Getting Out of Grover's Tub

Chapter 6: When Common Sense Left Conservatives

When did common sense leave conservatives? For most Texans, 2009 marks that year. And Rick Perry’s secession talk was not nearly the whole story.

Once, conservatives stood for common sense. Take Dwight Eisenhower—a common sense guy from Kansas. After World War II, President Eisenhower built the National Highway System. He sold it to Congress as a defense necessity—but his real goal was to put millions of American GIs back to work. Today, the national highway system is the most successful public works project in U.S. history. . .

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