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Miss me Yet?

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Moe Lane reminds us of the Bush years:

 

In no particular order:

It’s been a bad six years, folks. Particularly the first two: they set the tone for the next four, and likely six. Just the way it is.

 

There were problems during the Bush years of course, and the economic melt down of 2008 was a disaster.  However, it is amazing what having a truly lousy successor can do for the reputation of a President.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

15 Comments

  1. I love President Bush. I despise, loathe, abhor, detest, and hold in utter contempt and disdain Barack Hussein Obama. Bush was not a perfect human being, but he knew that. That godless man of sin and depravity Obama however acts as though he is some sort of god. Heaven help him when the Lord God finally has had His full of such defiance. And Heaven help the United States of America as well.

  2. One other thing. Bush stated the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership. We were entering a nuclear renaissance and dozens of new nuclear power plants were going to be built in the US. These would have offset fossil fuel use and global warming and all of that. But that man of evil Obama has killed GNEP and the renaissance is dead. Instead, Vermont Yankee, Crystal River, Keewanee, and both San Onofre units are all shutdown and being decommissioned. Five nukes off the grid and what replaces them? Solar and wind have capacity factors < 30% so it isn't them. It's gas – explosive, dangerous, CO2 emitting gas burning. And the godless Demoncraps blame Bush for being pro-fossil, pro-oil, pro-gas. I despise Demoncraps with all the fabric of my being. They despoil the morals of the nation and constrict its energy supply into nothingness. But Obama and Al Gore and all the rest will continue to jet around on vacations, burning all that fossil fuel that they say they hate.

  3. I love Dubya. But, Fred Flintstone looks good compared to Obama. And, of course, that makes me a racist; and, an enemy of the state.

  4. Jay- as I keep saying, W’s brother has all of his down sides and none of his positives. (…given some of the junk that is coming up on the Democrat side, I guess I should qualify that with something like “which cannot be found in the average, reasonably law abiding citizen.”)

  5. The best explanation of the Bush family’s political activity I’ve seen is preternatural competitiveness. It was so odd that a man as capable as the elder George Bush had entered politics in that no set of issues seemed to animate him at all. As a particular social type from the social matrices in which he had lived in work, there were some perimeters he would not cross. Otherwise, everything was fungible. The one exception was the capital gains tax, an issue on which he’d walk the plank. I bet Christine Todd Whitman would too.

    I’ve heard Jeb Bush is supposedly principled in a way the rest of the Bushes are not, but is most vigorous principle appears to be a re-enactment of his brother’s affection for open borders. (See the disreputable Mr. Derbyshire’s deft review of his book co-written with Clint Bolick). We do not need that.

    And, of course you miss W if you’re not subscribing to the venomous nonsense the alt-right peddles about him. It really hit me in March 2009 when Barack Obama made a public comment which indicated he had not undertaken even cursory reading on how to address the banking crisis we were in. What he was reading would be a matter of conjecture.

  6. President Bush ignored – even cavalierly dismissed – Pope Saint John Paul II’s warning that his (illegal and unwarranted) invasion of Iraq would cause “chaos.” Today’s patriarchs and religious leaders of the region agree that it was that invasion that led directly to ISIS and the ongoing extermination of Christianity in the Middle East.

    Moreover, the war and the economic fantasy bubble that accompanied it led directly to the collapse of October 2008 and on a silver platter gave the election to Barack Obama.

    Partisan hacks and analysts playing the blue-team red-team don’t get it. Bush’s wars and “Big Government Conservatism” spending and invasion of personal privacy for our own good” have all been inherited and expanded under Obama.

    Forget the hate and check out the facts. Both party establishments are corrupt and will do nothing to defend life, the family, or religious freedom.

  7. I would agree pretty much with the first post above by Paul W Primavera. I grew to be a great admirer of George W Bush, a very decent man and a good leader.His wife too is a very decent and respectable woman. Both of them for that reason alone seem to be unique in today’s political world ! I just finished the book that he recently authored about his father, “41”, and have a new found respect for G.H.W. Bush as well after reading it.

  8. “his (illegal and unwarranted) invasion of Iraq”

    Neither of those statements are true.

    “would cause “chaos.””

    As opposed to the peace of the mass graves that Iraq enjoyed under Saddam.

    “Today’s patriarchs and religious leaders of the region agree that it was that invasion that led directly to ISIS and the ongoing extermination of Christianity in the Middle East.”

    Which is complete rubbish. The Middle East would be in flames today even if the US had not toppled Saddam.

    “Moreover, the war and the economic fantasy bubble that accompanied it led directly to the collapse of October 2008 and on a silver platter gave the election to Barack Obama.”

    The war in Iraq had nothing to do with the economic meltdown in 2008.

    “Bush’s wars and “Big Government Conservatism” spending and invasion of personal privacy for our own good” have all been inherited and expanded under Obama.”
    The Iraq war was won by the time Obama took office and Afghanistan was stable. His bad decisions directly led to disaster in both countries.

  9. I personally do not see this as the proper forum to engage in a debate about politics and so I won’t do that PERIOD ….HOWEVER the recent post by Christopher Manion is absolutely full of half-truths and inaccuracies to such a large extent that it is little more than sophistry [ IMHO ].

    God Bless George W Bush ! God Bless St. John Paul the Great !

  10. So… was there a single detail there that wasn’t false?
    Thank you, Donald, I’m getting really tired of people making up facts to fit their beliefs– and the irony of throwing that many ignorant falsehoods and then urging others to “Forget the hate and check out the facts” is mildly boggling.

  11. Paulites and neoconfederates (but I repeat myself) have a tendency to make rather sweeping statements, steeped in talking points regurgitated from other sources, while turning around and accusing everyone else of being mindless sheep. It’s one of their unique charms.

  12. Moreover, the war and the economic fantasy bubble that accompanied it led directly to the collapse of October 2008 and on a silver platter gave the election to Barack Obama.

    Housing prices came unglued from nominal incomes in the Case-Shiller 10-city sample around about 1997. The enhanced military spending after 2001 consisted of a graduated transfer of 2% of domestic product (per annum) from the civilian sector to the military sector. Why not explain the mechanism whereby a rebalancing of production which took place in 2002-05 was responsible for an asset price bubble which began in 1997 and ran on for nine years? Are you going to hold the military budget responsible for the post 1994 stock market bubble as well?

    Bush’s wars and “Big Government Conservatism”

    The entitlement state long pre-dated George W. Bush and Congress frustrated his efforts to sand down some portions of it. Discretionary domestic spending is a modest fraction (usually about 14%) of federal expenditure.

  13. (illegal and unwarranted) invasion of Iraq

    1. If ‘international law’ is law, who defines, enforces, and adjudicates that law?

    2. You had a trilemma in 2003: leave the sanctions on (which Big Consciences were telling us were costing 500,000 excess deaths per year), take the sanctions off (see the consequences in across the Shatt al Arab during the period running from 1980-88 or in Kuwait in 1990, or eject the government. Now try to get some alt-right blowhard to make a reasoned exposition for one position or another that does not involve fantasy history or magical thinking.

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