Bush the “liberal”

Posted on October 5, 2010


Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that the Republican Party is embracing “ideology over evidence” and pushing out pragmatic voices that would make even his White House successor seem like a liberal…

“A lot of their candidates today, they make him look like a liberal,” Clinton told an enthusiastic crowd at a downtown hotel as he campaigned for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.

Maybe that’s because Bush was a big government, progressive Republican. He radically expanded Medicare and Federal education spending with the prescription drug benefit and “No Child Left Behind”. He went on a utopian warmongering super-spree, looking to remake the world in the name of “democracy” at the barrel of a gun. He pushed for zero-down-payment mortgages to redistribute wealth from the taxpayer to the irresponsible. Bush was Woodrow Wilson meets Lyndon B. Johnson with an elephant sticker.

I’m skeptical that the new GOP will live up to it’s rhetorical support for limited government, but at least they’ll provide fiery resistance to Obama’s wildly destructive, statist agenda. Mr. Clinton, after all, can thank his conservative congress for putting balanced budgets on his desk. Remember, the president can’ t legislate, so the “Clinton Surpluses” only got his name on them because he, well, signed his name to them. Nothing more.

Here’s hoping the age of the “liberal” Republican really is over. I welcome the hard move to the right on economic issues, pray that it won’t come with intolerance, xenophobia and nationalism (though there’s plenty of that in both parties), and see no other recourse against the growth of government besides gridloc

via Papola

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