Monday, April 05, 2010

GWB a "Conservative"? Wrong!

I couldn't agree more with the remarks excerpted here.

...In total, Bush increased federal spending on domestic programs more than any president since Richard Nixon, easily surpassing Bill Clinton, Carter and his own father, so much so that by 2008, America had two big-government parties....

...Tucker Carlson interviewed Bush in Austin and asked him if he was a small-government conservative. Mr. Bush replied no; he said he was an "efficient-government conservative." Bush's campaign rarely called for spending cuts of any kind and even opposed eliminating the Department of Energy, whose abolition had been in every GOP platform since 1980....

Rove and Bush are heirs to a brand of Republicanism rooted in a Tory-style, top-down defense of the status quo.

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