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Jeb Bush Joins the Cruz Bashers — Suggests Surrender as ‘Common Ground’

October 22nd, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Here is the problem for Jeb: There is no common ground between (a) “I should control my own medical decisions, with my doctor deciding what to charge for his services and my insurance company deciding what risks it will cover, at prices to be determined by a free market,” and (b) “The federal government should oversee my medical decisions, tell the doctors what to charge, and dictate what insurance companies must cover at what rates.” In this, as in other matters Gov. Bush calls the “bigger, more pressing issues” – the issues about what kind of country we are going to be – one side has to win and one side has to lose.

We do not have what Bush calls “instances of crisis” because people are uncivil, or because competing sides are, as he says, merely trying to “win a political point.” We have them because there is no sensible compromise on these fundamental controversies. Each side is trying to persuade Americans of the rightness of their antithetical visions for our society.

Bush, like George Will, is wrong in suggesting that conservatives are unwilling to compromise. The most underreported fact in the recent shutdown controversy – and the fact most under-exploited by those leading the charge against Obamacare – was this: Conservatives do not want the federal government funded at today’s unsustainable levels. The monstrous size and scope of the federal government is largely what animates the Tea Party. Yet conservatives compromised on this point of great consequence to them, agreeing to fund government on the Democrats’ astronomical terms … except for Obamacare. It was President Obama who declined to seek common ground: refusing to compromise with conservatives despite having lawlessly compromised on Obamacare with corporations, cronies and Congress (members and staff) who did not want it applied to them.

In our system, we settle such fundamental controversies democratically: by elections or, between elections, by having elected officials exercise the relative powers the Constitution gives them to press their position until one side yields. Our health-care battle lends itself only to this kind of resolution. Again, there is no common ground between (a) “The government has no authority to make me pay for your healthcare – no more than it has to make me pay for your flat-screen TV,” and (b) “The government has the authority to confiscate its chosen percentage of my property in order to pay for your medical treatments that government deems necessary.”

There being no common ground, Gov. Bush’s notion of “common ground” translates into: Let the Democrats have their way. He went on to tell ABC:

Show how Obamacare, flawed to its core, doesn’t work. So, have a little bit of self-restraint. It might actually be a politically – be a better approach to see the massive dysfunction. But we don’t even hear about that because we’ve stepped on that message. And I think Republicans just need to take a step back, and allow – show a little self-restraint and let this happen a little more organically.

What an extraordinary statement from someone who just got done ripping conservatives for allegedly using crises to “win political points.” Bush’s game-plan is to sit back and let the crisis happen. What he describes as “the massive dysfunction” of Obamacare is a Beltway euphemism for millions of real people suffering grievous harm: prohibitive insurance rate rises; family budget-busting out-of-pocket costs due to soaring deductibles; immense transfers of wealth that discourage productivity and encourage dependency; billions of dollars misallocated away from productive enterprises and sunk into government-dictated health insurance plans that the unwilling are coerced to buy; employers in our paralyzed economy encouraged to cut employees and hours; a further bloated bureaucracy that will be next-to-impossible to roll back; and taxpayer funds egregiously wasted by the program’s imploding implementation (even more politicized than it is incompetent).

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I think those who have suggested Bush is considering a '16 run are correct.

It used to be that a candidate made two shifts, politically, seeking the Presidency. First, a shift right (GOP) or left (Dem) to win the primaries and the candidacy, and then a race to the center. The GOP has added a third, a term of "civility" to get the MSM to declare him electable and "the guy the Democrats are really afraid of". See MSM build up of McCain and Romney, after Huntsman would just not catch on. After the MSM gets the GOP candidate they want, i.e., the one that would do the least harm to their agenda, they then turn and savage him on behalf of the Dem nominee.

We have to, must, stop letting the MSM pick the GOP candidate for us.
Look for the Republican getting the most grudging respect, interviews, and concern about being a real threat to the Dems from MSM commentators, editorials, etc., then support someone else.
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JB is attacking his 2016 presidential primary opponent.

