The GW Bush Legacy ...
edited: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
By Joseph* OneLight*®
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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will go down as one of the ugliest periods of American History.
1) The illegal invasion of Iraq, wasting billions of U.S. Taxpayer Dollars and thousands of American lives.
2) The hijacking of the rights of American Citizens, granted by the U.S. Constitution, with his “Patriot Act”.
3) The collapse of the U.S. Economy in 2007.
I can go on but I believe that these 3 alone did the most damage to our great country. I have to say that I’m disappointed that the Obama administration has not yet been able to reverse all the bad decisions made by the previous administration but I am patient and confident that President Obama will do the right thing for the American People if he is given the time and Congressional support to do so.
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|Reviewed by Edwin Larson
|I don't know how 'laughable' it is Paul...but it is very 'sad' indeed. The hopey-changey-kool-aide drinkers were suckered by this administration. Time to take our country back to greatness.|
|Reviewed by Paul Kogel
|Wow!! Kool-Aid anyone? I've never heard such bunk - well, yes I have unfortunately. Thank God, we are hearing it less these days thanks to people finally waking up to this traitorous dictator of a president. This article is sad but laughable. It is clear to all that the worst thing that has happened to this country is happening right now.|
|Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*®
First of all, thank you for your comment. Of course you may disagree all you want but the following verifiable facts remain:
*If Bush hunted down the terrorists in Afghanistan, where is Osama bin Laden? The truth is that Bush all but abandoned the mission in Afghanistan so he could dedicate most of our resources to his illegal invasion of Iraq.
*The Patriot Act gutted the first, third, fourth and fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution and seriously damaged the seventh and the tenth. The Second Patriot Act reorganized the entire federal government as well as many areas of state government under the dictatorial control of the Justice Department, the Office of Homeland Security and the FEMA NORTHCOM military command. The Domestic Security Enhancement Act 2003 (aka the “Second Patriot Act”) is, by its very structure, the definition of dictatorship. The second Patriot Act is a mirror image of powers that Julius Caesar and Adolf Hitler gave themselves. I challenge all Americans to study the Patriot Act and The Domestic Security Enhancement Act 2003 and compare them to the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. These two “Patriot Acts” were a giant power-grab by George W. Bush with tentacles reaching into every facet of our society. They stripped American citizens of their rights and granted the government and its private agents total immunity.
*The Republicans controlled both Houses of Congress leading up to the 2007 economic meltdown. The damage had already been done when the Democrats took over. Out of Bush’s 12 Presidential vetos, 11 of them occurred after Democrats took control of Congress in January 2007. Thus, the Democrats weren't able to accomplish much while Bush was still the President.
*The National Debt increased dramatically under the Bush Administration
When George W. Bush took office, the U.S. National Debt was $5.6 Trillion Dollars. By October 2007, the U.S. National Debt had increased by $3.5 Trillion Dollars (62.5%) to $9.1 Trillion Dollars.
*The Unemployment Rate increased dramatically under the Bush Administration
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, when Bush took office in January 2001, the U.S. Unemployment Rate was 4.2%. When Obama took office in January 2009, the U.S. Unemployment Rate was up to 7.6%.
*The Value of the U.S. Dollar declined severely under the Bush Administration
At the end of 2000 BB (Before Bush), the U.S. Dollar was worth 1.21 Euros. By October 2007, the U.S. Dollar was only worth 0.69 Euros.
*Oil & gas prices rose dramatically under the Bush Administration
The price of a barrel of oil before the Iraq invasion was $30 and by April 2008, it was $120 (that’s quadruple!). This resulted in Americans paying 3-4 times as much at the gas pumps.
|Reviewed by Allen Epling
|I disagree. One of the brightest chapters in his legacy was his pulling the nation together after 9/11. He followed it up by hunting down the perpetrators in Afganistan, making our country secure from terrorists with the patriot act. He was unable to enact or inforce financial regulation because of an uncooperative democratic congress, headed by Barney Franks and Dodd, who broke the financial institutions by forcing them to make incredible loans to financially poor constituents who could never pay them back in a million years.|