A decade ago Bush campaigned on the phrase Compassionate Conservatism. It was annoying to hear him praise a governmental program that helped the poor, then cut it in the next budget. At least Bush gave the impression of being clueless of the effects of his actions. Who would have thought we would be nostalgic of any aspect of the Bush years?
But that is one aspect we can yearn for. According to essayist Terrence Heath, conservatives of today don't even bother with the pretense of being compassionate. Many of their words reveal just how much they don't care about the rest of us. The rest of Heath's essay delves into the one group that was ignored in the tax/stimulus deal that Obama just signed. Those are the unemployed who have already used up 99 weeks of unemployment insurance. It ain't pretty.