Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on April 24, 2013 by Allahpundit

“He’s enjoying the hell out of life, “ a close friend told National Journal. “He’s his loosey-goosey self again, the way he used to be.”

Various confidants describe 43 as “mellow,” “serene” and “tranquil,” happy with his self-imposed exile from the political grind he never really liked and ecstatic with his new life below the radar.

“You have no idea how relieved he is to be out of the game,” one of his oldest friends said. “He doesn’t miss politics even a little.”…

“Of course he’s confident” about turning around his reputation, one longtime counsellor told National Journal. “How else could he be? But he’s got a ways to go to mending his record – if it can be done.”

***

Days before his second term ended in 2009, Bush’s approval rating among all adults was 33 percent positive and 66 percent negative. The new poll found 47 percent saying they approve and 50 percent saying they disapprove. Among registered voters, his approval rating today is equal to President Obama’s, at 47 percent, according to the latest Post-ABC surveys…

“Obviously, it’s a big moment for him,” former British prime minister Tony Blair said in a telephone interview from London. “It’s a chance for him to explain that his political philosophy encompasses much more than the decisions he had to take after 9/11. We forget this sometimes. . . . This is a much more rounded person with many more dimensions to him than the caricature often portrays.”

***

Fifty-two percent have a favorable opinion of Obama according to the latest Fox News poll, while 49 percent of voters have a favorable view of Bush

Despite a slight increase in his favorable ratings, the new Fox poll nonetheless finds that George W. Bush fares least well among the former presidents in terms of current popularity. Clinton tops the list, with 71 percent of voters viewing him favorably. He’s followed by Carter and George H.W. Bush who each garner 59 percent favorable ratings…

Overall, Bush had an average 51 percent approval rating across his entire presidency. Up to this point in his presidency, Obama has an average approval rating of 48 percent.

***

It is possible that documents and archives will reveal Bush in a more positive light, but there’s no getting around the fact that his decisions on Iraq and on fiscal policy have led to huge problems. He not only committed U.S. forces in Afghanistan after 9/11, his decision to invade Iraq kicked off a 10-year war of choice that has destabilized the Middle East and drained the United States of blood, treasure, and the will to intervene abroad. He cut taxes across the board and borrowed money to pay for the wars as well as a new prescription-drug program for seniors. That led to a ballooning deficit and debt, and left the country ill-positioned to deal with the Great Recession that set in toward the end of his term.

It’s not that there weren’t accomplishments during the Bush era. He receives deserved praise for his international drive to fight AIDS, and his controversial No Child Left Behind Act institutionalized the overdue concept of accountability in U.S. education. The even more controversial legal and military methods he adopted to fight terrorists have been largely validated by the Obama administration, which has in many cases continued their use. And he was a pioneer in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, a worthy cause that has now been revived.

But all of that is overshadowed by the deficits, the economic collapse, and, above all, Iraq. “Ultimately, what will drive how he’s viewed is how the Iraq experiment turns out,” says Bruce Buchanan, a presidential scholar and longtime Bush-watcher at the University of Texas-Austin. “The mismanagement of Iraq will always be there, but it will fade if Iraq turns into a flower of democracy.”

***

All of this overheated rhetoric and fear-mongering has come from academics who profess to live the life of the mind. In their hasty, partisan-tinged assessments of Bush, far too many scholars breached their professional obligations, engaging in a form of scholarly malpractice, by failing to do what historians are trained to do before pronouncing judgment on a presidency: conduct tedious archival research, undertake oral history interviews, plow through memoirs, interview foreign leaders and wait for the release of classified information.

There is a difference between punditry and scholarship. The latter requires biding one’s time and offering perspective as the evidence emerges and the passions of the day cool. An assessment of Harry Truman’s presidency looks quite different today than it did immediately after he left the White House in 1953. And no historian, especially Schlesinger, would have predicted in 1961 that 21st-century scholars would rank Dwight Eisenhower among the nation’s greatest presidents.

