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© John Jonik

I don’t know what conservative and liberal mean any more.

Once upon a time, the party of Lincoln was the party of civil rights. Later, the party of Teddy Roosevelt was the party of conserving the environment. The party of Eisenhower built the national highway system and warned us about the dangers of the military-industrial complex. The party of Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency. The party of Reagan even raised taxes and tried to balance the budget. The party of Bush Jr. expanded Medicare with the prescription drug benefit and tried to reform education.

But today’s Republican Party seems only interested in throwing money at the rich and destroying government. Jeb Bush recently pointed out that Reagan would have struggled with today’s GOP.



  1. The modern Republican Party is the Party of Doublespeak.

    I’m not sure what the Democrat Party is, and I’m not sure it knows, either. Sometimes, I just think they’re the Party of Letting the Republican Party Eventually Destroy Itself Because That’s Exactly What Will Happen.

    Friday, June 15, 2012 at 3:35 am | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    Jeb Bush is a different cut of the jib from his brother.

    Book on Rove says that Rove’s only ambition is to get all the wealth in the hands of the top 1% in this country. He has no morals/ethics/ or Religion except the Religion of wealth. Meanwhile the ethical 1% are giving their wealth to reelect Obama.

    Friday, June 15, 2012 at 6:28 am | Permalink
  3. Scott wrote:

    Still can’t understand their whole point. The “1%” already own or can buy anything they want. Why do they need to take any more? How much more exalted (in their own warped minds) will their position be if all they behold, gazing down from it, is the rest of us scuttling like roaches for whatever we can find? I really should NOT have dumped class the days of all those lessons on the devolution of (alleged) humanity.

    Friday, June 15, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink
  4. Michael wrote:

    Scott, it’s all about competition within the peer group. If you’re the 10th richest person in the world, you don’t think about the billions below you; you only think about how you can pass somebody to be number 9. Or you can think of it like the quote from the Social Network: “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” It’s not about the money per se. It’s about the game and the competition among their peers, damn the rest.

    Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

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