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
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
- Nicholas Lemann, "The Controller," The New Yorker, May 12, 2003
Bush's Plans for More Privatization Prompt Rally in Opposition
Washington Post, 21 May 2003
- President Signs Tax Cut Bill: New York
Times, 28 May 2003
- Bush Putting Trial Lawyers on Defensive:
AP Wire, 13 May 2003
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."
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.)
- Million Dollar Man
- Rove's first direct mail client
governor of Texas
- The administration's stealth attack on U.S.
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- Rove had USPS on "this could be trouble" list
| Behind appointment of pro-business Al Casey to BOG?
mailed bogus Democrat campaign letters as a prank
million shortchange by Congress a Republican strategy to 'wither
and starve' the 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."
Fight a Postage Increase to Line Union Pockets