Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Jeb Bush Warns of Obamas 'Toxic Cocktail'

By Edward Pentin

Jeb Bush has issued a withering attack on the spending proposals of the Obama administration in front of a large crowd of Catholic activists in Italy, warning that the government's policies will enlarge the role of the state at the expense of personal freedom.

He then suggested viable alternatives to the proposals, and gave as examples three faith and community-based initiatives he developed when he was governor of Florida from 1998 to 2006.

Addressing the gathering in Rimini on Aug. 28, hosted by the Catholic movement Communion and Liberation, the brother of former President George W. Bush warned that the past has shown that such government intervention doesn't work, but rather leads to a lengthening of a recession and restrictions on individuals from pursuing their dreams.

"There is an inverse relationship between the size, scale, and scope of government and human freedom," he said. "The bigger the government is, the less freedom individuals have to pursue their dreams, and the pursuit of those dreams is an integral part of our progress."

Liberty and freedom, he went on, "create more creativity, innovation, and prosperity for more people than any government program ever created. Most, if not all, great advances in life occur by the creative genius of peoples unencumbered by the shackles of the state."

He added that large government makes people less responsible and engaged about solving problems in their own communities, families, and societies. "People begin to believe that compassion is measured by how much government is expended to try and solve the problem, and we don't achieve the desired result," he explained. "In fact, it becomes harder and harder to solve the problems as families, and as individuals in community."

Bush stressed that the Obama administration's spending proposals exceed those of the Great Society and the New Deal, and then went on to list them: the $787 billion stimulus package(of which only 15 percent has been spent), the $1.2 trillion healthcare bill, plus hundreds of billions in planned spending for cap-and-trade.

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