Jeb Bush: Mr. President, time to stop blaming your predecessor for your failed economic policies

posted at 9:41 pm on August 30, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was one of tonight’s early speakers here at the Republican National Convention, and he opened his speech with a big crowd-pleaser: In a nutshell, President Obama can take his “inherited” problems and stick ‘em where the sun don’t shine.

Heh. Well said, Gov. Bush — ain’t it the truth, ain’t it the truth.

The meat of Gov. Bush’s speech, however, was all about the potential for education reform and the successes that individual states have seen in creating more opportunity for young people with school choice and by taking on the power of the teachers’ unions. As Condoleezza Rice asserted in her speech last night, education reform could very well be the civil rights movement of our era, and Jeb expanded on that theme in greater detail. Bureaucracy and selfishness are some of the few things standing in the way of better futures for America’s children, and I think education reform is a major opportunity for the Republican party to showcase the possibilities for competitive, federalist solutions to one of our country’s most preventable travesties.

“We must stop excusing failure in our schools and start rewarding improvement and success. We must have high academic standards that are benchmarked to the best in the world. All kids can learn. Governor Romney believes it, and the data proves it. While he was governor, Massachusetts raised standards and today their students lead the nation in academic performance….

“Because he is a former governor, Mitt Romney understands that states must lead this national movement. In Massachusetts, Governor Romney narrowed the gap between students of different races, raised testing standards, and put into place a merit scholarship, the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship that gives students four tuition free years, at any Massachusetts public institution of higher learning. He’s a champion for bringing hope to education. And he intends to be a champion for equality of opportunity… a president who always puts students first….


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Y’Obama, leave my bro alone–or else!

stukinIL4now on August 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

The meat of Gov. Bush’s speech, however, was all about the potential for education reform and the successes that individual states have seen in creating more opportunity for young people with school choice

I think school choice is also a way to reach out to those minority voters especially African Americans..

melle1228 on August 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

“You were dealt a tough hand, but your policies have not worked. In the fourth year of your presidency, a real leader would accept responsibility for his actions and you haven’t done it.”

Nice.

MikeknaJ on August 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I loved this:

“Almost everyday I hear the current incumbent feeling compelled to push down the past to make himself look better. When I was growing up, we were spanked when that happened,” Bush said Thursday morning on Fox and Friends.

MikeknaJ on August 30, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Thanks, Jeb. You can leave now.

minnesoter on August 30, 2012 at 9:51 PM

That was a yawner.

faraway on August 30, 2012 at 9:52 PM

The meat of Gov. Bush’s speech, however, was all about the potential for education reform and the successes that individual states have seen in creating more opportunity for young people with school choice and by taking on the power of the teachers’ unions.

Yeah, too bad your brother folded like a cheap suit after a little pushback on that back when he was doing education reform. Folded on school choice and let Ted Kennedy write the reform bill. That was supposed to be the “new tone” in Washington.

Let’s not be fooled again, democrats don’t compromise, they demand that we compromise. Screw this reaching across the aisle BS.

AZfederalist on August 30, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I’m beginning to really like this Mitt guy.

faraway on August 30, 2012 at 9:55 PM

He was ‘dealt’ NOTHING!

And W. should have been the super-surprise mystery guest.

Lanceman on August 30, 2012 at 9:59 PM

And W. should have been the super-surprise mystery guest.

Lanceman on August 30, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Good man. But yesterday. Somebody should tell Hussein that.

minnesoter on August 30, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Util you get rid of the Department Of Education, you will never reform education.

Anything less is bull.

98ZJUSMC on August 30, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Whoooooooooo Hooooooooooo. WE own this country.

minnesoter on August 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM

…got home..it’s 10:30 and less than a dozen commments…no one has to say…no more BUSHES! (and I loved the two!)

KOOLAID2 on August 30, 2012 at 10:29 PM

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BoxHead1 on August 30, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Let’s not be fooled again, democrats don’t compromise, they demand that we compromise. Screw this reaching across the aisle BS.

AZfederalist on August 30, 2012 at 9:53 PM

And when we do compromise, that is the new starting point towards their touchdown.

arnold ziffel on August 30, 2012 at 11:07 PM

School choice is great. Big spending educrats like Jeb suck. Money does not improve education, and all the whining in the world won’t make it so. He could barely bring himself to mention the unions at all.

I do not like this man.

Jaibones on August 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

2 1/2 hours after the blog post goes up, and the Jeb blog has 17 comments.

Right Mover on August 30, 2012 at 11:55 PM

That is sad. All the things he said were right.

scookam on August 31, 2012 at 12:03 AM

The father was President, the son was Governor and President, and this son was Governor. Enough already. Thank you for your service. I assume he was speaking because it was held in Florida. Period.

