Book Forum

Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy

(Doubleday, 2006)

March 7, 2006 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST


Featuring the author, Bruce Bartlett; and comments by Andrew Sullivan, author of The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It; How to Get It Back (forthcoming, fall 2006).

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Bruce Bartlett, a veteran of the Reagan White House and Treasury Department, argues that George W. Bush has betrayed the Reagan legacy by expanding the size and scope of the federal government and letting the federal budget mushroom out of control. He charges that the Medicare expansion of 2003 may be “the worst legislation in history” and raises the question of whether Bill Clinton was a better fiscal conservative than Bush. Bartlett writes as a fiscally conservative Republican and worries that his party will have little future if it loses the trust of voters who want small government and fiscal responsibility. Blogger extraordinaire Andrew Sullivan will comment on Bartlett’s critique and the state of American conservatism.