I'll vote for Cruz.
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Mr. Bush, the problem is that we have painfully learned that civility in response to intellectual dishonesty is counterproductive in the defense of liberty.

If you had paid attention to how your political opponents treated your brother and your father, you would understand this.
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my best friend's sister makes $73/hr on the internet. She has been out of work for 5 months but last month her paycheck was $15634 just working on the internet for a few hours. he said....www.Bay95.com
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my friend's step-mother makes $76 every hour on the internet. She has been unemployed for 10 months but last month her income was $17168 just working on the internet for a few hours. original site----www.Rush64.ℂom
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90 percent of the Tea Party will gladly vote for Jeb Bush (as the last, best hope of Christian civilization) if the neocons serve him up. It is the 10 percent who stay home that will put Hillary in the White House. Don't get me wrong, if the Republicans try to con the country into another Bush, Hillary deserves the White House.
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" It is the 10 percent who stay home that will put Hillary in the White House. "
Thereby abdicating their responsibilities as citizens- a kind of undocumented alien, parasitic political freeloaders, un-Americans ...
"Hillary deserves the White House"
No one 'deserves' the White House. And she certainly has not earned it.
I will vote for the more conservative of the two major candidates. It is my duty to America to do so.
It might be more fun to play 'Who could the Democrats run that I would vote for over Jeb Bush?'.
44 weeks ago
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I will be thrilled when the entire Bush clan disappears from public life. Forever.
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I've no idea at all why Jeb Bush is suddenly captain of the cheerleading squad for all things Liberal.

I sure would like to a peek at his bank account.

He obviously has forgotten how savagely the Left abused his father and his brother. Has he also forgotten how savagely the Left attacked him as well during the Florida election debacle?

Is it a natural course of events that Republicans start going all 'Stockholm Syndrome' after so many years of being brutalized?
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There's nothing sudden about it. He's not a conservative, and never has been.

GW is the closest thing to a conservative to come out of the Bush dynasty, and he's not exactly what I'd call a conservative.

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The Bush family is part of the elite ruling class. But we are in the midst of a class struggle, or a cultural one if you prefer, not a political one. In many ways they are fine people- certainly when compared to many I could name. Any of them were/would be competent to run the country (which would be a huge improvement) but they are not the ones to trust to change anything in any meaningful way.
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I've never understood the "go along and get along" attitude of "mainstream"Republicans. What good has it done? As Andrew mentions there were never two more decent, civil and good-natured men in public office than Jeb's father and brother. Yet Bush 41 was riduculed and savaged by the Dems and Bush 43 was usually depicted as something so evil he qualified as the spawn of Cthulu. The kind of reach-across-the-aisle with a smiley-face approach advocated by Jeb is held in complete contempt by the Democrats. As someone said (I think it was Disraeli), the duty of an opposition is to oppose particularly when the programs and initiatives being opposed are as detrimental to the future of the United States as those put forth by the current administration. If Jeb thinks that this "lets all get along" atttitude is going to win him the friendship of the media class he is sadly mistaken.
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Kudos, yet again, to the always brave Andrew McCarthy. A man whose time is far too valuable to be wasted on convincing candy-prat Republicans that the only difference between Bushes and Clintons is that one group suffers from Bimbo eruptions while the other seeks to contain oozings of idiocy. Neither has the situation under control, but that is to be expected when one considers who wears the pantsuits in these outfits. Good work, Andy. Put a nice double Scotch on my tab.
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Jeb, the Billy Carter of the Bush family. Only, the bar has been so lowered that people like him actually get into politics.

Jeb, go make some beer. It'll be a novel feature of note in 20+ years. Or never.
44 weeks ago
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Should have said "RINO" which is what I meant.
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Since the Bushes own the Republican Party since older Bush was given the VP slot, then president, let Jeb go ahead and be next candidate and the Bushes can pay for the campaign and I'll stay home. I will not give $ or a vote to another Republican.
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"I'll stay home."
The DNC should give out plaques.
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