“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Jeb, a democrat's republican

From Breitbart -- Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would strive to be like Lyndon Johnson, the Democrat famous for expanding the U.S. welfare state through the “Great Society,” if he were elected president.

To be fair, Jeb wasn't talking about specifically expanding the welfare state -- but isn't that what the Orwellian named "compassionate conservatism" really is? -- he was talking about LBJ's penchant for being able to cajole, finagle, bamboozle, slime, or otherwise convince his own party members or opposition party members to vote his way on legislation....."making the sausage" as they call it. 

Why Jeb sees this as a positive is anybody's guess, but then he's nothing if not an establishment republican, virtually indistinguishable from centrist democrats, and they enjoy the status-quo in DC every bit as much as the democrats. It's why the GOP machine is backing him, he won't rock the entrenchment boat too much. 

Below, Jeb indicates through expression, his thoughts when asked about constitutional conservatives who would dare place ANY limits on the bloated federal slime mold we are told to revere as our paternal government. 


Bill said...

LBJ was perhaps the worst president before Obama. His meddling and bungling of the Viet Nam War did untold damage to our country that continues to this day. What the F is Jeb thinking?

Ed said...

Bill, to give him the benefit of the doubt, I think he was addressing the "getting something done" issue.

Ed said...

Apparently LBJ was notoriously adept at back-room deals and I guess Jeb thinks he can be as well.

That's the kind of thing that gives rise to corruption, self-interest, and graft in Washington and it's why they have an 11% favorable rating.

Jeb shouldn't be proud of that. It's better to get nothing done than the wrong thing.

Bill said...

Well, if that's his point, why not just say what he wants to do rather than holding up a disaster of a president as someone to emulate?

I honestly don't know why - other than good character - some former Vietnam War POW didn't murder LBJ's Secretary of Defense, Robert Strange McNamara.

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