August 29, 2002
A friend who is a bigshot at the Department of Transportation tells me that he thinks Norm Mineta is the fallguy in a conspiracy by the Bush Administration to make big government look bad — that the Administration’s agreement to federalize air security last fall was basically a rope-a-dope strategy. That’s a theory that I’ve propounded here before, mostly in jest, but he seemed to be serious. Go figure.
It would certainly explain a lot.
UPDATE: Reader John Tuttle has some other candidates for “conspiracy programs” to make big government look bad:
The Farm Bill
Campaign Finance Reform
The Steel Tariffs
FBI Dir Mueller
Hey, come to think of it. . . .