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Posted on 08/04/2002 8:30:36 PM PDT by Uncle Bill
How Conservative Is President Bush?
The Cato Institute
By Veronique de Rugy
August 3, 2002
Veronique de Rugy is a fiscal policy analyst at the Cato Institute.
President Bush may be repeating the sins of his father. Although elected on a Reaganesque, tax-cutting platform, the White House has veered to the left. President Bush has signed a bill to regulate political speech, issued protectionist taxes on imported steel and lumber, backed big-spending education and farm bills, and endorsed massive new entitlements for mental health care and prescription drugs. When the numbers are added up, in fact, it looks like President Bush is less conservative than President Clinton.
It makes little sense to discourage one's core supporters prior to a mid-term election. Yet that is the result when a Republican president expands government, which Bush is doing. Also, academic research on voting patterns shows that a president is most likely to get re-elected if voters are enjoying an increase in disposable income. Yet making government bigger is not a recipe for economic growth. After all, there is a reason why Hong Kong grows so fast and France is an economic basket case. But you can't tell that to the Bush administration.
Administration officials privately admit that much of the legislation moving through Congress represents bad public policy. Yet they argue either that everything must take a back seat to the war on terror (much as the first Bush administration treated the war against Iraq) or that compromises are necessary to neutralize issues such as education. But motives and rationalizations do not repeal the laws of economics.
In less than two years, President Bush has presided over more government expansion than took place during eight years of Bill Clinton. For instance:
Those policy decisions make government bigger and more expensive. They also slow the economy and hurt financial markets -- read the headlines lately? For all his flaws, President Clinton's major policy mistake was the 1993 tax increase. Other changes, such as the welfare reform bill, NAFTA, GATT, farm deregulation, telecommunications deregulation, and financial services deregulation, moved policy in a market-oriented direction.
Perhaps most importantly, there was a substantial reduction in federal spending as a share of gross domestic product during the Clinton years. Using the growth of domestic spending as a benchmark, Clinton was the second most conservative president of the post-World War II era, trailing only Ronald Reagan.
To be sure, much of the credit for Clinton's good policy probably belongs to the Republican Congress, but that is not an excuse for bad policy today. And on one positive note, President Bush has "promised" to fight for partial privatization of Social Security. Yet, so far, President Bush has not vetoed a single piece of legislation. Needless to say, this means it will be rather difficult to blame "big-spending" Democrats if the economy continues to sputter.
Compassionate Conservatism Means Big Government
No To 'Compassionate Conservatism'
"Marvin Olasky, the former Marxist journalism professor who coined the term. But he and George W. Bush are barking up the wrong tree if they think "compassionate conservatism" is going to rally popular support necessary to effect the real change needed to turn this country around."
President Highlights Compassionate Conservative Agenda for Inner Cities
If You Want Increasing Huge Government, Vote Bush
BUSH SPENDING BILL LARGEST EVER
U.S. quietly OKs fetal stem cell work - Bush allows funding despite federal limits on embryo use
Bush Signs Largest Family Planning Bill In U.S. History
Un El día En El la vida de Jorge W. La arbusto
Bush's 'open door' slammed
"I told the Congress that I want to make sure that the Mexican citizen here is well-respected," Bush said. "And one way to do that is to pass 245I."
CFR - "I Believe In Free Speech"
Meanwhile, Back On The Farm
Bush Urges Congress To Deliver on Prescription Drugs For Medicare
GOP Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Advances in House - Another Trillion Dollars
Pig Book - 2002
Orgy At Federal Trough
Bush and House Republicans Push Legislation For Full Drug Subsidies For Low-Income Elderly
Bush Prepares 'Big-Time' Response To African Famine
Government Spending - War Against The Stock Market
Bush signs debt-limit increase
Bush Pushes Minority Homeownership
Bush's Food Stamp Plan Called Ethnic Pandering
Bush Wants Food Stamps For Non-Citizens
Worse Than Drunken Sailors!
Senate Clears Way For Trade Bill - More Spending
BUSH AND THE BIG GOVERNMENT GOP
Security Bill Loaded With Wasteful PORK
Senate Ok's $31.5 Billion Anti-Terror Bill Loaded With Pork
How Bad Can Things Get?
George W. Bush and Gun Control
Bush Pushes Gore Plan For Orwellian Government
Bush Backs Down From Immunity Demand - Caves Again
Bush administration has been "as bad, if not worse" than the Clinton administration when it comes to the transfer of sensitive technologies to the People's Republic of China
BUSH, G7 to pay $20 billion to get rid of Russian nuke stockpiles
George W. Bush - The Global Warming Sell-Out
Dubya's New Deal - The New FDR
Bush Won't Label Arafat A Terrorist
George W. Bush's Terrorist Buddy
"When peoplelose faith in their institutions they trust to enforce the law, justice is no longer possible."
