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  • I voted for Trump to destroy the GOP

    03/09/2016 9:35:38 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 93 replies
    CNBC ^ | 3-4-16 | Bruce Bartlett
    We have a very serious political problem in this country. Our system of government works best when it is balanced between roughly equal political parties, one on the center-right and the other on the center-left. Unfortunately, what we have is a centrist Democratic Party and a far-right Republican Party. Therefore, the system is out of balance, creating gridlock even as the public cries out for action on serious problems such as our deteriorating public infrastructure, epitomized by that in Flint, Michigan. I believe that Republicans made a deal with the devil in 2009 when they embraced the Tea Party, a...
  • What Liberals Still Don’t Understand About Fox News

    05/26/2015 1:30:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | May 24, 2015 | Jack Schafer
    Annd it came to pass that the earth turned and another campaign season spun into view and the liberal commentariat rose from its siesta to begin its usual moping about the perverse political powers wielded by the Fox News Channel. This time, the sentinel waking the commentariat to the alleged Fox menace is not a liberal but a self-described conservative, Bruce Bartlett. Bartlett, a prolific writer on politics and economics who has worked for congressional Republicans (Ron Paul and Jack Kemp), Republican presidents, (Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush) and conservative and libertarian policy shops, broke with his party a...
  • Former Reagan Adviser: GOP Has Been ‘Hijacked by Crazy …Stupid People’ (Bruce Bartlett)

    10/21/2013 12:20:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 21, 2013 - 2:19 PM | Melanie Hunter
    Bruce Bartlett, who served as domestic policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan and a Treasury official for President George H.W. Bush, told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, host of “All in with Chris Hayes,” on Friday that the Republican Party has been “hijacked by crazy people, stupid people.” … Bartlett, who is currently a columnist and blogger for the Fiscal Times, said he wondered why former Treasury secretaries who worked for Republican administrations did not speak out publicly during the budget impasse to tell the GOP that not raising the debt ceiling would be a “bad idea.” … Bartlett said it was...
  • The Bush Tax-Cut Failure (Bruce Bartlett)

    05/21/2013 6:46:06 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 9 replies
    NY Times blog ^ | 5-21-2013 | Bruce Bartlett
    Ten years ago this month, Congress enacted the third major tax cut of the George W. Bush administration. Its centerpiece was a huge cut in the tax rate on dividends. Historically, they had been taxed as ordinary income, but the Bush plan, enacted by a Republican Congress, cut that rate to 15 percent. The tax rate on ordinary income went as high as 35 percent. This initiative originated with the economist R. Glenn Hubbard, who had been chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers when the proposal was sent to Congress. Mr. Hubbard was a strong believer that the double...
  • Studies Challenge Wisdom Of GOP Candidates' Plans

    10/30/2011 2:01:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    YahooNews ^ | October 30, 2011 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    Studies Challenge Wisdom Of GOP Candidates' Plans CHARLES BABINGTON Key proposals from the Republican presidential candidates might make for good campaign fodder. But independent analyses raise serious questions about those plans and their ability to cure the nation's ills in two vital areas, the economy and housing. Consider proposed cuts in taxes and regulation, which nearly every GOP candidate is pushing in the name of creating jobs. The initiatives seem to ignore surveys in which employers cite far bigger impediments to increased hiring, chiefly slack consumer demand. "Republicans favor tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, but these had no...
  • Cain’s 9-9-9 Plan Gain’s Big-Name Backers

    10/14/2011 11:03:38 AM PDT · by casablanca · 50 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10.14.11 | Martin Gould
    Herman Cain’s catchy 9-9-9 tax overhaul system is gathering major supporters as the former pizza magnate consolidates his position at the top of the Republican field in the race for the White House. House budget committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and Ronald Reagan’s economic guru Art Laffer both expressed their support for the plan which would replace the current tax code. The anti-tax Club for Growth also came out in favor of Cain’s plan which would cut income and corporate taxes to 9 percent and institute a new national sales tax at the same level. Payroll, capital gains and estate...
  • Pelosi Announces Hearing on Risks of Default to the U.S. Economy and Jobs

