Thursday, November 12, 2009

RiceHadley LLC Joins Bush Think Tank: "TwiceBadly PUK"

Pull out the giant scissors for the Red ribbon cutting. Condoleezza Rice and Stephen Hadley opened a consulting firm, while their former boss will announce the formation of a public policy institute in a speech at SMU. SMU will house the George W. Bush Presidential Library and think tank, which will serve as a:

forum for study and advocacy in four main areas: education, global health, human freedom and economic growth. Advisers said he hoped his institute would be more focused on producing results than many research organizations are.

Bush failed miserably on two of the four, healthcare and the economy, during his dual terms. The number of uninsured rose by 10 million, while the country entered the deepest recession since the Great Depression.

“He wanted to do something very different from other former presidents, and that is to create a research institute that’s independent, nonpartisan and scholarly and that will have an impact on the real world.”

Independent, nonpartisan and scholarly? In other words, nothing like the Bush Presidency. We felt Bush's impact on the real world. As poverty grew domestically, the rich got richer.

The Carlyle Group funds managed

2001 $12.5 billion
2008 $91.5 billion

I suggest the Bush think tank be called "TwiceBadly, PUK." Bush used the federal government as his Personal Unlocking Key (PUK) for his party and friends. I expect that to continue.

Which Bush underling will you hire? Michael Chertoff, Frances Townsend (Baker Botts), or RiceHadley? Might you go for the big guy himself at "TwiceBadly PUK"? They're all open for business.

Come to think of it, the W. policy institute could be called "The Best Corpora-whorehouse in Texas."

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