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I opined, sir, that faith works in tandem with groveling.
The "famous people" part had the desired effect, reducing me instantly to a mood of craven compliance, and the pay had me practically groveling. We commentators would be paid not in money--which is, when you think about it, so 1999--but in the more up-to-date form of stock options.
The authors call this "the biggest and best such package since the deficit went out of control in the mid 1970s" But Bush virtually disowned it, groveling to GOP conservatives who never forgave him.