Bush prescribes conservative blueprint for Washington
October 28th, 2013
10:40 PM ET
9 months ago

Bush prescribes conservative blueprint for Washington

(CNN) - A prominent figure in the Republican party and one to watch as 2016 approaches, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Monday night offered a fiscal and social blueprint for the conservative movement, pushing for economic freedom and a repeal of Obamacare.

Speaking before a crowd of who's-who in the Republican Party, Bush decried Washington's current fiscal path as bogged down with unnecessary bureaucratic regulations and laden with policies that benefit the rich while disenfranchising the working-class.

"Our current policy awards portfolio Americans at the expense of pay check America while enabling the greatest sustained deficits in American history," he said in Washington at the Jack Kemp Foundation annual dinner. "We should let market forces, not crony capitalism, decide where to invest and how to incentivize it's citizens to conserve."

Bush, who was honored with the Jack Kemp Foundation Leadership award, named after the famous conservative congressman, cabinet secretary and GOP vice presidential nominee, paid tribute to the late GOP congressman throughout his speech. House Speaker John Boehner spoke briefly at the event. Others in attendance included South Carolina GOP Sen. Tim Scott, Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee, and Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan - who won the award two years ago. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was last year's recipient.

"Conservatives need to advance economic freedom by working to repeal Obamacare and replacing it with a system that is consumer directed, less-coercive and significantly less costly," Bush said, ticking through a number of GOP hot-button issues, including immigration, education and the traditional family unit.

"Much of the debate over our nation's immigration policies have been dominated recently by explosive political rhetoric," Bush said. "The conversation has largely ignored the economic imperative of fixing a broken immigration system."

Education, he added, is the "civil rights issue of our time" while the integrity of the traditional family unit is suffering.

"The family structure of the United States has we have known it for centuries is crumbing. Those on the left instinctively call for another government program," Bush said. "But you know that government cannot fill this void."

Bush is the brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H. W. Bush, and is considered a possible contender for the 2016 presidential race. Unlike Rubio and Ryan, two other possible presidential hopefuls, who at last year's dinner joked about their 2016 prospects, Bush did not mention a potential bid for the White House.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Gary

    "Speaking before a crowd of who's-who in the Republican Party"
    You have to speak to that crowd because nobody else will listen to you.

    October 28, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. Flagship, NC

    Isn't a "social blueprint" called "socialisim". Which is exactly what the republican party is 100% against? This makes no sense! "Economic freedom" means the insurance companies can increase your rates how ever they want, charge you tons for pre-existing conditions and cancel your insurance when they feel you are too sick and will cost too much money.

    "Unnecessary bureaucratic regulations" means the end to banking regulations, so they can do what ever they want, and operate in the grey areas of the legal system. The banks and wall street want to go back to pre-1998 regulations.

    Nothing this Bush says will do anything constructive, it is just talk, talk, talk .... no plan, no real change. Just typical party of "NO" talk. Voters beware.

    Nice spin Bush, nice SPIN ..."policies that benefit the rich while disenfranchising the working-class". It is really the other way around. This is "The Republican Party" who is talking.

    October 28, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush decried Washington's current fiscal path as bogged down with unnecessary bureaucratic regulations and laden with policies that benefit the rich while disenfranchising the working-class.

    Wow , another extremely wealthy Bush talking about the working class .Policies that benefit the rich while disenfranchising the working-class.

    His Brother said the same thing , Fool me once , shame on you , fool me twice , shame on me , fool me a third time take me out behind the bard and shoot me !

    October 29, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  4. Thomas

    Jeb Bush is the best the GOP has to run against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    At least he isn't a nut job . he serves the tea , he won't drink it .

    October 29, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  5. Woman from New York

    Get off Obamacare, it is the law of the land. Why don't you lazy GOP/TPers come up with some ideas or plans to help America and the American people. We are tired of you and your same old rhetoric. Why not help America instead of bringing it down. The Tea Party just cost us 24 billion.....I'm sure if your put your knuckle heads together, you can do something.....maybe?"???????????? Instead of taking another break from your hard working this last session with shutdown....STAY AND WORK. This is the American way.

    October 29, 2013 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  6. T

    ..............Bush III...........aint gonna happen..................

    October 29, 2013 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  7. MC

    What a corrupt lying shill – a man whose family has been stealing from taxpayers for generations wants to talk about how the poor are greedy.

    October 29, 2013 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  8. Name Uche Agonsi

    Jebb and Christie should chat the new direction the Repubs look for if the party doesnt want to go into extinction .

    October 29, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Poor jeb, left out of the family dynasty run for the presidency.
    You are NOT going to be president (two bushes in the WH was one too many) and the steps you are taking are against everything your brother did so are you against your brother now?
    I still don't know how your idiot brother got elected. I think back to those days and all I can think of where were the intelligent people. I guess at home not voting.

    October 29, 2013 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  10. don in albuquerque

    The blueprint ended with "trickle down". Another Bush? As the Pope said when asked if there would ever be an American Pope......"Not in my lifetime."

    October 29, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  11. the hippies were right

    He says, "The family structure of the United States as we have known it for centuries is crumbling. Those on the left instinctively call for another government program. But you know that government cannot fill this void." Is Palin his speech writer now?

    October 29, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  12. TomInRochNY

    Jeb seems like a sane Republican. He'll never make it passed the primaries.

    October 29, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Bush again? I wonder what this nut job will offer as solutions. 1. Repeal Obamacare. (Offers no alternative). 2. Immigration ( offers no plan ) 3. Education ( no solution, did not mention vouchers though ). 4. Family ( offers nothing to rebuild a crumbling family)

    Hot button bagger issues, but like most wingnuts, no solutions from W's little brother.

    October 29, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    I wish someone would tell Jeb, that the highest deficit was $1.6 billion, and was by his brother George. Under Obama, they are now to $600 million. Could even go lower if big oil subsidies were eliminated.

    October 29, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Speaking of oil subsidies, McConnell killed the bill in the senate to reduce oil subsidies, and received a campaign donation from grateful Midland for $131,500.

    October 29, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  16. TONE

    Is this a joke, do we need another bush to tank our economy, to send us to war, deregulate everything,trickle down economy, have us breathing smog like china?Republican economic policies will take us straight over a cliff take detroit as a model.

    October 29, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  17. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio conservatives,the garbage of America.

    We all know that the GOP are concerned about us and not their own bank accounts, assa the GOP teaparty stooge is worth 350 million selling stolen cars????

    October 29, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |