2) Once again, Bush has emphasized LIBERTY---far more so than even the great Reagan did. Indeed, he is the first president in 150 years to dwell on liberty, as a principle, so much. Search Bush 41 and Clinton's speeches and I don't think you'll find the word. Ditto Carter, Ford, or LBJ. Maybe JFK once in a while.
3) He has brilliantly coopted the New Deal and Dem programs of the GI Bill and flipped them into the "ownership society" by "reforming" them so that they become increasingly privatized. This is hugh!
Many Freepers are going to complain because he isn't dismantling the Dept. of Ed or because he had add this Medicare "benefit," but in every one of these programs---the ed program, the Medicare bill---there are all sorts of privatized "easter eggs" that are going to open in the near future. I don't think people here fully appreciate how powerful the tinest privatization is. The market always wins, and all that is needed is a crack.
I mad the same observation a couple days ago. Hence the 'rats addy saying don't touch SocSec (nee FDR's legacy).It is hugh, and the left is seriesly p*ssed, scared and resolute. We're in for a great ride...
I hope you are right, but History shows that governments VERY rarely let go of our hard earned tax dollars. It is rarer still to see government parasites (opps, employees) let go. I pray you are correct, but I feel Bush is going against very strong forces within our government. The very weak Rep leadership in Congress will be of little benefit. 95% of Congress doesn't have anywhere near the belief in Liberty as does Bush. I told my nephew 10yr ago that you hardly hear Presidents use the term Liberty. He is excited every time he hears Bush mention it. I pray to God Almighty that Bush can succeed in reducing government in our lives.
As William Wallace said, Liberty is the best of all things!
I'd take him a bit more seriously on this if he did not appoint a gun-grabber to the AG post.
In the end, GWB will have two monumental legacies:
1. He will have begun and fought the War on Terror and, in the process, have propagated freedom over much of the world.
2. He will have begun the reforms that will lead to greater individual liberty and economic freedom (and, with it, prosperity) in the United States -- by way of these "easter eggs" to which you so aptly refer.
George W. Bush will be celebrated as one of our greatest Presidents, forever associated with Freedom and Ownership. He will have changed the country...and made it better.
You know, his view of the world is sound. His goals are admirable. The communications effort of this day, from start to finish was amateurish. From Ashcroft's and Hatch's hackneyed lyrics to the deadpan phraseology of what could be called Lincolnesque ideals (delivered in Joe Biden phrases), I was left wondering, "Where the hell are the professionals".
The motorcade was a lumbering politbureau disaster. The timing was off on every event all day. The dress code of the dignitaries would have made ole' Ronnie Reagan barf. You'd think in a nation that can produce some spectacular Hollywood events, that there might be someone with an eye on the details. I guess when Hollywood and the fags are against you, the production values go straight down.