Saturday, October 11, 2008

"Comrade Bush"

Tyler Bridges reports for McClatchy (via Slog):
With the Bush administration's Treasury Department resorting to government bailout after government bailout to keep the U.S. economy afloat, leftist governments and their political allies in Latin America are having a field day, gloating one day and taunting Bush the next for adopting the types of interventionist government policies that he's long condemned.


No one in Latin America has been making more hay of Bush's turnabout than Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, a self-proclaimed socialist who is the U.S.'s biggest headache in the region.

"If the Venezuelan government, for example, approves a law to protect consumers, they say, 'Take notice, Chavez is a tyrant!'" Chavez said in one of his recent weekly television shows.

"Or they say, 'Chavez is regulating prices. He is violating the laws of the marketplace.' How many times have they criticized me for nationalizing the phone company? They say, 'The state shouldn't get involved in that.' But now they don't criticize Bush for having nationalize . . . the biggest banks in the world. Comrade Bush, how are you?"

The audience laughed and Chavez continued.

"Comrade Bush is heading toward socialism."

I think this is the first time I've ever agreed with something Chavez has said. It makes me feel kind of dirty. But not as dirty as I feel for having at one point been a Bush supporter. Honestly, I'm not sure how I can ever do enough penance to be forgiven for that.

Oh where, oh where have the real conservatives gone? I say again, the Republican Party as it currently exists must die for its sins so that fiscal conservatism may live again.

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