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Profile In Incompetence, A 10-part Series On The Worst President in American History
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Posted on 05/23/2007 6:48:01 AM PDT by K-oneTexas

 

Jimmy Carter: The Worst President In American History

In this exclusive 10-part series, IBD takes a hard look at Jimmy Carter’s administration and compares it to that of George W. Bush, which Carter has called the worst ever.

Installments will cover the economy, foreign policy, human rights, dealing with dictators, fighting Communism and the Democratic leadership in general during times of war.

Next installment: Wednesday, May 23


Part One

Look Who's Talking

Leadership: So Jimmy Carter calls the Bush administration "the worst in history." This from the man who wrecked the world's greatest economy and made a nuclear Iran and North Korea possible.


Part Two

'Malaise' Maestro

Leadership: When it comes to economic performance, there's no contest: Apart from the early years of the Depression, Jimmy Carter's brief tenure as president was the worst in the 20th century.


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A 10-part series; Parts 1 and 2 online. Hopefully it will be interesting and entertaining.
1 posted on 05/23/2007 6:48:04 AM PDT by K-oneTexas
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To: K-oneTexas

Having lived through the 48 months of gross incompetence that was Jimmy Carter’s one term Presidency....I don’t know if I want to be reminded of all the ways he screwed up.


2 posted on 05/23/2007 6:49:38 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: K-oneTexas

—ping me, please-—


3 posted on 05/23/2007 6:49:52 AM PDT by rellimpank (-don't believe anything the MSM states about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: K-oneTexas

bump


4 posted on 05/23/2007 6:50:34 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: K-oneTexas

INTREP


5 posted on 05/23/2007 6:50:41 AM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: K-oneTexas

Domestically....GAS LINES......Interest rates for mortgages at 12-17%.....just to name two things that were really bad.


6 posted on 05/23/2007 6:52:23 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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To: Badeye

I was 13 years old when the peanut farmer was elected and I do owe him a debt of gratitude.....he turned me into a conservative and someone who is as anti-liberal as they come....


7 posted on 05/23/2007 6:52:28 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: K-oneTexas
This from the man who wrecked the world's greatest economy and made a nuclear Iran and North Korea possible.

The article does not explain how Carter ruined the American economy. I wish someone would explain exactly how one man ruined our economy. The article goes on to chastise Carter (rightfully so) about his actions after his presidency.

I think Carter is an embarrassment to the U.S. but I still haven't seen where he singlehandedly ruined our economy.

8 posted on 05/23/2007 6:53:36 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: K-oneTexas

LOL, love it. Thanks IBD!


9 posted on 05/23/2007 6:54:08 AM PDT by Joe Miner
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To: K-oneTexas
When Khomeini, a former Muslim exile in Paris, overthrew the Shah in 1979, he established the first modern Islamic regime, a role model for the Taliban and the jihadists to follow.

This is the real damage Jimmy Carter did. He refuses to acknowledge the harm he has done to the world. But what the heck, he is popular with the leftists.

10 posted on 05/23/2007 6:54:22 AM PDT by w1andsodidwe (Jimmy Carter allowed radical Islam to get a foothold in Iran.)
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To: K-oneTexas

I thought we were talking about Klintoon.


11 posted on 05/23/2007 6:55:01 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: K-oneTexas

If you’re getting up a ping list for this series, please add me.


12 posted on 05/23/2007 6:59:51 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: K-oneTexas
Let's see:

- Carter turned over the Panama Canal to our enemies.
- Carter ignored genocide in the Cambodian killing fields.
- Carter betrayed the pro-American Somoza family in Nicaragua and allowed the Marxists to take over.
- Carter betrayed the Shah of Iran (the greatest ally America had ever had in the region) and allowed the jihadists to take a foothold.
- Carter did nothing (except dash the dreams of Olympic athletes) when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan and allowed the stage to be set for the Taliban and al Qaida.
- Carter betrayed Taiwan to the Chicoms.
- Carter did nothing while Americans were held hostage on American soil for 444 days.
- Carter forced Israel to make dangerous concessions to their enemies.

