In what is likely an act of contrition for eight years of debt-financed warfare and giveaways to the wealthy, George W. Bush has emerged from hiding to endorse Mitt Romney, thereby doing what little he can to help Barack Obama win the hearts of undecided voters. And that's not all! This summer, there's a new YA sure-to-be classic coming to a bookstore near you…
Gingerly, the 43rd president is beginning to add his voice back into the national dialogue. A month ago, he spoke publicly in favor of one of his defining domestic legacies, the tax cuts that still divide the country. Two months from now, he plans to publish a book outlining strategies for economic growth. And on Tuesday, he made a rare return to Washington to promote freedom overseas.
True, Bush presided over the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression, but there's good reason to believe this work will be the most important economic study since John Maynard Keynes' General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. For one thing, they say laughter is the best medicine, so after years of struggling with payment incentives, digitized medical records and death panels, perhaps we'll finally bend the "cost curve" of our nation's healthcare system.
Plus, every mention of "Bush" and "book," sans the word "coloring," represents a full employment program for comedians.
The only unfortunate implication of this news is that in today's difficult publishing environment, other equally worthy titles will be left off the shelves. One can only hope that the future will bring us Making the Cut: The 30-Day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Slimmest, Sexiest You by Rush Limbaugh, How to Treat a Woman: The Professional Man's Guide to Achieving Meaningful Relationships with Women by Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Ethics for Dummies by Bernie Madoff.
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