I haven’t commented on the Presidents recent speech mostly because I wanted to chew on it a bit. My first reaction was not a good one. Spend, spend, spend and more spend. Those of us who despise the welfare state we have become over the last 50 years hate these welfare idea’s.
But as I read the speech a few times I began to recall the platform Bush ran under in ’00. Compassionate Conservative. So shame on me for being surprised. I love Bush and think he is one heck of a President and thank god every day that he was in office on 9/11 instead of Gore, but on Immigration and his spending habits….I totally disagree.
Granted, his idea’s are not pure welfare. You can see where he is going with this, trying to jumpstart a ownership society and while I think it’s a good idea politically I just dont see it as a good idea for our country.
Rush makes some valid points tho:
…A lot of you think, “Well, whatever, what’s the difference now between conservatives and liberals, Rush? I mean big spending, big spending, what the hell, it’s over with.” I mean, I’ve just got reams of e-mail here. I don’t know how many of you in the listening audience have the same view that this speech last night was a disaster when it comes to the future, and of conservatism or government spending, the size of government and so forth. But I do have a plan to deal with this.
Remember, the president made a proposal last night. It’s going to go through the legislative process. But one of the things that, again, I want to emphasize, is don’t get caught up in the moment. There are far deeper currents that are taking place here, and you know, you talk about the Roberts hearings and the reshaping of the judiciary that is taking place, I can’t tell you how crucial that is, as you well know. And the Democrats, folks, are just wandering aimlessly in the desert. They don’t have a Moses. They are in deep trouble. What the president did last night, I think a lot of you have a view that this was, “Okay, the president said to hell with conservatism and it’s over with.” He didn’t do that. If you just look at the total amount of money being spent and you listen to the ways you hear it being spent, you might think, “Oh, God, we’re just chucking it,” but we’re not. I think a subtitle of what the president’s speech last night was could be this: Okay, libs, we’ve tried it your way for 60 years and now we’re going to try it our way. He was talking about enterprise zones, school vouchers, turning renters into owners, rebuilding this place without rebuilding slums. They’re not going to rebuild it the way it was with the same architecture and the same structure politically and everything else.
I really really hope this is the kind of stuff the President was talking about. While I am still kinda upset that all the taxpayers of this Country will have to pay for the failure of the local politicians in Louisiana, if he has some idea’s to make it better without making it into another welfare state then I will definitely give him the benefit of the doubt. I owe him that much since he has done so much good for this Country.
…By the way, I thought one of the things that would aggravate the left more than anything in that speech last night that I have not yet found — they may have done it — but I haven’t yet found a reaction to and it’s a huge “See, I Told You So.” The president actually said we’ve learned now that the US military is the one element of our government and the bureaucracy that’s best equipped to handle this. And he went on to say that we need to empower them more in circumstances like that. I thought the left would be throwing up red flags, yellow flags, green flags, pink ribbons and everything. You start empowering the military and those people start having babies out of wedlock. Their cows start having babies. I mean, they just lose it. And I haven’t heard any reaction to this at all.
Very true. I was shocked that there was no reaction from the left on this, or very little. Bush stated something that should be common sense to most, that our Military is the best trained and best equipped for MAJOR disasters. They can get in and get out quickly and make a logistical nightmare look like childplay.
In fact, get this (story). This is the Pelosi/Reid response, the Democrats in the House and the Senate, “The Gulf Coast region does not deserve to be treated as a laboratory for political opportunism or ideological experimentation. Now is the time for unity.” What? What has it been for the last 60 years? It has been nothing but political opportunism and corruption and a demonstrated failure of ideology and that failure is liberalism. And they know what the president said last night. They listened between the lines. That’s why they put out this panic-based statement. The president said we tried it your way for 60 years; we’re going to do it my way now. He didn’t put it in those words but there’s plenty of conservative policy in his speech last night in terms of how to go about spending this money and rebuilding it. And you’re going to see these policies, these philosophies, put into place. They’ve worked in other places. Enterprise zone, for example, that’s going to be targeted here in this region.
But, for crying out loud, the left is stuck, folks. All they can do is go back to their age-old playbook. I don’t care if it’s John Roberts, I don’t care if it’s this disaster. John Kerry’s out there (story). John Kerry, who failed at every opportunity to provide leadership said, [Lurch impression returns] “Well, you know, a speech two weeks after the fact, that’s just a speech. That’s not leadership.” What would he know about it? And tell me, do the people down in Houston who are evacuated from New Orleans give a rat’s rear end what John Kerry thinks about anything today? Or do they care what Reid and Pelosi are saying? Are they even hearing what they say? If they did hear what they say, would it register? No, it doesn’t, because they’re a bunch of naysayers and negativists and doom and gloomers who are not moving forward at all. They are scared to death that what’s going to happen down there is the, once and for all, exposing of the utter failure of the liberal utopia that it should have been. You had liberals running that state and that city for 60 years. It should have been a Utopia. There should have been no unemployment; there should have been no racial discrimination. There should have been no unhappiness. Instead what do we learn we had? We had misery, we had poverty, we had hopelessness, we had corruption, we had incompetence at the highest levels of government. It’s on display and they know it and they’re afraid that what Bush’s plan is going to do is expose that while at the same time illustrating the superiority of conservative ways of dealing with this. So they come out with this idiotic statement that the Gulf Coast region doesn’t deserve to be treated as a laboratory for political opportunism or ideological experimentation. The idea, the gall of these people. They sit there in their superiorist, condescending way and essentially say, “We need to put it back just the way it was.” Well, nobody wants it back the way it was.