    07/06/2011 10:33:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    Pelosi Announces Hearing on Risks of Default to the U.S. Economy and Jobs July 06, 2011 Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced today that the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. on the impact of a default on the United States economy, job creation, and seniors and the middle class. This hearing, the only one in the House of Representatives on this critical issue, will emphasize the pain the American people would face if the United States were to default on its debt. Witnesses for the hearing include: Bruce...
  • Bruce Bartlett: Bush tax cuts a flop (Former Reagan adviser -- more tax cuts won't help economy)

    09/27/2010 7:26:32 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 41 replies
    The Providence Journal ^ | 09/27/2010 | Bruce Bartlett
    Republicans are heavily invested in permanently extending the tax cuts enacted during the George W. Bush administration, all of which expire at the end of this year exactly as the legislation was written in the first place. To hear Republicans, one would think that the Bush tax cuts were the most powerful stimulus to growth ever enacted and only a madman would even think of allowing any of them to expire. The truth is that there is virtually no evidence in support of the Bush tax cuts as an economic elixir. To the extent that they had any positive effect...
  • Repealing the Seventeenth Amendment

    07/01/2010 9:14:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Capital Gains and Games ^ | June 3, 2010 | Bruce Bartlett
    The New York Times recently published two back-to-back articles (here and here) mocking members of the Tea Party Movement for supporting repeal of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution—the one that changed the election of US Senators from state legislatures to the popular vote system we have today. Having endorsed this idea myself on occasion, I am compelled to say that just because some crazy people endorse an idea doesn’t necessarily make the idea crazy. Following are links to some serious commentaries supporting a return to the original system of electing senators established by the Constitution.   George Mason Law...
  • Bruce Bartlett's Intellectually Dishonest Smear of the Tea Party Movement

    06/10/2010 7:24:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 55+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 06/10/2010 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Last week, Bruce Bartlett, the fair-weather supply-sider who recently converted to Keynesianism, embarrassed himself by launching an intellectually dishonest smear of the Tea Party movement. This shouldn't come as a surprise. Mr. Bartlett has been trying to smear the movement since we began voicing our opposition to Obama's $787-billion "stimulus" legislation, which Bartlett himself so enthusiastically defended. A year and a half into that economically disastrous program, Mr. Bartlett is looking to change the subject, hoping, perhaps, that his own ill-advised support for that fiasco will be forgotten. From its inception in February 2009, the Tea Party movement has...
  • Bruce Bartlett: The Misinformed Tea Party Movement (they don't know much about taxes)

    03/19/2010 8:49:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies · 1,717+ views
    Forbes ^ | 03/19/2010 | Bruce Bartlett
    On March 16 the Tea Party crowd showed up for yet another demonstration on Capitol Hill in Washington. Curious about the factual knowledge these people have regarding the issues they are protesting, my friend David Frum enlisted some interns to interview as many Tea Partyers as possible on a couple of basic questions. They got 57 responses--a pretty good-sized sample from a crowd that numbered between 300 and 500 people. (Survey results are here.) The first question that was asked concerned the size of government. Tea Partyers were asked how much the federal government gets in taxes as a percentage...
  • More Pandering To The Elderly

    10/03/2009 5:22:22 AM PDT · by nc28205 · 26 replies · 698+ views
    Forbes,com ^ | 10.02.09 | Bruce Bartlett
    On Sept. 23, Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., introduced H.R. 3631, which would freeze all Part B premiums for one year--including those for couples with incomes over $170,000. It would pay for the $2.8 billion cost by raiding the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund and the Medicare Improvement Fund. This legislation came up the following day and passed the House by a vote of 406 to 18. Of course, nothing is really paid for here. Federal borrowing will be $2.8 billion higher than it would otherwise be--and all to primarily benefit 2.1 million seniors who could very easily afford to...
  • Bruce Bartlett : Why I Am Anti-Republican (Former Reagan domestic policy adviser explains why)

