December 1st, 2008
In an interview reported in the New York Times last week, George Bush said “I came to Washington with a set of values, and I’m leaving with the same set of values.” Did anyone ever write his own political obituary more accurately? At the root of all Bush’s policy failures was his inflexibility and unwillingness to adopt his ideology to changing circumstances.
Stephen Harper, now on the verge of defeat in the House of Commons, often gives the appearance of pragmatism. His government’s economic statement last week, however, shows that, like George Bush, he is the captive of an inflexible ideology. In Harper’s case, there are two id