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Monday, December 08, 2003

Righteous Anger: The Conservative Case Against George W. Bush
This president deserves to be criticized. Sharply. By anyone who believes in limited, constitutional government. First, George W. Bush, despite laudable personal and family characteristics, is remarkably incurious and ill read. Gut instincts can carry even a gifted politician only so far. And a lack of knowledge leaves him vulnerable to simplistic remedies to complex problems, especially when it comes to turning America into the globe's governess.
Conservatives are Angry over $400 Billion Medicare Bill
Last month's passage of a Medicare prescription drug benefit that could cost $2 trillion over 20 years, after three years of sharp increases in federal spending, has provoked an unusual barrage of criticism of President Bush from conservative leaders. The Wall Street Journal editorial page accuses Bush of a "Medicare fiasco" and a "Medicare giveaway." Paul Weyrich, a coordinator of the conservative movement, sees "disappointment in a lot of quarters." Bruce Bartlett, a conservative economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis, pronounces himself "apoplectic." An article in the American Spectator calls Bush's stewardship on spending "nonexistent," while Steve Moore of the Club for Growth labels Bush a "champion big-spending president." "The president isn't showing leadership," laments Brian Riedl of the Heritage Foundation, who calculates that federal spending per household is at a 60-year high. "Conservatives are angry."

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Heritage Foundation Denounces Out-of-Control Republican Spending
The congressional spending spree of the past few years is well-documented, and this year promises to be no different. Over the last four years, federal spending has increased from $16,000 per household to $20,000 per household, the highest level since World War II. The Medicare and energy bills, although experiencing different fates, share one common denominator: little reform at huge cost, while loaded with special-interest spending. Congress’s continued fiscal irresponsibility is clearly exhibited in the thousands of pork projects contained in the fiscal year 2004 omnibus spending bill. Congress is set to bust its own budget cap in order to protect pork projects such as the Please Touch Museum and Trout Genome Mapping.

Friday, December 05, 2003

Backlash brewing over Bush's trade policies
Van May, a Texan with deep Republican roots, is so angry with President Bush's free-trade policies that he is considering parting with his political party.
The 50-year-old Lubbock businessman said that cheap Chinese fabrics flooding the U.S. market are undercutting products such as the denim material for jeans made at his two plants in Littlefield and New Braunfels. More....

Federal Budget Cuts Take Cops off the Streets
The federal program that added more than 100,000 cops to local police forces and helped to cut crime to historically low rates during the past decade is being rolled back because local governments can't afford to keep many of the officers on the street.
70% of Americans Think Iraq War Did NOT Reduce Terrorism Threat
A growing number of Americans, seven in 10, doesn't think the war in Iraq has reduced the threat of terrorism, according to a poll out Wednesday. Fewer than half felt that way in April, during the war. President Bush and members of his administration frequently say the efforts in Iraq are central to winning the war on terror.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Spending Surges During Bush Watch
President Bush came to office saying he was a fiscal conservative, but federal spending has skyrocketed on his watch. And it's not just the Pentagon that's getting more federal dollars.
Conservatives Fed Up with Bush
We're not the only ones who've noticed that Bush is an out of control spender. Republicans in congress are beginning to try to rein in the spending spree.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Lost Jobs and Military Funerals Haunt Bush in the Heartland
Good piece in the Village Voice about the impact Bush's policies are having in "Red State" America. Military funerals and lost jobs haunt Bush in the heartland. Can Republicans still take the red states for granted? There is an increasingly disgruntled electorate, can we wake them up?

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