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Jeb waxes political to rebuild GOP

Former Gov. Jeb Bush wasn't exactly known as a listener during his two-term reign of Florida politics, but yesterday he and other Republican leaders began a "listening tour'' to help revive the party. Story about Bush's involvement is here.

Here are excerpts of Bush's remarks at the first town hall meeting ot the National Council for a New America:

"I've seen conservatives move up. I've seen conservatives move down. I've seen liberals move up and move down. That's just kind of the nature of things in our country and that's a good thing. But what I've seen in the last few years is really troubling, which is most of politics, it seems to me, is dominated by a food fight rather than about the issues going forward for our country.

"It is tough around the country. People are scared. They're anxious. They're fearful for their savings. They're wondering how theyre going to retire. Those are short-term challenges that we need to face. And then there are the longer-term challenges related to things that we haven't been able to deal with in a substantial way that we need to. We need to pause what we're doing and as a country realize that the greatness of our country is in peril if we can't figure out to deal with the ticking time bomb of our entitlement challenges of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. If we can't figure out how the greatest country on the face of the Earth continues to be that way as it relates to being competitive in a world
that is moving at warp speed, changing dramatically, where the China's and the India's have a command focus for economic growth and it does create opportunities for us but it also creates great challenges.

"My reason for being here is that I think ideas have consequences and that we ought to have a thoughtful discussion about those ideas. From the conservative side, it's time for us to listen first, to learn a little bit, to upgrade our message a little bit, to not be nostalgic about the past because things do ebb and flow and it's nice to remember the good old days when the good guys if you're a conservative were in power or if youre a liberal, remember nostalgically when they were in power. None of that matters right now. What we need to do is to listen, to learn and then there will be a new generation of leaders that will lead."

"Listen, learn, lead and that's what I believe this National Council can provide is a chance to create a forum for people to truly listen and then to create a consensus around 21st century ideas that truly matter for American families. And then hopefully -- God willing -- embrace our conservative principles and take these new ideas and present them to the American people in elections and all sorts of other ways and lead."

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John

A lot of self-appoointed wannabees with a few legitimately talented and prominent people thrown in for legitimacy.

Old people won't give us new solutions.

 former republican

Jebs way of thinking,social security is an entitlement right? well how about a pay check,that is an entitlement.Crash your car and want your insurance company to fix it? Well thats an entitlement also.
Adam Hasner recently stated that unemployment is a handout,not even an entitlement but an outright handout?
What do all these things have in common? We pay for all these "entitlements",in Adam Hasners case he thinks regardless unemployment is paid for through the labors of an employee,he wants you and I to refer to this as a "HANDOUT".
Jeb also thinks a billionaire should pay half the tax rate of a working person.
Under jebs brothers watch the working class lost a considerable sum of value,the rich did get richer,and jebs brother borrowed money for every single budget,even while in a boom much like the roaring 20's.Is that fiscal responsibility?His thinking is,the more poor we have the cheaper the labor.The more illegals we have,the cheaper the labor,the richer his buddies become, The richer and more powerful he becomes.If he has to do that on the backs of the working class,why would he care,he doesn't need social security,he doesn't need medicare.
Adam Hasner with his "HANDOUT" statement is just like poor people hating Jeb bush.
I pay for social security and I pay for unemployment,Hasner and jeb are wrong.

 Jeb,("not the smart one")

I ruled this state during a time of unprecedented growth and prosperity.I hope everybody thinks its all because I was a good ruler,not just because their was a global economic boom underway.
I also hope nobody questions me on why I spent reserves rather then salt a little extra money away for a bad time,heck I was ruler so nobody should question me anyway.
I hope nobody questions the shady deals the state gave my political contributers,thats just business as usual.
I can take credit for one good thing,I made my brother President even though we did not win the popular vote,that whole election machine gimmick down in Dade was brilliant though,you have to admit.I can't take credit for the young Republicans storming the unsecured precinct,have to give that one to carl.
I know what to do to get people to flock back to the party,we will shut down social security and medicare.Maybe I can be ruler again!
Lets see,my brother created this mess by borrowing to much and challenging fannie and freddie as well as mel martinez with HUD to give those people home loans that couldn't normally get one(subprime),Dont let that one out,we are trying to tell everyone it was the democrat party while they were in the minority in house senate and white house.Hope nobody googles that,I don't think any fox watchers will google it,I see them write here that its all the dems fault.I hope nobody finds out I wanted illegals here to work construction during the boom,had to keep workers wages down,our contributions up!!!

PaulDHarvill

If you are interested in Jeb Bush and his real and true record, everyone should read S.V. Date's unauthorized biography of "Jeb: America's Next Bush".

Available at Amazon and other locations. Since he did not yet run for President or other office since Governor, the price of the book as plummeted. Get'em cheap while they last.

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