George W. Bush’s low standing among academics reflects, in part, the rise of partisan scholarship: the use of history as ideology and as a political weapon, which means the corruption of history as history. Bush may not have been a great president; he may even be considered an average or below-average president, but he and — more important — the nation deserve better than this partisan rush to judgment.

***

President Bush is extremely smart by any traditional standard. He’s highly analytical and was incredibly quick to be able to discern the core question he needed to answer. It was occasionally a little embarrassing when he would jump ahead of one of his Cabinet secretaries in a policy discussion and the advisor would struggle to catch up. He would sometimes force us to accelerate through policy presentations because he so quickly grasped what we were presenting…

In addition to his analytical speed, what most impressed me were his memory and his substantive breadth. We would sometimes have to brief him on an issue that we had last discussed with him weeks or even months before. He would remember small facts and arguments from the prior briefing and get impatient with us when we were rehashing things we had told him long ago.

And while my job involved juggling a lot of balls, I only had to worry about economic issues. In addition to all of those, at any given point in time he was making enormous decisions on Iraq and Afghanistan, on hunting al Qaeda and keeping America safe. He was making choices not just on taxes and spending and trade and energy and climate and health care and agriculture and Social Security and Medicare, but also on education and immigration, on crime and justice issues, on environmental policy and social policy and politics. Being able to handle such substantive breadth and depth, on such huge decisions, in parallel, requires not just enormous strength of character but tremendous intellectual power. President Bush has both.

***

Fact is that both Bush and Clinton do small acts of kindness every day, with little or no public notice.

Why? Because, like past presidents, they realize the office is bigger than they are. Because they are deeply grateful for the job we gave them, and they feel obliged to return the favor.

Our presidents and ex-presidents are not perfect. You won’t always agree with them. You might not even think they’re worthy of the office. But try to remember what Clinton told me a few days before he left Arkansas for Washington (and a few years before the Lewinsky affair made it sadly ironic): “You don’t check your humanity at the Oval Office door.”

Remembering that is to respect the office. And it’s the decent thing to do.

***

“We’re just laying out the facts. And that was a fact,” Bush said. “I am comfortable in the decision-making process. I think the removal of Saddam Hussein was the right decision for not only our own security but for giving people a chance to live in a free society. But history will ultimately decide that, and I won’t be around to see it.

“As far as I’m concerned, the debate is over. I mean, I did what I did. And historians will ultimately judge those decisions.”

***

But in his more than four years of governing, Obama has also adopted or let stand a series of Bush initiatives, illustrating how the policies of one administration can take hold and how the realities of governing often limit solutions.

Bush’s signature education plan, No Child Left Behind, remains the law of the land, though the Obama administration has granted states waivers to give them flexibility in meeting performance targets. A Bush Medicare prescription drug plan, criticized for its cost, is now popular with beneficiaries, and Obama has sought to improve it by providing relief for seniors with high bills. Obama continued the unpopular bank bailouts and expanded the auto industry rescue that Bush initiated in 2008.

Bush authorized a military surge in Iraq in an effort to tame the conflict there. Obama completed the withdrawal of troops from Iraq but also authorized a military surge in Afghanistan before beginning a drawdown of troops that is expected to be completed at the end of 2014.

“The responsibilities of office drive presidents toward pragmatism,” said Joshua Bolten, a former Bush chief of staff. Where those policies are effective, he added, “the successor has good reason to adopt them.”

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W!!

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

I HAVE A TICKET TO THE DEDICATION OH MY GOD IM SO EXCITED

vegconservative on April 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

“Miss me yet?”

No.

rdbrewer on April 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

A memory when terrorist attacked our soil….

But then no more..

Until Obama was elected..
And terror creeped back..
Then America thought..
WTF.

I want some more terror..
So we have part two.

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

except for the lack of gonads going against the spending that ran amok starting in 2006…I miss the ‘character’ of W.

