Hughes: Some Spending Good, Other Spending Bad

Karen Hughes IMG_0128While today’s George W. Bush Presidential Center groundbreaking at SMU drew protests from the anti-war left, critics on the right–like Gov. Rick Perry–have also ripped Bush 43 in recent weeks, mainly for his administration’s alleged “big-government overspending.” The tea-party types’ Exhibit A: the 2003 prescription-drug entitlement, which could cost taxpayers $550 billion over 10 years.

Bushies like former presidential counselor Karen Hughes, however, contend that Medicare Part D was long overdue–not evidence of profligate spending. During the 2000 campaign, Hughes said before today’s event, Bush listened to many stories about seniors having to choose between food and medicine; now, she said, you don’t hear those stories anymore. Besides that, she added, the reform had long been called for by Democrats and Republicans alike.

“I do think when Republicans controlled Congress, there was excessive spending added on to bills, so the president had to make some difficult [veto] decisions …” said Hughes (pictured in photo by Jeanne Prejean). “So that’s a good lesson for the next Congress. Republicans need to get serious [about spending]. I think it would be a healthy reform to get rid of earmarks. Government is too big, I have to agree. But I disagree about the [prescription-drug entitlement]. … It was a successful program, and everybody benefits.”

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Comments

  • B. L. Powell

    … No comment.

  • Tom

    Translation: Our spending good, their spending bad.
    The best thing George W. Bush has done since leaving office has been the consistent answer of “no comment” when asked about the current president or Congress.
    It’s a shame other in his administration haven’t taken the same position.

  • Separated at birth: Karen Hughes and Coach Beast from Glee.

  • M Streeter

    That would be Coach Bieste from Glee, Tim, Karen’s more girlish doppleganger.

  • mike

    there are a few of us that are both fans and friends of Karen, and regret the photo used in the body of the original post and the later comparison dispayed above. you guys are better than that (although snarky is snarky).

    mike lindley

  • Rick Perry will say and do any thing for votes.He did not criticize President Bush during the time the Medicare part D was being considered.Most Tea Party folk utilize Part D I know they don’t want it cut,cutting Medicaid for the poor sounds better to them. Cut everything until its something you or your family use.Seniors pay a monthly premium for part D it’s not free.

  • Jeanne Prejean

    @mike: I understand your feelings about Karen and the photo in the original post, but that was the best one of 20 taken. She was probably a bit worn out from all the preparations.