Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would strive to be like Lyndon Johnson, the Democrat famous for expanding the U.S. welfare state through the "Great Society," if he were elected president. According to the Miami Herald, Bush made those comments Wednesday night in San Antonio, Florida at Saint Leo University, while speaking about education, immigration, and energy policy. Bush did not address Johnson´s Great Society and War on Poverty programs, about which Ronald Reagan once famously quipped, "We had a war on poverty, and poverty won." Instead, he was referencing Johnson´s mastery of
Comments: Oh groan. I don´t know why he thinks that is a positive thing, despite what is said in the article. We need fresh blood in Washington. Not those who feel they are entitled to the position because of their last name, that would also include Hillary Clinton.
To openly admit... and broadcast this info, clearly The Progressives think they are untouchabe. Jeb simply reiterates what we already knew.... but loud enough to try & convince the Lo Fo´s he´s their man.
If he announces an exploratory team for the GOP primary... we must have a 3rd party ready to roll.
This is good to know. Now I wont have to keep saying "I dont know why, I just dont trust him."
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Old Army Vet, 2/16/2013 8:52:45 AM (No. 9179629)
Gee, thanks for the warning. I hope we have a better choice than that. LBJ was a lying democrat, Gulf of Tonkin, so I don´t think that we need another one.
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lil dotty, 2/16/2013 8:56:00 AM (No. 9179636)
Thanks, Jeb. You clinched my vote. Just because LBJ is from Texas does not mean he automatically gets our vote. Never cared for him; don´t care so much for your politics either. No way, Jeb This country has seen far too many of ´your kind´
LBJ was only on JFK´s ticket to attract Southern voters. Had the assassination not happened LBJ would´ve faded into the woodwork. He was totally unprepared for what happened and tried to please too many people at once.
Did anyone here actually read the article? Jeb points out that LBJ was a leader - he got into the thick of things with Congress, actually worked with members of both parties, negotiated, bargained, cajoled - whatever it took to get things done. Unlike President Obama, who makes a campaign-style speech and then flies off to a golf outing, leaving Congress to sit on its hands - after which he pouts that nobody listens to him.
We may not all agree with the outcomes that LBJ promoted, but no one can claim that he didn´t get things done.
"Bush, who has a book on comprehensive immigration reform due out next month, said it was "un-American" to have illegal immigrants living in fear of exposure. "
So I´m un-American if I expect people to follow the laws. I am sick of Jeb Bush and his holier than thou attitude to those of us who think that following the law is a good thing. They wouldn´t have to live in the shadows if they followed the proper channels to live in the country. THey sure did a lot of hiding to get into the country so they are experts on it.
I voted for Bush twice. During his second term I was appalled by his actions. Bush started the DHS, TSA and signed the Patriot Act. He worked lovingly with Ted Kennedy to waste billions. His selected prosecutor, Johnny Sutton, persecuted our fine Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean. Bush is partially responsible that Obama was able to be elected. I wouldn´t vote for any Bush, ever.
On the Democrat side it will be Biden, Clinton, and a few others looking to take on the job of POTUS.
Republicans need to have name-recognition and stop focusing on social issues. They will take care of themselves once you actually gain majorities, and the power that comes with a majority party.
Focus on fiscal responsibility, energy development and how both link to funding gov´t without raising taxes.
When Democrats talk about education, remind them it´s a local funding issue, mostly with local property taxes, so why is this a federal conversation? But then pivot to how an expanded energy production boom will help NEW revenues to pay for things like education, police and firefighters. And has the opportunity to lower our gasoline prices which will be a benefit to taxpayers, and businesses alike.
I do not want another Bush (or Clinton) in the White House, despite the fact that I loved Dubya. But how can our analyses be taken seriously when we base them, like the liberals do, on misleading headlines that only serve as chum for folks who aren´t really open to considering a thing thoughtfully?
Jeb better study history...LBJ came with a vast knowledge of Congress and his powerful connections there. He was willing to use his executive power like no one since to get his way. He won by a landslide in ´64 and had unthreatened majorities in both chambers. Jeb, who I believe is unelectable, has nothing going for him. Ex-Governor of Florida is not the same credential as Senate Majority leader and Vice President carrying on the work of a martyr.
I have been saying this for a long, long time,NO. Jeb Bush is a squishy middle of the road ,go along to get along Repub who will reach to the left if he needs to look good. I also don´t want his loud mouth ."Sarah Palin should stay in Alaska" mother out there. I have not forgot that nor have I forgiven her.. Absolutely NO!
Actually, #23, I did read the article. Jeb Bush said stupid things in stupid ways. Like Lyndon Johnson, Bush wants to get things done in Washington. I want to get things undone. He says that "it is completely un-American to require people living in the shadows." That´s bad grammar, but he seems to be saying that I am un-American because I do not want to help people who are not Americans break our laws. This is the best we can do for 2016?
LOL # 23. I don´t think Jeb should run a third bush is too much, it goes against out traditions. Some of you look beyond foolish, I guess your to lazy to read the article, we have our own low information voters. To the lazy Bush was an economic and social conservative, very tough law and order 10-10-10. Of course you would have had to take the time to look up his record to know that,and that´s to much effort.
I suspect that Jeb grew up in a delusional family that thought highly of LBJ. Those old enough to remember LBJ know he was a total failure as a CIC who mismanaged a military he did not understand. Like Obama, he was way in over his head and stumbling from one bad idea to the next.
I lived through the Johnson era, which was a nightmare. It was when our country exploded and began its noisy descent to hell in a handbasket. The whole problem was that Johnson couldn´t govern. He was famously a great armtwister and deal maker in the Senate -- possibly the most powerful and effective Senator to operate in the 20th Century -- but the skill set that made him so effective in the Senate was exactly what was not needed to govern a country. Plus, he never got over the fact that every Kennedy-Worshiper in the country resented him for succeeding John F. Kennedy, and Johnson did not have the leadership skills to overcome this.
Jeb Bush was our governor here in Florida, and did a very creditable job, but if Lyndon Johnson is his Presidential model, he should be kept away from the Presidency.
Since this Bush is a champion for amnesty, so if the liberal Democrats get their so-called comprehensive immigration reform through which is nothing more then amnesty in a gift box with a fancy name, this Bush should think about running as a Democrat, as the Democrats will then have about 10 million new foreign born voters.
I´m very disheartened to see so many nasty comments about the Bushes. I see them realistically (Jeb, go sit down...) but the invective is disappointing. I thought that was saved for the likes of KOS or DU.
LBJ was an absolute, power playing, arm twisting, string pulling politician who micro-managed the Vietnam war from the war room under the White House. (Those bohyas kain´t bomb a s*** house without mayh say-so from rait here!)
He was the epitome of what is wrong with our government.
He also killed many, many fine men without knowing what he was doing.
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