WASHINGTON, December 17, 2014 — After speaking with members of the Bush clan over the recent Thanksgiving holiday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced to his Facebook friends that he might possibly, sorta, kinda offer the “strong leadership” he thinks “America needs.”
“I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” Bush continued.
Does anyone else find it odd that Jeb’s presidential epiphany occurred while his fork hovered over a dish of dead turkey?
It is no secret that Bush isn’t all that popular with the conservative base of the GOP. He burnt many bridges when he excused the federal government’s lack of border enforcement as an act supporting the illegal aliens “act of love” for their families. Their motives aside, Bush has yet to address how a bankrupt nation can afford to add millions of Central Americans to the nation’s welfare rolls, and explain the benefits derived by working citizens whose wages are depressed by illegal cheap labor.
Bush also has a short-term memory problem. Incumbent GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in the Virginia primary because he embraced his party’s leadership push to legalize the importation of cheap labor for his party’s deep-pocket contributors at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
And then there is Miguel Recarey, former head of the International Medicare Centers (IMC). Back when George Herbert Walker Bush was serving as Ronald Reagan’s vice president (a position that afforded him little chance to harm the nation), Recarey paid Jeb $75,000 to lobby Margaret Heckler, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, “that allowed IMC to receive more than 50 percent of its revenue from Medicare,” the Huffington Post reported.
Recarey is believed to have embezzled (an “act of love”?) hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars through Medicare fraud. Oh, and Racarey has not been seen nor heard from since he fled the United States in 1987.
In a 1997 report to Congress, the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations said, “Information we received showed that Mr. Recarey may have used his influence with some Venezuelan government officials to avoid detention and arrest. The principal difficulties encountered by U.S. government law enforcement agencies in locating and gaining custody of Mr. Recarey were associated with his apparent ability to bribe foreign government officials and circulate incorrect information in attempts to confuse and mislead agents in their pursuit of leads.”
Jeb’s pal, Miguel Racarey, remains at large.
That the Bush family has become a political dynasty in America is a sign of the nation’s decline. Like Spain’s royal Habsburg line, whose incessant intermarrying kept the family wealth and property from venturing beyond the bloodline, but led to its demise. The Bush clan seems determined to turn the American presidency into the exclusive domain of freakish and sterile political imbeciles best kept out of public view.