they established during his reign - paying columnists to advocate for administration policy.
Will Armstrong Williams be the head librarian/High Priest?
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