By Tucker Carlson
Of all the Members of Congress Bush greeted on his way into the chamber, none held on longer than Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Democrat and vegan of Ohio. Bush kept smiling, but with his hands he seemed to be struggling to get away. Kucinich is obviously stronger than he looks, though, and Bush was forced to listen to whatever he said. I’m not much of a lip-reader, though I’d bet Kucinich, a veteran presidential candidate himself, was offering advice. I’d give a week’s salary to know what it was.
“Eliminate the federal deficit in the next five years”? “Restrain the appetite of the federal government”? “Balance the federal budget”? All worthy, conservative goals. Ironic that it’s taken the election of a Democratic Congress to get Bush to focus on them.
Bush is still making the case for school choice: “The right of children stuck in failing schools to choose someplace better.” Good for him. It’s a worthy idea, and a popular one with urban parents who can’t afford private school. What exactly is the argument against it? There much of one. It hasn’t passed on the federal level because the teachers’ unions, the only people in America who have a vested interest in the current monopoly, oppose it. And Democrats take many millions in campaign contributions from the teachers’ unions. Fifty years from now, it’ll be obvious Bush was right.