I have some pretty conservative views, mainly that I am in favor of small government. This makes me question the self-proclaimed "good guys" who think that our fearless (draft-dodging, deserter in a time of war) leader can do no wrong, and that he represents their so-called conservative perspectives. I hate to break it to you, but Bush is NOT a conservative! All he is is a fundamentalist, which is probably enough for most of you (who are inclined to believe the propaganda machine like good, obedient little sheep), but BIG government is NOT a conservative value. I guess I am the only TRUE conservative in here! Here is an article from ABC news:
The Era of Big Government...Is Back?
By Jake Tapper
W A S H I N G T O N, Sept. 22? In the midst of debate about the additional $87 billion President Bush has requested for operations in Iraq, last week his administration announced the creation of more government jobs at the Commerce Department.
As promised, on a Labor Day swing through bellwether state Ohio, Bush announced the creation of a commerce assistant secretary for manufacturing. Secretary of Commerce Don Evans also said that his department would also create an office of industry analysis as well as an unfair trade practices team.
For many fiscal conservatives, the moves were disappointing, but not surprising. Under Bush, they say, the era of big government is back.
As a presidential candidate, then-Gov. Bush had strong words on the subject of big government. "Big government is not the answer," he said in his nomination acceptance speech at the Republican convention on August 13, 2000. "I trust people; I don't trust the federal government," he said in an October 17, 2000, debate with then-Vice President Al Gore.
But President Bush's record indicates quite a different view. On the size of government, a recent study by New York University and the Brookings Institution shows there are 1 million more actual government workers today than in 1999. That brings the total to more than 12 million ? the most since the Cold War ended.
"If Bush managed the Texas Rangers like he's managing government, you'd just see this whole group of people on the field including lots and lots of coaches and deputy coaches and under-deputy coaches and assistant deputy coaches ? but you wouldn't be winning very many baseball games," said Paul C. Light, who authored the NYU/Brookings report.
Cost of Government Also Up
President Clinton declared the "era of big government is over," but the report notes that "some of the post-1999 growth occurred in the final year of the Clinton administration."
However, the report states, "most of the 1.1 million new on- and off-budget jobs appear to reflect increased spending since the Bush administration entered office. Many of these jobs have been added at agencies involved in the war on terrorism, but many have also been added at domestic agencies such as Health and Human Services."
And it's not just the size ? the cost of government is also up. Discretionary spending on transportation and other non-military items increased by 21 percent under Bush. The taxpayer watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste also says pork barrel spending is up 48 percent since 2001.
The Congressional Budget Office has projected deficits totaling $1.5 trillion over the decade. While the conservative Heritage Foundation recently blamed a poorly performing economy, the president's tax cuts, and increases in defense spending as having factored into these unprecedented deficits, it also concluded that "one cannot overlook the largest domestic spending spree since the Great Society."
Actions Don?t Match Words
While Bush constantly calls upon Congress to exhibit fiscal restraint, political observers say he has yet to truly push the issue.
At around this time in his presidency, Ronald Reagan had vetoed 22 spending bills. Bush has vetoed none.
Some growth in the government work force is in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. But the fastest growth is in jobs, not spending related to defense and terrorism.
Fiscal conservatives are disappointed in the president.
"President Bush's actions haven't matched his words," says Chris Edwards, director of fiscal policy for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. "In fact, he has asked for very large spending increases in areas like education and farm subsidies, transportation and veterans' affairs, and of course defense."
?Like a Man With a Week to Live?
"In general, Bush has been spending money like a man with a week to live," wrote National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg in a recent column. "The GOP-led Congress deserves some blame, too. But even when they overspend above his overspending, Bush refuses to use his veto power."
Conservative writer Andrew Sullivan recently wrote that, "if we don't cut spending drastically and reform entitlements, we're going to be crushed by taxation in the not-so-distant future."
Soon, Bush is expected to sign prescription drug legislation ? the biggest government health care program since the 1960s. After that will come a major federal highway bill.