Friday, September 10, 2004

Base Politics

Andrew Sullivan brings up my main problem with Bush by looking at an article about the libertarian think tank, Cato Institute. Essentially the problem lies with the idea that Bush is not conservative, particularly with respect to Bush's fiscal policies. I ended voting for Harry Brown in 2000 precisely because the hairs on the back of my neck stood up whenever the words "compassionate conservative" were voiced. From what I have seen, Compassionate Conservatism involves mandating that everyone shall be compassionate through government taxation.

It is entirely too late for Bush to try to change his record over the past four years. That is the burden of incumbency. Kerry on the other hand can try to reshape his position. Downside, he's gone to that well so often that it is probably dry by now. The Democratic base has been as disheartened by Kerry's cut to the center on the War in Iraq (He would have used force, even knowing what we know now) as the small government portion of the Republican base by Bush's spending. I know, Congress decides what gets spent where, but 1) Congress has been Republican for a while now, and if the team is not performing, its the manager who gets canned, and 2) the pen used to veto a bill can't be that much heavier than the signature pen.

3 comments:

Sean from DocintheBox said...

Just checking out some of the local blogs, like your take on non of the above and most of your viewpoints. The political world is getting too divided and the world needs more people that try looking at both sides of the story, instead of basing all of their choices on one ideology. Plus you read the Economist, which I think is the best value word for word for intelligent thought. Take care, I’ll be back.

Sean from DocintheBox said...

I can't believe you've only had 870 views, you have some great stuff here.

Shar said...

Hey there Gamer! I came over from Sean's (Doc In The Box)blog. I like being middle of the road. It isn't as limiting as being straight left or straight right.
Anyhow..nice blog!