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An End To Dynasties, Please January 4, 2009

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.
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George H.W. Bush, the first President Bush, just said that maybe his second son Jeb would make a good President.

Let’s think about that for a few moments. G.H.W.B. was Reagan’s VP and apparently did an adequate job. His main contribution to the Presidency was a decently focused war to kick Iraq out of Kuwait, and then to leave the area promptly. His second contribution was to exhort us to “Read my lips: no new taxes.” Which he lied about, promptly raising taxes to the glee of the Democratic Congress and losing his second term election. His third remarkable skill was in judging other politicians: he elevated Dan Quayle from well deserved obscurity to the Vice Presidency.

His son George Junior has been arguably the worst modern president, though I still hold out Jimmy Carter for the monument to that “distinction”.

So, there are two good reasons to question whether we should listen to G.H.W. Bush about anything. And that’s before we get to look at Jeb’s record in any detail.

This proposition is about as silly as New Yorkers thinking about Caroline Kennedy as a U.S. Senator. Those poor people. One amateur after another, looks like.

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1. gregquill - January 14, 2009

It’s scary. I think it comes from our addiction to TV. One good series leads to two spinoffs, and now we have to watch all of ’em! That’s what the kids learn, unfortunately.


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