June 20, 2015


Conservatives should be on board the Jeb Bush express (A.J. DELGADO, 6/18/15, Miami Herald)

Following Jeb's announcement on Monday, something funny began to happen. Conservatives squirmed in their seats, thinking: "Hang on, we kind of like him." Social media posts along those lines, from previous Jeb-naysayers, were rampant. What we watched was a solid defense of conservative views, delivered by a towering, Lincoln-esque figure who seemed every bit a statesman. Here was an accomplished, seasoned candidate, with the record one expects from a potential presidential nominee -- which we'd previously written off because he comes from, literally, a presidential family.

Floridians may have forgotten just how much Jeb accomplished as governor: created over 1 million new jobs (the most of any state); cut taxes each and every year, totaling as much as $19 billion (the biggest tax cuts in Florida history); vetoed $2 billion in wasteful spending; repealed the unfair tax on investments; created the state's first school voucher program; ended affirmative action in state university admissions; signed into law "Stand Your Ground"; eliminated regulations that stifled development; implemented faith-based prison reforms; and reduced the state government workforce by 13,000 via creative solutions such as privatizing certain government tasks.

Under Jeb, Florida boasted a 4.4 percent growth rate, a whopping eight balanced budgets, and soared to a AAA bond-rating. He left office with an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, when the national average was 4.4 percent.

Any way one slices it, that's one heck of a résumé -- how can we still argue the surname is at all relevant?

The eventual nominee will be as much like Jeb as possible, which gives Jeb an obvious advantage.

Posted by at June 20, 2015 11:46 AM

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