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Don't Be Bearish on Bush
Forbes Magazine ^ | October 31, 2005 Issue | Steve Forbes

Posted on 10/24/2005 8:50:35 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative

Nothing goes right these days for President Bush and congressional Republicans. If elections were held now, the GOP would be routed. Many of the wounds are self-inflicted--reckless spending, a botched Social Security initiative, a slow response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, a seemingly uninspired pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, tactical mistakes in Iraq (e.g., an inadequate number of troops), unwillingness to be bold on tax reform. Compounding these missteps is an out-for-blood media and an abusive Texas prosecutor.

But a year in politics is equal to a century in normal life. The President and his party can turn the tables before next year's congressional elections.

President Bush has not done a Ronald Reagan-like job in explaining Iraq to the American people. But despite the errors, the bottom line is that Bush's bold gamble to recast the destructive politics of the Middle East will work, especially if Iraq's December national legislative elections go well, as is likely. The disheartening violence against our troops comes primarily from a handful of areas. Many of the insurgents are not Iraqis. Iraqi security forces are growing, both in numbers and competence. Rebels no longer shut down the country's electricity grid or disrupt the flow of oil.

President Bush can still call for spending restraints; he does, after all, have a veto card to play against Congress' spending bills. The public would applaud him for it. People are disconcerted by the White House's seeming abdication of leadership here.

Establishing tax-free enterprise zones in our devastated Gulf region would be a masterstroke. The area would recover quickly. New Orleans could once again become a vibrant, prosperous metropolis, something it hasn't been for decades.

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Louisiana; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; conservatism; delay; economy; forbes; iraq; katrina

1 posted on 10/24/2005 8:50:35 AM PDT by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative
If elections were held now, the GOP would be routed. Many of the wounds are self-inflicted--reckless spending, a botched Social Security initiative, a slow response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster, a seemingly uninspired pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, tactical mistakes in Iraq (e.g., an inadequate number of troops), unwillingness to be bold on tax reform.

But then again, look on the bright side! Except for the economy, spending, entitlement reform, the Supreme Court, national defense, disaster relief and tax reform, they're doing a great job!

2 posted on 10/24/2005 8:52:41 AM PDT by Huck (Miers Miers Miers Miers Miers--I'm mired in Miers.)
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To: Huck

Except for the economy, spending, entitlement reform, the Supreme Court, national defense, disaster relief and tax reform, they're doing a great job!
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You did forget to commend them on their job with our border security, illegal immigration (invasion), and education. And they did it all WITHOUT FIGHTING THE DEMS!!!


3 posted on 10/24/2005 8:56:26 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: West Coast Conservative

Forbes would have made the better President.


4 posted on 10/24/2005 9:02:21 AM PDT by Sabramerican (Islam is to Peace as Rape is to Love)
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To: Sabramerican

Forbes would have made the better President.
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GOOD point.


5 posted on 10/24/2005 9:15:04 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: West Coast Conservative
Nothing goes right these days for President Bush and congressional Republicans. If elections were held now, the GOP would be routed.

I highly doubt that. By whom, for example?


If you want a Google GMail account, FReepmail me.

6 posted on 10/24/2005 9:21:47 AM PDT by rdb3 (Have you ever stopped to think, but forgot to start again?)
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To: Huck

"(Miers Miers Miers Miers Miers--I'm mired in Miers.) "

Is it then safe to say that this judicial pick left Bush in a "QuagMier?"


7 posted on 10/24/2005 9:28:00 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberal Talking Point - Bush = Hitler ... Republican Talking Point - Let the Liberals Talk)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Many of Bush's problems are caused by left-wing propaganda, and can be resolved in the same way that he has successfully defused these lying attacks before.

The Miers nomination is a whole other kettle of fish. In this case, he has done it to himself, and then has tried to resolve his own mistake by attacking his supporters.

Not only that, but he has succeeded in exacerbating all the other questions. Many of us were willing to say, "Well, we'll excuse the excessive spending, or the failure to deal with the borders, or the failure to veto McCain's Campaign Reform Atrocity, or (fill in the blank), if Bush feels that those compromises are necessary in order to get the voter support to do his main job.

But the SCOTUS appointments ARE the main job.

Did we swallow all those other compromises in order to get Harriet Miers onto the Supreme Court? I don't think so.

As long as the Miers mess continues, it will keep roiling the waters and recall all those other dubious decisions. End it quickly, then put a really good judge on the court, using every arm-twisting technique necessary on the Dems and RINOs, and that will put an end to many of the other complaints.

There's no other way to do it.


8 posted on 10/24/2005 9:39:12 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: EagleUSA

Yes.


