This week, George W. Bush gave a speech urging a new campaign of patronage for religious organizations, to “reach beyond the norm”. I cannot argue that Bush’s efforts to funnel taxpayer money to religious interest groups is a reach beyond the norm. Unfortunately, it’s become all too normal to engage in unconstitutional efforts to buy influence.
George W. Bush proudly announced that, last year alone, he gave 2.1 billion dollars in taxpayer money as political patronage to religious organizations. Where did Bush get all that money? It’s being paid for with cuts to Medicaid, food stamps, student loans, and science programs.
Bush and his followers think that’s something to be proud of.