The GOP’s wish … with a capital W

Wow! Mitt Romney was such a bad candidate that Republicans are now longing for the charisma of former president “He Who Shall Not Be Named.” (From the National Journal):

As Republicans reassess their future in the presidential wilderness, seeking a message and messenger to resonate with a new generation of voters, one unlikely name has popped up as a role model: former President George W. Bush.

Prominent Republicans eager to rebuild the party in the wake of the 2012 election are pointing to Bush’s successful campaigns for Hispanic votes, his efforts to pass immigration reform, and his mantra of “compassionate conservatism.” Bush won 35 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2000 and at least 40 percent in 2004, a high-water mark for a Republican presidential candidate. …

These signs of wear and tear to the Republican brand are prompting some of Bush’s critics to acknowledge his political foresight and ability to connect with a diverse swath of Americans, although the economic crash and unpopular wars on his watch make it unlikely he will ever be held up as a great president.

“Unlikely” is understating it. “Never” is the correct word.

But the whole idea of “compassionate conservatism” is an oxymoron to begin with. It’s just that the phrase was  enough to convince media hacks that you can go after programs like Social Security (which Bush did at the beginning of his second term) in a caring manner. “Compassionate Conservatives” told lies to put is in an unnecessary war when it should have focused our military on the real enemy in a cave in another country, gave billions of dollars to the super rich in tax cuts, turned a budget surplus into a huge deficit and alienated nearly every minority group in the nation.

Then it plunged us into a financial disaster.

Because it lost the last presidential elections, the GOP wants us to get the warm fuzzies by remembering the eight years of Bush the Dumber, the person the party totally pretended never existed during the campaign.

That’s why you call it the Stupid Party.


Social Security: an explanation

Social Security is going to be in the news a lot in the coming weeks. As one who’s nearly old enough to start collecting benefits, I should start paying attention to its history and who it serves. For example, the program is 77 years old today. That’s means Social Security is more than old enough to collect Social Security.

Here’s an explainer on the program: