The tea party movement is staunchly opposed to big government and deficits, but right-wing activists and their supporters have been unable to explain away the fact that former President Bush, not their nemesis President Obama, is responsible for the majority of the current deficit, not to mention the greatly expanded size of the federal government. Fox News host Glenn Beck offered a convenient explanation on his radio show today — Bush is a “progressive,” just like Obama:
BECK: What has [Obama] done that is different? I think he’s done exactly what George Bush was doing, except to the times of a thousand. I mean we’re talking about a progressive. And George Bush was a progressive. It’s the difference between a steam train and the space shuttle.
This would probably be news to Bush, who has called himself a “compassionate conservative,” a “George W. Bush conservative,” and even “the decider,” but never a progressive. Beck sees progressivism as a “cancer that’s eating at America” and slurs anyone who doesn’t agree with him — from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to Nazis — as an “evil” progressive, regardless of whether the label is remotely accurate. Beck previously responded to people who asked, “where were you when George Bush was spending?” by saying, “It doesn’t matter. I’m here now.”