Obama Blames Bush, But Repeats All of His Mistakes



Conservatives should make no mistake: the Bush years were a disaster for the movement to limit government’s power.

Conservatives should make no mistake: the Bush years were a disaster for the movement to limit government’s power. The Medicare Part D prescription-drug law represented the largest growth of the federal entitlement system since Lyndon Johnson himself. No Child Left Behind was an incredible federal intrusion on state, local, and individual prerogatives. The deficits he created — in the midst of prosperity, no less! — were jaw-dropping. The unconstitutional McCain-Feingold law helped entrench our already-aristocratic incumbents even more. He failed utterly in foretelling or staving off the economic crisis — and then enacted a sweeping round of bank bailouts when it hit.

Four years later, Obama is still blaming Bush for the mess our nation is in — but he’s governing right out of Dubya’s playbook.

After promising to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term, Obama has carried on George W. Bush’s legacy by doubling down on his predecessor’s willingness to saddle my generation with crushing, insurmountable debt. The Obama administration’s annual deficits have gone into thirteen-digit territory. It is utterly unprecedented.

President Obama debased the integrity of his office by publicly scolding the Supreme Court during his State of the Union address. He was slamming them for their decision in the Citizens United case, which restored political speech rights to corporations. Corporations had previously been financially limited by law in their ability to influence the political discourse. Like George W. Bush, who signed the unconstitutional McCain-Feingold law that authorized this offense against free speech, Obama thinks that the federal government should pick and choose favorites, even when it comes to something as fundamental as the First Amendment’s guarantees.

Following up on George W. Bush’s near-trillion-dollar bailout of the banks, Barack Obama bailed out the withering American auto industry, continuing the policy of ‘Too Big to Fail’ — on the taxpayer’s dime.

After promising on the campaign trail to respect states’ rights when it comes to drug laws, his administration has overseen sweeping — and useless — federal crackdowns on California’s medical marijuana dispensaries. Regardless of one’s opinions about drugs, it’s a clear violation of a campaign promise — and a continuation of federal intrusion into matters that the Constitution left to the states.

After slamming George W. Bush’s record on civil liberties during wartime, Obama approved the NDAA, which granted him the chilling power to detain any American citizen, indefinitely, without charge.

Just like George W. Bush, Obama is in denial about Medicare’s role in our entitlement-driven debt crisis. Although Bush tried — rather courageously, actually — to reform Social Security, he abdicated his duties as president by overseeing the largest expansion of the entitlement state since Lyndon Johnson in the form of the Medicare Pt. D prescription-drug benefit law — a shameless attempt to try to court seniors into the Republican Party. Obama is also using Medicare to pander to seniors, playing the demagogue when it comes to Paul Ryan’s bold efforts to reform the broken system.

These are no small matters. Every day, Obama goes after George W. Bush on the campaign trail. But when he returns to his desk at the Oval Office, he smooches the man’s picture while dreaming up new ways to involve the federal government in your life.

-Alex Knepper

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=35406368 Joseph Caraccio

    The same mistakes Romney wants to make too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1378746381 Roger Elliott

    This tells the story, why Bush was so bad at the end of his term.

    Don’t just skim over this, read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out.

    The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007 the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.

    The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.

    For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:

    January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time:

    The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77

    The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%

    The Unemployment rate was 4.6%

    George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH

    Remember the day…

    January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.

    The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?

    BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

    Unemployment… to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!

    Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.

    And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA

    And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?

    OBAMA and the Democrat Congress

    So when someone tries to blame Bush…

    REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!”

    Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 &2011.

    In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

    For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.

    And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.

    If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

    If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.

    There is no way this will be widely publicized,unless each of us sends it on!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=559686185 Linda Lafond

    Imitation is the highest form of flattery… :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710550764 Denise Bogdan

    They are all the same……there is no difference between R n D…. RON PAUL! Only one who makes sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=124057771025862 Truth about the TEA Party

    Repeats and amplifies them. Everything bad that Bush did Obama has done 10 fold. Bush attacked individual liberty over security, Obama has destroyed individual liberty. Bush grew government, Obama has grown it many times what Bush did. Bush’s policies were bad for the economy, Obama’s are horrific.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=124057771025862 Truth about the TEA Party

    Repeats and amplifies them. Everything bad that Bush did Obama has done 10 fold. Bush attacked individual liberty over security, Obama has destroyed individual liberty. Bush grew government, Obama has grown it many times what Bush did. Bush’s policies were bad for the economy, Obama’s are horrific.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1386264690 David Ward

    I’m pretty fed up with the press ignoring the facts on President “It’s all Bush’s fault” – time for a reality check – a few historic notes that you have forgotten.

    The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007 the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.

    The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995. For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this:
    January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress.

    At the time:
    · The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
    · The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
    · The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
    George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH

    Remember this day…January 3rd, 2007 as it was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.
    The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

    Unemployment… to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fiascos!
    Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy. And the Democrats refused every time!!!
    And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA! And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress So when someone tries to blame Bush.. REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!”

    Budgets do not come from the White House — They come from Congress!!! And the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.
    Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.
    For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid by – passed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.
    And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.
    If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending.
    After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.
    If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=750031686 Michael Gilbert Beard

    Bush = Obama = Romney. Just because Obama is an “overachiever” in printing/borrowing/spending does not make Bush or Romney a good steward of our money. They’re all big-government progressives.

  • topeka

    No, we have not forgotten.

    Conservatives – those who knew the score – knew Bush was a Liberal-lite, progressive at the 2000 election. Go back to his record in Texas.

    Alex is correct – except these programs are all taken from the Leftist playbook by .

    The idea of taking Lefty programs – tweaking them to be more “America-friendly” or whatever has been floating around since the sixties at least. I heard it discussed at home as a kid – and at GOP gatherings in the 90′s.

    For example: MC Part D – as you may recall was ridiculed as “Hilary’s” drug program – rewritten by Big Pharma to guarantee them a profit. The Left focused on the latter – and the faux Right focused on the former.

    After spending eight years of defending Bush – from lies, detractors, and the absolute smear that All-But-Total-Liberalism-Is-Nazism…

    I am tired ignoring the former Prez’s actual policy agenda:

    Bush guaranteed the economic crisis – not just with the bailouts – but with the refusal to deal effectively with the Kool-Aid loans, credit default swaps, or any of the major corporate meltdowns due to the dot.com crash. His admin supported the Kool-Aid. Find the cite where Bush blames the dot.com on Clinton’s easy money policy, btw.

    He guaranteed the war crisis with his Quagmire Strategy.

    And he spent deficits to stimulate the economy without thought to our reserve currency position, or how the global banks would actually play with that money to shift jobs and investments overseas.

    And he created a new department: DHS – and passed out earmarks and contracts to favorites.

    Bush deserves to be defended: Especially from the Left. And his strategies (the examples and others) are endorsed by the establishment. The Left called him “hitler” over just the Arsenic standards – for the crime of spending the money to upgrade water systems before changing the standards…. With that kind of Big Lie Hate, any POTUS needs a defense.

    But don’t fooled – HW gave us Clinton, and W gave us “O” – if we get Rombama, the “RO” (not reverse osmosis) will give us who? Che Castro Zedong?

    If you care about America – you have to get out at the GOP gatherings – target the Lefty Liars there and expose them – and vote for solid local/state politicians.

    And we need someone to “rescue” our “wounded” and “dead” – when the Left destroys our people to encourage good candidates to take the risk.

    Just sayin…