Bruce Bartlett

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Bruce Bartlett was a Senior Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). From September 1988 to January 1993 he was deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Treasury Department. In 1993 and 1994 he was a Senior Fellow at the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution during which time he became involved in their pro-tobacco campaign. [1]

Bruce Bartlett is also a member of the 'Board of Advisers' of the 'Free Market Project' at the Media Research Center (now named the Business & Media Institute).

Bartlett was sacked by the NCPA after he became increasing critical of the economic policy of George W. Bush administration. The New York Times reported that "the decision was made after Mr. Bartlett supplied its president, John C. Goodman, with the manuscript of his forthcoming book, 'The Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy'." [2]

Bartlett Spits The Dummy Over Bush

In a mid-October 2005 column for Bartlett set out his critique of the Bush Administration. "The truth that is now dawning on many movement conservatives is that George W. Bush is not one of them and never has been. They were allies for a long time, to be sure, and conservatives used Bush just as he used them," he wrote.

He complained that central to conservatives disillusionment with Bush has been his failure to radically cut government spending in education and health, its support for campaign finance reform and corporate law reforms after the Enron collapse. "It is the rare conservative who has a kind word for the Bush immigration policy. Most conservatives think that he has been woefully weak on protecting our borders," he wrote.

"I could go on, but the point is that George W. Bush has never demonstrated any interest in shrinking the size of government. And on many occasions, he has increased government significantly. Yet if there is anything that defines conservatism in America, it is hostility to government expansion. The idea of big government conservatism, a term often used to describe Bush's philosophy, is a contradiction in terms," he wrote. [3]

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  1. Advisory Board, Free Africa Foundation, accessed June 26, 2009.