Don't Forget that George W. Bush was Anything but a Limited Government Conservative

by the Left Coast Rebel

As bad as thing are under Obama, many in the limited government movement have tucked away old wounds of conservative betrayal and are now waxing fondly over George W. Bush. Conservatives republicans like Sean Hannity are pimping his new book and featuring him on their shows, talking him up and pointing to the differences between the Agitator in Chief and Bush.

This tells me two different things -

a). Just how bad Obama actually is. Essentially juxtaposed to anyone this side of....well any president looks good compared to the man. Carter looks like a great president in comparison.

b). People that should know better sure have short memories. I can think of dozens of reasons why I don't feel an ounce of "Miss My Yet" emotion.

Michelle Malkin has been blogging for far longer than I have. She covered the historic betrayal of limited government principles that Bush ushered in. Here's just a few:

Bush then oversaw the $85 billion bailout of AIG and prepared the $25 billion auto bailout. In October, the Republicans swallowed the Bush crap sandwich and blindly bowed to naked emperor Paulson, and John McCain proposed a $300 billion mortgage bailout that dwarfed Obama’s campaign proposal.

As he rode into the sunset in December 2008 after pre-socializing the economy for Barack Obama, Bush wrote his own epitaph, which was one of the items on my list of things I don’t miss about Bush.


1) joined with open-borders progressives McCain and Kennedy to try to force shamnesty down our throats;

2) massively expanded the federal role in education;

3) championed the Medicare prescription drug entitlement using phony math;

4) kowtowed to the jihadi-enabling Saudis;

5) stocked DHS with incompetents and cronies;

6) pushed Hillarycare for housing;

7) enabled turncoat Arlen Specter;

8. nominated crony Harriet Myers to the Supreme Court;

9) pre-socialized the economy for Obama by embracing TARP, the auto bailouts, the AIG bailout, and in his own words:

Malkin's list doesn't even include other travesties such as the trillion dollar + Medicare prescription drug program, ballooning the Department of Education, refusal to enforce border policy, silence on Ramos and Compeon, mismanaged wars....and a general growth in the federal government that one would have to look back to the 1960s and Lyndon Johnson to replicate.

Don't fall for it, conservatives. Bush was no fiscal conservative and don't you dare let the republican party push another "compassionate conservative" (another Reagan legacy betrayal in and of itself) to grab the nomination in 2012.

Nothing short of the future of the nation is at stake and another big government, socialism-co-opting republican president will be the nail in the coffin of America.

List other Bush betrayals in the comments and I will put them up here....

Discussion at Memeorandum.


  1. It is funny how quickly people forget. Bush Jr had his share of truly presidential moments, but much of the mess we're in now has his signature on it. In many ways, Bush Jr's administration lined up the nails for Obama's administration to hammer.

  2. Great reminder! There IS a reason that Republicans got voted out in 2008... his name is George W. That being said, as a person, he seems like a very nice person and he is waaaay classier than Obama will ever be. I respect him for that.

  3. Well Said! The only positive re G. Bush is his true love and respect for America. Otherwise, he spent, spent, and then spent some more. While Bush got his war, the liberal Congress got every entitlement ever desired.

    No, I don't miss Bush, even with the Obama traitor in office. Our Country needs to do better than either Bush or Obama.

  4. All Obama is is Bush on Steriods. Other than Court nominees, Taxes, and National Security (and I'm stretching it a little here given DHS's history), Obama has bloated what Bush did during his eight years. In fact, Obama has managed to triple in less than two years what it took Bush 8 years to do as well as get socialized health care passed.

    What to add to Bush's legacy:

    Failed to Pardon Libby who really didn't do anything wrong other than offend liberals.

    Allow the press to go from Seditious to down right treasonous.

    Refused to send troops when the violence from Mexico started to escalate (the election of Obama basically said "open season" to the drug cartels)

    Never defined Victory for wars (while Obama can't even define defeat).

    Talking about never expanding Department of Education, No Child Left Behind is becoming making every child not being left behind being stupid, than the other way around.

    Never taking the war where it was really needed and now have a monster about to be nuclear armed with Iran. Great posturing there, Mr. Bush!

    Gave the UN more oversight powers over our soverignty (anyone even notice any more?)

    Allow Mexico to attempt to sue Arizona over their Prop that didn't allow illegals to gain state benefits (sound familiar?)

    Gave the Border patrol such insane rules of engagement that the term Catch and Release was created.

    The worse that you don't hear about is how he opened our borders to Islamic immigration while making it near impossible for those in Western societies.

    Miss Bush? Heck I miss Clinton more than I do Bush at least he had self peservation politically and that alone makes me sick to my stomach.

  5. that's a little biased judgment of Bush. if you want to compare Obama with Bush then you must also take into consideration those things that Bush did that the Right agrees with also, not just those thing that got big play up in the Press.


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