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

If we were going to continue with Bush’s policies…

I would have much preferred to keep him in the office instead of the current occupant.

catmman on April 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Thanks low info voters..

By the way..

Fund your own Utopia.

*from RWM*

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

No.

rdbrewer on April 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

What if Obama was prez back in 2001…

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

GWB, the last (somewhat) agreeable progressive.

nobar on April 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

I disagreed with several things W did, either outright or in the funding, but I never thought he had anything but the best interest of the country at heart. I don’t feel that way about Clinton or Obama and I hope it isn’t just partisanship on my part.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

I disagreed with several things W did, either outright or in the funding, but I never thought he had anything but the best interest of the country at heart. I don’t feel that way about Clinton or Obama and I hope it isn’t just partisanship on my part.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Much more so with Zero, IMO. Hi Cindy! ;-)

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

I don’t feel that way about Clinton or Obama and I hope it isn’t just partisanship on my part.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

Clinton put up that Gorelick wall…
Bush tore it down..
Now Obama has it up again..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

With Obama as President, I miss George III.

VorDaj on April 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

‘Part of what I think the (rising Bush) poll numbers tell us though is that President Obama improved the economy. The stimulus worked. It didn’t do everything it needed to do, but it took people out of that misery that they were in, a lot of people. He has kept us safe. This bombing is an unfortunate blip, but in general he’s done all the things you said. And people, the country doesn’t have that sense of siege that it had in 2008, early 2009.

And so I think, you know, perhaps President Bush should thank President Obama tomorrow when he sees him because it’s let people sort of have the luxury of saying, “Oh, he wasn’t such a bad guy.” And we don’t like to hate our presidents. Outside of a fringe, maybe on both sides, Americans don’t want to hate their presidents. They want to admire their presidents, and they tend to go up in esteem after they’re gone. So, you know, it’s not that surprising.’

- Joan Walsh, Slate, 24 April 2013

For the record, the poll being discussed was published by The Washington Post/ABC News Tuesday showing Bush now with a 47 percent approval. This is way up from the 23 percent he had in October 2008.

Resist We Much on April 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

I don’t feel that way about Clinton or Obama and I hope it isn’t just partisanship on my part.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

And every time this wall is placed..

Americans die..

If only they could be so sincere about the boarder..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM

For the record, the poll being discussed was published by The Washington Post/ABC News Tuesday showing Bush now with a 47 percent approval. This is way up from the 23 percent he had in October 2008.

Resist We Much on April 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Absence make the heart go fonder. By this logic, I would like to see Obama’s approval go to 100%… … and FAST!

VorDaj on April 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Yep.

Vince on April 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

I disagreed with several things W did, either outright or in the funding, but I never thought he had anything but the best interest of the country at heart. I don’t feel that way about Clinton or Obama and I hope it isn’t just partisanship on my part.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

…Clinton was not a total dumba$$…if polls were totally against him…he rolled over…JugEars ignores it and digs in to extract more pain and hurt.

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM

At least I could sleep at night knowing that “W” was the CIC of the Country…

… Now, not so much.

Seven Percent Solution on April 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM

At least I could sleep at night knowing that “W” was the CIC of the Country…

… Now, not so much.

Seven Percent Solution on April 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Count yourself lucky. Since Obama has been President, I’ve had a hard time keeping food down. And whenever I see his wife, well up it all comes.

VorDaj on April 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM

“Miss me yet?”

No.

rdbrewer on April 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Not ever.

rickv404 on April 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM

We gotta just say no to Jeb. They are gonna push him on us.

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Debra Burlingame, co-founder 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America sends Paul Ryan a scathing letter.

