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It’s All Bush’s Fault

Before I begin this week’s rant, I would like to point out the pictures on the right. So often I hear the refrain “I wish the Republicans has someone to run in 2012″. The reality is that there ARE good people “out there”. It’s just hard to find ‘em. Mitch Daniels and Rob Portman are two examples of smart public servants who should emerge on the national stage. I encourage you to look them up. Now on to the rant.

It’s ALL Bush’s Fault

The West Wing spin doctors maintain President Obama has conducted a nearly flawless first year in the Oval Office. He has apparently done everything humanly possible to salvage our economy and health care system from the abyss into which we are told they have fallen. That is certainly one view. Another opinion is that he has accomplished absolutely nothing and hasn’t left so much as a stitch on the tapestry of our great Republic. But the point is that his failure as our 44th President is NOT his fault. It is ALL George W. Bush’s fault. Let us review some obvious signs of the Bush administration’s neglect:

–the sub-prime mortgage crisis—even though this crisis was born fundamentally of flawed populist policy sponsored and pushed by prominent zealots within the democrat party, and even though the Bush budget sent to the Hill warned Congress of a looming crisis, the current economic crisis is 100% Bush’s fault.

–while the size of the Bush/Paulson economic stimulus and “bailout” plans and the 2008 Bush budget absolutely PALE in comparison to the comparative Obama/Geithner stimulus spend, 2010 budget plan, and massive mounting deficits since January of 2009, ALL deficit spending and current economic woes are, by definition, Bush’s fault.

–the Bush tax cuts “for the wealthy”—while creating jobs and simultaneously INCREASING revenues to the Treasury, the President wants America to know that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy are UNFAIR. These tax cuts do not DIRECTLY redistribute wealth to Americans who deserve a larger slice of the economic pie. Reagonomics, Schmeaganomics; Americans who enjoy the financial fruits of their labor MUST pay a higher rate of tax and contribute more money toward the equalization of income for all Americans. Lower wage earning Americans or those who don’t work at all deserve MORE, and the fact that they don’t have more yet is Bush’s fault.

–the Obama administration is very excited about letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire, so that progressive income tax rates for income producers may rise again up to 42.5%. That way, since the Obama administration will only be marginally raising taxes, and the majority of the increase will be the result of the Bush tax cuts expiring in 2010, the actual increased cost to working Americans will also be Bush’s fault.

–I was talking to a member of Iraq’s oil ministry last week. He told me the Iraqis feel abandoned by the present administration. In Afghanistan, the President took nearly half a year to act on General McChrystal’s request for more troops. I don’t imagine many tea parties are being thrown for the President there either. The President has made it very clear. This is all Bush’s fault.

–President Obama says the United States must bear its economic burden for reducing its carbon footprint. The President says we have delayed and prevaricated far too long. While he maintains that our efforts to significantly reduce our carbon footprint will be job accretive, (yes, you read that correctly) to the extent that we actually end up mired in an ongoing low growth-high unemployment economy, this too will be Bush’s fault.

–morale in our intelligence community has rapidly sunk to mid 1970 levels. (Students of American history will know that it was George H. W. Bush who restored confidence and morale at the CIA in the 1970’s.) The parallels between then and now are myriad; but they are rooted in our obsessively intense and self serving White House and Congressional oversight of covert activity. We have many Neros busy fiddling while our enemies plan their respective burns. Can you imagine being a CIA agent working to defend the interests of your country, while knowing that the White House and Attorney General are ready and willing to prosecute you for violating the civil liberties of an apprehended terrorist? The demise in morale and effectiveness in our intelligence agencies is clearly Bush’s fault.

–our health care is the best in the world. People travel from every country imaginable to receive treatment in the United States. While it is true that we have a systemic COST problem, the democrat party seeks to use the cost control argument as its stalking horse to create a socialized union controlled health care state. If the democrats were serious about cost control, they would get serious about tort reform and allowing private sector choice across state lines. President Obama thinks it’s time to “fix” the health care. He thinks the government can do a better job. (This is the same government that just announced the United States Post Office is projecting a $238,000,000,000 deficit in the next decade! There is a case study in efficiency for you.) The President says the private sector has failed and it is Bush’s fault.

–to be fair, in the 1980 campaign, Ronald Reagan did a pretty good job pinning most of America’s troubles on Jimmy Carter. But there is a difference. Carter deserved it. His Presidency was a horror show. A smart Annapolis graduate who worked on Admiral Rickover’s nuclear navy team, President Carter micromanaged the day to day minutia, and never unharnessed the intellectual capital at his disposal. George W Bush was obtaining an MBA from Harvard at this time, but in retrospect it is apparent to all objective analysts that Carter’s shortcomings and failure’s were Bush’s fault.

So will George W Bush become the next Herbert Hoover? Will democrats for decades blame all ills on our 43rd President? They will try, but they will not succeed. While Hoover did NOT deserve to become the poster child of the depression, the reality is that FDR and Truman had 18 uninterrupted years to convince a generation of Americans that he was the culprit who led the United States into its prolonged depression.

President Obama will not enjoy such a honeymoon. It is clear that Americans are beginning to tire of his relentless and pointed fickle finger of blame. The chickens are starting to come home to roost. George W Bush will not be the scapegoat much longer. My guess is that the democrats will continue the blame Bush game through the 2010 elections. The results will force them to change direction. For now, get ready for more democrat blame-o-rama by Obama.

Oh yes, by the way, I assume you heard about the root cause of the Haitian and Chilean earthquakes? You guessed it. They were caused by Bush’s Fault.

Now bear with me just a moment longer. It is important to say this. The Bush Presidency was not perfect. Mistakes were made. NO PRESIDENCY IS PERFECT. MISTAKES ARE MADE. With the benefit of hindsight, courses of actions and decisions taken would be altered. But none of that changes the blatant disregard for truth emanating from today’s democrat leadership. Enough said.

More to follow-

  • Carol C.

    >I totally agree with your summaries, Jim. I hope people reading your blog will share it with everyone on their e-mail list. Keep it up… maybe you can open the eyes of some people. Thanks!

  • Cynthia Cronk

    >Great post, Jim. Informed, intelligent and witty. Cracked up with "We have many Neros busy fiddling while our enemies plan their respective burns." I can't even imagine what goes on behind the scenes. Let's just pray we have a one term president here and we get back to reality. Just read something today that the job picture still worsens. Where are his priorities?

  • Jim Pierce

    >What many Americans have yet to grasp is that imbued in the President is a sense that all Americans are entitled to a certain standard of living and health. From that platform, the President believes that it is the role of the Federal Government to spawn and then propagate the social agenda and subsequent legislation to see his vision realized. I challenge someone to find these assumptions anywhere in our Constitution.

    The Founding Fathers, (while disagreeing heartily on certain state versus federal issues), to a man agreed that the Government's role was to create a platform for the US citizen to flourish. The explicit contract with all citizens of our young nation was predicated on the notion that success was up to the INDIVIDUAL.

  • Ohio Money Manager

    >This is where we are headed..how do we stop the train?

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    Social justice is also a concept that some use to describe the movement towards a socially just world. In this context, social justice is based on the concepts of human rights and equality and involves a greater degree of economic egalitarianism through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution. These policies aim to achieve what developmental economists refer to as more equality of opportunity and equality of outcome than may currently exist in some societies.