Jeb Bush

As though one needed a reason 1 to oppose another Bush in the White House…

In his announcement Tuesday that he would explore a 2016 presidential bid, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) promised to focus on “ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.” But he made no mention of his most controversial act during his two terms in office: his attempts to take custody of Terri Schiavo and overrule her husband Michael’s decision to remove her feeding tube, fifteen years after cardiac arrest had left her in a vegetative state.

ThinkProgress spoke with Michael Schiavo and the attorney who represented him in the matter, George Felos, about Bush’s presidential candidacy. Both expressed concern that Bush’s record was one of government interference and opposing individual liberty.

“If you want a government that’s gonna intrude on your life, enforce their personal views on you, then I guess Jeb Bush is your man,” Schiavo explained, adding, “We really don’t need another Bush in office.”

Felos described Bush’s actions interference in Schiavo case as, “An egregious example of the fat hand of government inserting itself into a family’s medical decision and the obtrusive hand of government trying to override their decision.”

Jeb Bush

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  1. For those of you with short memories: 1. The Silverado Savings and Loan debacle (Neil Bush); 2. the JFK assassination; Panama and Noriega (George Herbert Walker Bush); 3. Katrina, Iraq, Afghanistan, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, the secret renditions and torture, the initial assault on the 4th Amendment {Patriot Act}, the Great Depression, et al (George “The Lesser” Bush); And, hey: the Bush family in general. Because these are just the highlights…

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