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Jeb Bush gets what Mitt Romney missed
(about conservatism and “economic mobility”)

Readers of this blog know that I have long been a fan of Jeb Bush, having favored the accomplished former Florida Governor as my candidate for 2012 at least since November 2010.

And while it is still too early to start planning for 2016, when you google that good man’s name, look at what comes up:

Our reader Kyle alerted me to an article that shows that Jeb understands an aspect of modern American conservatism that Mitt Romney failed to articulate.  “Jeb Bush,” writes Mark Silva . . .

. . . the former Florida governor who based a political career on school reform, today called for a “restoration” of lost American values and economic mobility based on educational accountability.

With the gap between the impoverished and privileged in the U.S. widening, the solution lies in a regime of school and teacher evaluation, national standards and more “school choice” in alternatives such as charter schools, he said.

“We have these huge gaps in income,” Bush said at the start of a two-day Washington conference sponsored by his Foundation for Excellence in Education, “with people born into poverty who will stay in poverty.” He said: “This ideal of who we are as a nation — it’s going away, it’s leaving us,” adding: “There is one path that can change this course.”

Emphasis added.  Economic mobility, his belief that people born in poverty, reared in dependency, don’t have to stay in that condition and can rise about their circumstances.

It frustrated many Reagan-Kemp conservatives when, right after the Florida primary, Mitt Romney said because of the “safety net,” he wasn’t concerned about the very poor.

Reagan conservatives, however, have long been concerned about the poor because that safety net sometimes traps them in a cycle of dependency.   And we want to create the opportunities that will help them find the means to move up into a better economic situation.

Jeb Bush wants to craft policies which will return us to the ideals which once built this nation, that you can rise above the status of our birth.  Perhaps, had Mitt Romney been better able to articulate that notion, he would today be preparing to implement those policies which could increase opportunities for all Americans.

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  1. About calling the first cow ‘cow’, ever thought it could be for other reasons other than her body?

    I find her repulsive. From the way she feels entitled to everything that surrounds her, to her fake posture of the ‘working woman’ (who got her lucrative jobs thanks to her husband’s crooked deals & friends), to her infinite arrogance in telling people what to eat while being anything but a food expert or a doctor, to her ghetto manners.

    She dresses up like ghetto trash with atrocious color combination and accessories that only accentuate graceless figure. In Europe nobody with a modicum of taste would praise her. Only in the UK they fawn over her and notoriously English people have no taste.

    Also, Palin was savaged because she didn’t have a passport ( = never traveled abroad). What are the foreign credentials of the first cow before 2008?

    When she started jetting around the world on taxpayers dime it really seemed it was her first time, like the provincial small minded snob she is.

    Also, she gave a pathetic present to Laura bush at the inauguration directly in her hands seconds before the ritual photos. Have you ever wondered why such a thing never happened for the previous 50 inaugurations?

    Because 2008 was the first year we took the first lady from the herd at pasture.

    Comment by susan — November 29, 2012 @ 11:22 am - November 29, 2012

  2. I personally refer the First Klingon by her original name, M’Chel.

    Comment by V the K — November 29, 2012 @ 11:35 am - November 29, 2012

  3. Give me Laura’s simplicity and humble demeanor everyday. Plus her job at the library, she built that herself.

    Comment by susan — November 29, 2012 @ 11:41 am - November 29, 2012

  4. Am I noticing how loathsome and in appropriate many of the comments are on the left and right?

    Comment by davinci — November 29, 2012 @ 12:47 pm - November 29, 2012

  5. V the K,

    I overlooked that point, in Article XIII, but a Bush/Rubio ticket is not impossible. All Jeb has to do is relocate, probably to Texas where the rest of the family resides. Remember, when Nixon was elected President he was a resident of New York, having abandoned California after losing the gubernatorial election to unseat Pat Brown.

    Comment by Roberto — November 29, 2012 @ 12:48 pm - November 29, 2012

  6. So, let’s try it the other way. Let’s enact pro-growth economic policies so that there will be good-paying jobs even for people who don’t go to college.

    Sound like a plan?

    Oh yeah, that’s a great plan. All you have to do is enact the pro-growth policies, you see, and then everyone that didn’t go to college can have a good-paying job!

    Did a leprechaun tell you that this would work?

    Comment by Levi — November 29, 2012 @ 1:35 pm - November 29, 2012

  7. Shorter Levi.

    Keep with the failed processes of the current Administration! IT can’t be worse. Why be Estonia when we could be Greece!

    Now hush Levi, the adults are talking.

    Comment by The_Livewire — November 29, 2012 @ 1:40 pm - November 29, 2012

  8. Levi is a huge fan of the “Expand Government and give everyone a job as a bureaucrat” school of economics.

    Comment by V the K — November 29, 2012 @ 1:44 pm - November 29, 2012

  9. About calling the first cow ‘cow’, ever thought it could be for other reasons other than her body?

    I find her repulsive. From the way she feels entitled to everything that surrounds her, to her fake posture of the ‘working woman’ (who got her lucrative jobs thanks to her husband’s crooked deals & friends), to her infinite arrogance in telling people what to eat while being anything but a food expert or a doctor, to her ghetto manners.

    She dresses up like ghetto trash with atrocious color combination and accessories that only accentuate graceless figure. In Europe nobody with a modicum of taste would praise her. Only in the UK they fawn over her and notoriously English people have no taste.

    Also, Palin was savaged because she didn’t have a passport ( = never traveled abroad). What are the foreign credentials of the first cow before 2008?

    When she started jetting around the world on taxpayers dime it really seemed it was her first time, like the provincial small minded snob she is.

    Also, she gave a pathetic present to Laura bush at the inauguration directly in her hands seconds before the ritual photos. Have you ever wondered why such a thing never happened for the previous 50 inaugurations?

    Because 2008 was the first year we took the first lady from the herd at pasture.

    Wooooooooooah!

    Great stuff!

    Comment by Levi — November 29, 2012 @ 1:54 pm - November 29, 2012

  10. “I’m open to it, yeah. I think there’s a fight right now as to what the soul of the Republican party’s going to be and the conservative movement, and we have something to say about that. I think from our battle, we’re not going to leave the field.” – Rick Santorum, pointing out that he won eleven GOP primaries in 2012, the same number the Reagan won in his failed 1976 presidential bid.

    Comment by rusty — November 29, 2012 @ 1:59 pm - November 29, 2012

  11. “and then everyone that didn’t go to college can have a good-paying job! ”

    Bill gates and Steve jobs were college dropouts.

    When you are intelligent you make something out of your life, when you are Levi, no amount of degrees in transgender studies can save you.

    Comment by susan — November 29, 2012 @ 2:50 pm - November 29, 2012

  12. I can’t believe that people here would defend equating a women who carried two children to a cow

    A cow? I read that as “Mooch elle” not “Moo chelle” as NDT said.

    Capitalism isn’t about making sure everyone has a good paying job. It is about allowing people to make their own wealth. Anyone who doesn’t contribute to society deserves whatever that gets them (and there are still private resources for those people or for people who are just unlucky).

    Comment by Rattlesnake — November 29, 2012 @ 3:12 pm - November 29, 2012

  13. A college education is an increasingly bad investment for most people, unless its in Mathematics, Science, or Engineering and for society in general. The economy has pretty much absorbed all the Womyn’s Studies, Modern Dance, and Journalism Majors it can tolerate.

    Naturally, people like Levi with no useful worldly skills, support a vast expansion of Government so they can get do-nothing jobs in the bureaucracy. Nevermind how unsustainable and destructive that Socialist path is.

    Comment by V the K — November 29, 2012 @ 3:26 pm - November 29, 2012

  14. The Democrats chase their tax hike on upper incomes are like a dog chasing a car; they really have no idea what they’ll do after they catch it.

    Comment by V the K — November 29, 2012 @ 3:53 pm - November 29, 2012

  15. “I can’t believe that people here would defend equating a women who carried two children to a cow”

    To me the n. of children is irrelevant. She could be childless or with 12 and it wouldn’t change a thing (except in taxpayers money in staff and nannies and lavish holidays).

    As I said several times I am not American but her comment about being proud for the first time bla bla bla is chilling. Not even Imelda Marcos or any wife of some dictator dared to say something similar, it is simply absurd, nobody can be that stupid.

    It was clear from the beginning that those two parvenu could get away with anything and the cult was already established. It also helps that all demoncraps think alike and they elected him to validate their anti American and self loathing feelings.

    And what about the clapping during the presidential debates? Again unprecedented… To show the country once again her unmistakable class and the proper behavioral skills that sets her apart from the rest, inferior (in her deluded mind) white first ladies.

    And doing pilates in the Lincoln room, sweating all over the place? Again name another previous case… Beside bill Clinton antics with the cigar and Kennedy shores (all Democrats, note the pattern…) it beggars beliefs.

    Frankly, such an embarrassment. It will take decades to restore some decency and dignity in the white house. Not to mention everywhere else they left their nefarious stain.

