Streetwise Professor

April 16, 2012

The Six Degrees (or Less) of George W. Bush

Filed under: Politics — The Professor @ 8:54 am

General Services Administration Jeff Neely is taking the Fifth in response to a subpoena from the House Oversight and Government Reform issued in an investigation of a luxurious conference for GSA employees held in Las Vegas. In response, the administration is falling back on Old Reliable: Blame Bush.

The Obama administration is responding to the recent report that shows a federal agency spent more that $800,000 on a lavish conference near Las Vegas by putting some of the blame on the Bush administration.

This reflex reminds me of the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, in which players try to connect any given Hollywood figure to Kevin Bacon via other figures within 6 steps or fewer.  This administration immediately responds to any failure, misstep or scandal by BOB-blaming it on Bush.  They do it on the economy routinely.  They have done it with Solyndra.  The are now doing it with the GSA fiasco.

They are actually quite adept at doing this, usually accomplishing the feat in one or two steps.  Of course, that’s not that much of an accomplishment, given that logic or even plausibility are not require under their rules.

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