President Obama had a hissy fit last night in full view of the American public and the world. He’s upset because Boehner and the Republicans are not caving to his demand that they raise taxes on the American People. Last night he started his address by blaming Bush, and wrongfully claiming the “surplus” of 2000 was squandered. Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit has an excellent piece refuting the President’s assessment:
No matter how many times he bashes Bush for his tax cuts it still won’t change reality.
During the Bush years, despite the 2000 Recession, the 9-11 attacks, the stock market scandals, Hurricane Katrina, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush Administration was able to reduce the budget deficit from 412 billion dollars in 2004 to 162 billion dollars in 2007, a sixty percent drop.
In 2004 the federal budget deficit was 412 billion dollars. In 2005 it dropped to 318 billion dollars. In 2006 the deficit dipped to 248 billion dollars. And, in 2007 it fell below 200 billion to 162 billion dollars. During the Bush years the average unemployment rate was 5.2 percent, the economy saw the strongest productivity growth in four decades and there was robust GDP growth. Bush did this with tax cuts.
Obama wants you to believe that the recession forced him to triple the national deficit in a year.
Seven-year-olds can’t understand what Islamic terrorism is all about. But they know when an adult’s face is telling them something is wrong — and none of the students sitting in Sandra Kay Daniels’ class at Emma E. Booker Elementary School that morning can forget the devastating change in Bush’s expression when White House chief of staff Andrew Card whispered the terrible news of the al-Qaeda attack.
This doesn’t surprise me at all. I mean, the whole world knew Saddam not only had WMDs, but had also used them on his own people. At the time of the Iraq invasion, there was plenty of evidence that WMDs existed, but that evidence was buried by the media. So why didn’t the government do a better job of telling us this stuff? Because if there was one thing GW sucked at, it was presenting his case to the public. I distinctly rememberr being highly frustrated with the man and his admin over this point.
Ed Morrisey wraps up his article with this brilliant observation:
This isn’t exactly vindication of one of the arguments the Bush administration gave for invading Iraq, which was that Hussein had already begun stockpiling new WMDs and was working on nuclear weapons, but it is another vindication of the primary reason for restarting the war: Hussein and Iraq had violated the truce and refused to comply even after 17 UN resolutions demanding compliance. Hussein never had any intention of abiding by the truce, for whatever motivations one wants to assign to him. After the invasion, the US proved (through an armed-version of Wikileaks in Iraq’s diplomatic files) that the UN had allowed Hussein to grab billions in personal wealth by perverting the embargo in the Oil-for-Food Program, which would have given Hussein the means to fuel another WMD program as soon as the West withdrew from Iraq, and to restart Hussein’s dreams of pan-Arab dominance through military adventurism. In the end, there were no good options.
I just had to laugh when I read this article at FOXnews. Anybody remember this?
(Full text of the press conference can be found here.)
Remember how the lefties lambasted him for that? Remember how they claimed that we should all be sacrificing, not shopping? (Revisit those memories here)
But now, as people are getting laid off right & left in response to Obama’s plans for business, we aren’t spending enough. Too many people are tightening their wallets, and it’s causing even more trouble for our already troubled economy.
So, when Bush told us all that to help our economy stay strong during troubled times, we should get out and shop… he was right. Think the lefties will admit that?
Today, Obama signed several executive orders. The first being the order to close Gitmo. Thing is, he did not know what he was signing! He had to stop and ask his lawyer, not once, but twice, for clarification about what he was signing. See for your self, at the 0:37 mark, and again at the the 5:11 mark.
Can you imagine, for just one second, what would have happened if Bush had, in front of the press corps, stopped to ask a lawyer a question about the order he was signing? It would have been headline news! “Bush is clueless! This proves it!” So, what have you heard about this incident in the media tonight? Nada. Zip. Zilch.
First, they booed the man who kept our country safe for the last 8 years. They booed him as he walked out to turn over the Presidency to one of their own. They gave him the finger as he flew out of town for the last time.
Then, the new administration dissed the old, before the Bible Obama was sworn in on cooled. The diss can be found in the Katrina section of the Additional Issues agenda page:
President Obama swiftly responded to Hurricane Katrina. Citing the Bush Administration’s “unconscionable ineptitude” in responding to Hurricane Katrina, then-Senator Obama introduced legislation requiring disaster planners to take into account the specific needs of low-income hurricane victims.
The Whitehouse.gov website was updated today. Effectively, Obama posted the content from his revamped campaign site, aka change.gov, to the new White House site, with very little changes. Would someone please tell the man he won already? He can stop spewing forth the same hot steaming pant load, over & over again.
Bush, on the other hand, has been nothing but gracious, doing everything possible to make the transition much smoother then his own back in 2001. He even did his best to step out of the spotlight, something Bill Clinton refused to do for him in 2001.