The number one issue Republicans have avoided over the past 4 years — as if it was the black plague — is the Presidency of George W. Bush. As the entire human species knows, there’s more-than sufficient reasons for the GOP wanting to wish away Bush’s 8 years – not his disastrous policies which they gleefully approved of, but from the minds of the public. Now they want us to vote in another “Bush”; without telling us exactly what he would do. So the question everyone needs to be asking themselves is ‘would I have voted for Bush if he would have told me what he intended to do’?
- Before Bush took over the White House, plans had already been set forth to increase the National Debt by $1 trillion in the form of tax cuts for the wealthiest 5 percent ($1.8 trillion for all). Would you have voted for that?
- Before Bush took office, before 911 — ten days after the inauguration — Bush planned to add $4 trillion to the National Debt and inflict more than 13,000 US casualties in order to punish Saddam Hussein for a perceived attempt to assassinate his daddy, George H.W. Bush. And he intended to fabricate whatever story needed to “justify” the war, as reflected in his directive of “Go find me a way to do it”. Would you have voted for that?
- Bush campaigned on making changes to the Medicare Drug program. What he didn’t tell the public was that he intended to substantially increase the cost of drugs to seniors while lining the pockets of drug manufacturers (PDF) with an additions $16 billion each year (PDF) and greatly increasing the profits of insurance companies, resulting in another $2 trillion to the National Debt. But that’s what he pushed Congress on in 2002 and signed into law in 2003. To ensure his corporate friends were protected, Bush prohibited Medicare from negotiating volume discounts with the drug companies, and, to further protect the drug companies, made drug importation illegal. This was a plan designed “to help the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry more than Medicare beneficiaries.” Would you have voted for that?
- In order to help pay for his piled-up debt, Bush tried to cut Medicare benefits in 2008. Would you have voted for that?
- Bush allowed the trade deficit to balloon to $850 billion per year, causing a loss of 3.4 million manufacturing jobs. Would you have voted for that?
- And, although he is not entirely to blame for the 2008 financial crisis, his policies certainly made it a lot worse than it had to be. Would you have voted for that?
Even Bruce Bartlett, a well-respected Independent who served under two Republican Presidents, tells us today that Bush’s fiscal legacy reflects a complete and total disaster. Is that what we want to see again?
GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the Republicans are telling us very little of what they will do if they’re elected. However, they are telling us point blank they plan to give wealthy people and corporations more tax cuts and increase taxes on the middle-class to pay for those cuts; and, in a deceptive way, telling us they’re going to eliminate Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. However, they feel comfortable telling us all this during this election year knowing how much millions of Americans hate a black man being in the White House. But what else are they not telling us?
If the results of the Bush Presidency were first and foremost on everyone’s mind, Republicans wouldn’t stand a chance of retaking the White House — and they’d probably be thrown out of Congress. If there is any justice in this world, Ari Ratner will be right: George W. Bush will lose the GOP the Election.