This message is to let you know how disappointing it was to see the news story dismissing the Boston bombing’s relevance toan effort to push through immigration reform without due consideration of the contents of the legislation. This dismissal was especially chilling given the fact that your immigration reform partner, Luis Gutierrez, was the chief spokesman for the political wing of the FALN terrorist organization, which carried out 146 bombings in a 25 year period, killing nine people and injuring and maiming dozens. I have informed Joseph Connor, whose father was killed in the FALN Fraunces Tavern bombing in New York City, of your partnership with Mr. Gutierrez and your joint affirmation that the Boston bombings have no relevance to immigration legislation.

full letter: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10151351851685946

Wigglesworth on April 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Resist We Much on April 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Okay, that’s just down right weird. The one thing I absolutely disagreed with W on was TARP and I don’t see that the stimulus worked at all. Those rose colored glasses of Ms. Walsh must be snazzy.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Wish he hadn’t gotten snookered on shamnesty and Paulson’s bailout.

John the Libertarian on April 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Not ever.

rickv404 on April 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Is this because of his big gov ideas…
or his love for a safe America?

What do we have now after4+ years if kissing ass?

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

We gotta just say no to Jeb. They are gonna push him on us.

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

10-4

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

if =
You know..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:02 PM

I miss W. But then, I have a soft spot for people with character and principles.

Dingbat63 on April 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM

I missed him very much after the bombings. One of his greatest triumphs in office was keeping us safe.

I trusted him – I don’t trust anybody in Obama’s administration.

gophergirl on April 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Jeb was a great governor but I’m not feeling we are a dynasty kind of country.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Autplay.

F*ck this.

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

I miss W. But then, I have a soft spot for people with character and principles.

Dingbat63 on April 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Hence what we have today..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Okay, that’s just down right weird. The one thing I absolutely disagreed with W on was TARP and I don’t see that the stimulus worked at all. Those rose colored glasses of Ms. Walsh must be snazzy.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Not really weird and rose-coloured glasses are definitely not in the picture with Joan Walsh. The explanation is very simple when it comes to her. EVERYTHING positive is due to the Light-bringer.

Joan Walsh is so far up O’s arse that she’s purchased a condo in his colon.

Resist We Much on April 24, 2013 at 11:06 PM

He cut taxes across the board and borrowed money to pay for the wars as well as a new prescription-drug program for seniors. That led to a ballooning deficit and debt, and left the country ill-positioned to deal with the Great Recession that set in toward the end of his term.

But all of that is overshadowed by the deficits, the economic collapse…

The 2003 Bush Tax Cuts led to INCREASED revenue and DECREASED deficits. FY 2007 revenue was up an amazing 44% over FY 2003 revenue!

In FY 2007, we were engaged in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and the FY 2007 deficit was less than $161 Billion.

It wasn’t until Democrats took control of the House and Senate that the Bush Tax Cut recovery stagnated (when Dems increased the minimum wage 3 times) and then went into the Great Recession in large part because of what the Democrats did with Fannie and Freddie.

It wasn’t until Democrats took control of the House, Senate, and Presidency that we started having annual deficits over $1 TRILLION.

Remember, the last deficit that came from a Republican House, Senate, and President was under $161 Billion (FY 2007). Just two years later, FY 2009, Dems had a deficit of over $1.4 TRILLION.

House-Senate-Presidency: FiscalYear Deficit
R-R-R 2007: $160.7 Billion ($0.16 Trillion)
D-D-R 2008: $458.6 Billion ($0.46 Trillion)
D-D-D 2009: $1,412.7 Billion ($1.41 Trillion)

ITguy on April 24, 2013 at 11:06 PM

“He’s enjoying the hell out of life.”

Too bad he didn’t enforce the borders when he had the good will of the American people behind him. He had to go after Saddam instead of protecting the American people. Won’t soon forget that.

Fallon on April 24, 2013 at 11:06 PM

NO. No to DYNASTY. NO to ARISTOCRACY. NO to ELITISTS. NO to any more BUSH’S.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2013 at 11:07 PM

We gotta just say no to Jeb. They are gonna push him on us.

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Stay out the Bushes.

