Thursday, February 09, 2006

Reagan Economist Slams Bush

This book makes some points that we principled conservatives have been making all along:

The title is stunning: “Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy.” The author is Bruce Bartlett, an economist who worked in the Reagan administration. The publisher is Doubleday, not some highly suspect publishing company with a political axe to grind.


It is no secret that many conservatives who consider themselves true Reaganites are disdainful of Bush, but Bartlett doesn’t pull any punches in his indictment of a man who, in his opinion, has betrayed many of Reagan’s principles.

While the White House portrays Bush as a conservative president with a conservative agenda, he writes that conservatives know better.

“He is simply a partisan Republican, anxious to improve the fortunes of his party, to be sure. But he is perfectly willing to jettison conservative principles at a moment’s notice to achieve that goal,” Bartlett writes.

[Bartlett] faults Bush’s tax cuts, calling them ill-designed. He finds his trade policy too dotted with protectionist moves, adding that he has the worst policy on free trade since Herbert Hoover. The Medicare prescription drug bill is “the worst legislation in history” because of his massive future costs, he says, and he has not vetoed a single bill as he increased the size of government. Two of the unkindest cuts in the book: Bill Clinton had a better record on controlling the deficit, he says, and Bush has the many of the same kinds of policies as Richard Nixon.
I think it is unlikely that the Bush administration will take this criticism to heart at this late date. Hopefully, the contenders for the Republican ticket in '08 will do so.

UPDATE: From the same Chicago Tribune site, could this be a related story?
Claude A. Allen, the president’s domestic policy adviser, turned in his letter of resignation today at the White House, the Bush administration acknowledged tonight.

1 comment:

he who is known as sefton said...

Back in high school, I had to read THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WEBSTER. In a not so subtle way, it was a paean to our American ideal of freedom. Quite frankly, I found the portrayal of the protagonist ... Daniel Webster, I mean ... inspiring.

In his own way, Bruce Bartlett is inspiring through the courage of his convictions to the point of willingness to suffer consequences, such as getting fired. After perusing the contents of your blog, I surmise you concur.

No doubt about it, Bartlett's book IMPOSTOR raises many valid objections to the current Bush administration. Let's face it ... Bartlett has more than merely good cause for doing so.

For my part, I dearly wish Bartlett would turn his gimlet eye towards the Supreme Court of the United States. That decision on eminent domains, from the standpoint of American conservatism, is appalling.

It involves far more than just kicking old ladies out of their homes for the expansion of some casino's parking lot. Anyway, you're invited to read my layman's analysis, which can be brought up clicking on the hyperlink, just below my nom de plume.

Chances are, if you read the hyperlink's text, you'll be startled. If you're a conservative, who regards "free enterprise" as the sine qua non for the nation's economy, you might want to keep in mind this bon mot by Bertolt Brecht ... "if you have tears, prepare to shed them now".

.he who is known as sefton