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Neither Compassionate Nor Conservative

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It seems unnecesssay at this point to make the argument that GW has been an absolute failure as a compassionate president, but his failure as a conservative–at least in economic terms may be more telling.

Nick Gillespie at Reason Online demonstrates the percentage changes in real discretionary spending in the first five years of a presidency:

LBJ: 25.2%
Nixon: -16.5%
Reagan: 11.9%
Clinton: -8.2%
Bush: 35.2%

Wow.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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