The Great Man Speaks

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“…”The role of government is not to create wealth but to create the conditions that allow entrepreneurs and innovators to thrive…”

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The Great Man is finally emerging from his self-imposed exile, returning to a world where his brand of decency, honor, and leadership is sorely lacking.

“…”I pledged to govern based on principles that empower people to improve their lives and strengthen our nation. I believe that free markets open the path to opportunity, that a successful society requires personal responsibility, that freedom is universal and transformative, and that every human life has dignity and value.”…”

On Thursday, during a speech at SMU, he discussed the Bush Institute and his love of freedom.

“...”From labor camps in North Korea, to political prisons in Cuba and Burma, university halls in Iran, coffeehouses in Venezuela, and other places, dissidents and reformers are seeking strength and support. When America stands for liberty, they take heart. When we do not, the dictators tighten their grip,…”

It was the closest he has come to criticizing his incompetent successor. It is about women’s rights and freedom.

“…As the world recovers, we’re going to face a temptation to replace the risk-and-reward model of the private sector with the blunt instruments of government spending and control,” Bush said. “History shows that the greater threat to prosperity is not too little government involvement but too much.” Bush called his decision to back the $700 billion bank bailout one of the “most difficult” of his presidency.  “I went against my free-market instincts,” he said, explaining that he did so to unfreeze the credit markets and avoid a depression.

The former president said the Bush Institute will keep economic growth and free-market principles as a focal point, along with issues like education, global health and “human freedom.”  “They are timeless ideals that inspired our nation’s founders and they will guide all the work of the Bush Institute,” he said.

Looking tanned and rested, Bush made clear that he’s kept plenty busy in the 10 months since leaving the White House.  “I’m pleased to report there is life after the White House,” Bush told the crowd. “We may be retired, but I’m not tired.”

The former president said he’s been spending his time since leaving the White House working on his book, due out next fall, and keeping speaking engagements in several countries and states.  But he said the focus of his attention is on the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which in addition to the president’s library, museum and archives will now include the Bush Institute – becoming the first presidential library to house such an institute. ..”

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