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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Bush the liberal President?

The GOP voters are mad at Bush and are taking it ou on the Republican candidates, because he is apparently too liberal for their taste. And they do have a point. "Republican candidates yesterday paid the price for President Bush's move to the left exhibited by his expansion of government programs, power and spending at the expense of personal, religious and economic freedom. He has not been in sync with conservatives, who are the mainstream of American voters, on immigration and too many other policies," said Richard Viguerie, whose ConservativeHQ.com recently surveyed 5,305 conservative activists and donors. "Voters rejected the politics of compromise by President Bush and the Republican leadership, and want a more principled, populist direction within the GOP," Viguerie continued. Sixty-nine percent polled said that President Bush is not governing as a conservative, and gave him a grade of D for "controlling government spending." Eighty percent said they were either "disappointed or angry" with the GOP- controlled Congress, giving them a grade of D+. Ouch... Wait, there is more. "To save his presidency and prevent devastating Republican losses in '06, President Bush needs to take drastic action by replacing most of his White House policy personnel with effective, principled conservatives. He should start by replacing his chief of staff, Andrew Card," continued Viguerie, who invoked the maxim used by Ronald Reagan -- "personnel is policy." Viguerie hailed Governor Schwarzenegger, "for starting the debate in California about government waste and abuse against strongly entrenched, Hollywood-funded, liberal special interests. He exposed leaders who stand for government waste and abuse, and that's a good start for long-term reform." Viguerie added, "The positive, populist message of conservatives, ala Ronald Reagan, must be the theme for the GOP. That starts with exposing liberal hypocrisies and rejecting 'me-too' politics of the left. Raising taxes is not fiscal responsibility amid growing government spending. President Bush's ratings are not low for acting like a conservative. They're low for not. Voters will respond favorably to political battles over principle." And they are kind of right there, because being on the conservative side is not all about abortion and gay marriage, no matter how much opprutunists on both sides would like it to be. Being conservative is about discipline, it's about fiscal responsbility, it's about less government powers. Bush has expanded the government programs, the deficit, and gave the government way more powers then any liberal would've dreamed of giving it. Bush needs to become more Reagan-like if he is to revive his popularity, other wise he is doomed.


At 11/13/2005 09:24:00 AM, Blogger Scorekeeper said...

I know how people love to refer to Reagan as 'cutting' spending... but while he cut taxes he also expanded spending as well.

I don't remember exactly but perhaps in his 2nd term he tried or did cut spending a bit. But in his 1rst term, perhaps mainly due to a huge rise in Defense spending, government spending increased.

At 11/13/2005 06:16:00 PM, Anonymous Tina said...

It's all a matter of perception. People go on and on about the prescription drug law, but the truth is, many diseases can be taken care of with medicine. Those who can't afford the medicine end up in the hospital and guess who pays for that? And believe me, it's a WHOLE lot more than a few little pills.

At 11/13/2005 07:15:00 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

Yes, domestic policies are causing him problems, but add having gone to war, which hasn't happened to America in over thirty years and he has many more problems.

Most Americans have already forgotten 9/11.

The American public by in large, has very short memories on what happens to others either in the USA or elsewhere. but very long memories on what happens to them personally.
Like gas and heating costs.

They don't see the thriving ecomony or other positive things, only the things that negatively affect their pocketbooks or workplace.

Add to that, the nutcases on the liberal left beating their drums daily and his popularity has gone to hell in a handbasket.

But to make sure it is down the drain the American Media is doing its damnest to run down everything that is remotely connected to this Administration.

Its a wonder that the crats have not already started impeachment proceedings.

I think that they will wait until next spring or summer. Its easier on the protesters and pundits at mass rallies and protests.

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 11/14/2005 12:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked Bush a lot until he refused to secure our borders. Any terrorist with enough money to get to Mexico can just waltz across our borders and if they are caught, they get released into the general public if they "promise" to show up for an immigration hearing. His first duty is to protect US and we don't feel he is making any attempt to do this. Might as well come on over too, Sandmonkey. Everyone else is.


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