Bruce Bartlett on Bill Moyers’ show.
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A one-time pusher of Reagan-style supply-side economics and a former writer for the Wall Street Journal has penned adevastating critique in The American Conservative of the Republican Party’s slide to the right over recent decades. While it is well known that Bruce Bartlett was a dissenting conservative, the article lays out his evolution and critique of the Republican Party in a way not articulated by Bartlett before.
Bartlett began his political life fully ensconced in conservative politics. He worked for libertarian Republican Ron Paul as well as the founding father of supply-side economics, the theory of “trickle-down economics” that many economists say contributed to the economic crisis. But a series of events transformed his political outlook, an avowedly right-wing one. And the reaction from the right was to throw him “under a bus.”
The first big event that Bartlett says was the impetus for his decision to publicly dissent against the GOP was George W. Bush’s decision to push for an expansion of Medicare to pay for prescription drugs for seniors. Of that decision, Bartlett writes: “I was shocked beyond belief when it turned out that Bush really wanted a massive, budget-busting new entitlement program after all, apparently to buy himself re-election in 2004.” After the legislation passed, Bartlett “felt adrift, politically and intellectually. I now saw many things I had long had misgivings about, such as all the Republican pork-barrel projects that Bush refused to veto, in sharper relief.”
Please read the rest of the article at this link: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/former-conservative-right-wing-stupidity-and-closed-mindedness-will-doom-gop?akid=9724.138345.NMSQFH&rd=1&src=newsletter750912&t=6