9 posted on 10/24/2005 9:46:35 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (The GOP needs to be made to toe the conservative line, not the other way around.)
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To: Sabramerican
Forbes would have made the better President.

In my view, anyone in that goup of primary candidates would have been a better president...Apparently the media convinced the people to vote for Bush because he was winnable...

10 posted on 10/24/2005 9:48:54 AM PDT by Iscool (Your choice...The Party, or the Republic...)
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To: Iscool
In my view, anyone in that goup of primary candidates would have been a better president...Apparently the media convinced the people to vote for Bush because he was winnable...

So that was it! The MSM convinced us to take Dubya. Who wudda thunk it?


If you want a Google GMail account, FReepmail me.

11 posted on 10/24/2005 9:59:30 AM PDT by rdb3 (Have you ever stopped to think, but forgot to start again?)
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To: rdb3

Here we go again, the Buchanaites and third party morons on FR are out for blood to get the President.


12 posted on 10/24/2005 10:38:46 AM PDT by jveritas (The Axis of Defeatism: Left wing liberals, Buchananites, and third party voters.)
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To: Sabramerican
Forbes would have made the better President.

Yeah, at least he understands that the president can veto congressional spending.
Dubya is too addicted to spending OPM.

13 posted on 10/24/2005 10:47:22 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: jveritas

Yep, you can count on it..just like the loonie leftist Liberals.

Anyone who thinks Forbes would have made a better President is smoking dope.


14 posted on 10/24/2005 10:58:11 AM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: Willie Green

Im a big fan of Bush, but he does need to get off his keester and do something for conservatives...anything..more tax cuts, syria, end the death tax..anything...send back the illegals...anything. cut government spending across the board..fire fed employees...just some ideas...Ill take anything at this point.

I hope he doesnt have the detached clueless gene his father showed.


15 posted on 10/24/2005 10:58:41 AM PDT by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: Iscool
In my view, anyone in that goup of primary candidates would have been a better president...Apparently the media convinced the people to vote for Bush because he was winnable...

Yeah. We're too stupid to decide on our own, like you are, so we need the media to tell us who to vote for.

If you actually believe that Gary Bauer or Alan Keyes wouldn't have been laughingstocks in the first two months of their presidencies, I have a bridge to sell you.

16 posted on 10/24/2005 11:03:12 AM PDT by sinkspur (If you're not willing to give Harriett Miers a hearing, I don't give a damn what you think.)
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To: samadams2000
Im a big fan of Bush, but he does need to get off his keester and do something for conservatives...anything..more tax cuts, syria, end the death tax..anything...send back the illegals.

So now the "uber-conservatives" are demanding that Bush attack Syria?

You people are nuts.

17 posted on 10/24/2005 11:04:51 AM PDT by sinkspur (If you're not willing to give Harriett Miers a hearing, I don't give a damn what you think.)
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To: samadams2000
I hope he doesnt have the detached clueless gene his father showed.

Despite their connection to the oil industry,
I can't picture either one of 'em checking the dipstick on their car's engine.
Do you think, if they collaborated, they can figure out how to pop open the hood?

18 posted on 10/24/2005 11:06:02 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: sinkspur

Hey settle down..Im just saying we should attack...SOMEONE!


19 posted on 10/24/2005 11:14:14 AM PDT by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: Iscool
In my view, anyone in that goup of primary candidates would have been a better president...Apparently the media convinced the people to vote for Bush because he was winnable...

I agree. Bush was close to my last choice of the GOP primary candidates (McPain was dead last). That said, he was still worlds better than Bradley or Gore.

It is necessary for conservatives to line up early with both votes and financial resources behind ONE candidate.
20 posted on 10/24/2005 11:21:46 AM PDT by Antoninus (The greatest gifts parents can give their children are siblings.)
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To: sinkspur
If you actually believe that Gary Bauer or Alan Keyes wouldn't have been laughingstocks in the first two months of their presidencies, I have a bridge to sell you.

Not necessarily...It took George a little longer than that...

21 posted on 10/24/2005 11:42:22 AM PDT by Iscool (Your choice...The Party, or the Republic...)
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To: Iscool
It took George a little longer than that.

When did it happen?

Oh, that's right. You uber-conservatives started laughing at Bush when he began the liberation of Iraq.

22 posted on 10/24/2005 11:48:55 AM PDT by sinkspur (If you're not willing to give Harriett Miers a hearing, I don't give a damn what you think.)
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To: sinkspur
Oh, that's right. You uber-conservatives started laughing at Bush when he began the liberation of Iraq.

When we going to liberate Indonesia, and China, Russia and Bangledesh???

23 posted on 10/24/2005 11:57:04 AM PDT by Iscool (Your choice...The Party, or the Republic...)
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To: Iscool
When we going to liberate Indonesia, and China, Russia and Bangledesh???