    08/30/2009 6:50:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 122 replies · 2,970+ views
    New Majority ^ | 8/29/2009 | Bruce Bartlett
    I got an e-mail from a prominent Republican asking why I am so anti-Republican these days. Since many of my friends ask the same thing I thought I would share my reply: I think the party got seriously on the wrong track during the George W. Bush years, as I explained in my Impostor book. In my opinion, it no longer bears any resemblance to the party of Ronald Reagan. I still consider myself to be a Reaganite. But I don’t see any others anywhere in the GOP these days, which is why I consider myself to be an independent....
  • Keynes Was Really A Conservative

    08/13/2009 9:44:15 PM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 582+ views
    Forbes ^ | 14 Aug 2009 | Bruce Bartlett
    In ''General Theory'' the economist outlines his belief of the government's role in a recession. Conservatives continue to decry the $787 billion stimulus package enacted in February. At best, they think it accomplished nothing because the additional federal borrowing took as much out of the economy as the stimulus put in. At worst, the deficits and enlargement of government will lead to slower growth and inflation not too far down the road. Those on the right have been making this same argument ever since British economist John Maynard Keynes popularized the idea of using budget deficits to stimulate growth in...
  • Bruce Bartlett : The GOP's Misplaced Rage (the person they should be angry with already left)

    08/13/2009 1:15:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies · 1,870+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 8/13/2009 | Bruce Bartlett
    Leading conservative economist Bruce Bartlett writes that the Obama-hating town-hall mobs have it wrong—the person they should be angry with left the White House seven months ago. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Where is the evidence that everything would be better if Republicans were in charge? Does anyone believe the economy would be growing faster or that unemployment would be lower today if John McCain had won the election? I know of no economist who holds that view. The economy is like an ocean liner that turns only very slowly. The gross domestic product and the level of employment would be pretty much the...
  • What has happened to Bruce Barlett (vanity)

    07/07/2009 8:23:36 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 8 replies · 629+ views
    Vanity | July 7, 2009 | Me
    What the hell has happened to Bruce Bartlett? This guy at one point was a dedicated Reaganite. Nowadays, his columns vary from endorsing a VAT to pay for big government, lecturing Republicans that they need to 'get real and accept the welfare state', attacking the tea party protesters as 'partisans', trashing Republicans for not offering an alternative to the stimulus (in reality they did). Bartlett has essentially told Republicans to 'give up' on pushing for lower taxes because that's not realistic. He's also attempted to make the case that Washington can raise taxes on people now because 'people enjoy the...
  • The Obamacons Who Worry McCain

    06/26/2008 3:03:27 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 41 replies · 253+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 6/26/08 | Robert Novak
    What is an "Obamacon?" The phrase surfaced in January to describe British conservatives entranced by Barack Obama. On March 13 the American Spectator broadened the term to cover all "conservative supporters" of the Democratic presidential candidate. Their ranks, though growing, feature few famous people. But looming on the horizon are two big potential Obamacons: Colin Powell and Chuck Hagel. Neither Powell, first-term secretary of state for George W. Bush, nor Hagel, retiring after two terms as a U.S. senator from Nebraska, has endorsed Obama. Hagel probably never will. Powell probably will enter Obama's camp at a time of his own...
  • Bruce Bartlett: Mr. Right? The rise of the Obamacons

    06/10/2008 10:09:18 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 20 replies · 158+ views
    The New Republic ^ | June 11th, 2008 | Bruce Bartlett
    The New Yorker is hardly the optimal vehicle for reaching the conservative intelligentsia. But, last year, Barack Obama cooperated with a profile for that magazine where he seemed to be speaking directly to the right. Because he paid obeisance to the virtues of stability and continuity, his interlocutor, Larissa MacFarquhar, came away with the impression that the Illinois senator was an adherent of Edmund Burke: "In his view of history, in his respect for tradition, in his skepticism that the world can be changed any way but very, very slowly, Obama is deeply conservative." As The New Yorker's assessment shot...
  • "Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past"

    05/11/2008 10:10:59 AM PDT · by Eye On The Left · 9 replies · 133+ views
    C-Span2 / BookTV Interview ^ | May 11, 2008 | C-SPAN2 VIDEO LINK
    After Words: Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past", Bruce Bartlett interviewed by Clarence Page About the Program: In "Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past", Bruce Bartlett argues that the Democratic Party had a racist past and he says there’s an unfair perception of America’s two national parties. In his book, he contends that Democratic Presidents and congressmen of the past supported racial segregation and the "Jim Crow" laws that dominated the Confederate states. Mr. Bartlett discussed his book with Clarence Page, syndicated columnist at the Chicago Tribune. Watch now:
  • Party of Chains - The greatest oppressors of blacks have been Democrats, says Bruce Bartlett.

