Jeb Bush in Esquire:
Barack Obama would not have gotten elected if he'd let us in on his secret plan prior to the election. He would not have gotten elected if he'd said, "My idea is to create a $1.8 trillion deficit for the next fiscal year. My idea is to spend $750 billion [the president's budget estimate puts this figure at $630 billion] over the next ten years on a government-sponsored, government-subsidized health care policy. My idea is to create a massive cap-and-trade system [based on the idea] that CO2 is [a] pollutant and we need to tax it in a massive way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions."
Nope, he wouldn't have, but it still stuns me that he did get elected knowing his past voting record and the company he kept. Those pieces of the puzzle were enough for me to form an opinion about Barry that has held up all these months later.
Lesson One Jeb: One does not have to say exactly what shenanigans they will pull prior to action, but their past will fill you in to what you might expect in the future. (most liberal voting record in the senate in '07, voted NO to paying down federal debt March '07, opposes gay marriage; supports civil union & gay equality Oct '06--then in '08 flip-flops to opposes CA Prop. 8, one-man-one-woman marriage, cast 130 “present” votes in IL Senate, endorsed Illinois handgun ban...and on and on and on).
Lesson Two Jeb: Actions speak louder than words. (one tiny, yet huge example: promised transparency, yet has delivered the opposite)
Lesson Three Jeb: Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are. (Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Jeremiah Wright)
Lesson Four Jeb: There was nothing secret about this man and his intentions for this country. If a neophyte like myself could glean his character from the information available, so could everyone else.
Lesson Five Jeb: Remorse is a powerful teacher. Next shot at rectifying this mess is 2012. See you at the polls.