This lengthy Joe Hagan piece in Texas Monthly (HT: Kathy Shaidle) is a gripping read, not for what it says about Bush’s National Guard service (about which I cared little in 2004 and care nothing today), but for what it reveals about our bi-factional political elites’ penchant for treating public moneys and institutions as private play-things. Is government in the public interest too much to ask of our republic? Japan, Switzerland, Iceland . . . these countries seem to govern themselves pretty competently. Why can’t we?