Bush Brothers At Odds?

Lately, Jeb has been taking strong positions against his brother’s policies —

Federalizing Disaster Response

President: “Clearly, in the case of a terrorist attack, that would be the case, but is there a natural disaster — of a certain size — that would then enable the Defense Department to become the lead agency in coordinating and leading the response effort?…That’s going to be a very important consideration for Congress to think about.”

Jeb: “There is almost no support among the nation’s governors for President Bush’s suggestion that the Pentagon could take the lead in responding to catastrophic natural disasters…Half the state chief executives said they were opposed or had reservations, including Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the president’s brother.”



President:”We’re determined to stop the enemy before they can strike our people.” This strategy includes tightening restrictions on foreign student visas and decreasing the number of students allowed to study in the United States.

Jeb: If he had “two ‘fairy godmother’ wishes, one would be to create more scholarships for foreign students in order to generate ‘a strong cadre of leaders’ overseas with an intimate understanding of the United States, and to make the immigration service more efficient….[T]ightening of immigration rules was necessary after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks…but enough time has passed for ‘a systemic review of policies and procedures.’”

Oil Drilling:

President: In 2001, Bush supported passage of the Energy Bill, which not only promoted drilling in areas off the Gulf Coast, but weakened states’ rights to oppose drilling under the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Jeb: Opposes oil drilling in Florida.