What’s really striking about Mr. Bush’s remarks, however, is the tone. The stuff about providing “incentives” to buy insurance, the sneering description of good coverage as “gold plated,” is right-wing think-tank jargon. In the past Mr. Bush’s speechwriters might have found less offensive language; now, they’re not even trying to hide his fundamental indifference to the plight of less-fortunate Americans.
Maybe Bush’s speechwriters have noticed a fundamental difference in Bush’s attitude towards his subjects now that they are uppity, or maybe they just realize it isn’t worth the effort anymore to try to hide Bush’s indifference—or his malice. It was similar in his ‘I’m sending your children to Iraq where they will be blown apart by IEDs like I used to do with frogs by sticking firecrackers up their cloacas, and I’m going to make them break into small groups under Iraqi command going door to door weeding out suiciders until the Baghdadians feel safe and grateful’ speech.