    02/17/2008 8:03:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies · 216+ views
    City Journal ^ | 8 February 2008 | John H. McWhorter
    Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past, by Bruce Bartlett (Palgrave Macmillan, 288 pp., $26.95) Two years ago, on his Daily Kos website, Markos Moulitsas asked: “Is it any wonder the GOP is the party of racists?” While Moulitsas conceded that “not every Republican is a racist,” he maintained that “the opposite—every racist is a Republican—is just about right.” Such sentiments typify a common view that racism is the soul of the Republican Party, and that black Republicans are traitors to their race, or at least peculiar. Bruce Bartlett sets the record straight in Wrong on Race: The Democratic...
  • Why The Fair Tax WILL Work, A response to Bartlett's Unfair Attack on the FairTax

    02/17/2008 7:34:33 AM PST · by DivaDelMar · 152 replies · 815+ views and Tax Notes ^ | January 15, 2008 | Laurence J. Kotlikoff
    In his December 24, 2007 Tax Notes article, “Why the Fair Tax Won’t Work,” Bruce Bartlett purports to critique the FairTax, a proposal to replace almost all federal taxes with a retail sales tax plus a rebate. In fact, Barlett’s article has little to say about the FairTax and even less to say that’s accurate. Instead, most of his article misstates research on the FairTax, criticizes unnamed proponents of the FairTax, lambasts unattributed views of the FairTax, and engages in political punditry. This paper takes a close look at Bartlett’s “analysis,” exposing his repeated use of straw men for what...
  • Feel-Good Economics: We've tried tax rebates before. They don't work.

    01/18/2008 7:59:00 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 4 replies · 79+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 19, 2008 | BRUCE BARTLETT
    With remarkable speed, Congress, the White House, Republicans, Democrats and even the Federal Reserve have come to a consensus on the need for economic stimulus to moderate and perhaps forestall a recession. It seems certain that the final stimulus package will contain a tax rebate. The underlying theory for the rebate idea traces back to the British economist John Maynard Keynes. He believed that spending was the driving force in the economy. It didn't matter whether the spending was done by businesses on capital equipment, by governments on public works, or by consumers -- spending is spending in the Keynesian...
  • Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party's Buried Past

    01/11/2008 5:55:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 339+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | January 14, 2008 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Bruce Bartlett, the former deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for economic policy under George H.W. Bush. He was the former executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress and he also served in the Office of Policy Development at the White House under Ronald Reagan. He is the author of the new book, Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party's Buried Past.FP: Bruce Bartlett, welcome to Frontpage Interview.Bartlett: Thanks for the opportunity to discuss my new book.FP: What inspired you to write this book?Bartlett: I think the seeds were sown during the Trent...
  • Unfair Criticism(Fair Tax Rebuttal to Bruce Bartlett)

    09/18/2007 5:11:37 AM PDT · by Man50D · 178 replies · 248+ views
    The New Republic ^ | Spetember 14, 2007 | Leo Linbeck
    His "natural habitat" threatened by the growing popularity of the FairTax, Bruce Bartlett rather sadly resorts to the most damning fiction he can create in order to malign this thoroughly researched proposal ("Dianetics, the Tax Plan," September 10). Misdirection is, of course, a valuable skill for pickpockets and stage magicians but in the case of public policy, it is a coarse path that reflects poorly on the performer and ill-serves honest debate. The FairTax was developed, independently of any other proposal, over the course of several years by noted economists after extensive market research was conducted into what the public...
  • Bruce Bartlett Needs To See The Auditor

