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Conservatives Respond to Bush's SOTU
Richard A. Viguerie
January 31, 2006

MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com and co-author of America's Right Turn, issued the following statement regarding President Bush's State of the Union Address:

"The President had some good things to say about spending, taxes, and immigration, but conservatives have heard that song before.

"In parts of the speech, he sounded like he had undergone a conversion from being the biggest spender in American history to a fiscal conservative. But conservatives have heard this kind of rhetoric often from Presidents named Bush.  Today, most conservatives feel that the President and the GOP leaders have betrayed the conservative revolution they were promised.

"President Bush alluded to the serious ethical problems in Congress.  Yet, the worst corruption in Washington is not in the illegal and sleazy activities, but in the legal theft contained in things like pork barrel spending projects; in the $8 Trillion prescription drug program; the agriculture subsidies; etc., etc., etc.  All of this leads to the unsustainable national debt that is being passed along to our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

"The President's conservative rhetoric regarding illegal immigration, all the while continuing to advocate his guest worker amnesty program, will not deceive the American people.

"Conservatives are not fooled.  Results of a January 30, 2006 ConservativeHQ.com poll of more than 1,000 conservative activists found that 65% think the President is not governing as a conservative; 64% grade him as either D or F on government spending; and 70% give him a D or F on immigration.

"And historically, when conservatives are unhappy, Republicans pay a big price on election day and today, many conservatives feel angry and betrayed.

"Conservatives hope and pray that a born-again Conservative George W. Bush has emerged tonight.  However, based on his record during the last five years, we need more than rhetoric."

Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of American Target Advertising, pioneered ideological and political direct mail and has been called "the funding father of the conservative movement" for his role in forming dozens of conservative organizations.  He is the author of four books, including "America's Right Turn," (Bonus Books, 2004).

I will maintain to the day I die that there is no such thing as a conservative. Many say they are but give them power and watch them turn into big spending liberals. The only difference is liberals are responsible. They pay for what they spend, instead of borrowing tons of money and giving it away. With a war going on there isn't a single member of congress proposing a tax increase to pay for it. Therefore, logic dictates that no one in congress supports the war - because none of them are willing to ask for real sacrifice. There are zero conservatives in congress. In fact, conservatism is a myth. When was the last time you heard Fox or Rush Limbaugh call for a tax increase to pay for the war they say they support?

Conservatives can blame Bush all they want, but in reality, the congress, which they helped put in power is just as bad. Bush couldn't be a whore to lobbyists without a lot of help from his buddies in the GOP.