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The Blog for Monday, December 19, 2005

"Big paradigm shifts in policy,"

    Some interesting thoughts in Bill Cotterell's column today:
    Bush reminded Capitol denizens last week how conservative, and confident, he is. Not that anyone thought he might go wobbly in this final year, but there was a glimpse of Bush from his wilderness time of 1994-98 - when he was the idea man of his Foundation for Florida's Future.

    "We've made some pretty big paradigm shifts in policy," Bush said, citing his 1999 "A-plus" education overhaul and his "Service First" personnel changes. "The debates at the time of a change in policy are totally different than they are once you've implemented the policies and they work."

    The subject at his news conference was Medicaid. But some questioning focused on how the next governor(s) will deal with all that the most dominant Republican since Reconstruction has wrought.

    "I think powerful ideas, implemented properly, sustain themselves," Bush said, as if he were tossing out a discussion topic for a government class. Then he put it a less lofty way: "If it does work, and I believe it will, how could any future governor want to go back to a system that no one says works?"
    "Dems need to debate in 2006".

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