    09/07/2007 9:21:53 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 16 replies · 465+ views ^ | 7 September 2007 | .cnI redruM
    Senator Clinton’s favorite “Conservative” Bruce Bartlett has dug his way to the bottom. It seems he doesn’t like the idea of Candidate Fred Thompson’s National Sales Tax proposal and has no scruples about using it’s previous endorsement by The Church of Scientology as a bludgeon to attack Thompson’s start-up campaign. Like Scott Thomas Beauchamp, Bartlett has authored a disingenuous piece of fiction for The New Republic. Like Scott Thomas Beauchamp’s Shock Troops diary, the piece reeks of being a cheap, unfair smear job. Bartlett released his sewage in hopes of ruining Republican Candidate Fred Thompson’s entry into the GOP nomination...
  • Fair Tax, Flawed Tax

    08/26/2007 4:27:23 AM PDT · by Aristotelian · 503 replies · 2,853+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 26, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT | BRUCE BARTLETT
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's unexpectedly strong second-place showing in the recent Iowa Republican straw poll is widely attributed to his support for the FairTax. For those who never heard about it, the FairTax is a national retail sales tax that would replace the entire current federal tax system. It was originally devised by the Church of Scientology in the early 1990s as a way to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service, with which the church was then at war.... Rep. John Linder (R., Ga.) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R., Ga.) have introduced legislation (H.R. 25/S. 1025) to implement...
  • Serious about Ron Paul[Bruce Bartlett]

    05/30/2007 4:44:20 AM PDT · by BGHater · 244 replies · 2,005+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 30 May 2007 | Bruce Bartlett
    As some readers of this column may know, the first "real" job I ever had was working for Rep. Ron Paul back in 1976. I went to visit the Texas Republican a few months ago and was pleased to see he had not changed much at all since the days when I was a legislative assistant on his congressional staff. At that time, I did not know Ron planned a run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. When I later learned of it, I thought he was being hopelessly Quixotic -- tilting at windmills. I thought Ron's views about limited...
  • Republican Euthanasia [Sorry Bushbots: Immigration bill shows Bush 'ain't one of us'}

    05/21/2007 11:44:34 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 139 replies · 2,553+ views
    Town Hall ^ | May 22 2007 | Bruce Bartlett
    As someone who has been highly critical of George W. Bush’s repeated violations of conservative principles for some years, last week brought some vindication. His endorsement of an immigration reform bill that is widely viewed as offering de facto amnesty for illegal aliens seems to have finally gotten to many of those who have defended him down the line and attacked people like me as conservative turncoats. They now realize what I figured out three years ago: he ain’t one of us. For me, the tipping point was the Medicare drug bill, which was rammed through Congress in the dead...
  • Bruce Bartlett: Dealing with a Democratic Advantage (be prepared for a President Hillary Clinton)

    05/09/2007 9:49:04 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 49 replies · 1,226+ views
    National Review ^ | 05/08/2007 | Bruce Bartlett
    I hadn’t planned on writing another column about Hillary Clinton, but the one I wrote last week has been so widely misunderstood that I feel compelled to do so. To recap, I said that no Republican can win the presidency next year. If one accepts this premise, then if follows that it is in the interest of conservatives to support the most conservative Democrat running for that party’s nomination. I went on to say why I think Hillary Clinton may be the most conservative Democrat. To begin with, it is obviously not impossible for a Republican to win next year....
  • Why '08 Will Belong To The Democrats [Megabarf Alert!]

    05/08/2007 5:39:44 PM PDT · by melt · 41 replies · 2,095+ views
    CBS NEWS ^ | 5/08/07 | Bruce Bartlett.
    I hadn't planned on writing another column about Hillary Clinton, but the one I wrote last week has been so widely misunderstood that I feel compelled to do so. To recap, I said that no Republican can win the presidency next year. If one accepts this premise, then if follows that it is in the interest of conservatives to support the most conservative Democrat running for that party's nomination. I went on to say why I think Hillary Clinton may be the most conservative Democrat. To begin with, it is obviously not impossible for a Republican to win next year....
  • Democrats and Conservatives

    05/08/2007 6:19:56 AM PDT · by Bishop_Malachi · 18 replies · 951+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 8th, 2007 | Bruce Bartlett
    Democrats and Conservatives By Bruce Bartlett I hadn't planned on writing another column about Hillary Clinton, but the one I wrote last week has been so widely misunderstood that I feel compelled to do so. To recap, I said that no Republican can win the presidency next year. If one accepts this premise, then if follows that it is in the interest of conservatives to support the most conservative Democrat running for that party's nomination. I went on to say why I think Hillary Clinton may be the most conservative Democrat. To begin with, it is obviously not impossible for...
  • Conservatives for Hillary?

