A friend and political ally of former President George W. Bush is considering a run for governor of Texas — as a Democrat.
Tom Schieffer on March 2 formed a gubernatorial campaign committee so he can raise money, but he told a press conference in Austin, Texas, that a decision on running will not be made for several months, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Mr. Schieffer was the president of the Texas Rangers baseball club when Mr. Bush was general managing partner. Mr. Schieffer served as the Republican president’s ambassador to Australia and then to Japan.
Despite his close association with Mr. Bush, Mr. Schieffer said, he filled out his application to become an ambassador by listing his political affiliation as Democrat.
“I’m not new to the Democratic Party,” he said.
He served as a Democratic state legislator from Fort Worth from 1973 to 1978, and was in the same freshman group of the Texas House as RepublicanSen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is planning to challenge Gov. Rick Perry in next year’s GOP primary.
Mr. Schieffer, 61, is the younger brother of CBS newsman Bob Schieffer. in savings over the next decade,’ ” Reason magazine’s Jacob Sullum writes at www.reason.com.
“But it turns out that tax increases account for half of those ‘savings.’ From Obama’s perspective, it seems, letting people keep their own money qualifies as a ‘wasteful and ineffective program.’ That makes sense if you believe all resources are the government’s to distribute as it sees fit, which is the premise underlying the multitrillion-dollar spending binge that Obama calls ‘A New Era of Responsibility,’ ” Mr. Sullum said
“Under the Bush administration, Obama said, ‘a surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy.’ Whatever you think about the wisdom of Bush’s tax cuts, they amounted to taking less from people, not giving more to them. Obama makes it sound as if there is no meaningful difference between robbing Peter to pay Paul (which is what he has in mind when he talks about ‘rebalancing the tax code’) and leaving Peter alone (or, more accurately, robbing him less thoroughly) — except that the latter option is, in Obama’s view, morally inferior.”