And he managed to do all of this while overseeing the worst economy imaginable. There is NO ECONOMIC MODEL that even suggests that it is possible to simultaneously have back-to-back recessions, economic stagnation, high unemployment, a stagnant stock market, high inflation and high interest rates -- any economist will tell you that these should start cancelling each other out. And then in the midst of it all, he had the audacity to blame the american people for the "malaise" he created.

If ever there was a "Manchurian Candidate" it was Jimmy Carter.

13 posted on 05/23/2007 7:04:34 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: K-oneTexas

Well, Jimmy has finally run his mouth too much. Huge congrats to IBD for taking up the cudgel and giving this egregious fool the smackdown he has long needed.

All of us old enough to remember Carter’s absolutely feckless administration will want to read this series. Those of you younger Freepers should make it ‘must read’.


14 posted on 05/23/2007 7:07:45 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck
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To: Suzy Quzy

21 1/2 percent interest. That’s what we paid to finance a piece of mining equipment in 1979.


15 posted on 05/23/2007 7:10:11 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: God luvs America

‘I was 13 years old when the peanut farmer was elected and I do owe him a debt of gratitude.....he turned me into a conservative and someone who is as anti-liberal as they come....’

My first time voting was for Ford over Carter. I entered the Navy the following July, and ended my time in service floating off the coast of Iran waiting for the orders that never came....


16 posted on 05/23/2007 7:11:32 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: raybbr
The article does not explain how Carter ruined the American economy

And it can't either. Government changes in economic policies take more than a few years to effect the economy. Now one could possibly say Carter's policies of '76 and '77 were to blame for the continuation of the recession into the early '80s perhaps but most likely what we were dealing with (beside outside economic forces) was partially the change from the gold standard in '72

18 posted on 05/23/2007 7:13:59 AM PDT by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: Badeye

It was when I was 5-9 years old. I will never forget the pain my parents went through during those years. Carter and Reagan are the two reasons why I have been a lifelong conservative.


19 posted on 05/23/2007 7:15:38 AM PDT by rsflynn (Cigars, cigarettes, carbon offsets?)
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To: rsflynn

After watching enlisted men and women apply for food stamps as a direct result of Carter eliminating the savings realized by shopping on base for groceries, I lost all respect for him.

Many don’t recall Carter was trying to increase the retirement requirements for all military members from 20 years to 30, just before the hostage crisis he brought about erupted.

I can’t explain how much I despise Jimmy Carter in mere words.


20 posted on 05/23/2007 7:19:28 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: God luvs America

Sound a bit like my husband. But he was just 10 when Karter came in.

Raised a Dem, pretty precocious, saw what Karter had done, then basically was a Reagan supporter (although he couldn’t vote).


21 posted on 05/23/2007 7:22:38 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

—and mining plans with a 12% yearly inflation factor come to mind, also-—


22 posted on 05/23/2007 7:23:09 AM PDT by rellimpank (-don't believe anything the MSM states about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: billbears

Actually it was the result of LBJ’s trying to fight a war and build the monolithic ‘mommy state’ referred to as the ‘Great Society’.

That said, ‘confidence’ plays a huge role in our economy, and Carter’s policies and actions, and more importantly his words undermined that confidence DAILY for 48 months.

Under his ‘leadership’ we were the definition of ‘weak’ across the board, every topic you care to mention. And that translated into a media being required to come up with new terms to describe incompetence, like ‘stagflation’.

While you are correct about how long it takes for economic conditions to change, Carter’s policies obviously made it difficult, via the over regulation, lack of confidence, and overall ineptitude.

He’s simply the worst President post WWII, by any means you care to measure such things.

And now, he’s the worst Ex President in history. Quite an acheivement....


23 posted on 05/23/2007 7:24:28 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: K-oneTexas

if you ask jimmy carter who the greatest president ever was he will answer fidel castro.


24 posted on 05/23/2007 7:24:28 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: God luvs America

I vividly remember Carter’s “malaise” speech, blaming America for not supporting his incompetence. (and not because, an hour before, I almost couldn’t get a little sailboat to turn around, with storm approaching across the lake...)


