In today’s Washington Examiner, Mark Tapscott writes:
The reality is that Bush was anything but a conservative, judged by the major decisions of his presidency, according to two stalwarts of the conservative movement establishment. That’s the argument made by Craig Shirley, author of two of the best books on Ronald Reagan’s rise to the White House, and Donald Devine, one of Reagan’s chief political strategiests during that rise, have a superb oped in today’s edition of The Washington Post.
“But the results speak otherwise. In total, Bush increased federal spending on domestic programs more than any president since Richard Nixon, easily surpassing Bill Clinton, Carter and his own father, so much so that by 2008, America had two big-government parties.
To be sure, W was solid on national security matters and judicial appointments, but on spending he was Obama-lite. Nearly four years ago, when Bush was still president, I wrote this about him:
On domestic spending, he has rivaled Lyndon Johnson’s profligacy. Not only that. He has failed to follow Ronald Reagan’s legacy of federalism; instead of returning government functions to the states, has nationalized them.
Funny that many Americans rejected the GOP in 2008 because their previous standard bearer had been so bad on spending so they voted for someone who promised a “net spending cut” and to “pay for his new spending plans with even bigger spending cuts.”
Only on spending, Obama makes W seem parsimonious by contrast.