    05/01/2007 5:18:55 AM PDT · by peyton randolph · 103 replies · 1,814+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 05/01/07 | Bruce Bartlett
    As each day passes, it becomes increasingly clear that the Democrats will win the White House next year. It's not quite 1932, but it's getting close to a sure thing. All the energy is on their side, they are raising more money from more contributors, and there is little if any enthusiasm for the Republican candidates -- even among Republicans... At some point, politically sophisticated conservatives will have to recognize that no Republican can win in 2008 and that their only choice is to support the most conservative Democrat for the nomination. Call me crazy, but I think that person...
  • Coulter and consequences

    03/28/2007 11:58:15 AM PDT · by JZelle · 71 replies · 219+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3-28-07 | Bruce Bartlett
    One reason I wish columnist Ann Coulter hadn't used the F-word in a recent speech -- the one that is a derogatory term for homosexual -- is because it gave liberals yet another excuse to label all conservatives as homophobic, racist and sexist, which writer Rick Perlstein did last week in the New Republic. As Mr. Perlstein wrote, Miss Coulter's poor choice of words "fits into a running conservative pattern." He went on to suggest radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was sending coded messages to his listeners about former Secretary of State James A. Baker's sexual orientation by referring...
  • Republicans' Cheney Problem

    02/20/2007 8:54:38 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 62 replies · 1,697+ views ^ | February 20, 2007 | Bruce Bartlett
    Republicans' Cheney Problem By Bruce Bartlett It is becoming increasingly clear that the Republican Party has a huge problem going into 2008. Usually, it has a clear frontrunner going into the process who is broadly acceptable to most Republicans. But in this election cycle, that is not true. The race is wide open and it is hard to predict who will be left standing when the last primary vote is cast. One thing that can be predicted is that a great many Republicans will be dissatisfied with their party's presidential nominee. It won't matter who among those currently running ends...
  • Time For Us To Go

    09/18/2006 12:12:52 PM PDT · by hripka · 25 replies · 830+ views
    The Washington Monthly ^ | October 2006 | Various
    With Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, conservatives these days ought to be happy, but most aren’t. They see expanding government, runaway spending, Middle East entanglements, and government corruption, and they wonder why, exactly, the country should be grateful for Republican dominance. Some accuse Bush and the Republicans today of not being true conservatives. Others see a grab bag of stated policies and wonder how they cohere. Everyone thinks something’s got to change. Now seven prominent conservatives dare to speak the unspeakable: They hope the Republicans lose in 2006. Well, let’s be diplomatic and say they’d prefer divided government—soon....
  • Kind words for Bush (Bruce Bartlett)

    08/22/2006 2:01:29 PM PDT · by slowhand520 · 4 replies · 699+ views
    Townhall ^ | Bruce Bartlett
    Kind words for Bush By Bruce Bartlett Tuesday, August 22, 2006 Regular readers of this column know that earlier this year, I published a book highly critical of George W. Bush for his deviations from conservative principles, which got me fired from an intellectually bankrupt think tank. Since publication of that book, however, Bush has actually fixed some of the problems identified in my book. It almost makes me think that someone in the White House read it very thoroughly and took its message to heart. The first big improvement was installation of Joshua Bolten as White House chief of...
  • The Democrats' problem

    06/27/2006 3:57:48 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 28 replies · 1,112+ views ^ | 6/27/06 | Bruce Bartlett
    From what I read on the blogs these days, most Democrats believe that their party's single biggest problem is that it is not tough enough. Their solution is to be ever more shrill and hysterical in attacking Republicans. As a Republican, I think this is wonderful. It just makes Democrats look like kooks, and forces moderates to vote Republican. Actually, I think the Democrats' biggest problem is simple ineptness -- they just aren't very good at coming up with politically attractive ideas and marketing them effectively. I even have a theory about why this is the case. The fact is...
  • Heading for a fall?

