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George W. Bush – A Bad Dream

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After his two terms as President of the United States, Bill Clinton started The Clinton Foundation with a focus on climate change, global health, economic development, religious and ethnic conflict and empowerment of women around the world by way of education, access to health care and increased economic opportunities. Important and worthy initiatives for a past president.

After his stint in the White House, Jimmy Carter founded the Carter Presidential Center with a focus on democracy and human rights around the world. In addition, Carter has worked closely with Habitat for Humanity International in its work to provide housing for the poor. Again, important stuff.

And then there’s George W. Bush.

Some people think George W Bush did as much as he could to bring about Armageddon with his earlier interventions in the Middle East. But not the man himself, apparently. He has signed up for a fundraising event for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, an organisation which aims to promote the second coming by converting Jews to  Christianity, and  will speak today at  their fundraiser in Irving, Texas.

The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute? Really? I wonder how much he’s getting paid for that gig.

The man was an embarrassment before becoming president, an embarrassment as president and now an embarrassment in his years as a former president. There is no Bush Foundation dealing with the major issues of the day…and there never will be. If George W. Bush didn’t care about the big issues during his eight years in the White House, no one should be expecting him to give a damn now.

Kevin Drum got it right when he wrote about Bush last year.

I found myself wondering what had become of George W. Bush. The answer, of course, is nothing. He lives in Dallas with Laura and…that’s about it. For all practical purposes, he’s disappeared. You’d hardly know that for eight years he was one of the most polarizing presidents in recent memory.

Why? Partly, it’s because Bush himself has chosen to keep such a low profile. He makes motivational speeches now and again, and shows up for the odd dedication or funeral, but otherwise keeps to himself. Even his 2010 memoir barely made a splash.

But the real reason is deeper. Bush may have seemed larger than life for eight years, but he left a surprisingly thin legacy.

[…] neither party wants anything to do with him. It’s not surprising that Democrats still think of him as the Frat Boy President, one of the worst of all time, but what is surprising is that Republicans largely agree. A guy who was hailed in 2000 as the first real conservative since Reagan, and in 2004 as the second coming of Winston Churchill, was all but dead to the GOP by 2008. He was just another big spender who led the economy into a tailspin and then seemed to have no idea what to do about it. By the time his second term finally petered out, his reputation was toxic on both sides of the aisle.

…for all his swagger, he was a mile wide and an inch deep. Once he left the White House, it was as if his entire presidency had just been a bad dream.

And now, that inch deep former president is getting paid, for one night anyway, to convert Jews to Christianity. A bad dream indeed.

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Who Is Un-American?

This week’s comment was written by James Miller and appears in the ‘The One Chart Which Best Explains The Debt Ceiling Crisis’ post. In it, I put up a chart which compared spending costs under two presidents – George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In true Libertarian fashion, Tommy questioned why Bush’s tax cuts should be considered a $1,812 billion cost.

Tommy:

I’m amazed when someone thinks it’s an expense when we let people keep their own money. That thought presupposes that everyone’s money is actually public money, and that keeping it, is taking something away from the government.

James took it upon himself to clear up the issue for Tommy.

Your argument is a giant arm waving distraction. No matter how you call it, Bush cut 1.8 trillion in revenue that he didn’t budget for, and is the first President in US history to go to war without RAISING taxes. I really suggest you read my article, you’d learn something. [Great article by James, btw. You could read it here or here.  -mario]

Also, it’s actually not just their money. I suggest you reconsider the writers of the enlightenment. Government serves as part of the social contract, a social contract that also ensures that the rich don’t eat the poor. As nations throughout history have discovered, the nation that best manages their social contract is successful, the government that allows society to break its contract falls apart. Let’s take wealth disparity:

Between 1930 and 1970, America saw an incredible DROP in the gap between rich and poor. During that time, taxes on the highest earners ranged from 50% to 90%. And yet, we built the Jefferson Memorial, created the highway systems, build and improved many national parks, created a space program, put a man on the moon… AND WON A WORLD WAR. That sounds like the heart of the America I know.

In the 1970s, a faltering economy hurt wealth disparity, but the gap has been racing wider since the election of Reagan in 1980.

So, despite the fact that wealth disparity is at record high, corporate profits are as well, and taxes are at their lowest point in 60 years, apparently Obama is a socialist because he wants to raises taxes. While, by the way, cutting $4 trillion from the deficit by slimming government programs.

For perspective, a week ago 5 democrats voted for a bill Boehner suggested. Tonight, Boehner’s bill was so radical that no democrats would vote for it, and yet it still wasn’t radical enough to get the support of the tea party. So who is the radical? Who is unwilling to compromise?

Who is unAmerican?

A question for Tommy: Do you ever at times read any of this stuff and think that maybe, just maybe, some of your thoughts on government and Libertarian ideals are not as utopian as you’d like to believe they are?  Ever?  Just a little?

 

James Miller publishes Dissected News.

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A Return To The Bush Years

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Have they learned nothing?

For a couple of years, it was the love that dared not speak his name. In 2008, Republican candidates hardly ever mentioned the president still sitting in the White House. After the election, the G.O.P. did its best to shout down all talk about how we got into the mess we’re in, insisting that we needed to look forward, not back. And many in the news media played along, acting as if it was somehow uncouth for Democrats even to mention the Bush era and its legacy.

The truth, however, is that the only problem Republicans ever had with George W. Bush was his low approval rating. They always loved his policies and his governing style — and they want them back. In recent weeks, G.O.P. leaders have come out for a complete return to the Bush agenda, including tax breaks for the rich and financial deregulation. They’ve even resurrected the plan to cut future Social Security benefits.

But they have a problem: how can they embrace President Bush’s policies, given his record?

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You know the answer. There’s now a concerted effort under way to rehabilitate Mr. Bush’s image on at least three fronts: the economy, the deficit and the war.

Here’s the bottom line; give Republicans the chance to do it all over again and they will.  They are who they are.

To paraphrase W…

There’s an old saying in Tennessee.  I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee, that says a leopard can’t change…change its…its…stripes.

You see, once a leopard gets it’s stripes, you can’t change them to spots.

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