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Friday, May 16, 2003
 
The Fabulist
Bush's absurd obsession with small business.
By Michael Kinsley

President Bush, of course, is not a junior reporter for the New York Times. So maybe it doesn't matter if he makes up stories and puts them in the newspaper. After Ronald Reagan, it's almost a presidential tradition.

Bush was in New Mexico on Monday with a new answer to critics who complain that his tax cut proposal favors the rich. In two words: small business. "Most new jobs in America are created by small businesses." Therefore tax cuts "must focus on the entrepreneur." And thence to more familiar bromides: It's not "the government's money," it's "your money"; "our greatest strength" is "our individual citizens"; criticism is "just typical Washington, D.C., political rhetoric, is what it is."
 
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