I’d like to respond point by point to a recent post on this site by a guy calling himself “George.” This person recently posted a spirited defense of G.W. Bush, after Avman (rightly) exposed him as a phony and a “Rockefeller Republican.”
This dude’s defense of Dubya runs as follows:
Bush defense #1- Cutting taxes
Bush didn’t cut taxes. He simply passed them on to future generations. Budget deficit is HUGE. Rather than work to ELIMINATE government agencies, he has increased their size and scope while cutting taxes. The bill will come due one day.
Bush defense #2- Partial-Birth Abortion Ban,
It’s no longer legal to bash a child’s skull in and suck his brains out. But according to the supreme court decision, dismemberment is still acceptable. Now THAT’S what I call progress!
Bush defense #3- No federal funds for embryonic stem cell research
No federal funding for stem cell research is great. He could have cut federal funding to the other 200 or so boondoggles he signed off on. As a libertarian- leaning Republican, I’m more bothered by the federal funding than the stem cell research. So he decided against federal funding for stem cell research. He could have done the same with farm subsidies, welfare entitlements, the department of education, and God knows what else. But he didn’t.
Bush defense #4-Trying to get congress to allow drilling in ANWR – twice
Trying, and failing. As a result, we’re still depending on middle eastern foreign oil, which provides money to terrorists. There is less oil on the market which results in high gas prices, which helped pave the way to Republican losses in ’06, and a Hillary victory in ’08.
Bush defense #5-Tens of millions freed from tyranny in the Middle East,
Since when is it America’s job to “free millions from Tyranny in the middle east?” This business of using American capital and life to “Make the world a better place” is pretty much the same logic used to defend the welfare state. That is taking from the “haves” (that’s America) and giving to the “have nots” (Iraq, Afghinistan, and now Africa for AIDS research). There is NOTHING- NOTHING conservative about spending BILLIONS our monies on liberal “nation building” and “humanitarian” crap.
Bush defense #6: killing terrorists left and rightâ€¦
The door is wide open for them to come in and try to blow up military bases, as happened recently.
Poster’s sarcastic comment: Yeah, he (Bush) is such a complete and total bastard.
Your words, not ours.
Moreover, this dude takes certain pundits to the woodshed for daring to challenge King George:
This is an AMAZING observation. This guy claims that the “partial birth abortion” ban is a great thing. This ban was made possible (in part) by Justices Roberts and Alito’s nominations. Harriet Myers was a former Al Gore supporter! Yet those who challenged her nomination were slammed as “Harpies” and “back stabbers?”