The George H.W. Bush promise that changed the Republican Party

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  • Published on:  Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Six words that changed conservatism, and American politics.

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    Presidents give hundreds of speeches, but, for better or worse, Americans tend to remember just a few one-liners. For George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st US president, that line was his pledge at 1988 Republican National Convention when he accepted the nomination.

    “Read my lips. No. New. Taxes.”

    The crowd roared in approval, but their cheers were short lived. That’s because when Bush took over the Oval Office, he inherited the consequences of his predecessor Ronald Reagan’s supply-side or “trickle down” economics: massive budget deficits. And in 1990, Bush broke his promise and raised taxes.

    Bush was a traditional “country club” Republican, whose relatively moderate economic and social beliefs contrasted with more right wing conservatives that had supported Ronald Reagan. So when he lost to Bill Clinton in 1992, Reaganites abandoned a moderate, bipartisan approach to politics and the Republican Party has moved further to the right ever since.

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  • Vox

     (May 4, 2018)

    How did the Republicans go from the party of Abraham Lincoln to Donald Trump today? Watch our history of the GOP: http://bit.ly/2IeZYlS

  • Emily Xiong

     (Dec 3, 2018)

    +i don't use this anymore ok Usually when the conversation is about Trump, the topic becomes Hillary.

  • i don't use this anymore ok

     (Dec 3, 2018)

    How did you guys go from JFK to Hilary Clinton.

  • StringerNews1

     (May 4, 2018)

    Remember when one single lie from a POTUS was an outrageous thing?

  • knight of cydonia

     (Jan 29, 2019)

    +David Lafleche " "Thou shalt not bear false witness" (9th Commandment) " LMFAO trying to look at fresh there, huh?? Jesus is dead.

  • spim randsley

     (Jan 2, 2019)

    I'm still trying to remember when the republican party could still look at itself in the mirror.

  • bob thompkins

     (May 13, 2018)

    A true president, one who picks country over party.

  • DJ Keovongmanysar

     (Dec 5, 2018)

    ROUFIANOS TOU STREFI Yes and Obama was born in Africa

  • Ahabar Hossain

     (May 4, 2018)

    "His party had become so unrecognizable in his lifetime the former president voted for the wife of the man who had beat him 24 years earlier" -Dang, that's powerful Vox

  • Des Troya

     (Dec 4, 2018)

    +Ruthless see the OP

  • Ruthless

     (Dec 4, 2018)

    +Des Troya who are we talking about?

  • Ki-Sean Excell

     (May 4, 2018)

    Why was Reagan’s one liner “Oh there ya go again” I mean if I’m thinking of his best one liner it’s gonna be “Mr.Gorbachev Tear down this wall” that’s his best.

  • Samuel Leger

     (Feb 3, 2019)

    Ki-Sean Excell what about "I am paying for this microphone!"

  • awesomeness101fan

     (Dec 3, 2018)

    “I am not a crook”

  • BuddyL

     (May 4, 2018)

    02:50: "Reaganomics" and "Trickle-down Economics" failed? I am SO shocked!🤣Eisenhower (a Republican) taxed the richest Americans at 90%, and they STILL lived like kings.💵 That's what inspired HW Bush. It was - and still is - a great idea.🇺🇸

  • Ethan Ha

     (Feb 7, 2019)

    Corey Edwards that was actually after that. The switch happened in the 1920s and 1930s so by then the Republican Party switch already had happen and was in place.

  • Harshit Madan

     (Dec 5, 2018)

    +BuddyL I never read that comment. You should edit your original comment to include that or block comments altogether

  • Camden Carter

     (May 17, 2018)

    That's cool he was able to work with democrats. We need more politicians willing to be bipartisan.

  • Harshit Madan

     (Feb 7, 2019)

    +Ethan Ha You vote for Scandinavian corporate tax cut, we'll give you Scandinavian single payer. Sounds like a deal!You say that corporate taxes are same as those in Bush era. So what? We want CHANGE. We want tax CUT.

  • Ethan Ha

     (Feb 7, 2019)

    Harshit Madan We do want to work with you but you don’t with us. When Obama gave the nomination to a CENTRIST person for supreme judge nominee the republicans denied it cause they wanted a REPUBLICAN nominee. Which is so selfish. And by Scandinavian model we don’t mean just corporate tax. We mean also healthcare and immigration. That corporate tax you speak of was the same as when George Bush Jr. was in office

  • bball

     (May 4, 2018)

    I'm a moderate conservative in my country but I would be a solid Democrat in the US. It's amazing how far right you guys are.

  • Pedro Nunes

     (Dec 8, 2018)

    +artoru vidal2 I know but that just continue happening.

  • artoru vidal2

     (Dec 8, 2018)

    +Pedro Nunes They are ignorants who don't know what they say

  • 24.11.99

     (May 4, 2018)

    Liberal does not mean far left, and conservative does not mean far right. I swear no one actually understands what ideologies stand for in American politics

  • Ethan Larson

     (Dec 4, 2018)

    +DeclaringPond 22 Note how I said some

  • Ethan Larson

     (Dec 4, 2018)

    +DeclaringPond 22 Firstly there not 'bs' for it shows economic and social agendas and their ideology stances. Some are highly accurate and widely accepted by political scientists. Secondly conservatism stands for less government intervention and more true free market capitalism. Liberalism stands for more government intervention and a more modified economic enterprise.

  • Van Hendrix

     (May 4, 2018)

    If only his son had followed his strategy and not invaded Iraq, the Middle East might be less chaotic

  • Ethan Ha

     (Feb 7, 2019)

    Alberto Neurohr The gulf war was needed unlike George bush Jr.’s war. The gulf war protected an innocent country when Iraq invaded Kuwait and took the oil and then threatened the oil in Arabia and Iran. Iraq could’ve controlled almost all the oil and that would’ve been bad. That’s why the gulf war was a thing.

  • Richard Lusk

     (Dec 5, 2018)

    😂😂 literally both had wars in Iraq 🤧