The Trojan Horse known as the "Compassionate Conservative" sellsout free market principals.
Forget about the Iraqi guy that threw his shoes at Bush, Many conservatives would like to throw their shoes at him as well as a few other things. Liberals are usually slow on the up take when it comes to details. Since Bush's approval ratings went in the tank two years ago, liberals have used his approval numbers against conservatives as if conservatives actually cared about Bush's numbers. It didn't occur to their fragile inept minds that conservatives were as equally angry with George Bush as they were. When Bush first coined the term "compassionate conservative", I thought that Bush was a borderline dunce, and I started to think that he had no idea what true conservatism was about. Over his two terms as President, George Bush has done some good things to help conservatives, but he wouldn't have done them if conservatives wouldn't have pressured him to do so. Sad to say though, Bush is worthy of his low approval numbers for several reasons. What he said on CNN the other day justifies it. Watch this video and listen to what the so called conservative that "believes in free market capitalism" said about it.
"I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market"? What kind of statement is that? This sounds like some incoherent rant one would expect from Barack Obama but without the applause. It was "free market principals" that got our economy jump started after the dot com collapse and then the 911 attacks just a few months later. I don't doubt that George Bush is a nice and decent guy, but his thinking sometimes need a lot to be desired. This economic mess the world finds itself in didn't happen because of "free market principals". It happened because certain politicians didn't want to listen to the warning signs that the sub prime housing market was in deep trouble three years ago. Greed also played a part in this mess as well, but greed and free market principals are not related. Free market principals can easily get the world out of this situation, Bush didn't have the coconuts to apply the principals. Socialist government bailouts are only going to make the problem worse and prolong the misery. As President, Bush never discovered a government program he wanted to slash. The red veto pen's ink is probably dry due to not ever being used. As I said before, Bush has never been nor will he ever be a true conservative. He's really a "neo" conservative. A neocon is the "new tone" of conservatism we are starting to hear so much about by the political elites and the liberal drones. Neo is the Latin word for "new", hence "new conservative". When you think of Bush just think of John McCain, Chuck Hagel, Lindsey Graham, Trent Lott etc. By Bush being labeled by liberals as a conservative without him being label as anything else, he has hurt not only the Republican brand but also the conservative brand as well. I hear liberals all the time say that "Bush is a conservative, yet he added a trillion dollars to our national debt". It is so hard to reprogram a liberal drone. The fact is that no true conservative would ever support growing government or spending like a bunch of drunken fools. Bush campaigned in 2000 and 2004 as something he clearly wasn't, but conservatives really didn't have a choice at all. In the Republican primaries, the only other options besides Bush was McCain. In 2000 and 2004, the Bush was again the only options over Gore and Kerry. Conservatives had to settle for "conservative lite" instead of "conservative right", and hopefully when Bush steps on to the helicopter for the last time we can finally get to work on getting a TRUE conservative that we and our country desperately need.