Jennifer Rubin, the tiresome hack and Republican Party shill who writes for the Washington Post, does her best to revive the legacy of George W. Bush. And by doing her best, I mean making shit up and rewriting history to the point of being utterly delusional.
Aside from the “memories fade” point, many of his supposed failures are mild compared to the current president (e.g. spending, debt).
*shaking head* Seriously? He launched two major wars while simultaneously cutting taxes, which is as fiscally irresponsible as it is possible to be. Trillions of new and mostly unjustified spending coupled with tax cuts that reduced revenue by trillions more turned the first surplus we’d had in decades into $5 trillion in new debt. The bulk of the deficit today is still a result of those bad decisions. Making a case for Bush by pointing to his record on spending and debt is like trying to argue that the Washington Generals were the greatest basketball team ever by pointing to their record against the Globetrotters.
Unlike Obama’s tenure, there was no successful attack on the homeland after 9/11.
Well that’s a convenient starting point. Hey, OJ Simpson didn’t kill anyone after he killed Nicole, amirite?
People do remember the big stuff — rallying the country after the Twin Towers attack, 7 1/2 years of job growth and prosperity, millions of people saved from AIDS in Africa, a good faith try for immigration reform, education reform and a clear moral compass.
The president that established a torture regime that violated multiple federal laws and international laws had a clear moral compass? I don’t think that phrase means what you think it means.
He is responsible for one of the most popular and fiscally sober entitlement plans, Medicare Part D.
Umm. How exactly was that program “fiscally sober”? It was an entirely unfunded mandate that costs tens of billions of dollars a year.
Seriously, this is exactly the kind of mendacity that Orwell was so fond of pointing out, using language to obscure rather than communicate. If you think Bush was fiscally responsible and morally upright, you couldn’t see reality from Sarah Palin’s porch.
Like Dispatches on Facebook: