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:
. . . 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.