Skip to comments.What is compassionate conservatism?
Posted on 04/27/2006 6:06:38 AM PDT by ElPatriota
What is compassionate conservatism? Apr 27, 2006 by Marvin Olasky ( bio | archive | contact )
Email to a friend Print this page Text size: A A Columnist Peggy Noonan recently quoted a journalist saying that the expansion of federal entitlement spending during the past five years should come as no surprise, since George W. Bush "ran as a compassionate conservative." Noonan's frustrated reaction: "This left me rubbing my brow in confusion. Is that what Mr. Bush meant by compassionate conservatism?"
I don't think so, judging by several conversations then-Gov. Bush and I had in Texas during the 1990s. At that time, compassionate conservatism was about neither government growth nor budget-cutting. Instead, it was a different way of looking at what government should do, what "civil society" -- religious and civic groups -- should do and what individuals should do.
Democrats had equated compassion for the poor with government poverty-fighting expenditures: Vote against my spending bill and you're hard-hearted. They maintained that position even though entitlement programs did more harm than good when they enabled and even encouraged people to cease efforts.
Republican critics of those programs had repeatedly made the mistake of implying that welfare programs were fine except for their expense: I'm for your bill, but let's cut the outlay by 10 percent. Welfare programs were expensive, but this affluent country could afford them. The real cost was multigenerational welfare dependency.
It'll never fly in Washington will it? ; )
Well, They may pay attention
I keep saying - part of my mantra :) - That the "rules of the game," have changed. The "country club" (congress), it will never go back to the "good old days," when politicians could "operate" with a certain amount of "privacy." Ain't gonna hapeen, no more :) I am afraid. Too many people, too many bloggers INTRUDING :), in the business of governing the country "damn shame, yeaaah." :)