Karl Rove - The Man With The Plan
Tax Cuts, Federal Privatization, The Assault on Labor Unions, Early Retirement, and Postal Reform - How They All Come Together
28 May 2003
Rove is a former direct mailer!Some people believe that Karl Rove, George Bush's chief political advisor, is quietly pulling the strings in the Bush administration. Nicholas Lemann is one of those people, and he has written an in-depth analysis of Rove for The New Yorker magazine. The analysis could help explain part of the motives and impetus behind a Presidential Postal Commission that is tilted heavily towards Corporate America, direct mailers, and Republican initiatives. See:
- Nicholas Lemann, "The Controller," The New Yorker, May 12, 2003
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- Bush Putting Trial Lawyers on Defensive: AP Wire, 13 May 2003
Rove is asked by Lemann to lay out the basic American political correlation of forces -- who's a Republican and who's a Democrat. Lemann discusses Rove's feedback:

"There is, however, still a brutally simple division between the parties, concerning government. Bigger government strengthens the Democratic Party. It generates federal employees who will mostly vote Democratic and government programs whose beneficiaries will have reason to feel grateful and protective toward a large central government. (There are nearly fifty thousand fewer federal postal workers today than in 1999.) Conversely, smaller government helps the Republicans. The more taxes are cut, the more programs are privatized, the fewer strictures there are on economic activity, the more people feel that their security and well-being depend on markets and not government or unions, the more the fundamental rationale of the Democratic Party erodes."

In Lemann's last interview with Rove, he tried out on Rove a scenario called "the death of the Democratic Party."

"The Party has three key funding sources: trial lawyers, Jews, and labor unions. One could systematically disable all three, by passing tort-reform legislation that would cut off the trial lawyer's incomes, by tilting pro-Israel in Middle East policy and thus changing the loyalties of big Jewish contributors, and by trying to shrink the part of the labor force which belongs to the newer, and more Democratic, public-employee unions. The Bush Administration has pursued every item on that list."

Is Former Direct Mailer Karl Rove Behind Postal Reform?
Karl Rove, Bush's chief political advisor, is a former direct mailer. His former direct mail consulting company, Karl Rove & Co., helped many Republicans get elected to public office, and his direct mail expertise has been credited for raising substantial amounts of money for Bush campaigns. Amid 9/11, Afghanistan, and Iraq, some have wondered why Bush took such an interest in postal reform. Rove could be the reason. Moreover, if Rove is the reason, did he (Rove) - a former direct mailer - have influence in the selection of postal commission members? (Rove knows commission member Carolyn Gallagher from his Texas politics days.) Links:
- Million Dollar Man
- Rove's first direct mail client was elected governor of Texas
- The administration's stealth attack on U.S. unions
- Is Karl Rove the brain behind the presidency?
- Rove had USPS on "this could be trouble" list | Behind appointment of pro-business Al Casey to BOG?
- Rove mailed bogus Democrat campaign letters as a prank
Grover Norquist of the Americans for Tax ReformIs $800 million shortchange by Congress a Republican strategy to 'wither and starve' the USPS?
"USPS shortchanged by $800 million" reads the FederalTimes.com headline. Last year, PostalMag.com reported that former direct mailer and "Bush brain" Karl Rove, who has many powerful friends in the magazine and direct mail industry, was the probable impetus behind the Presidential Postal Commission. Rove's motivations, we believe, were to shrink the size of the USPS to insure continued favorable rates for direct mailers while simultaneously reducing the ranks of union postal workers. An article at MotherJones.com titled The Soul of the New Machine tends to support these contentions. The article, about Rove counterpart Grover Norquist of the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), tells of Republican dreams of a "withered, tax-starved federal government."
- ATR: Fight a Postage Increase to Line Union Pockets