25 posted on 05/23/2007 7:24:59 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: raybbr

Sounds as if you’re only reading the head article, and not the “parts”.

Anyway, I agree it’s hard to blame 1 man - or give 1 man all the accolades. But that’s what happens when it seems humans have some innate NEED to think monarchically. They seem to need to look to 1 person, and not a whole complicated set of other humans and other more esoteric things.

But, I don’t think 1 can deny that Karter was generally a disaster, just by what he said and did.


26 posted on 05/23/2007 7:26:23 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
The 1976 election was my first, but I commented to my father the year before, when I saw the blurb in the paper about the Governor of Georgia announcing his candidacy, who's going to vote for him?

Little did I know. And, if you talk to people who voted for him (once), a lot will say "well, there was that Ford pardon of Nixon, and how did we know that Carter was that incompetent?"

27 posted on 05/23/2007 7:32:27 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Badeye

He was the bringer of ‘Misery’ from 1977 to 1981. I was 26-30 years old stationed overseas for thru 1979, stateside the balance. He was foolish the and is still foolish now. Incompetent is a mild description.


28 posted on 05/23/2007 7:42:05 AM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Badeye

He was the bringer of ‘Misery’ from 1977 to 1981. I was 26-30 years old stationed overseas for thru 1979, stateside the balance. He was foolish then and is still foolish now. Incompetent is a mild description.


29 posted on 05/23/2007 7:42:30 AM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

YES!! I worked at an Equipment Leasing Company at the time!


30 posted on 05/23/2007 8:00:35 AM PDT by Suzy Quzy (Hillary '08...Her Phoniness is Genuine!!!)
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To: Suzy Quzy

It was a 4600 Manitowoc dragline. Red with a white 140 foot boom and an extra 8 yard Page bucket. This baby would really move your mortgage.


31 posted on 05/23/2007 8:05:42 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: K-oneTexas

Yep. You’d be hard pressed to find a vet from that thankfully short ‘era’ that likes Carter.


32 posted on 05/23/2007 8:09:53 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Badeye

During Carter’s admin, I was stationed at USCG Headquarters in Washington, then in the DOT building. We were ordered not to wear civvies to work because Carter didn’t like the sight of uniforms in the nation’s capital.


33 posted on 05/23/2007 8:19:36 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck
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To: Paine in the Neck; Badeye

That is, we were ordered to wear civvies, i.e., NOT to wear uniforms.


34 posted on 05/23/2007 8:22:14 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck
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To: wagglebee

and don’t forget the long lines to but gasoline.


35 posted on 05/23/2007 8:26:34 AM PDT by stbdside
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To: Paine in the Neck

Not surprising. Democrats hate the military, and think those of us that served voluntarily are just ‘dead enders’.


36 posted on 05/23/2007 8:37:17 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
21 1/2 percent interest. That’s what we paid to finance a piece of mining equipment in 1979.

I can remember friends taking mortgages at 14% interest. Our current mortgage is under 5%.

37 posted on 05/23/2007 9:05:26 AM PDT by freespirited
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To: freespirited

My son’s piggy bank had $100 in change and bills. Our bank wouldn’t write a CD for anything less than $500 but our S&L would do $100 for one year at 20 percent. UN believable.


38 posted on 05/23/2007 9:16:24 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: K-oneTexas

I think one of the best testaments to Carter’s ability comes from when the newly inaugurated Clinton administration needed someone to deal with North Korea. Carter was basically jumping up and down screaming “pick me!” The Clintons chose former President Nixon instead.


39 posted on 05/23/2007 9:23:33 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: K-oneTexas

doink fer later.


40 posted on 05/23/2007 9:55:34 AM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Jimmah should be forced to wear a "444" tattoo on his forehead.

I for one will never forget the 444.

41 posted on 05/23/2007 10:11:58 AM PDT by -=SoylentSquirrel=- (Bacon is the only thing that keeps me sane.)
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