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Was G.W. Really a conservative?

Why is George W. Bush always touted as this big conservative when he spent so much and started so many government programs? He spent us out of the surplus Clinton left us with and then kept on spending. How is that conservative?

 
beckcorc

Asked by beckcorc at 12:52 PM on Feb. 16, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (26)
  • Nope, not even close.

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 3:34 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • Nope, he was a neo-con. He's about as conservative as a donkey is a horse.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:54 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • W. was a conservative in that he spent on tax cuts and defense spending, (traditionally conservative stances) reduced entitlement and social programs and is a social conservative... That being said, I don't think anyone would ever consider him a fiscal conservative.
    AesSedai

    Answer by AesSedai at 12:55 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • He was conservative in values not in money management, and yet he never spent the amount 0bama did in the first month in office. In fact no other sitting president in history has.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:55 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • He was not. He spent more on Social Entitlements and other Big Governement programs than anyone else has before. Obama will spend even more than him but for a Republican he spent like a Kennedy on a three day drunken bender.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:17 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • Conservatives don't go to war preeminently...ie) they're not "peacemakers" in the world. They also don't charge wars, expecting future generations to pick up the tab. They are supposed to be fiscally responsible. By what definition could he be considered a conservative?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:00 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • Nah he was not conservative
    ColleenF30

    Answer by ColleenF30 at 3:05 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • I think he started out conservative, but like so many other conservatives before him, he "reached across the aisle" too many times, and got slapped time and time again, by the very people he championed.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 3:24 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • once upon a time in a land far, far away. . .

    He was. Toward the end, fiscally, not so much.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 3:27 PM on Feb. 16, 2009

  • He was screwed glued and tatooed ever since 9/11
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:11 PM on Feb. 16, 2009