March 7, 2015
Jeb Bush has a new video out trying to show he is a conservative.
It’s filled with snippets from his remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference — where he won a little over 8 percent of the vote in the straw poll — as well as praise for his record as governor of Florida.
In case you might have missed the point, the pro-Bush Right to Rise PAC titled the video “Conservative.”
The ad comes as the Des Moines Register, the most important newspaper in Iowa, asked, “Jeb Bush: barely a Republican or ‘conservative’ hero.”
After all, Jeb is refusing to sign a pledge not to raise taxes; defending Common Core (though denying he favors a federal role in developing curricula); supporting amnesty; and advocating a Wilsonian foreign policy that has in the not-too-distant past led to $1 trillion wars.
Let’s stipulate that Bush has some conservative accomplishments as governor, when some thought he was more conservative than his father or brother (though obviously he isn’t bonding as well with conservatives as George W. now).
The same could be said of his brother as governor of Texas. In fact, if you just went down a conservative checklist and weighted all issues equally, both Dubya and Jeb would probably fair pretty well.
But ask yourself about Dubya’s presidency. Did the federal government get smaller or more? Did it comply more with the Constitution or less? Did the debt shrink or grow? Did the unfunded liabilities of our major entitlement programs become less or more? Did we become freer or less free?
George W. Bush did some conservative things. But what did his presidency really conserve?
Jeb seems to combine his father’s domestic policy with his brother’s foreign policy. Not only has that left the country in the hands of liberal Democratic presidents and Congresses in the past — Bush family success has usually proved costly for the Republican Party as a whole — but the net result of the Bush presidencies hasn’t been very conservative.
Bush 41 gave us higher taxes and more regulation. Bush 43 delivered higher spending, the biggest new entitlement program since LBJ was president, a doubling of Jimmy Carter’s Department of Education, a new Cabinet-level department and large deficits.
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Disclaimer: This was not written by Lorra B.