Bush Caves On Airport Screeners
Bush's Latest Srategic Mistake
BUSH: NINE FORMER PRESIDENTS WRONG; CLINTON RIGHT!
CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS? GEORGE BUSH'S NEVER-ENDING DOMESTIC BUDGET BUILD-UP - Father Like Son
Bush Appoints Four More Homosexuals
Dr. James Dobson Criticizes Bush Appointment to the CDC
Bush Pushes $500 Million HIV/Aids Funding For Africa
Bush to Propose Another $100 Million Over Five Years for Education in Africa
Are You Fat? No Problem, George W. Bush Will Help
House Conservatives Budge on Arts Spending
Bush Cheers Government Support For Art
Bush to Name Justice Dept. BUILDING After Kennedy
GOP Right In Iowa Fear Purge
GOP Leaders Spurn Right in Key Races
Laura Ingraham's analysis of yet another Bush betrayal
Bush decisions rankle conservatives
BUSH PROPOSES LARGEST EXPANSION OF GOVERNMENT SINCE TRUMAN
Bush's Record Calls into Question His Conservative Label
Conservatives Question Dubya's Direction
Conservatives not satisfied with Bush's record
Bush, Ashcroft Run Roughshod Over Bill Of Rights, Study Says
Republicans: Big Government Addicts
A Few Questions For Die-Hard Bush Supporters
Are Republicans losing their constituency?
Ann Coulter: BUSH PAYS HOMAGE TO THE FETISHISTIC RITUALS OF LIBERALISM
Compassionate conservatism is about socialism, not Americanism
Bush is jettisoning his principles for what?
Bush: stop the runaway federal spending and regulating!
Mark Levin Hammers Bushbots
Was Clinton More Conservative Than Bush? - Fox News
Bush: A Democrat in Republican clothing?
Bush continues Clinton Agenda
GEORGE W. BUSH: CLINTON'S THIRD TERM ©
Bush's Court Jester
"Another way to make sure that we foster growth and restore confidence is to hold people accountable for misdeeds in the public sector."
George W. Bush - University of Alabama at Birmingham Alys Stephens Center - July 15, 2002.
NOTE: Do As I Say, Not As I Do.
A Bush administration insider has privately leaked word that a deal was struck between Democratic congressional leaders and the Bush White House not to prosecute Bill and/or Hillary Clinton
Bush Administration Lawyers Defending Hillary - Gratis
Bush and Ashcroft Justice Dept. Hamstringing Pardongate Probers.
Bill Clinton broke the law and the Republicans let him off the hook.
What we need is the tough Newt Gingrich back.
"As far back as April 7, 1998, then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich was asked on NBCs Today if he were going to press for impeachment. His response: "No, we dont have any evidence."
Al Gore Broke The Law and the Republicans let him off the hook.
"I dont care if you have proof that he raped a woman, stood up and shot her dead, youre still not going to get 67 votes."
Bush Says He Wants to Let Clinton 'Move On'
"Listen, here's my view: I think it's time to get all of this business behind us. I think it's time ... to allow the president to finish his term, and let him move on and enjoy life and become an active participant in the American system. And I think we've had enough focus on the past. It's time to move forward." - George W. Bush.
Bush Won't Dwell On Clinton Affair, "We're Moving Forward"
"B/S, Mr Bush. Clinton is a criminal and a traitor. We demand a thorough investigation and prosecution. Our Republic is dead and our liberty is at stake if the next administration does not clean up this mess for now and forever more. Corrupt politicians must pay the price for subverting our Constitution and using their offices for personal gain."
4 Posted on 01/20/2000 14:17:56 PST by Jim Robinson
A Republic If We Can Keep It - Bush Trashing The Constitution
It's About The Republic, Not The Republican
How Big Is The Government's Debt? - $33.1 TRILLION
There Must Be Some Way Out Of Here
"Not over my dead body will they raise your taxes,"
George W. Bush - SOURCE.
You have a link to that post? I'm still looking for it.
Do de term RINO ring a bell wit' you?
RedBloodedAmerican has accused me of posting "AFer type" material at LP. I deny this lie. He also accused me of trashing you when you post there. As you know, this is also a lie.
It's liars like RedBloodedAmerican who have had a negative impact on Free Republic.
