Friday, September 16, 2005
Lyndon Baines Bush
Make no mistake: I believe George W. Bush has been a great president. First, he responded to 9/11 with vigor and perspicacity in taking the fight against terrorism to its source, the Middle East. Second, he has been brilliant in defense of life by naming to the judiciary those with firm commitments to social conservatism. Third, he has understood that tax cuts are essential in order to trigger prosperity and jobs. Fourth, he appreciates the need for lessened regulation on business and in our lives. But as with all great presidents, there is something to be desired. Lincoln could possibly have won the Civil War without trampling under civil liberties as much as he did. FDR showed us that a president can restore confidence (although his solutions were dismal failures). Reagan believed in tax cuts at the outset but was convinced to backwater and hike taxes midway through his first term. And now we get to the downside of George W. Bush.
This president who has refused to veto any bill, who has not applied a brake to spending, has just done it again with New Orleans. I regret to say that he has assumed more blame in governments response than he deserves, letting the incompetent mayor and governor off the hook. And he has begun a woeful precedent by assuming the entire burden of the rebuilding of the city by the federal government to the tune of $200 billion. The precedent is disastrous. The next act of God calamity to hit any section of the country will have to be assumed by the federal government else they will shout sectional favoritism. The only up side is the fact that the Red States of the south will not be alienated by the Republicans and will continue in the fold for the next presidential. But a danger could be continued estrangement of Bushs non-southern fiscal conservative base.
I have listed four great philosophical achievements by Bush and one downside. Now its imperative for conservatives to oppose the Bush spending. Already Bill Clinton has urged repeal of the earlier Bush tax cuts because the deficit will worsen. That is one step that should not be taken. Conservatives must act as Lyndon Baines Bushs best friends by raising a storm over spending, urging he utilize the veto pen, pressuring him to roll back his LBJ-style grandiose plans and restore the semblance of prudent stewardship.