August 31, 2004


Liberals don't recognize one of their own in White House (JOHN O'SULLIVAN, August 31, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times)

When the vast anti-Bush and anti-Republican demonstration rolled over Manhattan on Sunday, did the demonstrators realize that they were shaking their fists at the president who has single-handedly revived big government? Well, perhaps not single-handedly -- President Bush has had assistance from Republicans and Democrats in raising domestic discretionary federal spending by a whopping 8.2 percent in the last two years.

But Bush can take special credit for out-of-control federal spending because the president is given the constitutional power of the veto in order to keep congressional spending under control. Bush has not used that veto once in four years. In addition, he has largely abandoned the GOP's rhetorical attachment to limited government -- saying on one occasion that when someone was hurting, the government should step in to do something about it. So much for that grand old piece of conservative skepticism about government programs: "Don't just do something -- stand there."

The best measure of Mr. Bush's radicalism is that he's hated by both the Left and the traditional Right. This is entirely appropriate since the synthesis he's bringing about--the Ownership Society--will render both wings of the spectrum obsolete--as witness what Tony Blair has done to both the anti-union Labour Party and whatever the Tories have decided to call themselves.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 31, 2004 3:02 PM

He's married the Dr Feelgood wings of both parties: Democrat social spending and Republican tax cutting. Never again will government ask people to take the bitter medicine of fiscal responsibility.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 31, 2004 4:55 PM

again? Good one!

Posted by: oj at August 31, 2004 5:04 PM

If we can't tax our way to prosperity, and we can't spend our way to prosperity, what's left? Would trying to save our way to prosperity be - gack - the third way?

Posted by: M. Murcek at August 31, 2004 5:31 PM

Except the people who say we should save our way to prosperity are usually the same people who then say we should buy gold and bury it in a hole in the back-yard.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 31, 2004 7:47 PM

I can't remember the guy's name, but he's on all these radio commercials selling gold investments. We call him "The Hal Lindsay of Gold Futures" for a reason...

Posted by: Ken at August 31, 2004 8:31 PM

Did I read O'Sullivan correctly that we should not differentiate between the two parties regarding anti-terrorism policies simply because we have Kerry's word that he will be tough on terror?

What the [self-censored]???

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 31, 2004 9:49 PM