Curtiss on April 24, 2013 at 11:07 PM

He made mistakes, but I never doubted his love of America…with Dear Leader, I never doubted his love of Dear Leader.

d1carter on April 24, 2013 at 11:08 PM

ITguy on April 24, 2013 at 11:06 PM

It really is that simple. Nice.

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Glad he’s opening the Library…It will be a fine Presidential Library and a boon to the regional economy.

But NO to Brother Jeb…No Political Dynasties.

workingclass artist on April 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM

ITguy on April 24, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Jobless recovery…
They called it..
But today..
I saw several people panhandling on street corners..
As I do most every day..
But I do remember a time when that were more Help Wanted signs then help..

The recession was over in 2009..they say..
But..
In 2013..
There are no Help Wanted signs..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM

I HAVE A TICKET TO THE DEDICATION OH MY GOD IM SO EXCITED

vegconservative on April 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

You need a girlfriend, dude.

Punchenko on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Want something more from the Bush family? Have some Baked Beans.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

I like his attitude! “As far as I’m concerned, the debate is over. I mean, I did what I did. And historians will ultimately judge those decisions.” Bush

Obama is going to be with us to infinity trying to shape his legacy. He’ll drone endlessly and lie even more after out of office in a piss poor attempt to salvage HIS image. I don’t see how being president when the dollar crashes will ultimately render him a great president. The smelly pile of steaming crap this nation will be when he finally leaves office in 2016 will be his legacy’s downfall and our own.

JAM on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

We need someone more conservative. Someone that has it in her blood.

John the Libertarian on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/congressman-five-jihadists-have-reached-their-targets-united-states-under-barack-obama_719094.html

Congressman Tom Cotton took to the House floor “to express grave doubts about the Obama Administration’s counterterrorism policies and programs”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H106iegUJpI

“I rise today to express grave doubts about the Obama Administration’s counterterrorism policies and programs,” said the freshman congressman from Arkansas.
“Counterterrorism is often shrouded in secrecy, as it should be, so let us judge by the results. In barely four years in office, five jihadists have reached their targets in the United States under Barack Obama: the Boston Marathon bomber, the underwear bomber, the Times Square Bomber, the Fort Hood shooter, and in my own state—the Little Rock recruiting office shooter. In the over seven years after 9/11 under George W. Bush, how many terrorists reached their target in the United States? Zero! We need to ask, ‘Why is the Obama Administration failing in its mission to stop terrorism before it reaches its targets in the United States?’”

ITguy on April 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM

You need a girlfriend, dude.

Punchenko on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

One that works 70 – 80 hour per week..

They are blind…
/
Emphasis on the “/”

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

I HAVE A TICKET TO THE DEDICATION OH MY GOD IM SO EXCITED

vegconservative on April 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

You need a girlfriend, dude.

Punchenko on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

No disagreement there. But I’m still incredibly excited.

vegconservative on April 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

John the Libertarian on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Agreed.

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

We need someone more conservative. Someone that has it in her blood.

John the Libertarian on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Today..
What we need is someone that can be elected..
And loves this country…

It has come to this..
Sad…

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM

BA-LEE Dat SHHT!

williamg on April 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM

We need someone more conservative. Someone that has it in her blood.

John the Libertarian on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

+1. I see what you did there. (:

SparkPlug on April 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM

O/T This is the transcript of charges against bomber #2:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/04/22/us/tsarnaev-court-appearance.html?hp&_r=1&

bluefox on April 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM

SparkPlug on April 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Hi Sparky. Seen Scrumpy?

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Want something more from the Bush family? Have some Baked Beans.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

1 Plate of Baked Beans coming right up.

*Swats house fly against the wall of the Food Truck Thread Truck with spatula*

SparkPlug on April 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

We need someone more conservative. Someone that has it in her blood.

