If Doan did steer business to a friend, that would be wrong. But it's worth wondering if there isn't a witch hunt going on here. After all, this is a woman who has angered important bureaucrats by slashing their budgets. Her agency manages $56 billion in contracts, and she's being grilled about a $20,000 award? The hearing (scheduled for March 20) should be interesting.
It's not just domestic policy where politicians seem at odds with voters.
Recently Congress has been considering options that would undermine the president's ability to win the war in Iraq. But as a recent poll by Public Opinion Strategies (a Republican outfit) indicated, voters still want to win there. Half said that "our troops should stay there and do whatever it takes to restore order until the Iraqis can govern and provide security to their country." A mere 17 percent said the United States "should immediately withdraw its troops from Iraq."
That all sounds like an excellent agenda: Slash wasteful spending. Reduce federal involvement in the economy. Win the war in Iraq.
The people have spoken. Will our leaders listen?
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