January 25, 2015

THE RETURN OF COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATISM:

Jeb Bush Sounds Sympathetic Note for Immigrants (NICK CORASANITI, JAN. 23, 2015, NY Times)

Speaking at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention and exposition, Mr. Bush seemed at times to be responding to President Obama's State of the Union address, during which the president pushed for government benefits like more generous tax credits for the middle class. [...]

The speech was the first offered by Mr. Bush since he announced on Facebook that he was actively exploring a run for the presidency. He avoided specifics as he laid out his foreign policy and economic views.

He said it was time for Congress to undertake a major overhaul of the tax code, much as it did in 1986. A simpler tax code, Mr. Bush said, would help rein in government.

He also called for "a patriotic energy policy," saying the president should give the go-ahead for the Keystone XL pipeline and generate more energy industry jobs.

"The first thing we should do is approve the XL pipeline, for crying out loud," Mr. Bush said. "That is a no-brainer."

The former governor's manner was studious and guarded, radiating the same unassuming, cerebral charm that has endeared him to voters in the past, while occasionally speeding up his diction as he rattled off facts and figures.

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