Captain Corruption\'s Commentary

Friday, October 21, 2005

It's about time...

Conservative columnist Bruce Bartlett rips Dubya... here's some excerpts:

The truth is now dawning on many movement conservatives that is not one of them and never has been. They were allies for a long time, to be sure, and conservatives used Mr. just as he used them. But it now appears they are headed for divorce...

• One of Mr. Bush's first acts in office was a vast expansion of education spending with little real reform. To conservatives, it always looked like a transparent effort to buy off the so-called soccer moms. But rather than buy peace with the education lobby, it has simply led to continuous calls for still more education spending, despite the paucity of evidence correlating spending with achievement...

• Even leaving aside national defense and homeland security, government spending has exploded during the Bush years. Although most attention has focused on the vast proliferation of pork barrel spending, which Mr. Bush steadfastly refuses to veto, far more worrisome has been entitlements expansion, especially the extraordinarily ill-conceived drug benefit. In future years, Republicans will rue the day they passed this legislation, because they eventually will have to cut it, thereby losing all the political benefits they thought they would get among the elderly.

• Government regulation got a big boost from passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley bill, which Republicans rushed through Congress to deflect criticism over the Enron scandal. But nothing in the legislation would have prevented Enron's financial abuses -- which is proven by a new scandal involving stock broker Refco that seems have engaged in Enron-style financial shenanigans now being investigated.

I could go on, but the point is that George W. Bush has never demonstrated any interest in shrinking the government. And on many occasions, he has increased government significantly. Yet if there is anything that defines conservatism in America, it is hostility to government expansion. The idea of big-government conservatism, often used to describe Mr. Bush's philosophy, is a contradiction in terms.

Read the rest here.

By the way, I'm still waiting for someone to show me the difference between 21st century and ...


Anonymous TheRealUlkesh said...

[rhetorical question]
How many of the complaining conservatives are the ones who voted for the bills Bush signed?

RE: hypocrite (Noun) A person who professes beliefs and opinions that he does not hold.

6:34 PM  

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