Thursday, June 14, 2012
"Miss Me Yet?"
In response to the billboards and other media with a smiling George W. Bush with the caption “Miss me yet?”, I’d have to say “No”. Oh sure, I suppose I could miss W in the way a woman being tortured and killed might miss the old boyfriend who slapped her around but broke no bones. But really, miss Bush? TARP started on his watch. No Child Gets Ahead – Oops, I mean No Child Left Behind. Implementation of another huge social welfare program, Medicare Part D, was on his watch. The coining of the phrase “compassionate conservatism”. I always resented the implication that us regular Goldwater-Reagan conservatives are not compassionate. With a Republican Congress for 6 of his 8 years, he accomplished no meaningful conservative reforms or significant cutbacks in the growth and reach of the Federal government into areas best governed by states and local communities. While I think he governed with the best of intentions and isn’t the Anti-Christ as portrayed by many in the far left, he didn’t come close to embodying true conservative values. No, I don’t miss him. In a way, he made things worse for conservatives, due to the common misconception that being Republican means a person is conservative. We have the Far Left telling us conservatives had our chance and our conservative policies failed. No, we haven't had our chance. Conservative policies didn't fail because they were not implemented. Don't get me wrong. Obama is far worse than Bush. Things got worse under Bush when the Democrats took over Congress in 2006. W is not entirely to blame. But I really can't say I miss him.