Now, I knew going in, folks, and I told you this two weeks ago. I knew going in the president was going to write the checks. All presidents do in these situations. Cha-ching, Cha-ching. But as I say, Bush essentially was saying, “Okay, libs, tried it your way down there for 60 years, now we’re going to try it our way. Enterprise zones, attempts to get poor people into ownership of homes and businesses, et cetera.” And I think that this has paralyzed the left even more. I think it’s screwed them. What can they do? What can they do? It’s exactly what they would have done, minus the conservative aspects. All they can do is complain and moan, as Kerry, Reid, and Pelosi are already doing, and guess who’s moving forward? George W. Bush and those who joined him. And folks, I’m going to tell you something. At this stage, I am for anything, almost anything that wipes out the American left, because I have had it with the American left. If the American left hadn’t dominated down there, even with this storm, the losses would not have been to the extent that they are. So anything that wipes these people out is fine and dandy with me. Anything that renders them politically impotent is fine with me, at this stage.
Still cant find anything to disagree with him. Anything that would destroy the American Left would be a-ok to me. Will it happen? I doubt it, but at this point I will try anything. But one thing Bush did with this speech and his idea’s….he outmaneuvered the left once again. They consistently underestimate him and it just has to make you smile. They threw a wild left while Bush uppercut the crap out of them.
Folks, the bottom line is that we’ve been pouring money into into this state and this region and putting it in the hands of Democrats for I don’t know how many generations now, and you see where it has gotten us. You see where it’s led. It has created a permanent underclass, with no hope, no opportunity, no nothing. You can find all over the newspapers today surveys of evacuees all over the country, and, you know, half of them in one poll, 60% in another poll say, “I’m not going back. Don’t want to go back.” It’s their home. It’s all they’ve known. They don’t want to go back (story). Some do, but some don’t. The place was not a panacea. The place was not a utopia. All right. So it gets destroyed essentially by a hurricane and the levies breaking. The federal government is required by statute to respond to a disaster of this magnitude. The federal government is required by statute to bear most of the costs of reconstruction. The question now becomes: How does this response manifest itself? Are we going to throw money into the same corrupt hands that we have done before, or are we going to get it straight to the people who can rebuild their lives? If it’s the former, it’s going to be a failed effort. If we try the same old redistribution tactics, it isn’t going to work. If we try it another way, though, as required by statute, then the opportunity for success here is tremendous.
So, I don’t know the bottom line of how this is all going to work out, but I do know this: That taxpayers are going to expect this, with this amount of money. They’re going to expect results. They’re going to expect that this work is done as honestly as possible, the money’s spent as wisely as possible, and therefore, the president said last night he was going to have a whole bunch of people down there, inspector generals, whatever, reviewing all of the expenditures. So what are the options? Well, as I said, I think the opportunity here exists for the president to end up kicking the rear ends of the left at their own game with conservative twists. The speech was great last night, within, you know, the limitations that we know exist. The table is set for a complete rout of the American left. They can be blown away. We can make this a Category 5 hurricane destruction of the left if this is done right. If the GOP can pull this off, they will increase majorities in both houses and they do it with a leadership plan that would cold-cock the left and the media. And I’m going to give you some elements of it.
…Don’t even listen to the Democrats right now, folks. The Democrats, it’s laughable. It is literally laughable to listen to the Democrats complain and whine and moan about this. The reason it’s funny is because you can read between the lines. They are just scared to death at what’s going to happen here. What they are really afraid of and they’ve been afraid of for a long time, they know conservatism works. They know liberalism doesn’t work, but they don’t care. But the one thing that they cannot risk is an on-site display and illustration of conservatism working. As long they can keep conservatism as something that’s just argued about, and just something that’s spoken about, talked about, “Well, they don’t fear it that much.” But boy when there’s an opportunity, like tax cuts, they work every time they’re tried. They raise revenue. And yet the libs continue to lie and tell people that tax cuts reduce revenue and tax cuts only help the rich and it’s a total lie and you know it. And they go into revisionist history mode each time there is a tax cut plan. But the truth is in the numbers, and the numbers are there.
Strong words from Rush and I just cant find any fault in any of it.
I would like to see less spending and more toughness with Immigration, in short I would like the perfect President but I highly doubt another Reagan will come along in my lifetime. Bush is a great President and will be remembered as such many years from now, but he has his failings. Politic’s is not one of them tho.