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A political watchdog group, texans for public justice criticized both Republicans and Democrats for not being reformed with the changing time. Some groups portray President Bush as someone who strayed from the path of true conservatism say, need to return to their roots. Bush hasn’t strayed from the path at all. On the contrary, he’s the very model of a modern movement conservative. People claim to be shocked that Mr. Bush cut taxes while waging an expensive war. But Ronald Regan also cut taxes while embarking on a huge military build-up.
Conservative intellectuals, by their own account, abandoned fiscal responsibility 30 years ago. Bush administration outsourced key government functions to private contractors, a process exemplified by the failed reconstruction of Iraq and the Blackwater affair. Under Regan and Bush, the ranks of public officials necessary to supervise contractors have been so thinned that the putative gains of contracting out have evaporated. Agencies have been left with the country demoralized and disorganized public officials and unaccountable private contractors.
Shocked by the Bush administration’s general, but disinterest in good government has long been a principle of modern conservatism. In The Conscience of a Conservative, published in 1960, that the Bush Justice Department, making a mockery of the Constitution, issued a secret opinion authorizing torture despite instructions by Congress and the courts that the practice should stop. The Regan administration secretly sold weapons to Iran, violating a legal embargo, and used the proceeds to support the Nicaraguan contras, defying an explicit congressional ban on such support.
Bush administration’s efforts to disenfranchise minority groups, under the pretence of combating voting fraud. But Ronald Regan opposed the Voting Rights Act, and as late as 1980 he described it as humiliating to the South. This administration’s media tactics, and to a large extent the people implementing those tactics, comes straight out of the Nixon administration. A full half-century has passed since The National Review proclaimed that the White community in the South is entitled to take such measures as are necessary to prevail, and dismissed as irrelevant objections that might be raised after “consulting a catalogue of the rights of American citizens, born Equal” - presumably a reference to the document known as the constitution of the United States.