Jeb Bush said that immigrants aren't really breaking the law -- they're illegal border crossing and illegal residence in America is an act of love. They're doing it for their families. That's it -- that's Bush's position regarding 11 million people, of which millions could wind up on American welfare that will crush an already broken system. If Bush could explain that a free market and limited government would allow a much more liberal immigration policy, it might be different, but he explains nothing -- he chooses emotionalism over reason and ideas. Making this 11 million legal also represents the potential for a voting block that could enable Democrats to maintain a permanent majority, giving progressivism the boost it needs to survive -- and, again, that's due to the government feeding trough.
It's this cowardly centrism, Republican statism, and political pandering that makes Bush anathema to libertarians and limited government conservatives. Bush acts as if the ideology of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz is distasteful. Bush wants to be "joyful", as if Paul and Cruz aren't joyful with their points of view. Bush implies that Paul and Cruz and the others are bitter and angry, thus dividng the GOP even wider and deeper. Bush is concerned with winning, he says, not spouting negative vibes and wielding the sharp sword of ideology. Jeb Bush obviously believes that Common Core, more government intervention, is the answer to the problems caused by previous government interventions in education. Bush wants to separate himself from the revolutionaries -- Bush is a conservative in the old sense of the word, one who seeks to maintain the status quo of centralized power. Bush senior is a good man by all accounts, but he was and is a dyed in the wool statist. The liberty movement scares the likes of Bush, whose whole life has been enmeshed with government -- the Bush's seek security over freedom, control and planning over creative/cooperative emerging order in a free market.
Bush implies he can win, but why? For what? Voters will look for someone they think can relieve the effects of economic stagnation, and there's no reason to believe that voters blame Democrats for the economic stagnation. Voters could fall for the Democrats' narrative that Republican obstructionism and austerity have blocked economic growth. What's needed are politicians who can explain why the economy is stagnant. the sharpest of distinctions have to be made between progressivism and constitutionalism. We need someone who can make understandable the differences between Keynesian economics and Austrian economics, interventionism and a free market, statism and limited government. We don't need Jeb Bush talking in vague generalities with a goofy grin on his face as Hillary Clinton eviscerates Republicans for blocking infrastructure spending and a mininum wage hike. We need someone who can explain why "investment" spending shemes and minimum wage hike and expanding food stamps and extending unemployment aren't the answers to a stagnant economy.
We need a presidential candidate who can explain why businesses are uncertain about the future, why Obamacare can never work, and therefore can't be fixed by more central planning and social engineering. We need someone who can explain why the myriad regulations from Obamacare and Dodd-Frank and the EPA make long-term planning and compliance impossible for many small and medium size businesses which aren't politically connected. We need someone who can explain why the military/industrial complex has to be brought under control while assuring Americans that our defense is capable of fending off all modern threats without destroying our individual rights. We need someone who inspires people to take back power and responsibility and start producing and prospering once again. We need someone who seeks to limit the power of government, not expand government power. We need someone who can take on the welfare state and entitlements by promising to call on insurance companies to come up with alternatives to the government safety net. We need someone who will break the teachers' union and fight for private education. We need someone who will finally confront the Federal Reserve, the EPA, the IRS, the NSA and all the other government fiefdoms that seems to answer to no one. We need someone who understands the language of liberty and has the guts top speak it. We don't need someone with a five point plan to "fix" the economy -- we need someone who understands that economic growth and new wealth will come from a free market, if it comes. We need someone who can explain free market principles, and intelligently and forcefully answer all attacks on free market principles. We need someone in government who knows how to let go of power. We don't need Jeb Bush.