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{Buchanan Calls} George W. Bush "Man of the Year"
WND.com ^ | 12-31-03 | Buchanan, Patrick J.

Posted on 12/31/2003 5:51:49 AM PST by Theodore R.

George W. Bush: Man of the year

Posted: December 31, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

As Person of the Year, 2003, Time has chosen the American Soldier, a decision with which no patriot will quarrel. Whatever one believed about the necessity, wisdom or justice of the Iraq war, the American soldier did his duty and did it admirably well.

But if the old standards had prevailed at Time – What man had the greatest impact on world affairs, for good or ill, in 2003? – the Man of the Year would have to have been George W. Bush. He dominated both national and world events.

Ignoring the U.N., "Old Europe," and the Arab and Islamic world, Bush invaded Iraq and occupied Baghdad in three weeks. In December, Saddam Hussein was pulled out of a rat hole and Col. Gadhafi said he had seen quite enough and was swearing off weapons of mass destruction.

By the third quarter, Bush's widely criticized tax cuts had suddenly generated growth of 8.2 percent, and he enacted the largest entitlement program since the salad days of the Great Society, $400 billion for prescription drugs for seniors.

By year's end, Bush was on course for the re-election his father was denied. His approval numbers were in the 60s, he faced no primary opponent, and he could anticipate a fall election against an angry liberal who was being daily carved up by his Democratic rivals.

Yet, like Richard Nixon, George Bush appears to have positioned himself for re-election – by shucking off conservative principle.

Consider: Just as Nixon ran huge back-to-back deficits in 1971 and 1972 and had his friend Arthur Burns gun the money supply at the Fed, Bush's deficits in 2003 and 2004 will be the largest in peacetime history, and he has Greenspan holding interest rates at 1 percent.

Nixon cut the dollar loose from gold and saw it sink. Under Bush, the dollar has lost half its value against gold and the euro.

Nixon completed the Great Society, whose foundation had been laid by LBJ. And the immigration, education, entitlement and social-spending programs either created or enlarged by GWB call to mind the guns-and-butter days of LBJ.

Only the Bush tax cuts remind one of Ronald Reagan.

By 1972, Nixon policies may fairly have been described as Big Government, deficit-spending and detentist, the very antithesis of the conservatism that Barry Goldwater had preached in 1964. And for Barry's "Why Not Victory?" Nixon had substituted "peace with honor."

Indeed, by February 1972, Nixon, the old anti-communist warrior, was walking up the Great Wall of China. In June, he was in Moscow for the signing of SALT I and the baptism of detente. Before Election Day, Henry Kissinger had declared "peace is at hand" in South Vietnam.

By Jan. 1, 1973, Nixon had redefined what it meant to be a Republican. Though he and Spiro T. Agnew had run a conservative campaign against George McGovern on the social issues of amnesty for draft-dodgers, abortion and busing for racial balance, Nixon had not conducted anything resembling a conservative administration. Sen. Hugh Scott counseled GOP liberal colleagues to ignore the fire-and-brimstone speeches of Nixon and Agnew.

Said Scott, "They get the rhetoric, and we get the action."

And so it has gone under George W. Bush. His enlargement of the Department of Education, an agency Republicans once pledged in their platforms to abolish, was carried out in collusion with Teddy Kennedy. His embrace of "diversity" at the University of Michigan calls to mind Nixon's support of quotas in the Philadelphia Plan put together by Labor Secretary George Shultz.

Where Nixon did fitfully fight Democratic excesses in spending, by impounding funds, Bush has tanked totally. He has not vetoed a single bill. He is presiding over a budget deficit of $500 billion and a merchandise trade deficit of $500 billion. We are borrowing 10 percent of GDP to finance consumption. This is unsustainable. The only question is when our foreign creditors will decide to close the lending window and call in the loans.

Moreover, Bush is presiding over a structural crisis in the economy Nixon never knew – 40 straight months of lost manufacturing jobs and the monthly attrition of white-collar and information-technology jobs to Asia.

It was early in Nixon's second term that the roof fell in, and his great initiatives – peace with honor in Vietnam and detente – turned rancid.

Hanoi, seeing Congress cut support to Saigon, prepared a final onslaught. Leonid Brezhnev, seeing Nixon weakened by Watergate, began cheating on arms control and preparing to intervene on the side of Egypt in the Yom Kippur War. Nixon had to call a nuclear alert to deter his partner in detente.

For Bush's foreign policy, too, a testing time is coming. Even before his re-election, his Bush Doctrine is being defied by a Kim Jong Il, who appears hell-bent on forcing Bush to eat his words about "axis-of-evil" nations never being permitted to possess nuclear weapons. And six months after "Mission Accomplished," the bloodletting in the Sunni Triangle continues.

Prediction: Bush is headed for a banquet year in 2004, but the bill will be coming in – big-time, as Dick Cheney would say – in 2005.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
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1 posted on 12/31/2003 5:51:50 AM PST by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.
buchanan gets my vote for sore loser of the year.
2 posted on 12/31/2003 5:54:05 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: Theodore R.
I've lurked on this site for years. Yesterday I decided my lurking days are over and I've signed up to post.

Why? because I feel that I have to throw my two cents in with respect to the sniping against our president from ideological purists.

