Who is the real impostor?
Bruce Bartlett, a former advisor in the Reagan White House and economist has written a new blockbuster book titled:
Impostor : How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy
What is so disappointing to me is the way he has carried on in the publicity of his book. He claims that he is trying to send a wakeup call to the Republican Party, that we run the risk of losing the White House or congress or both unless we get control of the reckless spending, a spending Bartlett contends, breaks from the great traditions of Ronald Reagan.
I, for one, do not disagree with Bartlett's contention, spending is out of control and we are going to be in big trouble, both as a party and a nation, unless we stop it now.
But what is the real reason behind Bartlett's expose? If he is truly concerned about the economy and Republican Party as he states, aren't there better ways then calling our president an "impostor?" If the "Reagan legacy" is so important to Bartlett, isn't his book a violation of Reagan's 11th commandment?
Maybe I'm wrong and the president does need a public spanking to recognize that his fiscal policies are a disaster.
But what I find completely unacceptable and may reveal Bartlett's true colors was his guest appearance today on Al Franken's radio program. Franken is not just some critic of the president who is interested in fixing our economy. Franken is someone who feeds and feasts off of bad news so the Democrats can get back into power - then we'll really see uncontrolled spending that will make President Bush look like a miser.
Criticism and debates are always healthy and I encourage it. But for Bartlett to appear on Franken's show is the equivalent of Al Gore telling an Arab audience in Saudia Arabia, no less, how badly America treats Arabs, or Jimmy Carter telling America's other enemies that President Bush has been a disaster for our country - Rhetoric that the late President Reagan would never have tolerated. And yet Bartlett, in his hypocrisy, dares invoke the Reagan legacy to publicize his book.