Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Even Reagan can be used to slam Dubya

Fred Barnes makes an excellent point in his Opinion Journal article today. I have to keep reminding myself that the war protestors and the anti-american bloc in this world didn't spring up to in the time that Bush has been in the Oval Office. They have been around longer than he has. However he does manage to make them seem derranged. I've always said that you can tell if you are doing something right by looking at the people you are making angry.
OpinionJournal - Featured Article: "Mr. Reagan was a small government conservative, but he found it impossible to govern that way. He made tradeoffs. He gave up the fight to curb domestic spending in exchange for congressional approval of increased defense spending. He cut taxes deeply but signed three smaller tax hikes. Rather than try to reform Social Security, he agreed to increase payroll taxes.

The myth would have it that Reagan was tireless in shrinking the size of government, a weak partisan always ready to deal with Democrats, and not the hardliner we thought he was. The opposite is true. Reagan compromised, as even the most conservative politicians often do, to save his political strength for what mattered most--defeating the Soviet empire and keeping taxes low. Today, the latter still remains imperative, and the former has been superseded by a faceless death cult. We can't understand George Bush if we distort the real Ronald Reagan."
My thoughts on Israel will be posted this afternoon.