John the Libertarian on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

If you don’t say the name, maybe bluegill won’t complain. Maybe.

nobar on April 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

SparkPlug on April 24, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Hi Sparky. Seen Scrumpy?

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Not with her clothes on. (:

/just kidding

SparkPlug on April 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

full letter: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10151351851685946

Wigglesworth

Thanks man! I love DB. Her brother is smiling!!

JAM on April 24, 2013 at 11:19 PM

SparkPlug on April 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

My best laugh of the day!

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM

QUIT posting the autoplay videos!

celt on April 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM

BA-LEE Dat SHHT!

williamg on April 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Strange..
We had one major terrorist attack on Bush’s watch..
Then there was a correction..

Then in 2009..
It happened again…On Obama’s watch..
But it continues to happen..
Over and over..
Standards are FU..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM

No disagreement there. But I’m still incredibly excited.

vegconservative on April 24, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Sigh. I stood in line for nine hours in the scorching DC heat just to say goodbye to RR who was lying in state on Capitol Hill. I would have done the same for MT if I were in the UK.

So yes, I too am a nerd.

Punchenko on April 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Al Qaeda is on the the ropes! Read your memos!

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 11:22 PM

We need someone more conservative. Someone that has it in her blood.

John the Libertarian on April 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Chumming the water?

/I approve. ;-)

AZfederalist on April 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Scrumpy sends her Salutations and Congratulations to Axefellow and Sohpie…….on their agreed-upon commitment to meet at a Fast Food Eatery!

So sayeth the Spritely One!

williamg on April 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

I used to give him the benefit of the doubt.

But no more.

It’s not even an Iraq thing.

The whole family are new world order believers.

I will sit out before I vote for Jeb.

budfox on April 24, 2013 at 11:23 PM

He never cared about his popularity, and he still doesn’t care about his popularity.

He is a class act, as is his father – regardless of their policy failings.

And he prevented both a President Gore, and a President Kerry, for which we all should be eternally grateful.

notropis on April 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

QUIT posting the autoplay videos!

celt on April 24, 2013 at 11:20 PM

No Autoplay for me!

FireFox with “Stop AutoPlay 1.2.1″

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Yes, I miss Bush a lot. I didnt agree with everything he did, but i was happy to have him in there. He is a kind and decent man, the polar opposite of what we have now.

Jack_Burton on April 24, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Wigglesworth on April 24, 2013 at 10:58 PM

I read that entire letter. A copy needs to be sent to Rubio and the
Republicans in the House & Senate. Not they are all friends of Luis Gutierrez but in case they want to discount the Boston Bombing as not having anything to do with Immigration.

bluefox on April 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Al Qaeda is on the the ropes! Read your memos!

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 11:22 PM

I did
But I had to duck for cover..
Then the Fed moved in and took over my house..
And frisked my family and guests..

At gun point..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Thanks.

Anyone who tells you that the Bush Tax Cuts added to the deficits is lying. The second part of the Bush Tax Cuts were passed in 2003, and tax revenues went up each year for the next four years… and not just by a little but by a lot, so that FY 2007 revenues were 44% bigger than FY 2003 revenues.

It’s the Dems’ runaway spending that led to Trillion $ deficits.

If FY 2013 spending were capped to FY 2007 spending amounts, we’d be extremely close to a balanced budget this year.

FY 2013 Revenues: $2.708 Trillion (as projected by the CBO)

FY 2007 Outlays: $2.729 Trillion (as reported by the OMB)

If FY 2013 Outlays had been capped to FY 2007 dollar levels (the last budget passed by a Republican House, Republican Senate, and Republican President), and if the CBO Revenue projections for FY 2013 are correct, then the deficit in FY 2013 would have only been $21 Billion.

$2.708T Revenue
- $2.729T Spending
——————–
= -$0.021T (Deficit of only $0.021 Trillion, or $21 Billion)

We don’t have a revenue problem.
We have a spending problem.