    Comment by susan — November 29, 2012 @ 3:55 pm - November 29, 2012

  16. @35 – ILC, VtK: I’m all in favor of pro-growth policy but (insert my usual blather about the bell curve), really, can you see the Obamaphone woman negotiating a job?

    Levi – college doesn’t automatically yield gainful employment. I’m an engineer, reasonably well paid, and I don’t have a degree. In my experience, there’s not much correlation between engineering skills and college graduation. I’ve known some losers and some truly brilliant people – with and without college – and a degree is a poor predictor of skill.

    In the professions, some level of passion for the discipline is essential for success. With some degree of determination, a reasonably bright person can make it through medical school. But if it’s just a job, nothing else, you won’t wind up with a very good physician.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — November 29, 2012 @ 5:44 pm - November 29, 2012

  17. BTW, that guy that “fiscal conservative” concern troll mike voted for is asking for a $1.6 Trillion tax increase, unlimited spending authority, and… zero actual spending cuts.

    Comment by V the K — November 29, 2012 @ 6:30 pm - November 29, 2012

  18. And now Barack Obama and the Obama Party, who “fiscal conservatives” like concern-troll mike support and endorse and voted for, are now openly pushing punishing and taxing more heavily people who save for retirement.

    Of course. Because Michelle Obama shouldn’t have to pay her own vacation bills.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 29, 2012 @ 7:27 pm - November 29, 2012

  19. OMG

    Read the last link ndt posted, it is the bill of the next vacation the king and queen mooch are going to take

    Comment by susan — November 29, 2012 @ 7:45 pm - November 29, 2012

  20. Susan

    Your comment #51 is truly disgusting.

    Your comment makes NDT’s “suck cock” analogy look like he is describing a field of desert wild flowers blooming after the first rain.

    Comment by mike — November 29, 2012 @ 9:59 pm - November 29, 2012

  21. [Notice how the lower case concern troll attacks Susan and NDT to avoid addressing his Dear Leader’s demand for $1.6 Trillion in new taxes, no real spending cuts, and unlimited spending authority… also $50 Billion in new stimulus spending.

    Comment by V the K — November 29, 2012 @ 11:01 pm - November 29, 2012

  22. V – I am happy to talk about that.
    For me his proposal is a step in the right direction. It brings our tax revenue up – still far below the level where the economy showed historical growth – and makes marginal cuts in entitlement spending.
    Its disappointing that it does nothing to bring the cuts to defense and doesn’t cut entitlement spending further, but it does show the dems understand that they can’t spend their way out of this mess.
    Its a decent start and expected because its almost exactly what he campaigned on. Now the real negotiating can begin. Hopefully the House can stay firm on spending cuts so we can get a deal that gives higher tax revenue + real cuts.
    I am optimistic.
    (Maybe that is naive of me, but I refuse to live in the doom and gloom world that so many others seem to live, I think these problems are solvable. His proposal would bring the deficit down by 2 Trillion dollars. Thats real money. Now we need more.)

    Comment by mike — November 29, 2012 @ 11:48 pm - November 29, 2012

  23. “Your comment #51 is truly disgusting.

    Your comment makes NDT’s “suck cock” analogy look like he is describing a field of desert wild flowers blooming after the first rain.”

    Nothing I wrote is factually incorrect. I even grant you she is not as obese as people male her to be. She is ugly on the inside and this is far worse than being fat or physically unpleasant.

    Barbara Bush was certainty not canonically beautiful or a fashion icon but she never pretended to be anything more than a low profile elderly woman.

    Truth hurts mike. Your comments on Laura Bush instead were vile and classist. The fact that you believe you have the moral obligation to be vile and classist on Laura Bush automatically disqualify you from calling disgusting what other ppl wrote.

    The Obama cult has problems with truth and evidence. You cannot reason with a cult fanatic.

    Everything I wrote is backed up with evidence, the comment about her graceless present at the inauguration I actually heard it from a commentator in my country that considered it so deprived of class that she commented “she is bringing a package of sweets/chocolates, she probably believes she’s going to a 5’oclock tea meeting with her friends” underlining she was way out of her league and it was an obvious manner and protocol misstep.

    But who cares? Imelda never cared about what her inferiors thought, nor Marie Antoinette.

    The cultists love also her bondage dresses. Appropriate for meeting with heads of states.

    Ever seen any heads of states meeting? Compared to the other wives she sticks out like a sore thumb. And you know why? No other foreign leader has a cult, no one is surrounded by yesmen and sychophants.

