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Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Jeb Bush's Pre-Debate Word Salad

Jeb Bush has released a flurry of policy papers and statements in advance of the C-SPAN and Fox News Republican presidential candidate debates or forums this week.

Jeb BushThis strategy is supposed to “frame the debate” because after all, despite having half Donald Trump’s market share in most polls and being in a statistical tie with Scott Walker for second or third place, Jeb is “the front runner.”

And, as the “front runner” and self-appointed “adult in the room” what Jeb says is of great moment to the establishment media and political class – even if no one in real America outside the Beltway hears it or buys it.

Jeb’s “robust strategy to improve border security” (that’s consultant-speak for getting tough at the border) is mostly – wait for it – enforcing existing laws.

Of course that would be a refreshing change from Obama flouting existing laws, but it is not really new and could and has been said by most of the other candidates in the Republican field.

The only “new” thing we could find in Jeb’s “word salad” on immigration and border security was his “new” reformulation of his amnesty plan.

This time Bush says "Finding a practical solution to the status of the people who are here illegally today is a nonstarter if our borders are not secure against future illegal immigration," but his statement Monday also broadly discussed how he would deal with people currently living in the country illegally; requiring them to pass a criminal background check, pay fines and taxes, learn English, obtain "a provisional work permit" and get a job in order to obtain legal status.

In other words – Bush’s new amnesty plan follows the same amnesty plan that Marco Rubio had in the hated “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill – he just says it a little slower and a little louder so we dummies out in flyover country can understand it.

With regard to Common Core and the federalization of education the federal role in K-12 education should be to help support and encourage state-level reforms, not to write standards or curriculum, Bush said Monday, during the “Voters First Forum” hosted by C-SPAN at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.

But just because he doesn't think the federal government should set standards doesn't mean that Bush is backing away from his support of Common Core. Without mentioning the initiative by name, he said: "We need higher standards, we need robust accountability, school choice, ending social promotion, a comprehensive plan to make sure that more than a third of our kids are college- or career-ready." That's in line with what Bush said on Common Core late last year according to Alyson Klein’s reporting for Education Week.

Indeed, as Bloomberg reported Bush defined the federal government’s role in education to “be to provide support for states that won’t reform.”

“Provide support for states that won’t reform?”

Translation of word salad – in a Jeb Bush presidency the federal government’s role would be to force states to adopt standards that meet the Common Core standard by withholding funds and all the other coercive methods federal bureaucrats and overbearing Big Government Republican Members of Congress have used in the past . Say, as in the “No Child Left Behind Act” advocated by Jeb Bush’s brother, President George W. Bush, and sponsored by current Speaker of the House John Boehner. So, local control advocates, “Meet the New Boss (on education), same as the Old Boss (on education).” (From Won’t Be Fooled Again” by The Who)

Getting his message past the event horizon of Trump’s pull on the media isn’t Jeb Bush’s biggest problem. The real problem for Jeb is that his “new” policies are the same as his “old” policies; support for amnesty for illegal aliens and the federalization of education through Common Core.

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