As the usual suspects flay Jeb Bush alive for daring to argue that a Grand Bargain would include both entitlement cuts and perhaps some tax reform that would add to revenue, Pete Wehner sighs. For one thing, Ronald Reagan would not be invited to CPAC in 2013:
Let’s consider Bush’s record as governor. While Bush never signed an anti-tax pledge, he never raised taxes. In fact, he cut taxes every year he was governor (covering eight years and totaling $20 billion).
Ronald Reagan, by contrast, signed into law what his biographer Lou Cannon called “the largest tax hike ever proposed by any governor in the history of the United States”–one four times as large as the previous record set by Governor Pat Brown–as well as the nation’s first no-fault divorce law and legislation liberalizing California’s abortion laws, which even people sympathetic to Reagan concede “led to an explosion of abortions in the nation’s largest state.” (Reagan didn’t anticipate the consequences of the law and deeply regretted his action.)
Now imagine the Norquist and Shirley standard being applied to Reagan in the 1970s.