    Good job mike, keep up the cult. History will report it like the pages and pages on Elena Ceausescu. The only difference is that their press was not free. Ours supposedly is and this makes them twice as guilty

    Comment by susan — November 30, 2012 @ 1:11 am - November 30, 2012

  24. “Its disappointing that it does nothing to bring the cuts to defense and doesn’t cut entitlement spending further, but it does show the dems understand that they can’t spend their way out of this mess”

    Cuts on defense will mean military ppl unemployed. I believe your dear leader has a solution since his forte is GASP … Job creation…

    If the dems were so adamant cut spending is due why they never proposed it in 4 years? Or remotely passed a budget? Or flat out refused to even consider the Ryan plan?

    The pattern is not in your favor mike, it is not about being optimistic, it is about being flat out stupid.

    Democrats NEVER cut spending, not even under Reagan landslides but god forbid the emperor and queen Michelle Antoinette missing their 3 weeks lavish holiday…

    I truly hope your job or activity is severly threatened by all the disasters Obama created. It is mandatory that you suffer like the rest of us. This is the kind of equality I wish to the 77% of gays that voted for the cult leader.

    Comment by susan — November 30, 2012 @ 1:27 am - November 30, 2012

  25. The pattern is not in your favor mike, it is not about being optimistic, it is about being flat out stupid.

    Comment by susan — November 30, 2012 @ 1:27 am – November 30, 2012

    Exactly, susan.

    In 2008, Barack Obama promised a “net spending cut” — and then proceeded to massively increase spending and add $5 trillion to the national debt.

    And of course, the cultist concern-troll mike blabbers on that all we need is more “revenue”, that taxing “the rich” will fix all of our problems.

    As Mary Katherine Ham so helpfully calculated, the grand total of wealth of every single one of the US’s billionaires is $1.3 trillion — less than a quarter of what Obama has added to the debt, and barely enough to cover one of Obama’s annual deficits

    Clearly, that’s not enough. So let’s do what concern-troll mike and Barack Obama WANT to do and tax everyone in the United States who makes over $200k at 100% of their income.

    Now we’re up to $2.4 trillionless than half of the Obama deficit.

    But you can’t convince the ignorant cultist mike of this. He doesn’t understand math. He doesn’t care that Obama is a crummy President. He just wants to loot and mooch and get free sh*t because he’s a cocksucker, and he wants someone else to pay for it. He is a parasite. You can’t threaten his job because he doesn’t have one; he votes for a living.

    The only way to deal with parasites is to poison the milk. Since concern-troll mike doesn’t want any cuts in spending and wants more welfare, hike taxes on him. Make him pay. He’s been screaming for years that taxes don’t increase expenses and don’t harm the economy; let him live it.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 30, 2012 @ 2:58 am - November 30, 2012

  26. And susan, here’s why the looters and moochers like concern-troll mike want Obama, in a nutshell:

    [I]t is now more lucrative – in the form of actual disposable income – to sit, do nothing, and collect various welfare entitlements, than to work. This is graphically, and very painfully confirmed, in the below chart from Gary Alexander, Secretary of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (a state best known for its broke capital Harrisburg). As quantitied, and explained by Alexander, “the single mom is better off earning gross income of $29,000 with $57,327 in net income & benefits than to earn gross income of $69,000 with net income and benefits of $57,045.“…..

    In today’s America, it is reasonable to conclude that unless you make a great deal of money, you are a sucker if you work hard. And, in fact, a great many Americans have concluded exactly that. Check out these data, again from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Each 1.25 Americans working in the private sector is supporting 1.0 welfare recipients and government employees–mostly welfare recipients:

    Concern-troll mike is a ward of the state. Like all liberals, mike is a classic case of arrested development, a perpetual child who is casting around for a mommy and a daddy to pay his bills, give him whatever he wants, and punish those who dare criticize him.

    Hence his unhealthy fixation on the mooching Obamas. Their rhetoric is what a child expects from his parents — nothing is your fault, everyone else is being mean to you, we’ll make sure everything is paid for you and you get all the toys and candy you want.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 30, 2012 @ 3:24 am - November 30, 2012

  27. There are no entitlement cuts in Obama’s proposal, not even marginal ones. Only a promise to discuss entitlement cuts that would take place a decade from now. i.e. Never.

    There is also a massive “Stimulus” package tacked onto it, i.e. More money for his donors in the public employee unions and “green energy” companies.

    Comment by V the K — November 30, 2012 @ 5:40 am - November 30, 2012

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