Look, your inability to admit error doesn't interest me, dearie. I'm not going to hang around and play "let's pretend" with you. Your errors were clear, I pointed them out, end of story. Have a pleasant evening.
Bush's policy barred the use of federal grants for research on stem cells taken from embryos after Aug. 9, 2001. Bush said the decision was based on his moral opposition to destroying additional embryos for research purposes.
But that restriction does not apply to research on stem cells obtained from fetuses, according to officials at the National Institutes of Health. Such work falls under less-restrictive Clinton-era rules, which Bush never revised...
...White House officials said Bush left the Clinton guidelines for fetal-derived cells in place because Congress passed a law in 1993 that made it illegal for presidents to ban funding for such research.
You're saying he repeated the act that got him a 'time out' form FR?
What am I missing?
Here we go. I said earlier in this thread:
And what a laugher it was to have him banned over a link from their leaders website (Keyes - "Strike The root")And you say I am saying "Strike The Root is Keyes' website"
Okay, now lets go through this, shall we? Ready? The "link from" refers to "Strike The Root". "Their leaders..." refers to Keyes and his followers. It is NOT saying STR is Keyes' website..
If an article on FR was posted that was from, say, LibertyPost, would that be saying LibertyPost is Jim Robs site? No.
Do you see in the blockquote above wherre I said
"....over a link from their leaders website (Keyes - "Strike The root")
Now would you please explain to me and others reading this how you comprehend that I have said this "Strike The root" is Keyes website? I said it is a "link from" Keyes' website.
Does this help? Are you still having trouble with this one?
White House officials said Bush left the Clinton guidelines for fetal-derived cells in place because Congress passed a law in 1993 that made it illegal for presidents to ban funding for such research.
No such laws exist.
11. To: Jolly Rodgers (#7)Yes you are quite right. It is people like me that are wrong with FR. That is, if the people like you who want to drive FR - and conservatism - into the ground remain. Would you like to re-ping John Rob to this post, or shall I?
You would have to be pretty desparate to stoop to praying for bush.
LOL! As long as you don't stoop to paying for bush.
Keyes For President posted on 2002-08-04 22:12:39
And you call *me* a liar? LOL!!!
I understand you are upset with me for exposing your attempt at dishonesty, but thems the breaks.
I guess he was lying too?
If I remember correctly, the freeper in question here holds either an elected or appointed position in his church. I bet you they would be very proud right now.
In any event, it's not really necessary to find the law itself, since I believe the NIH is an independent agency, like OSHA, and is therefore not subject to direct presidential control.
President George W. Bush - Biography
"George W. Bush is the 43rd President of the United States. Formerly the 46th Governor of the State of Texas, President Bush has earned a reputation as a compassionate conservative who shapes policy based on the principles of limited government,...
"Too often, on social issues, my party has painted an image of America slouching toward Gomorrah. Too often, my party has confused the need for limited government with disdain for government itself."
George W. Bush - New York Times, p. A14 Oct 6, 1999. In a speech to the Manhattan Institute.
"I am a conservative because I believe government should be limited and efficient, that it should do a few things and do them well."
George W. Bush - Book: A Charge to Keep, William Morrow, 1999.
"My concern about the role of the federal government is that an intrusive government, a government that says, Dont worry, we will solve your problems is a government that tends to crowd compassion out of the marketplace, that too often in the past people said: Somebody else will take care of the problem in my area. Dont worry. The government is here. "
George W. Bush - Source: Remarks at Cityteam Ministries, San Jose, CA Oct 31, 2000.
The surest way to bust this economy is to increase the role and the size of the federal government."
George W. Bush - Source: Presidential debate, Boston MA Oct 3, 2000.
Gore offers an old and tired approach. He offers a new federal spending program to nearly every voting bloc. He expands entitlements, without reforms to sustain them. 285 new or expanded programs, and $2 trillion more in new spending. Spending without discipline, spending without priorities, and spending without an end. Al Gores massive spending would mean slower growth and higher taxes. And it could mean an end to this nations prosperity."
George W. Bush Source: Speech in Minneapolis, Minnesota Nov 1, 2000.
"People need more money in their pocket, as far as Im concerned."
George W. Bush - The Tampa (FL) Tribune Oct 26, 2000.
I was deeply concerned about the drift toward a more powerful federal government. I was particularly outraged by two pieces of legislation, the Natural Gas Policy Act and the Fuel Use Act. It seemed to me that elite central planners were determining the course of our nation. Allowing the government to dictate the price of natural gas was a move toward European-style socialism. If the federal government was going to take over the natural gas business, what would it set its sights on next?"
