Yesterday was the breaking ground ceremony for the George W Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University. Of course there was controversy as protesters tried to educate the public that it's think tank was going to rewrite history regarding the corrupt and incompetent administration. This comes as a shock to no one, but it was interesting to see how diverse in view the Dallas population is concerning their former Governor and President.
While I'm no fan of his I'm curious to see it and I live relatively near the campus so a visit will be in order. Still I'm confounded by his politics and that of Republicans in general and I imagine learning more about him would just confuse me.
If you follow the latest campaigns you'll find all sorts of members of the GOP talking about cutting spending and fiscal responsibility, yet Bush led us into two highly expensive wars without any solution of how to pay for it. Not one Republican that I'm aware of would ever think of cutting farm subsidies, the failure that is the War on Drugs, or limiting pork from military spending. Of course none of them will have the courage to send all federal dollars that go to their district or state back to the budget.
It's all politics as usual and it's no secret Republicans are just as big of spenders as the Democrats. Sure they may put their money in different programs, but most Americans at their core don't want to see caps on federal spending whether they realize or not. Our legislature is just doing our bidding in this regard.
"Big government conservatives are spending trillions and wasting billions. Republicans are no longer the party of fiscal conservancy, but the party of runaway spending and corruption." - Sherrod Brown