    05/10/2006 12:25:52 PM PDT · by JZelle · 28 replies · 800+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-10-06 | Bruce Bartlett
    My new book, "Impostor," is very critical of President Bush for not standing up for conservative principles. One of the main criticisms I have heard is that Republicans in Congress deserve much of the blame for out-of-control spending and other sins I blame on him. This is a valid point. But I take the view members of Congress will always behave myopically, seeing spending that benefits their constituents as supremely virtuous even as they decry deficits and bloated budgets.
  • 2 authors explore the GOP's distress

    05/07/2006 2:27:02 PM PDT · by WaterDragon · 213 replies · 2,657+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | May 7, 2006 | Thomas Lipscomb
    The Republican Party is uneasy as it shambles toward the crucial 2006 congressional elections. Many of its supporters claim to feel demoralized, if not seduced and abandoned, by the conservative president they thought they elected in 2004. With President Bush's Nixonian economic policies and unwillingness to curtail federal spending, and the Republican faithful as confused as everyone else about the Iraq War, this is a good time to gain some political perspective from two veteran architects of the Reagan Revolution. In the midst of another difficult political predicament, Germany's Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, once said he had finally found...
  • The Conservative Movement Dragged Down (Bruce Bartlett Alert)

    04/25/2006 5:16:40 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 30 replies · 751+ views
    Real Clear Politics & Creator's Syndicate ^ | April 25, 2006 | Bruce Bartlett
    With George W. Bush's popularity down to just 33 percent in the latest Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll, liberals like Paul Krugman are starting to salivate at the possibility of bringing down not only the Republican Party, but conservative ideas, as well. Conservatives, too, are becoming concerned about the prospect, and some now are looking to distance themselves from the looming Republican crack-up.Those most concerned about this are conservatives old enough to remember when the conservative movement's attachment to the Republican Party was much more circumspect than it is today. They remember too well the viciousness of the Republican establishment's attacks...
  • President Bush: Two-Thirds of a Real Conservative (Bruce Bartlett Alert)

    04/18/2006 4:39:46 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 39 replies · 708+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | April 18, 2006 | Bruce Bartlett
    In every administration, there is always one journalist that the White House trusts above the others to represent its point of view. In this administration, it is Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard magazine.Whenever you read one of Barnes' columns, you know that you are getting an inside perspective. You are, in effect, reading what the White House itself is thinking on any given day on any given subject.This is an arrangement that suits everyone. Barnes is regularly able to scoop other reporters viewed as hostile to this administration, while the White House has a conduit through which it can...
  • Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill of Bush

    04/09/2006 2:34:32 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 6 replies · 502+ views ^ | 4 7 06 | Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill of Bush -By Bruce Bartlett
    On Feb. 21, Doubleday will publish the book that cost me my job: "Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy." The germination began when I heard about the extraordinary efforts made by the White House to ram the Medicare drug benefit through the House of Representatives during the night. Until that point, I had given President Bush the benefit of the doubt—even on things with which I was uncomfortable. For example, I had reluctantly concluded the Iraq War was justified on the basis of what I knew at the time it began. I don't normally...
  • The Double-Standard of the Liberal Media

    04/09/2006 9:05:02 AM PDT · by ChessExpert · 23 replies · 932+ views
    Human Events, Magazine and Online ^ | 24 January 2006 | Bruce Bartlett
    ... By my count, there have been 70 different members of the House who have been investigated for serious offenses over the last 30 years, including many involving actual criminality and jail time. Of these, only 15 involved Republicans, with the remaining 55 involving Democrats. ...
  • Counterfeit Conservative

