Veronique de Rugy and Tad DeHaven of the Cato Institute attack the Bush administration’s domestic spending policies, claiming that “Bush spends like Carter and panders like Clinton.” Although this is surely an exaggeration, there can be little doubt that Bush has been more liberal than conservative when it comes to fiscal policy, and that this phenomenon cannot fully be explained by citing the war on terrorism.
The Cato Institute is a libertarian-oriented think tank, so it is natural that its analysts would be among the first conservatives to express serious disillusionment with Bush. I suspect that they will not be the last.
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