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It's Not Bush's Fault : Let's dispatch some misconceptions about our 43rd president
American Thinker ^ | 09/16/2012 | Ben Voth

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:

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush

1 posted on 09/16/2012 5:12:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


2 posted on 09/16/2012 5:16:36 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Keep the summary in mind when you are facing your libtard relatives.


3 posted on 09/16/2012 5:19:52 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (“We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents.” moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: SeekAndFind

When will we stop referring to Madeleine Albright as the cleaning lady? “Never.”


4 posted on 09/16/2012 5:21:21 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: SeekAndFind
“Madeleine Albright recently made headlines ...”

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.

5 posted on 09/16/2012 5:26:19 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


6 posted on 09/16/2012 5:27:36 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


7 posted on 09/16/2012 5:32:41 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: SeekAndFind
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.

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.

8 posted on 09/16/2012 5:34:58 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: SeekAndFind; RedMDer; trisham; TheOldLady; musicman; vox_freedom; JoeProBono; The Cajun; ...

This is a MUST read. Pass on, correct the lies and the liars.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/its_not_bushs_fault.html

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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:
http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2008/10/20081009-10.html


9 posted on 09/16/2012 5:42:16 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


10 posted on 09/16/2012 5:48:30 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Verginius Rufus
When will we stop referring to Madeleine Albright as the cleaning lady?

Miss Czech Slovik with hotel cleaning lady.

11 posted on 09/16/2012 6:00:58 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: usconservative
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.

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.

12 posted on 09/16/2012 6:02:39 PM PDT by what's up
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


13 posted on 09/16/2012 6:03:46 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


14 posted on 09/16/2012 6:08:55 PM PDT by Fee
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


15 posted on 09/16/2012 6:18:27 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SeekAndFind


16 posted on 09/16/2012 6:26:09 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: what's up

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.


17 posted on 09/16/2012 6:39:24 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bookmarked.


18 posted on 09/16/2012 9:08:09 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: SeekAndFind
In fact, the car bailout was signed into law by President Bush...this is a simple, straight-forward, indisputable fact which takes hardly any effort to utter - that 'pubs can't even rouse themselves to challenge 'rats on this fact which would knock the props from under Obama's taunt that "Osama's dead and GM is alive" is pathetic......
19 posted on 09/16/2012 9:18:55 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Intolerant in NJ

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...


20 posted on 09/16/2012 9:22:51 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Fee

The Financial Modernization Act of 1999 repealing Glass Steagal was sponsored by three Republicans. It passed by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate. In fact, more Democrats voted against the bill than Republicans. Both parties wanted to give a big bone to Wall Street. The Republicans deserve just as much blame as Clinton.

George W. Bush appointed money printing Ben Bernanke to chairmanship of the Federal Reserve.

G W Bush appointed the Chairman of Goldman Sachs, Henry Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury and abdicated responsibility for dealing with the 2008 crisis to him. Paulson put the interests of the big Wall Street banks ahead of the citizens, bailing them out with trillions in taxpayer money and Fed printed money. The other option would have been to let the FDIC back depositors and let the big bank shareholders, bond holders, and management, suffer the consequences of the speculation. Paulson and Bernanke also gave taxpayer backed lifelines to major foreign banks. Four years later the big banks remain on Federal Reserve life support yet are paying big bonuses to executives.

The 2008 financial crisis was brought to the crisis stage by a foreign run on US money market funds. To this day the American people have not been told who was responsible for this external attack. No doubt Bush, the banks, Paulson, and Bernanke knew. Bush should have gone public with the facts and ordered the funds not to redeem the shares if it was truly an attack by foreign governments (China, Russia, Saudi Arabia) or speculators (Soros).

There is much unknown to the people about the 2008 financial crisis and both political parties are part of the coverup. As you pointed out, the statute of limitations will soon expire with zero prosecutions. Shame on Obama but I hear no Republican voices demanding investigations or prosecutions. We don’t even hear the Republicans demanding the prosecution of Jon Corzine, the perfect villian for a corruption scandal. Both parties are protecting the Federal Reserve and Wall Street Banks.


21 posted on 09/16/2012 10:09:49 PM PDT by Soul of the South
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To: SeekAndFind
This article talks about Bush’s bailout of GM (bondholders were screwed) as if it were something praise-worthy...I wouldn't say that the way it was handled was "praise-worthy", but with hindsight I think TARP (including the auto bailout) was a smart move - much of it has been repaid and it did help thaw the national credit freeze brought on by the collapse of the housing and derviative market which were overheated because of the 'rats attempts to give free houses to the poor at taxpayer expense....
Bush signed the loan approval to the auto makers in December - it was administered by Obama after he came into office - instead of paying off GM creditors as the law mandated, the Obama crew shifted most of the money to refund the union retirement and health plans - that's how the bond-holders got screwed, and one of many reasons Obama should be in jail now - I believe that in return for the loans, the government received mucho shares of GM stock, which is held by the Treasury now(that's probably the business about the money being repaid). Only trouble is the stock is now worth only about half its original price, about $30 billion. In fact there was a story out today that GM wants the Treasury to sell the stock, but the Treasury is reluctant to sell because it would take a big loss - that's why GM isn't out of the woods yet, and why Obama shouldn't get credit for saving it - Bush initiated what could have been an effective remedy had Obama not hijacked the funds and sent them as a payoff to his political buddies instead of to those rightful creditors, which would have allowed the company to continue business effectively......
22 posted on 09/17/2012 12:46:08 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: SeekAndFind

I copied this from a blogger somewhere on the net, but unfortunately I didn’t get the blogger’s name:

The Mess and how Obama inherited it – read it slowly and let it sink in...
This tells the story of why Bush looked so bad at the end of his term. Don’t just skim over this, it’s not long, but read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out!

The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007, the day democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress. The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.

For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault,” think about this: January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time: The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77 The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5% The Unemployment rate was 4.6% George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH

Remember the day... January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES! It started with Jimmy Carter and his Housing and Community Investment Act of 1977, broadened by Bill Clinton, enforced by Janet Reno, then sent over the cliff by Frank & Dodd.

Oh, Obama, as an attorney in Chicago working on behalf of ACORN, successfully sued Citibank for loan discrimination under Reno’s tenure! Unemployment... to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!

Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie - starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy. And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress

So when someone tries to blame Bush.. REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007.... THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER !” Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases. For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office.

At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets. And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending.

After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending,

and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.


23 posted on 10/08/2012 8:09:54 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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