It’s a bit too late and dishonest, but it’s now being said that Bush is a socialist. Progressives and people on the left have been saying the same thing but were excoriated for it, accused of being traitors and in so many words told to leave their country. However, the signs of Bush’s socialist leaning tendencies have been apparent since 911. That marked the beginning of big government, although that may not quite be the “big government” Republicans now have in mind.
“We can’t be a party of small government, free markets and low taxes while supporting bailouts and nationalizing industries, which lead to big government, socialism and high taxes at the expense of individual liberty and freedoms,” said Solomon Yue, an Oregon member and co-sponsor of a resolution that criticizes the U.S. government bailouts of the financial and auto industries.
What seems to have particularly drawn the Republicans’ ire is the financial bailouts and that indeed should be enough to upset EVERYONE within the borders of the US. The Republicans however, are responsible for the mechanism behind the bailouts and how it works. Although the country has been in a recession for over a year, the Bush Administration made the economy a priority only within the last 6 months and hurried initiatives through Congress, much like they did after 911, scaring all who opposed them with dire political consequences (this was an election year) as well as economical ones for the country. In that kind of atmosphere all felt obliged to give the Administration what it asked for, but this is how Bush has worked throughout his two terms, turning every issue into a national crisis which could only be solved through the immediate and direct involvment of Government. At every turn Democrats and Republicans participated in this turns towards “socialism” and very few people, except those on the fringe, complained.
Now, Republicans are claiming Bush is a socialist? Bush is NOT the target of this resolution being mulled within the RNC, rather it is Obama. In fact the resolution itself won’t be considered until after Obama takes office, but what party officials want to do is tie Obama to Bush’s policies and plaster the “socialist” pejorative to the Democrats to use against them in ’12. Republicans are quite happy with the big government they voted in during the last eight years and they know much of what they instituted will not be rescinded. Government rarely if ever gives back power, and Bush has done a very good job of handing Democrats hot button issues that are irreparable in the short term so Republicans can position themselves as a “viable” opposition party….much like the Democrats did in ’06, and regain control of the executive and legislative. Why anyone would want to be President under these circumstances is beyond me.
So the Bush is a socialist accusation is only window dressing to ensnare the Dems who will be forced to defend what transpired during Bush’s term, because once government gives, they can’t taketh back, while they, Republicans argue what they indeed voted for is no good and irrelevant. A neat political trick.