George W. Bush - Source: A Charge to Keep, p.172-173 Dec 9, 1999
Small, limited government George W. Bush, playing golf somewhere near you
Hey, cutie! ;) I knew you weren't being sarcastic...in spite of our many differences (PACKERS RULE :)), we are friends, as far as I'm concerned.
I saw what you're referring to days ago - I know that's true (and I just got here, but it looks like you posted it here somewhere...I am reading the thread backwards and just skimming right now). What I believe he said was that there was no excuse for what he did. He was right, and I think he should have stopped right there - but that's just me. I didn't see anything about "stupid and unacceptable", but I don't read everything over there.
I also saw some of the other stuff that was posted subsequently. Like boasting about how he had "let Freepers know" what a deadbeat, unregistered voter Howlin is (she's not - there IS an innocent explanation for her status looking that way online), and a number of people "hooting" and high-fiving him over what he did. I saw other people making it look as though he was a victim; if he corrected them, I missed it. To be fair, maybe he did not see their posts.
Then I saw this morning where he posted all the same stuff again, apparently retrieved using some information NOT available here on FreeRepublic. It seems the management there does not have the integrity to remove it, though they have protected the identity of others. I don't understand that. I know you like it there (yeah, I read your stuff :)) - so I won't put you in the awkward position of having to weigh in on that point.
Now you go and have a nice Green Bay kind of day. :) Heheh...
Excellent post Unc. The Cato Institute nails it again. BTTT.
Remarks At The Signing Of
The Brady Gun Control Bill
by Sarah Brady
United States Gun Control Activist
November 30, 1993
Thank you, General Reno. She didn't tell you that on that courthouse step alone, fighting for the Brady Bill, there was one other woman -- the Attorney General herself. And right along the way this year since we've been fortunate enough to have her in Washington, she's been right along with us.
It's a special day for us all. I don't think it every occurred to me that I would be this emotional. And I walked in and looked at the faces here and the memories that come back over these past seven years -- every face I look at brings back a different memory.
And I want to thank a lot of people here, and I'm going to try to do it as quickly as possible. Everybody here has helped. And each of you in your own way reflects many others across the country. First of all, I want to say to have an administration, an Attorney General, a Vice President, and a President who we knew would sign this bill is of the utmost importance.
I'd like to draw attention also to another President, who we feel very close to, President Ronald Reagan, who supported it and came out for the Brady Bill, and who made it a badge of honor for Republicans -- (applause) -- and brought this bill into the arena where it was not a partisan issue.
That is the dumbest sentence I have ever read. At least it was short.
"You do know that I'm a member of the NRA, and my position on the right to bear arms is well known. But I want you to know something else, and I am going to say it in clear, unmistakable language. I support the Brady Bill, and I urge Congress to enact it without further delay".
President Ronald Reagan
March 28, 1991
Dedication remarks at The Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University Medical Center
Twodees - not to invite you back here, but I have to call you on this - in your post to Howlin you said this:
Uncle Bill was posting evidence of Clinton corruption while you were defending him against impeachment. Just start another of your campaigns and get him banned the way you did Registered. Call Gramps in here and you two get to work. You'll have another old time FReeper banned and you can congratulate each other.
Liberals. Ya'll make me sick.
46 posted on 8/4/02 9:20 PM Pacific by Twodees
You're a liar. I was so angry that you lied about Howlin getting Registered banned that I completely missed the first lie you told - that Howlin had defended Clinton during impeachment. No one addressed it, probably because it is so stinking absurd on its face - but I'm addressing it now.
LOL.... Well you know how it is with the perfessurs.... They expect you take what they say as gospel if'n it's be wrong or right...
I wonder if the tax payers are paying his salary while he freeps?
"Rely less on government control of supply and more on market demand."
George W. Bush - During the 2000 campaign, Bush praised the 1996 "Freedom to Farm" bill and encouraged farmers to rely on markets. - Source
A Harvest of Pork By backing the farm bill, President Bush sells out his principles.
"the Bush administration, House and Senate conferees have agreed on a nearly 80% increase ($83 billion) in farm subsidies"
AND THESE ARE REPUBLICANS - "Despite the fact that the Republicans control the White House, the House of Representatives, and 30 governorships, the nation is now in the midst of the biggest government spending spree since LBJ. Incredibly, the domestic social welfare budget has expanded more in just two years ($96 billion) under George W. Bush than in Bill Clinton's first six years in office ($51 billion)."
Satadru, you don't have to apologize, but you could get to work on having the Supreme Court overturn that law.
terilyn, Yep employers are sorta funny that way....
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