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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

How to destroy conservatism

It continues to perplex me how George W. Bush has so thoroughly demolished what "conservative" used to mean. The latest example in his "damn-the-deficit", Big-Brother, "Half-ass support of the military" ways comes from a revealing piece in the Washington Post.


It analyzes the costs of W's domestic policies over a 10-year period. First up are the cost of making his tax cuts permanent and partial privatization of Social Security: $3 trillion over a 10-year period.


Now, I should say here I support lower taxes and the privatization of S.S.. And over a 10-year period, with judicious spending cuts and fiscal prudence, these two pieces of domestic legislation would be feasible. And would be a major accomplishment for any president, on a par with Reagan's reworking of the tax codes or Truman's passing of the Marshall Plan.


Unfortunately, this is only the tip of W's fiscal iceberg. There is also the following


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