Democrat majorities since then (including Obama the entire time, first as Senator in the Senate majority, then as pResident) have sent spending and deficits through the roof.

ITguy on April 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Then the Fed moved in and took over my house..
And frisked my family and guests..

At gun point..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

At least you noticed.

Celebrating being permitted to leave the house isn’t a good look.

wolfsDad on April 24, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Desperado – Cooper

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Scrumpy sends her Salutations and Congratulations to Axefellow and Sophie…….on their agreed-upon commitment to meet at a Fast Food Eatery!

So sayeth the Spritely One!

….please pardon my dyslexic fingers………..

williamg on April 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

If you don’t say the name, maybe bluegill won’t complain. Maybe.nobar on April 24, 2013 at 11:18 PM

The gilled one misses Palin as we all do. Better a “quiter” than one that just won’t quit trying to bring US down and as painfully possible.

AH_C on April 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Midas on April 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Hate that, thank goodness for Firefox.

Cindy Munford on April 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I think I’m starting to get the Beck thing. But it’s complicated. Nappyhoe lied bad.

wolly4321 on April 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I did
But I had to duck for cover..
Then the Fed moved in and took over my house..
And frisked my family and guests..

At gun point..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

You think maybe he lied to us??

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

President Bush had many strong points, but I felt he was too trusting of his enemies in Congress. He is a decent person and am so glad he was President when 9/11 happened.

Jebbie may be a Bush, but imo he lacks the qualities of GW.

bluefox on April 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

“This is a much more rounded person with many more dimensions to him than the caricature often portrays.”

That’s true, unfortunately. I always thought W would have been a significantly better president had he actually been what the liberals “despised.”

happytobehere on April 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM

now this is funny…natch the elites in DC are thinking about exempting themselves and staff from obama.care (too expensive)

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/obamacare-exemption-lawmakers-aides-90610.html#.UXif2GhOEPk.twitter

the funny part is that the comments at Politico resemble a HA feed

r keller on April 24, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Jobless recovery…
They called it..
But today..
I saw several people panhandling on street corners..
As I do most every day..
But I do remember a time when that were more Help Wanted signs then help..

The recession was over in 2009..they say..
But..
In 2013..
There are no Help Wanted signs..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Bush came to power in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2001, and inherited the economic one-two punch of the Dot Com bust and the 9/11 attacks.

The Bush Tax Cuts created a real recovery in employment… until the Dems (including Senator Obama) took majority control of both houses of Congress.

Take a look at this graph of the Employment-population ratio correlated to political party having majority control (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency:

http://polination.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/employment-population-and-political-party-leadership.jpg

Note how Bush turned the economy around after the Dot Com bust and 9/11 attacks.

Note how the “Great Recession” came only after the Dems took majority control.

Note how the worst month under Bush was better than the best month under Obama.

Note how there has been NO RECOVERY in the Employment-population ratio in the last 3+ years!

ITguy on April 24, 2013 at 11:38 PM

“Compassionate conservatism” in allowing the border to remain porous, despite 9/11, and millions of illegal aliens at large in the nation, creating and exacerbating an immense national security risk, was a major mistake. We are just beginning to learn the full extent of the price tag for that mistake today.

I’d also point out that using the term ‘compassionate conservatism’ automatically implies that conservatives are not ordinarily compassionate. That conservatives are, routinely, less than compassionate. It is a broad and open insult.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2013 at 11:39 PM

He made mistakes…

d1carter on April 24, 2013 at 11:08 PM

That’s an understatement.

Cleombrotus on April 24, 2013 at 11:39 PM

You think maybe he lied to us??

KCB on April 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

The home video I saw was troubling of this lockdown trespassing..

If only the terrorists where in a different state..

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:39 PM

except for the lack of gonads going against the spending that ran amok starting in 2006…I miss the ‘character’ of W.

