Wednesday, April 19, 2006

George W. Bush is Lyndon Johnson...

A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with a former co-worker who is a long time Democrat and not one of W's fans. After bitching about the profligate spending of the current congress and executive, it dawned upon both of us the historical parallel:

George W. Bush is the reincarnation of Lyndon B. Johnson.

Think about it:

  1. Both are Texans.
  2. Both governed a congress where their party had majorities in both bodies.
  3. Both oversaw a masssive expansion of the welfare state.
  4. Both ran large increases in military spending.
  5. Both were involved in miliatry deployments oversees, where it appeared both were more afraid of political opinion than total victory.
  6. Both ran large deficits
Other footnote - we are still paying the price for Johnson's "great society" on an economic and social scale. I'm just afraid of what the federalizing of eduction and the expansion of medicare will do to ruin the country 30 years down the road.

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