Monday, December 19, 2011

Jeb Bush teases Republicans?

Jeb Bush has an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal that's not about a particular issue, but about a philosophy.

That has some conservatives (including Byron York) wondering if it's a trial balloon for a run.

We either can go down the road we are on, a road where the individual is allowed to succeed only so much before being punished with ruinous taxation, where commerce ignores government action at its own peril, and where the state decides how a massive share of the economy's resources should be spent.

Or we can return to the road we once knew and which has served us well: a road where individuals acting freely and with little restraint are able to pursue fortune and prosperity as they see fit, a road where the government's role is not to shape the marketplace but to help prepare its citizens to prosper from it.

The entire op-ed reads like that, and there's no super obvious reason for penning it right now.

That being said, I think it's purely wishful thinking for anyone to read into any of this.

Can't Jeb just write something if he wants to, or does he have to stay mum during the entire primary process?