In Defense of Good Intentions

"For many years we tried many different programs. All of them -- let's understand this -- had noble intentions."

-- President Bush in Los Angeles, May 9

THESE DAYS ONE OF THE WORST THINGS YOU CAN BE ACcused of is good intentions. George Bush imputes good intentions to the antipoverty efforts of the 1960s and '70s as a preface to saying they've backfired. Bush's Republican rival, Patrick Buchanan, then trumps him by pre-emptively tarring any new antipoverty efforts with the same brush. "In the wake of Los Angeles," Buchanan declares, "everyone has a 'solution' to the 'problem.' And these solutions come...

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