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Redistributing George W. Bush's wealth, too
True/Slant ^ | 5/8/2009 | Jonathan Curiel

Posted on 05/08/2009 7:29:14 PM PDT by offmainstreet

The rich get richer. Nothing wrong with that. Except in the case of an ex-president who doesn’t need the money, and could rehabilitate his image by donating his government pension to a good cause – say, for the families of Iraqi civilians and U.S. soldiers killed in the war that Bush instigated; or for the continued rebuilding of New Orleans, whose flooding became a symbol of Bush’s presidential ineptness; or for workers laid off in a downturn that started under Bush’s watch.

Such benevolence would renew the “compassionate conservative” label that helped galvanize Bush’s base in 2000. Bush would be following in the footsteps of other former presidents (most notably Jimmy Carter) who give time or money to needy causes. He would also be connecting himself to a former president who inaugurated the practice of presidential pensions: Harry Truman.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; georgewbush; legacy; liberals
Some Obamacrats not only want to redistribute the wealth of regular Americans - they also think President Bush should give up the pension he earned as president to prove he's more 'compassionate.' I wonder if he'll say Obama should give up his pension when the time comes, too.
1 posted on 05/08/2009 7:29:15 PM PDT by offmainstreet
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To: offmainstreet

This is total bull sh%t.


2 posted on 05/08/2009 7:31:02 PM PDT by svcw (There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who know binary and those who don't.)
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To: offmainstreet

This guy is stuck on stupid


3 posted on 05/08/2009 7:31:27 PM PDT by woofie
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To: offmainstreet

Don’t think they wanted Clinton to do this.


4 posted on 05/08/2009 7:32:41 PM PDT by SouthTexas (When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people.....)
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To: offmainstreet

True (LEFTIST)Slant!!!


5 posted on 05/08/2009 7:34:22 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: offmainstreet

Here’s a link to this clymer’s website—what a piece of work. http://www.jonathancuriel.com/page2.html


6 posted on 05/08/2009 7:34:39 PM PDT by Charlemagne on the Fox
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To: offmainstreet
[ Except in the case of an ex-president who doesn’t need the money, and could rehabilitate his image by donating his government pension to a good cause – say, for the families of Iraqi civilians and U.S. soldiers killed in the war that Bush instigated ]

Aren't you a good socialist.. meaning one very free with other peoples money..

7 posted on 05/08/2009 7:37:00 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: offmainstreet

Sorry I meant the author of this piece..


8 posted on 05/08/2009 7:38:07 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: offmainstreet
I see the author is another liberal trying to do good deeds with other people's money. In this case, he wants to smear George Bush at the same time. Why isn't he attacking Ted Kennedy or George Soros in the same way? The answer is simple. He's busy smearing conservatives.
9 posted on 05/08/2009 7:38:26 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Charlemagne on the Fox
That's GAY!
10 posted on 05/08/2009 7:38:36 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: offmainstreet

Where is the Barf Alert (mega-barf at that).


11 posted on 05/08/2009 7:38:48 PM PDT by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: offmainstreet
After the BS that Bush had to endure from the press and some of the American public, he should take every nickle of that pension. He earned it.

Bush may have frustrated me, but he never gave a high five to Chavez or hope to Castro.

12 posted on 05/08/2009 7:41:46 PM PDT by Volunteer (Though I know that the hypnotized never lie, do ya? - The Who)
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To: offmainstreet
Some Obamacrats not only want to redistribute the wealth of regular Americans - they also think President Bush should give up the pension he earned as president to prove he's more 'compassionate.' I wonder if he'll say Obama should give up his pension when the time comes, too.

Bozo is rich now, why doesn't he just give up his salary to the poor. Why not give up all the money he has ever earned to the poor?

This is one f****d up article and the guy who wrote it is one big flaming libtard idiot.

13 posted on 05/08/2009 7:44:15 PM PDT by calex59
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To: offmainstreet

Shucks, that´s right, just like Jammh Cahtah is donating all his money to the Iranians who he threw under the bus in favor of the Ayatollah. But, he´s also donating money to the South Koreans after making a deal to build the North a nuclear reactor. And who can forget all the generous gifts by Bubba Klintoon to all the women he abused during his long careen in politics. HAH!

Bush is a nobody when it comes to owing past victims. Cahtah, Klintoon and the descendants of FDR and LBJ would have the first bunch of slots reserved for redressing the miseries that those pathetic bastidges caused!


14 posted on 05/08/2009 7:47:07 PM PDT by Rembrandt
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To: offmainstreet
Typical liberal hypocrites who always ask other people to give up their money but when it comes to their money the damn liberals do not want to share it, they give little to nothing to charities and they try to cheat on their taxes in every possible way.

Last year President Bush gave 35% of his earnings to the charities, Vice President Cheney gave 70% of his earning to the charities. The hypocrite socialist Obama gave 6% of his earning to charities and the other hypocrites Biden gave 1% of his earning to charities.

