Phillips says that each Bush generation is firmly rooted in oil, investment banking money, and the nexus of privileged power that spans American politics and business. These ties, Phillips says, have now tainted America's top office, influencing political appointments and the White House response to major developments. Phillips also charges that the House of Bush has passed down an active penchant for "secrecy and calculated deception," which may one day threaten America itself.
Click the "Listen" link to hear commentator Kevin Phillips talk about four Bush generations and how they are affecting today's American politics.
Kevin Phillips, a political and economic commentator for more than three decades and former White House Republican strategist. His most recent book is "American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush."
This program aired on January 29, 2004.