Skip to comments.It's Not Bush's Fault : Let's dispatch some misconceptions about our 43rd president
Posted on 09/16/2012 5:12:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Madeleine Albright recently made headlines responding to a question about when Democrats might stop blaming President Bush for economic difficulties and other contemporary problems. She flippantly responded: "Never." Her comment was symptomatic of our pathological intellectual culture that has been locked now for decades in a mode of denial about the fault lying among anti-conservatives for the nation's ills. Among the most treasured rhetorical heirlooms in this dysfunctional history is the meme "It's Bush's fault."
To be clear, the meme suggests that an array of problems all stem from the presidency of George W. Bush. Most principally, these problems include deficit spending, severe economic recession, unemployment, and global contempt for America. These problems are so profound and so entrenched that no Democrat or team of Democrats could ever hope to extract the nation from this Mariana Trench of political disaster. Mere mortals are slowly dragging the good ship America from this bottomless pit of despair.
The meme is so fiercely repeated that it is rare for Republicans or conservatives to deny that it is at least substantially true. President Bush is regularly dismissed from any public gathering of Republicans as a matter of obedience to Democrats, whom Republicans and conservatives regularly accept as the proper dispensers of political truths. Let's dispatch these misconceptions:
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Obama likes to say that he inherited a horrible economy. He conveniently overlooks the fact that BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS WERE TAKEN OVER BY DEMOCRATS ( HE BECAME SENATOR THEN ) IN 2007.
Here is a snapshot of the American economic scene when Democrats took control in January of 2007:
U.S. unemployment rate: 4.7 percent
U.S. 2007 deficit: 160 billion dollars
With regard to the deficit, the tax cuts of the Bush administration had in fact produced record tax revenues — more than $2.5 trillion annually.
Today, the government barely takes in $2 trillion. The 160-billion-dollar deficit for 2007 was part of a larger downward trend from the past two years. Today, annual deficits are ten times larger — surpassing the one-trillion-dollar mark with regularity. Five years ago, the U.S. annual deficit was 90% lower than it is today.
The markets did not (repeat, DID NOT ) express a sense of relief upon the election of President Obama in early November 2008.
What ensued was an economic panic. It was the most rapid and destructive loss of jobs and capital in U.S. history.
Our pathological and reactionary intellectual community is eager to blame this on President Bush and denies that business leaders feared the coming onslaught of regulatory and redistributive fervor of President-Elect Obama and his supporters.
THEY WERE RIGHT IN FACT. THEIR FEARS HAVE BEEN REALIZED.
Keep the summary in mind when you are facing your libtard relatives.
When will we stop referring to Madeleine Albright as the cleaning lady? “Never.”
She was the beginning of the Clinton doctrine that says the US must not be the only super power and began efforts to build up competition to reduce American power. They played a major role in building the EU to stand against the US and began strengthening China for the same reason. At least that is how I interpreted their misguided foreign policy.
Our side constantly stops fighting old battles, and our have elections become based on false assumptions. The fact that today Clinton is seen positively and Bush as a failure is a absolute disaster for the conservative movement. We should have been defending the economic years of Bush for the past 24 months because it was miles better than the Obama years.
We have also allowed Obama to repeat this ‘recovery’ and ‘4 million jobs created’ meme for almost a year....many likely accept it as fact. The left uses the media, hollywood/entertainment and the internet heavyweight sites like Yahoo and Google to repeat, repeat, repeat. We seem to wait until 30 days before an election to make a push for an alternative opinion. We must find a way to end-run around the media and entertainment industries and use it on a daily basis.
First of all, President Bush was a good man.
That said, people on the right don’t have much need for idols. We’re mostly self sufficient and are looking for someone who can keep the wolves at bay while we work.
We admired the Gipper because he was one of us. President George W Bush thought he could work with the other side. He was not one of us. He belonged to the Establishment.
I'll go you one further. If you look at the Bureau of Labor & Statistics website you'll see the precise moment when Businesses' across the country realized Obama was going to win the election. That was in September, 2008 when job losses surged to 351,000, then jumped to over 400,000 in October, over 639,000 in November when Obama won.