15 posted on 05/08/2009 7:51:49 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: offmainstreet
I don't have a problem with this.It's likely that W is quite wealthy...perhaps to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.The thing I find despicable about this piece is that I see no call for all those breathtakingly wealthy RATS to donate to charity as well.

Kinda like the Marxist peace protesters in Europe during the 80's.Every sign demanded that the US trash its nukes but didn't mention a word about the USSR's nukes.

16 posted on 05/08/2009 7:52:56 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: lafroste

17 posted on 05/08/2009 7:54:10 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: offmainstreet

The way that is worded, it is a set up.

If Bush were to give his pension to any of those charities, as they are phrased, would make the former president look like he is admitting guilt for doing something wrong. But his refusal to give away his pension, they will claim, makes him look greedy.

I wonder why they are not suggesting that Obama give to charity the money from the book deal he signed just before going into the WH.


18 posted on 05/08/2009 7:56:42 PM PDT by KarenMarie (NEVER believe anything coming out of DC until it's been denied.)
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To: offmainstreet
a downturn that started under Bush’s watch

Sory, Democrats. Bush was blamed for the downturn that started under Clinton's watch, so you're stuck with this one.

19 posted on 05/08/2009 8:01:37 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("Mr. President, I support you but not your mission. I'm showing my patriotism through dissent.")
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To: woofie
This guy is stuck on stupid

The guy talks about wealth redistribution.

But, when it comes to re-distributing "stupidity", there's none left because this guy owns it all and won't let go.
20 posted on 05/08/2009 8:07:11 PM PDT by adorno (Where is Branch 4?)
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To: offmainstreet

Don’t think this isn’t coming. If 0 can pass bills of attainder against wall street executives then why not against former presidents?


21 posted on 05/08/2009 8:07:39 PM PDT by jtal
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To: offmainstreet

I stopped reading when I got to these words,”Bush instigated”.


22 posted on 05/08/2009 8:12:38 PM PDT by Gator113 (Weak-coward-racist-white hating-lying-traitor= Surrender Monkey in Chief-B. Hussein Obama...)
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To: offmainstreet

While Clinton spends his $110 million at the local strip club ...


23 posted on 05/08/2009 8:15:33 PM PDT by eclecticEel ("Envy is always referred to by its political alias, 'social justice.' " - T. Sowell)
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To: svcw
Why doesn’t Clinton give his pension to the family members who lost loved ones on the USS Cole and Somalia? He should also give his money to the survivors of the genocide he allowed in Rwanda.
24 posted on 05/08/2009 8:29:15 PM PDT by peeps36 ( Al Gore. Is A Big Fat Lying Hypocrite. He Pollutes The Air By Opening His Big Mouth)
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To: offmainstreet

Biggest crook by a country mile is Gore who’s supposed to have pocketed over $100 MILLION from his global warming scam. He’s the ultimate huckster conning the rubes and getting filthy rich doing it. He should fork over 90% of what he makes because he is using his connections to influence public policy with the goal of lining his own pockets.


25 posted on 05/08/2009 8:56:51 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: offmainstreet

How much more help does NO need than the billions that have already been given? How much responsibility does Bush need to take for a hurricane that he had nothing to do with?
I think Obambi should give up his half million book advance for flood victims in KY.


26 posted on 05/08/2009 9:10:17 PM PDT by DeLaine (Navy blue)
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To: offmainstreet
The rich get richer. Nothing wrong with that. Except in the case of an ex-president who doesn’t need the money, and could rehabilitate his image by donating his government pension to a good cause – say, for the families of Iraqi civilians and U.S. soldiers killed in the war that Bush instigated; or for the continued rebuilding of New Orleans, whose flooding became a symbol of Bush’s presidential ineptness; or for workers laid off in a downturn that started under Bush’s watch.

*rolls eyes* Would the author also chide X42 for raking in millions, and not helping the families of the soldiers dragged through the streets in Somalia, or killed in Bosnia, or the families of people who were harmed or killed by hurricanes and tornados while he was in office?

If not, then his haranguing is irrelevant.

27 posted on 05/08/2009 9:28:20 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: offmainstreet
offmainstreet
Since May 6, 2009

Welcome to FR. What about X-42 the impeached one? His incompetence caused 9/11.

28 posted on 05/09/2009 5:51:58 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It took almost 250 years to make the USA great and 30 days for "The Failure" BO to tear it down.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Thanks for the welcome. I don’t care about Bubba’s pension, or anyone who earned it. If you work for a company and they offer you a pension as a part of the job, you should get it to keep it and do what you will with it no matter what. Same as president. It’s not like President Bush doesn’t give money to charity. He had over $200,000 in itemized deductions on his 2007 tax return.


29 posted on 05/09/2009 8:50:53 AM PDT by offmainstreet
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To: offmainstreet

Didn’t President Bush already refuse his Presidential salary? Now he should refuse his (relatively meager) pension, too? Especially since he is the first President who will lose his Secret Service protection in ten years.


30 posted on 05/17/2009 1:02:59 PM PDT by MikeD (We live in a world where babies are like velveteen rabbits that only become real if they are loved.)
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