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A positive profusion of points and plans

Washington Post White House correspondent Dana Milbank has gone to the trouble of unearthing all of the Bush administration’s various multi-point plans for one thing or another. He reports:

The president has issued not only a pair of 10-point plans but four six-point plans, two five-point plans and a three-point plan, not to mention plans with 16, 22, 23 and 30 points apiece.

That’s a total of 13 plans with a stunning 148 points. And the best part part is, producing all these plans costs taxpayers nothing more than a few hours of some bureaucrats’ time.

Harry noted a few months ago the almost Soviet tone of a Bush speech on postwar reconstruction of Iraq. It was a little unfair, but funny nevertheless. Equally unfairly, I can’t help comparing Bush’s multipoint plans to the USSR’s periodic five-year plans. That Bush’s plans, if implemented, are likely to be immensely less brutal than Stalin’s is one of the many saving graces of democracy.

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