It's unmistakeable, and it can be tied directly to McCain's mis-steps during the campaign and the election swinging decisively to Obama in Sept of 2008.
And it's not just me, CNN actually reported on the job losses as well.
This is a MUST read. Pass on, correct the lies and the liars.
Also ...the actual truth:
October 9, 2008
Setting the Record Straight: Six Years of (President Bush’s) Unheeded Warnings for GSE Reform
The Washington Times Fails To Research The Administration’s Efforts To Reform Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac
The actions are here:
I hope that Romney knows the facts of the 2008 collapse and springs them on Zer0 during the debates. I want my popcorn eating to be worth it.
Miss Czech Slovik with hotel cleaning lady.
Correct..and I've been saying the same thing for 4 years.
The candidate who promised universal healthcare, cap and trade, shutting down the WOT, higher taxes, unionization.
This is why the markets collapsed in the Fall of '08.
Not many realize this, even on FR.
I think Bush was a fairly good president, which means he was about a hundred times better than Obama.
I personally did not care for him as it seemed he always saved the venom for real conservatives and tried to play nice with the liberals.
The unhinging of the US economy began under Clinton. Repealing Glass Steagal allow banks to include savings accounts as assets to borrow against in leveraged bets by the investment bank side. Clinton then tried to alleviate the risks of subprime mortgages by having the Fed gov buy all of them and bundle them with good mortgages to be brought by Wall Street banks and sold to investors. Clinton and Bush 42 basically let the Sec of Treasury and Fed Reserve who in turn let the large Wall Street bankers run the US into the ground with liar loans and faulty grading of the mortgage backed securities as AAA when they were riddled with liar loans. I actually had a freeper claim that the mortgages products were so new that the rating agencies did not know how to grade them. Well if I got a drug product I never saw before, have no data, no test results, am I criminal if I stamp FDA approved and it kills people? The rating agencies were paid by the banks to give a rating on their financial products. The analysts asked the bankers for loan applications information to assess the risks so they can assign a rating. The bankers knew they had liar loans and refused to provide data. Most of the analysts working for the rating agencies refused to assign a rating, and the bankers simply phone their bosses and complained that the analyst working on their products were jerks and threaten to pull future business. The rating agencies simply told their analysts, find a way to placate the banker customer or find a new career. In the end the bankers and the rating agencies forced the analysts to assign AAA ratings on mortgage backed securities whom they had no data to form a basis for such high rating. Like I said, there are some freepers who felt the rating agencies were not at fault!!!! During the S&L crisis of the 1980’s federal regulators would have closed the rating agencies and bankers, and all records would be audited. Clinton, and GWB regulators did nothing. Even worst, Obama could have scored points against the “filthy rich fat cats” did nothing either. The statue of limitation for the Wall Street fraud is five years. Four years already past. Atleast Bush Sr and part of Clinton had over 1000 criminal referrals which resulted in trials and 900 convictions.
Bottom line, Clinton laid the groundwork for the diseaster, GWB failed to react but Obama is letting the bankers get away. Now we will have bailouts and QE to infinity, as the dollar weakens, the US middle class will die. The gov and Wall Street bankers already decided we cannot pay off our huge debt, so they will inflate their way out. Middle class is being killed off and they do not even know that.
The very people in the obama narcosis are the very ones who won’t read this article. And if they were forced to, they’d dismiss it as “rightwing lies and propaganda”. That’s how messed up in the head they are.
Barack of Roanoke, we saw you coming.
We prudently prepared in Dec 2008 for the coming disaster known as “President Obama”.
We’ve been proven correct.
OK, the GM Bailout was signed by Bush.
The article goes on to say that the bailout money was paid back by GM.
Was it really? I thought that GM still owed the tax payers money and is still in danger of bankruptcy?
This article talks about Bush’s bailout of GM (bondholders were screwed) as if it were something praise-worthy...