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Tony and Tacky
April 29, 2005

Good taste or bad is revealed in everything we are, do, have. Emily Post


DMV Unlicensed to Drive
A tacky to the Bush administration for supporting legislation that would deny drivers licenses to the 10 million illegal aliens in the United States. This won't prevent them from driving, says Riley, nor will it prevent others from entering the country. Millions more uninsured, unlicensed on the road is unwise and not the best method to garner support for President Bush's future reform efforts, he adds. "The Bush administration is trying to throw a bone of sorts to the anti-immigrant members of their own party who have been pining for this sort of punitive measure for years," says Riley. "Bush is hoping that in return he'll get more support on his broader immigration form, like a guest worker program. I understand the strategy, but I don't think that this is the way to go about it."

We're the Dough-nuts! Homeland Security warnings
After September 11th, the government decided that additional protection measures were needed in the most vulnerable U.S. cities. Indeed, the funds were raised says Daniel Henninger, but as soon as Congress saw the money, they put it right into the pork barrel. "The money is now distributed out to all 50 states on some sort of arcane formula," says Henninger. "In other words, black top is no different than radiation bombs in Congress' view. The other night in his press conference, the president said there was some fear that after September 11th, people would lack seriousness as time went on. You don't have to worry about the American people -- it's the Congress of the United States that has lost seriousness about September 11th."

Dennis Kozlowski Self-portrait with Curtain
Dennis Kozlowski, the former chief executive of Tyco who is accused of looting the company, testified this week he just "forgot" to report $25 million on his tax return. Ooops! No sale, says Bret Stephens, to Kozlowski's portrayal of himself as an ordinary guy baffled by complex taxes. Unlikely this attempt to transform his criminal misbehavior into pathetic behavior will generate a sense of pathos and sway the jury, says Stephens. "Most of us, alas, do not have $25 million bonuses," he says. "Most of us actually do our taxes and do them honestly. Most of us don't have things like $6,000 shower curtains. So I don't think the strategy is going to work for him, and I think it's tacky that he did it."