Marcus on August 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Our media is a joke, a very bad joke. Get reasy for communism very soon.

VegasRick on August 31, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Not about Florida. Just the truth.
Plus the babes on Fox are way better than on MSNBC.
Hard not to notice.
Talk among yourselves.

scookam on August 31, 2012 at 1:08 AM

All I can say to Jeb is obviously his GOP friends are still blaming Bush too ,otherwise they would have insisted Bush come speak at the convention to help Mitt Romney ,but the GOP recognize the obvious fact that America sees Bush as having a failed presidency …

U2denver on August 31, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Auditioning for Secretary of Education?

wren on August 31, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Let’s not be fooled again, democrats don’t compromise, they demand that we compromise. Screw this reaching across the aisle BS.

AZfederalist on August 30, 2012 at 9:53 PM

As Jeb’s brother so famously stated….

“fool me once, shame on you. Fool me, you can’t get fooled again.”

With that being said, I completely believe in reaching across the aisle. I recommend three compromises right off the bat.

1-Rachel Maddow wants a giant jobs project similar to the Hoover dam. I 100% agree. I have an idea…How bout we build a giant fence along the Rio Grande border from the Pacific to the Gulf. I personally want it to be 30 feet high with barbed wire and for it to be electrified. But I am willing to compromise and remove the electrified element to the fence. It would create a lot of jobs. I am even fine if they want illegals to build it.

2-I wish to end at least 3 departments of the federal government, just like Rick Perry. But since its tough to remember all 3 because they are so useless, I would accept ending just 1 to start. Any!

3-They want to raise taxes on the rich. This might make some mad, but I am ok with raising taxes, as long as its confined to the one industry that isn’t a truly big job creator, which is the entertainment industry. How many jobs has Oprah, Lebron, Tiger, and Diddy created? Seriously? BTW, was I racist with that list? Sorry, Bieber too. Now I am covered. So only Hollywood, the music and TV industry and the athletic world would be taxed and it actually might not hurt the job market like a wide spread rich tax would.

Since I have compromised on their number 1 issue, I expect them to give in to my number 1 issue. An immediate decrease in discretionary spending back to 2008 levels. I think thats about a 25% drop. But since I didn’t give them all their tax increases, I will accept 2008 levels, plus inflation. Only fair.

KMav on August 31, 2012 at 3:33 AM

Jeb, unless you are advocating getting the federal government out of education, please shut up and go away.

Robert Jensen on August 31, 2012 at 5:17 AM

Jeb, please.

Let America push themselves away from the table and go for a walk away from this constant Bush, Clinton, Bush agenda.

Philo Beddoe on August 31, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Jeb………go away, and take your Progressive big gov loving “compassion” Bush dynasty with you.

Thanks for your family “service”.

And tell George P to plan on staying in the private sector.

PappyD61 on August 31, 2012 at 6:56 AM

For what part of education is the parent going to be held responsible?

Don’t blame the mechanics when the FIAT doesn’t work right.

Don L on August 31, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Buh bye, Jeb. Don’t come back.

rrpjr on August 31, 2012 at 9:47 AM

The Romney handlers featured Mitt’s creation of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship, and a girl who was really happy about it.

Since I live here, I want to say that the original Adams scholarship was based on scoring high on the MCAS statewide test in tenth grade, plus grades. It was merit based, and nothing is merit based anymore. It has been expanded for fairness to other people, and in this recession, middle class families in MA who did not use the state college system, because of the numerous wonderful private schools here, have found they have little option because they can’t pay for college (without a home equity loan and assets) and the FAFSA discriminates against middle class MA families because of our high cost of living. If you remember the Beer Summit Cop, he made $125K. No financial aid in private colleges for HIS kids.

The Adams scholarship is full tuition, but liberals are in charge there. After they give out merit scholarships, they make sure they charge middle class parents that money back.

http://www.massresources.org/adams-scholarship.html

At UMASS Amherst, you can see that a student gets a merit scholarship of $1700 and has to pay $12K in fees they cannot call tuition or you would get it free in your Adams scholarship. Plus your room and board, your choice.

Liberals here do not want students with merit to get something that the average kids don’t get. They give all the money to those who get Pell grants, and athletes, who may or may not have the same grades as the Adams recipients.

That is what liberals do, when kids earn something.

Fleuries on August 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Jeb Bush… bleh

50 comments, or bust!

TitularHead on August 31, 2012 at 1:26 PM

His first few sentences, he’s been waiting to say for quite a while now, and he’s correct. ZERO has yet to take responsibility for his action and inaction.

TX-96 on August 31, 2012 at 5:45 PM