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06-12-2012, 12:51 AM
Jeb Bush: No Place For Father, Reagan In Today's GOP

Posted Jun 11, 2012 8:11am EDT
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<span style='font-size: 8pt'>Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Capitol Hill earlier this week. (Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)</span>

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said today that both Ronald Reagan and his father George H. W. Bush would have had a difficult time getting nominated by today's ultra-conservative Republican Party.

"Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground," Bush said, adding that he views the hyper-partisan moment as "temporary."

"Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time – they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan suport," he said. Reagan "would be criticized for doing the things that he did."

Bush cited, in particular, "the budget deal my dad did, with bipartisan support — at least for a while — that created the spending restraint of the ‘90s," a reference to a move widely viewed now as a political disaster for Bush, breaking a pledge against tax increases and infuriating conservatives. It was, Bush said, "helpful in creating a climate of more sustainted economic growth."

"Politically it clearly didn't work out — he was a one term president," his son said.

Bush called the present partisan climate "disturbing."

"It’s just a different environment left and right," he said of "this dysfunction."

And Bush also blamed President Obama for much of the conflict.
"His first year could have been a year of enormous accomplishment had he focused on things where there was more common ground," he said, arguing that Obama had made a "purely political calculation" to run a sharply partisan administration.

His remarks to a group of reporters and editors at the headquarters of Bloomberg LP in Manhattan were the latest in a series of concerns Bush, one of the best-respected figures in his party, has raised about its current direction. Other Republicans, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, have suggested that this GOP wouldn't nominate Reagan, who raised taxes and made grand bargains with Democrats on immigration and fiscal issues. Bush also repeated criticism of the "tone" of the discussion of immigration issues.

Bush said that Mitt Romney's move to channel Republicans' anger over immigration in the primary has put him "in somewhat of a box" in the general election. He advised Romney to offer a "broader and more intense" approach to the issue. He suggested Romney continue to campaign in Hispanic communities, that he recast immigration as an economic issue, and that he focus on the question of education.

"I do feel a little out of step with my party on this," he said.
Bush also had praise for Rep. Paul Ryan for proposing a budget and disdain for Democrats for refusing to engage it.

"It’s all about talking points rather than engagement," he said of Congressional hearings on the Ryan budget, during one of which, he said, he was grilled by Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC Chairwoman.

"She clearly doesn’t like me — not from Washington, from past battles," he said.

Bush said he finds reason for optimism in statehouses, and cited two governors as particular models: Indiana Republican Mitch Daniels and Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper.

Bush did offer Obama one point of agreement: That the economic "headwinds" the president has been mocked for citing are real.
"We’ve got major headwinds with Europe and the slowdown in Asia as well," Bush said, predicting weak economic growth in the short term.

But Bush sounded a remarkably gloomy note about the present moment: "We’re in very difficul times," he said. "We’re in decline."

Gayle in MD
06-12-2012, 08:00 AM
Given all of the concessions this preaident has made, in order to get things done, Ol' Jeb is still being highly partisan, by blaming Democrats equally for what is clearly a refusal from the right to do anything unles they get their way about detail of every Bill.

Even Boehner said that compromise was a bad word.

McConnell, "Our main goal is to make President Obama and one term president" while in the midst of emergency circumstances, left by a Republican President!

Republicans have launched a war of hate against the Middle Class and the poor, against women, against immigrants, and against the best interests of the country, AND at a critical time, while refusing to accept or acknowledge any responsibility for their own negligent spending and borrowing that made us impotent to more effectively deal with the Bush Recession, near Depression.

We are where we are due to their own economic policies, in which they engaged for six years, total control, under a Repigican President, and a Republican Federal Reserve Chairman, which led to damaging de-regulatory Republican Policies, a housing bust created by Bush's "Ownership Society" and unchecked Wall St. greed annd corruption, whiloe Warring and borrowing, leading to critical debt levels, and hence, ol' Jeb needs to acknowledge whose administration was a total failure economically, and in every other way!

Ol' Jeb may be thinking of 2016, but he's going to have to acknowledge more of his big bros, big hat no cattle, failed economic and foreign policies, if he thinks this country is going to be chomping at the bit, for another Bush in the White House!

Trickle Down has to be smashed to pieces, if we are going to grow this economy. Unlike some of our more ignorant opinions around here, new products are not worht much, if most people can't afford to be consumers! The wealthy need to get this through their greedy little minds.

We do have a growing economy, created from a severely contracting economy, which is what this president innherited. The worst recession since the great depression, Bush's legacy!

We were losing seven hundred and fifty thousand jobs a month, and job loses have been creeping back up, since Republicans were voted in as Governors, and as Senators and Congressmen, thanks to the obstruction, and the ONLY FOR THE WEALTHY REPIGLICAN MENTALITY.

Republicans are going to have to back off of their ONLY for the WEALTHY, policies, and raise taxes on those who make their living outsourcing our jobs, and throwing Americans out of work, and cheating Americans on the stock market, which means, we have to stop rewarding the wealthy, giving thhem a bye for thier greed and corruption, and put the in jail, for a change, for hurting and stealing from everyone else in our society.

Grover will ultimately end up a target, of more Repubs, before long, and those Tea Party Zealots, are going to have to go home and shut up! Grover will end up being the fall guy, when the **** hits the fan.

We cannot get out of this debt hole with Republicans throwing teachers, policemen, firemen, and other public sector workers out of work, while refusing to raise taxes for thoose who have benefitted from this unfair, uneven, skewed for the wealthy, tax policy.

The Bush Tax cuts MUST be expired, for all but those making under 250,000 a year, just as the president has stated, which really doesn't tax anything but what they make beyond that number...

We have undeniable proof, Republican economic policies failed all over Europe, just as they failed right here during eight years of the Bush Tax cuts, spending, borrowing, warring, and blaming everyone else for the colossal mess they made of everything, as they continue to obstruct the recovery!

Mitt Romney is the absolute worst thing that could happen to us right now! He is the personification of everything that started going the wrong way, over thirty years ago!


06-12-2012, 06:08 PM

Gayle in MD
06-13-2012, 06:20 AM
Alas, there is no way to purge the ignorant Righties from voting roles!

Even Repigs can't deal with the stupidity of the Tea Party! Boehner looks like he's been hitting the bottle non stop, since he has had to deal with them, he's aged ten years! Not that he doesn't deserve it!