Huh???

24 posted on 10/24/2005 12:08:01 PM PDT by sinkspur (If you're not willing to give Harriett Miers a hearing, I don't give a damn what you think.)
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To: Cicero

The so-called conservatives are going to make it almost too easy for Dubya to wrap his arms a McCain/Guiliani 2008 ticket.


25 posted on 10/24/2005 12:12:54 PM PDT by medscribe
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To: West Coast Conservative
Steve Forbes

Well that just signinicantly lowered my opinion of him. He managed to hit every single DNC spin lie. Guess somebody needs to clue him in on Free Republic so he can get the facts.

26 posted on 10/24/2005 12:15:14 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (I'll try to be NICER, if you will try to be SMARTER!.......Water Buckets UP!)
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To: Sabramerican

Forbes reminds me of the Joker (as played by Jack Nicholson). All Forbes needs is a little makeup and voila! the Joker reborn.


27 posted on 10/24/2005 12:16:29 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: jveritas

"Here we go again, the Buchanaites and third party morons on FR are out for blood to get the President."

Someone needs to counter the moronic K00lAid drinkers.


28 posted on 10/24/2005 1:48:44 PM PDT by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: Sabramerican
Forbes would have made the better President.

I like Forbes, but for the fact he couldn't get 10% of the vote he would have been great fiscally. At this point it looks like the Punditocrisy is piling on.

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters

29 posted on 10/24/2005 1:54:45 PM PDT by bray (Iraq, freed from Saddamn now Pray for Freedom from Mohammad)
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To: EagleUSA; Huck
You guys are just backstabbing elitist sexist traitors to the GOP, that's all.

I'd laugh at your comments but I'm too busy crying because they're so true.

30 posted on 10/24/2005 2:15:40 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (Miers: A meticulous, detail-oriented woman...who forgets to pay her bar dues twice.)
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To: sinkspur
If you actually believe that Gary Bauer or Alan Keyes wouldn't have been laughingstocks in the first two months of their presidencies, I have a bridge to sell you.

Hold on, you forgot to mention Hatch and McCain. The all or nothing real conservatives are leading us to what they usually end up with...nothing. And they are irritatingly obtuse in not understanding the role of the Republican Congress in all they complain about.

31 posted on 10/24/2005 2:25:23 PM PDT by Dolphy
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To: West Coast Conservative
The President and his party can turn the tables before next year's congressional elections.

I keep on readin this, but I don't see the GOP doing anything pro-active. Bush could have swept away a grade F year by nominating a known conservative, but he did not.

32 posted on 10/24/2005 2:27:15 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: EagleUSA
You did forget to commend them on their job with our border security, illegal immigration (invasion), and education. And they did it all WITHOUT FIGHTING THE DEMS.

As I said - Grade F.

I also just love that they passed a credit debtors lobbyist bill making it harder for American citizens to get otu of debt, yet went on a crazed spending spree that would make Imelda Marcos and drunken sailors blush in shame. Even had the nerve to say they could not cut anymore out of the budget.

Oh yes, and they did it all without fighting the democrats all year, so now they are all under indictment. Grade F.

33 posted on 10/24/2005 2:30:28 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: LibertarianInExile
You guys are just backstabbing elitist sexist traitors to the GOP, that's all.

You forgot "lazy, vigilante racists."

34 posted on 10/24/2005 2:30:52 PM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: KC_Conspirator
Bush could have swept away a grade F year by nominating a known conservative, but he did not.

You give Bush no credit for John Roberts, the successful vote for Parliament last February in Iraq, and the successful vote for the Constitution just two weeks ago?

You're a hard-ass, aren't you?

35 posted on 10/24/2005 2:34:05 PM PDT by sinkspur (If you're not willing to give Harriett Miers a hearing, I don't give a damn what you think.)
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To: Sabramerican

He was my favorite candidate on the issues.


36 posted on 10/24/2005 4:49:07 PM PDT by Huck (Miers Miers Miers Miers Miers--I'm mired in Miers.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I have to admit, there sure is not much to admier about this pick.


37 posted on 10/25/2005 12:33:01 AM PDT by Who is Truth? (TRUTH is not relative)
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To: medscribe

I am convinced that McCain will run as a Democrat and will do well against Hillary in the primaries.


38 posted on 10/25/2005 12:41:37 AM PDT by Who is Truth? (TRUTH is not relative)
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To: Who is Truth?

If McCain runs, he will do it as a Republican and will most likely get the nomination, with Guiliani as the VP nominee. The conservatives have torpedoed their chances of getting a seat at the table for 2008 with this childish and idiotic vitriol against Miers.


39 posted on 10/25/2005 12:35:38 PM PDT by medscribe
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