George W. Bush is a wartime president who is winning the war. He is doing this on behalf of the entire country -- left, right and center. The fight right now is against those who would kill hundreds of thousands if given the slightest opportunity. We can worry about the Department of Education after we win the war.
3 posted on 12/31/2003 6:07:22 AM PST by hedgie
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To: Theodore R.
Dear Pat,Though it's early yet,I consider "W"to be the man of The Twenty-First Century!!
4 posted on 12/31/2003 6:09:17 AM PST by bandleader
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To: hedgie
So glad you decided to be an active participant in this website. WELCOME!!!!
5 posted on 12/31/2003 6:11:55 AM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: hedgie
Glad to see a lurker speaking out. Welcome aboard.

Your comments are spot on. We are at war with terrorists, buchanan and his inflated ego remain at war with the President.

6 posted on 12/31/2003 6:12:51 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: bandleader
Teddy,

I would say the Time cover makes Pres. Bush implicitly the man of the year. He is the commander of those pictured on the cover; how do you separate one from the other?
7 posted on 12/31/2003 6:14:54 AM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: hedgie
"George W. Bush is a wartime president who is winning the war. He is doing this on behalf of the entire country -- left, right and center. The fight right now is against those who would kill hundreds of thousands if given the slightest opportunity."

Agreed, and welcome. I too will vote for Bush.

But I will hold my nose, because there is no conservative principle served by the largest new entitlement in 40 years. The government already taxes away over half of what I earn. That is Slavery, and Bush adds weight to my chains.

8 posted on 12/31/2003 6:23:16 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Leave Pat Leave!)
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To: hedgie
Well stated and welcome aboard. Lurkers are untold thousands of reinforcement reserves...watching, waiting in the war for your mind. Thanks for calling yourself up for duty.
9 posted on 12/31/2003 6:24:47 AM PST by PGalt
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To: hedgie
Hear, hear.
10 posted on 12/31/2003 6:25:26 AM PST by alnick
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To: hedgie
Welcome aboard.
11 posted on 12/31/2003 6:32:58 AM PST by hchutch ("I don't see what the big deal is, I really don't." - Major Vic Deakins, USAF (ret.))
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To: Theodore R.
If you're a political conservative you have to be honest about the first three years of the Bush administartion.

President Bush gets an "A" for his remarkable prosecution in War on Terrorism, his handling of homeland security issues and his tax cuts, which spurred economic growth after the Clinton-Gore recession and the events of 9-11.

OTOH, the President gets an "F" for increasing government spending on programs that have nothing to do with national/homeland security issues or the WoT --- ie. voucherless education reform, wasteful farm subsidies and the creation of a $400 billion program called Medicare prescription drug benefits.

12 posted on 12/31/2003 6:52:18 AM PST by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
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To: hedgie
hedgie
Since Dec 30, 2003

Troll
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Rush critic
Just preparing you......
13 posted on 12/31/2003 6:57:09 AM PST by Bluntpoint
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To: Theodore R.
Buchanan, Patrick

Did this guy just come back from the dead or what? Havne't seen or heard of him in years...

14 posted on 12/31/2003 6:59:00 AM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: CWOJackson
Re: buchanan gets my vote for sore loser of the year.

Buchanan took over the "Reform Party" in 2000 and drove it off a cliff.

By eliminating that protest vote in 2000, he deserves a lot of thanks.

15 posted on 12/31/2003 6:59:47 AM PST by ChadGore (George W. Bush has done more to earn my vote than any other American alive today.)
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To: hedgie
Welcome aboard!
16 posted on 12/31/2003 7:00:26 AM PST by TheExploited (R-Illinois)
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To: Theodore R.
Other Pres. Bush grades:

Giving the UN the one finger salute - A+
Dumping Kyoto - A+
Bankrupting the Fish & wildlife Service that steals private property under the ESA - A+
Telling the ICC to take a flying leap - A+
Exposing the racists at the UN conference on racism in Durbin, South Africa - A+
Proposal to dump the income tax and replace with flat tax - A+
Partial birth abortion ban - A
Opening federal socialist lands to logging, recreation, hunting and fishing - B-
Praising the affirmative action decision at the U of Michigan - F
17 posted on 12/31/2003 7:24:28 AM PST by sergeantdave (Gen. Custer wore an Arrowsmith shirt to his last property owner convention.)
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To: CWOJackson; hedgie
Only the Bush tax cuts remind one of Ronald Reagan.


Ol' pattie wagon is talking about Bush deficits....... Didn't RR run up a few of those during his eight years? I seem to remember so. If not I'm sure someone will correct my inaccuracy.......

Hedgie; welcome... why not fly your state flag?
18 posted on 12/31/2003 7:52:19 AM PST by deport ( Some folks wear their halos much too tight...)
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To: Loyal Buckeye
EXCELLENT POINT!
19 posted on 01/01/2004 8:48:57 AM PST by bandleader
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To: hedgie
We can worry about the Department of Education after we win the war.

But it was not the Conservatives who extended the Department of Education; who enacted Medicare Drug Coverage; who have refused to take such an obvious security measure, as closing our southern border.

It is not reasonable to ask those who would defend the American tradition, to sacrifice that tradition for an Administration which will not sacrifice its own expensive left of center parts of its agenda, to concentrate its own resources on that war. (And there are many, many questions about how well that war is being waged. I agree with Pat in the pride he takes on the achievements of our men in uniform. That does not mean that our present ongoing Iraqi program makes any sense.)

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20 posted on 01/01/2004 8:59:37 AM PST by Ohioan
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To: Theodore R.
Buchanan is right again. Bush is Man of the Year.
21 posted on 01/02/2004 10:05:47 AM PST by ex-snook (Americans need Balanced Trade - we buy from you, you buy from us. No free rides.)
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