    03/27/2006 2:54:07 PM PST · by Irontank · 112 replies · 1,875+ views
    President George W. Bush took office to the sustained applause of America’s conservative movement. In 2000, he defeated the liberal environmentalist Al Gore, abruptly terminated the legacy of the even more hated Bill Clinton, and gave Republicans control of both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. A few cynics were suspicious of Bush’s understanding of and commitment to conservative principles, but most on the Right welcomed his inauguration. Five years later, the traditional conservative agenda lies in ruins. Government is bigger, spending is higher, and Washington is more powerful. The national government has intruded further into state and local concerns. Federal officials...
  • Americans take their ringside seats for the great conservative crack-up

    03/09/2006 2:27:11 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 75 replies · 1,629+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 03/10/06 | Gerard Baker
    RONALD REAGAN’S Eleventh Commandment famously ordered his party: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. For ambitious and bitchy politicians, it was always a demanding precept and in practice they have obeyed it about as assiduously as they’ve kept the seventh (or for that matter the sixth) of the decalogue of Moses. But the great unwieldy and shifting coalition of the Republican Party has somehow managed to hold itself together rather better than the infamously feuding Democrats, whose favourite form of assembly has long been the circular firing squad. Not any more. Republicans are falling out among themselves...
  • Who is the real impostor?

    03/06/2006 2:45:46 PM PST · by lward99 · 13 replies · 300+ views
    Pants on Fire Blog ^ | 3/6/06 | Alan Skorski
    Bruce Bartlett, a former advisor in the Reagan White House and economist has written a new blockbuster book titled: Impostor : How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy What is so disappointing to me is the way he has carried on in the publicity of his book. He claims that he is trying to send a wakeup call to the Republican Party, that we run the risk of losing the White House or congress or both unless we get control of the reckless spending, a spending Bartlett contends, breaks from the great traditions of Ronald Reagan....
  • Bartlett: Bush Is Another Nixon

    03/04/2006 7:25:22 PM PST · by beyond the sea · 137 replies · 3,513+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 3/4/06 | unknown
    President Bush is not only dealing with angry liberals who blame him for everything, including natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. But even some conservatives are breaking ranks against the president. No matter that Bush revived an economy that was set to tailspin into recession or worse after the dot-com bubble. Nor is there much praise for Bush for keeping the country safe. Since Sept. 11, America has suffered no major terror attacks on U.S. soil. "If Bush wins, there will be a civil war in the Republican Party starting on Nov. 3.” Bruce Bartlett, a Reaganite economist, wrote that in...
  • Betraying the Reagan Legacy (Bruce Bartlett Alert)

    02/28/2006 7:02:23 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 83 replies · 1,360+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | February 28, 2006 | Bruce Bartlett
    Last week, I published a new book, "Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy." A lot of my friends are not happy with me for writing it, and I have been embraced by a number of people on the left whom I would ordinarily consider my political enemies. Both are mistaken about why I wrote the book and what I hope to accomplish with it.Some of my former friends on the right have attacked me as an opportunist who sold out his party and his president to get a best-seller. They would not think so...
  • Why I wrote the book

    02/28/2006 1:00:23 PM PST · by ConservativeBamaFan · 40 replies · 1,564+ views ^ | Feb 28, 2006 | Bruce Bartlett
    Last week, I published a new book, Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy. A lot of my friends are not happy with me for writing it and I have been embraced by a number of people on the left whom I would ordinarily consider my political enemies. Both are mistaken about why I wrote the book and what I hope to accomplish with it. Some of my former friends on the right have attacked me as an opportunist who sold out his party and his president to get a best-seller. They would not think...
  • Matthews Rolls Red Carpet for Bush-Bashing Bartlett

    02/21/2006 6:30:00 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies · 848+ views
    Hardball/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein February 21, 2006 Conservative author? Want to be invited on MSM shows and given deferential treatment? No problema! Just be willing to take serious shots at a Republican president. Case in point: on tonight's Hardball, Chris Matthews rolled out the red-carpet for author Bruce Bartlett, who had worked in the Reagan and Bush, Sr. administrations. Title of Bartlett's book? "Impostor : How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy". Bingo! Highlights: Matthews: "If you had to narrow it down to the biggest offense, as you see it, that Bush is not conservative, what is...