Anyone else get the feeling that Jeb Bush would rather be an columnist than a political leader. Dude writes almost as many op-eds as David Brooks. Jeb has one in today’s St. Petersburg Times, in which he jumps all over US Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget-cutting bandwagon:
The good news out of Washington is that House Republicans have quickly filled this void of leadership. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan put forward a refreshingly honest plan that offers bold solutions at significant political risk. It may well serve as our best chance to avert a European-style debt crisis and put the economy back on a growth footing.
The GOP House budget would restore the limited government, free-enterprise conditions that made America the innovative engine of the world. It eliminates $6.2 trillion from the president’s budget during the next decade, bringing federal spending below 20 percent of gross domestic product ?the average for more than 60 years. It provides deficit reduction of $4.4 trillion, which would either need to borrowed with interest or tax from the private economy.
Reading Jeb’s op-ed, am I the only one who senses a little envy on Bush’s part, as if he doesn’t really care for being out-wonked by Ryan?
In fact, being a leading policy voice in the Republican Party should be Bush’s role, but he seems too focused on his part-time job in the journalism industry.