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Does George Bush deserve support?
Posted By Harry Browne On 04/18/2002 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Two weeks ago, I suggested that George Bush’s presidency had turned out to be amazingly similar to what we had feared from Al Gore. The only major difference is that there’s very little conservative opposition to Bush’s expansion of government, while we could have expected fierce opposition to Gore.
The article provoked some angry reactions from people who said that only a fool could fail to notice all the good deeds George Bush has done.
The Bush agenda
Not wanting to be a fool, I’ve compiled a list of the good things conservatives believe George Bush has achieved so far. Let’s look at them:
In sum, George Bush seems very good on things that don’t count – gun bills he hasn’t had to veto, environmental treaties that won’t be enacted anyway, talking about the ABM treaty or reforming Social Security while doing nothing about them.
But where something has actually happened – foreign aid, farm subsidies, education, health care, campaign-finance reform, corporate welfare, and much more – he’s expanding government at a blinding pace, just as Al Gore probably would have done.
And I doubt that Gore would have signed a punitive tariff on foreign steel – which could trigger a terrible trade war and injure the economy.
Who’s to blame?
Am I carping at George Bush?
No, I’m carping at the conservatives who would have been screaming bloody murder if Al Gore were president and had done exactly what George Bush has done.
Conservatives don’t oppose Bush because he’s a Republican. For most Democrats and Republicans, it’s all just a game – “beat the other team, whatever it takes.”
If all you want is a president who will say what you want to hear, George Bush is your man. But if you want a president who actually does something to make your life better and reduce the government to its constitutional limits, you’re no better off with Bush than with Gore.
Sorry, but that’s the way it is.
Raise your sights
They tell you that in politics you must compromise. But all the compromises have been in the direction of bigger and more oppressive government. There are never any compromises in our favor – producing smaller reductions than we might want.
If you don’t ask for what you want – if you don’t demand what you want as the price of your support – you shouldn’t be surprised that you never get what you really want.
When are you going to raise your sights – and stop supporting those who are selling out your few remaining liberties?
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