Institute for Liberty and Community from John McClaughry
Dr. George Ross Fisher
829 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Maybe a year ago you sent me a letter asking about some color stories from within the EOB, and suggested that we meet somewhere to surround a few beers in connection with your next book. I am embarrassed, George, that I didnâ€™t reply. The reason was that I really had no idea of what kind of EOB stories you might have had in mind, and at the time I had no idea when I might next venture out to what some people laughingly call the civilized world. So I did the logical thing. I set your letter aside.
On the first point, you might want to look at Dave Stockmanâ€™s hype up new book, which doubtless contains numerous EOB stories. Another source of internal expose is Paul Craig Roberts, THE SUPPLY SIDE REVOLUTION: ACCOUNT OF POLICY MAKING IN WASHINGTON (Harvard, 1984), which is Craigâ€™s account of economic policy battles within the Regan administration. It gives a real flavor of the chronic paranoia one must live with: identifying all real and prospective enemies and allies, manipulating the media, covering oneâ€™s ass with a paper trail, etc. Depressing stuff, really.
On the second, I rarely emerge these days. I only venture out when somebody pays. Iâ€™m on a Presidential Task Force at the moment, but thanks to see dim witted drafting work by its creator, it has no money for paying memberâ€™s expensive, so to hell with it. Working for free is one thing, but paying my own way down there to work for free is beyond the pale.
I am tentatively planning to be in Philadelphia on September 20-21, and if nothing goes wrong perhaps we could meet then. Hope the book is going well despite the absence of any help from me.