After eight years it has come time to put the Bush
“W” was touted as the second coming of Ronald Reagan, a staunch conservative who was going to restore order to a government run amok. While some events, such as 9/11, could not have been foreseen, others could have and should have been. Instead of returning to an era of fiscal restraint and long-term prosperity we now find our country embroiled in the greatest financial crisis since the depression of the 1930s.
In addition to the 9/11 attacks, the legacy of the Bush Presidency includes the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the sub-prime meltdown, burst housing bubble, banking crisis with its $700 billion bailout, severe recession, and so on. Under a so-called conservative the national debt has increased a whopping 88% from $5.7 trillion to $10.7 trillion. Somehow I don’t think that this is what he had in mind.
The political blame game points fingers in many directions, but there is no denying that this happened on George Bush’s watch. History will be the ultimate judge, as it always is.
Change is Here
Whether you embrace the audacity of hope, or fear the audacity of hype, there is no disputing that as President, Barack Obama is faced with an enormous challenge. Of course George Bush is going to be blamed for everything that goes wrong and the new administration will take credit for everything that goes right, but that is traditional political spin. What we need to watch is how Obama governs. Does he embark on a socialist/entitlement agenda as many critics claim or does he govern from the center finding a true middle ground between liberals and conservatives? While I hope for the latter, I fear the former.
The true history of my administration will be written 50 years from now, and you and I will not be around to see it. – George W. Bush