Every once in awhile I pick a post on another blog and address it directly. Once again I have chosen Lefty, as there are more than a few items that need addressing in this post.
I've answered the bullet points to his reasons as why President Bush is the worst president ever. I invite everyone to read his reasons and then my reasons why his points are invalid. As always, the readers will decide for themselves.
- The greatest deficit in the history of the United States.
While I would argue the percentage of the deficit vs the GDP remains comparatively minimal, I would be the first to say the President’s domestic agenda has spent far too much money on unnecessary items. But to argue that a nation can tax itself into prosperity it idiocy! Continuing the tax cuts puts money into consumers hands, which will feed the treasury. Its been proven by Presidents Kennedy, Reagan and already by Bush, it will continue to be demonstrated going forward.
But domestic spending must be reigned in!!
- Turning a $5.6 trillion projected surplus into a $5.6 trillion projected deficit
Remember, the death-knell in President Bush (41) re-election was his reneging on the ‘no new taxes’ pledge. As myopic as he was, he stated he had done so because Congress agreed to cut spending for every dollar he raised in taxes. Congress didn’t hold up their end of the deal.
OMB stats prove the revenue to the Treasury increased under the Reagan tax-cuts. Lets not forget the President can’t spend a dime without the consent of the House. When President Clinton was in office, under a Democratic House, the deficit was ‘as far as the eye could see’ and might take ‘5, 7, 9, 12 years’ to beat. Once the Republicans rode into the House, the deficit began to minimize almost overnight.
Again, domestic spending was reigned in under the Newt Gingrich lead. As I said above, that’s the kind of budgeting President Bush should revisit.
- Raiding the entire social security fund.
- Three million more people without health care. Forty million Americans total
Three million jobs lost. The most jobs lost since the great depression
In 1989 I began working for a reseller (a VAR) in NYC. Had a swanky, Madison Avenue address; I worked for some important, well-known clients (think AIG, Bloomberg Radio, Save The Children). Health insurance? Paid for it myself. For over 5 years. Nowhere in my education was I ever told employment was a guarantee to benefits (or what used to be called ‘fringe benefits’). In fact, health insurance and other benefits were called ‘fringe’ because it was a way for an employer to PAY you more without subjecting you to higher taxes (funny how that comes around again!).
Of those ‘three million’ jobs lost, tell me how many were regained since your count began? Sure, we’re not at the level of employment we were at during the booming dot.com era, but show me one economist who called that period of time normal!
- Tax cuts for the rich:
- 30 years of environmental policies destroyed
- Allowing corporations (like Enron) to exploit American people.
- The approval and use of offshore tax shelters robbing the united states of 70 billion dollars a year.
- Education initiatives under funded by $9 billion
- A right wing Christian agenda affecting women's rights, gay rights, freedom of speech, stem cell research and privacy
Freedom of Speech? Seems to me there were more protests against the RNC convention than the DNC convention. On that microscopic example alone, whose speech was being shouted down?
Stem Cells: hmmm, tough one here. You can, I presume, point to where the President has outlawed stem cell research. I mean, we all know he has placed limits on federally funding it, but I don’t recall a ban on it.
- A war started over weapons of mass destruction, which were never found because they never existed.
- Lack of Planning:
- The complete alienation of the international community.
Seems to me, France, Germany, and Russia are the ones now alienated from a free Iraq.
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