I am not because, in truth, Bush's policies over the last 8 years have been unhesitatingly Liberal in execution. And I do mean L-i-b-e-r-a-l !!!
Under Bush total federal government spending rose 68% - that is double what Clinton did. Defense and security spending went from 22% of GNP in 2001 to 29% under Bush. And some economists estimate that the total cost of the war in Iraq may total 1 trillion when it's all said and done.
From McCleans Canada
|...[Under Bush] spending bills were passed on everything from farm subsidies to health (up 44 per cent) and education (up 47 per cent). After all, Bush had run as a "compassionate conservative"; he introduced the largest new entitlement since the Great Society programs of the 1960s: a prescription drug benefit for seniors that will add a US$1.2-trillion liability over 10 years.As a proportion of the economy, total government spending has increased over Bush's tenure, from 18.4 per cent of GDP in 2000 to 20.3 per cent of GDP in 2006, according to the Tax Policy Institute run by the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. "Bush was the first Republican presidential candidate since Eisenhower who ran without calling for the abolishing of a single government program," says Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, and author of Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution..|
Remember "No Child Left Behind?" Back in 2004 it was soaking us for $41 billion. Did test scores go up as a result of all this additional money? Uh, no.
Remember AID to Africa? Another Bush initiative where he tripled the amount of money being send to Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda. It is up to $4 billion per year.
From theUK paper The Independent:
|When President Bush came to power in 2001, the US spent $1.4bn a year on humanitarian and development aid in Africa. By 2006, the figure had quadrupled to $5.6bn a year. And it is likely to get bigger. The centrepiece of Mr Bush's aid to Africa is the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Pepfar), a five-year, $15bn Aids prevention and treatment programme launched in 2003. His most recent budget proposes doubling the funding to $30bn over the next five years.|
And you wonder why I'm not happy? I'm a conservative; that means that I want less government. The hand that governs least, governs best. That is why Bush is not a conservative because he's been violating the tenets of conservatism since Day One.
Bush hands out US citizenship like soup at a homeless shelter. He won't secure the border, and he won't take enforcement action against employers who hire illegals. He won't even support the idea that we should confirm the citizenship of voters.
So it won't make me too sad to see a confused self-proclaimed "conservative" leave the Oval Office. At least he won't steal anything or have sex with an intern before he leaves.
He'll leave all that to the criminal segment of the Illegal Alien population.