Jeb Bush Tells It Like It Is, ‘Reagan Would Not Win In Today’s GOP’

Those of us on the left have been saying how crazy the Republican party has become. First, we have Bruce Bartlett, an office holder in the Reagan administration. Bruce was Reagan's right hand man on domestic, economic policy and even he has been highly critical of the state of the current GOP. Gov. Mike Huckabee, gas stated that this GOP wouldn't nominate Reagan either, because Reagan raised taxes, negotiated with the Democrats on fiscal and immigration issues.

Now we have Jeb Bush, who said this morning,

"Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground," Bush said, adding that he views the hyper-partisan moment as "temporary."

"Back to my dad’s time and Ronald Reagan’s time – they got a lot of stuff done with a lot of bipartisan suport," he said. Reagan "would be criticized for doing the things that he did."

Bush used as an example, "the budget deal my dad did, with bipartisan support — at least for a while — that created the spending restraint of the ‘90s," a reference to a move widely viewed now as a political disaster for Bush, breaking a pledge against tax increases and infuriating conservatives. It was, Bush said, "helpful in creating a climate of more sustainted economic growth."

So what has changed? Obviously not the Democrats, they bent over backwards to accommodate the GOP's positions. They extended the Bush tax cuts, cut massive holes in the budget, even the so called stimulus had $333 billion dollars in tax cuts. The tea party came in and everything changed. The tea party continues to stick to a mission not to compromise. It caused a debt ceiling debacle that panicked the global market, and much more.

Month after month, the classical Republican is being pushed out and is being replaced by an extreme ideological sector of the party. This is the John Birch Society of steroids. They are no longer on the fringes of the party, they ARE the face of the party of Reagan and Eisenhower.

The polarization of the GOP was brought to the forefront by Sarah Palin and obviously Fox News personalities, like Megan Kelly, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. Until rational people grab hold of the party formerly of Reagan, the deep end is not that far away, or perhaps they have already gone off it.

12 Replies to “Jeb Bush Tells It Like It Is, ‘Reagan Would Not Win In Today’s GOP’”

  1. What changed is that the spending cuts that were supposed to go along with the tax increases never happened and Republicans learned you can't trust a Democrat's promise to cut spending in the future. Spending cuts now. Then, maybe, tax increases later.

  2. The party has been steeplejacked for years, and until the dominionists are outed and removed from power, they aren't going to change.
    The problem is that most of those politicians actually believe what they say.  I know for some people that's hard to believe, but it's true.  I know it's not rational or even common sense, but then, when fundamentalism and dominionism come into the picture, rational thought and common sense fly out of the picture.
    I don't expect the Republicans to change except for the worse.  I've been seeing this drift since my eyes were opened almost 13 years ago, and it's only accelerated.

  3. OH PLEEEEZZZE! As a queer male who lived through the 80's, I remember Reagan's rise to the top. I'm tired of the moderation of Reagan. Does anyone  not remember that Reagan kept his bigoted trap shut for close to 5/6 years about AIDS.  It wasn't until Rock Hudson was forced out of the gay and AIDS closet that Reagan even said anything.  Has everyone forgotten that Reagan ushered in Jerry Falwell and his moral majority nut jobs into the GOP? Reagan is the grandfather of the current GOP not too moderate or liberal. If he were to run to today (mentally capable), he would pander equally as digusting as Mitt is. Please quit the liberalization of Reagan please. Gays who lived through the AIDS crisis in those days are insulted. 

  4. Does anyone else find it odd that this man, Jeb Bush, also had a brother who was POTUS? ANd never mentions him?
    Could it be that his brother and his "friends", if not responsible for the poisonous atmosphere did nothing to prevent it?
    It was a curious omission on his part, to ignore the most recent POTUS in his family.

  5. There is more to the situation than just Gay rights, and viewing the time through a single lens isn't going to give an accurate picture.  Yeah, it wasn't a good time for LGBT people, but others have had it hard too.
    I could view the past 33 years via the lens of Native American rights and issues, but doing so would also miss the boat.
    Compared to the Religious Right of today, Reagan WAS liberal… it's gotten that bad.  You have to admit it too… while he did nothing for increasing freedom, at the same time what sort of rhetoric came from Reagan on gay rights and does it compare with the Republican politicians of today?  Did he advocate killing gays?  Did he repeat some of the slanders you regularly hear today against LGBT people?

  6. I tell you what… if you have parents on SS or you or any of your loved ones get any "government help" at all… why don't you eliminate all of that for them first?  No food for them, no help with electric, NOTHING.  Do you support that?
    Think the "Good Christian" churches will take up the slack?  If you do, I have some good advice for you – don't buy any bridges or gold bricks.
    You are just like all of the heartless greedy Republicans.
    Oh, and what about this suggestion for a cut?  The military budget.  Let's cut it in half!
     We could also cut all of the corporate welfare.  No subsidies to Big Oil, for instance. That should come before cutting the lifeline for REAL people.
    If we're going to make cuts, let's make them in areas that will make a real difference.

  7. I've always wondered if there was some sort of problem between the two.  IMO, they're not much different… Jeb might be a tiny bit more intelligent than his brother, but not by much.

  8. Hey, Pierre, you DO realize the GOP went back on their end by not only refusing to the military cuts but in fact spending MORE in that area, right?

  9. Domonionists are you nuts too afraid to name hte Zionists Jews or too stupid to know who really runs things.
    “Kristol was treated like royalty and came off as … a Republican Party warlord,” bragging “about how all the hostile elements to Israel inside the Republican Party were purged over the last 30 years — [and] no one [now] dared to question the power of the Israeli lobby.”
    “The big story in the Republican Party over the last 30 years, and I’m very happy about this,” said Kristol, is the “eclipsing” of the George H.W. Bush-James Baker-Brent Scowcroft realists, “an Arabist old-fashioned Republican Party … very concerned about relations with Arab states that were not friendly with Israel….”
    That Bush crowd is yesterday, said Kristol. And not only had the “Arabists” like President Bush been shoved aside by the neocons, the “Pat Buchanan/Ron Paul type” of Republican has been purged.

  10. (Laugh!)  I didn't expect a antisemetic BIGOT to show up!  The Jews?  ARE YOU KIDDING?  Do you REALLY think they own everything or have any control?  Oh, you must have been kicked in the head by a horse when you were a kid.  That's right… you're obviously brain-damaged in some way.
    Let me remind you of something you probably have willingly forgotten!
    I know a lot of Jewish people, and I'd much rather be around them than any "Good Christian".  The ones I know (mainly in academia but in other fields as well) are more honest, more open, and in the long run (and usually immediately) more kind and Godly.

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