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

No Child Left Behind, TARP, Amnesty, John Roberts, former Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean imprisoned, North American Union, not securing the borders after 9/11, Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and “Islam is the Religion of Peace,” Iraq, staff that included the likes of Steve Schmidt, Mark and Nicole Wallace, refusing to fight back when attacked by the left and the media (one-in-the-same), not pushing conservative legislation when the GOP controlled both Houses of Congress and the Presidency for the first time since 1932. I could go on, but this is my short list.

bw222 on April 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM

the funny part is that the comments at Politico resemble a HA feed

r keller on April 24, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Nah, the comedy is in the column itself.

There is concern in some quarters that the provision requiring lawmakers and staffers to join the exchanges, if it isn’t revised, could lead to a “brain drain” on Capitol Hill

wolfsDad on April 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM

a “brain drain” on Capitol Hill

wolfsDad on April 24, 2013 at 11:40 PM

LOL! That’s funny. Made me laugh. :)

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2013 at 11:41 PM

Excellent from Jonah Goldberg…

The Right’s Undeserved Stigma

Resist We Much on April 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Resist We Much on April 24, 2013 at 11:41 PM

But RWM… they DID pass gay marriage. Surely he gets credit for being such an great leader for that… you know… despite running jobs, businesses, technology firms, medical firms, et al, and most of the wealthy, out of France.

thatsafactjack on April 24, 2013 at 11:43 PM

I don’t miss Bush (either one) and I really…really…won’t miss Obama. I only slightly miss Clinton (or should I say Newt forcing Clinton to do the right thing) and I really miss Reagan.

I view Obama as a Bush creation, a sort of destined outcome of his administration. Bush basically gutted conservatism in the GOP. Yes he talked a good game, gave the social cons the red meat they care about, but his economic policies were a debacle and his foreign policy was even more idiotic.

It was not idiotic from a progressive view, but from a common sense basic understanding view. Trying to nation build is really hard and expensive, this is even doubly hard in an Islamic majority country. The people who kept bringing up Japan and Germany during the Iraq War were out of their minds. Japan and Germany were sophisticated industrialized nations who simply went off the rails but not stupid. The Japanese, crazed as they might have been, could build aircraft carriers and battleships like the Yamato. I doubt the entire Islamic world combined has the sophistication to build the Yamato today….here in the 21st century.

You don’t nation build unless you have a population smart enough to nation build their own country….all they need is a little push.

William Eaton on April 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM

I read that entire letter. A copy needs to be sent to Rubio and the
Republicans in the House & Senate. Not they are all friends of Luis Gutierrez but in case they want to discount the Boston Bombing as not having anything to do with Immigration.

bluefox on April 24, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Paul RINO, who shared the stage in Chicago with Congressman Guiterrez in Chicago to push for amnesty earlier this week, claims Guiterrez is a good friend and a fine man.

bw222 on April 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM

I view Obama as a Bush creation, a sort of destined outcome of his administration. Bush basically gutted conservatism in the GOP. Yes he talked a good game, gave the social cons the red meat they care about, but his economic policies were a debacle and his foreign policy was even more idiotic.

William Eaton on April 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM

BINGO

bw222 on April 24, 2013 at 11:47 PM

President Bush had many strong points, but I felt he was too trusting of his enemies in Congress. He is a decent person and am so glad he was President when 9/11 happened.

Jebbie may be a Bush, but imo he lacks the qualities of GW.

bluefox on April 24, 2013 at 11:32 PM

I agree with everything you said there.

I think Bush’s biggest flaw was trusting people who should not have been trusted.

He trusted Ted Kennedy with No Child Left Behind.

He trusted Henry Paulson with TARP.

etc.

Bush did things that he thought were right, often based on information from people that he gullibly trusted.

ITguy on April 24, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Excellent from Jonah Goldberg…

The Right’s Undeserved Stigma

Resist We Much on April 24, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Twice in 2 minutes…

You are the man!

Oh..

sticky note..

*just joking*

Electrongod on April 24, 2013 at 11:50 PM

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