To start, everyone read this: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122584386627599251.html.
The treatment of the press and American citizens towards our current President has been absolutely shameful. I’m not sticking up for the guy or saying he has done an amazing job. On the contrary, he is a war-time President and every war time President is unpopular because, well, war is ugly. This war is particularly ugly because it is very questionable as to why we invaded Iraq. Given the faulty intelligence, however, I can’t accuse Bush of wanting to go to war just because he likes war. He has also done a ridiculously horrible job with the deficit, thus bringing the value of the dollar in the tank.
I think the line “It seems that no matter what Mr. Bush does, he is blamed for everything” is what best sums up his presidency. If California crumbled off the coast and into the water, I have no doubt that everyone would point fingers and say he should have been better to the environment and that he could have prevented it.
The reason I bring up Bush is for 2 reasons. Firstly, Bush was the reason Republicans lost this election, no question. The Obama campaign came up with the wonderful little phrase that we heard probably 597 billion times over the last 2 years, “4 more years of Bush.” But looking back over the last 8 years, I ask myself, was it REALLY that bad (at least until this year)?
There are the incredibly looney people who say Bush actually created a government cover-up and attacked the twin towers all miraculously without anyone coming forward. This is COMICAL. For all the “he’s an idiot” comments and how “incompetent” they say he is, he somehow managed to orchestrate the best government cover-up of all time? Please. I’m not going to say he doesn’t sound like a blubbering idiot most of the time, because he does. In fact, I’m actually excited to have someone in the White House who actually sounds intelligent. After 9/11, he had very high approval ratings and seemed to be bringing the country together. But once we went to Iraq, that was the end of him.
There is also the issue of the economy. I understand that Bush is the President, therefore, regardless of why this happened with the economy, he is the face of the nation, therefore it is easy to blame him and only him. But I believe it is pretty ignorant to blame one party for this. Very few people, especially young people, know the untold story of how President Clinton enacted the Community Reinvestment Act, which was a well-intended law designed to encourage minority homeownership, including lending to low and middle income families. By doing this, he helped create the market for the risky subprime loans that he and Democrats now decry as not only greedy but “predatory.” Before 1993, when Clinton put forth this act, the only way you could get a home loan was if you had above a 700 credit score and if you had 20% of the downpayment. By encouraging people who have bad credit and no downpayment (so they take a loan of 100%) to buy houses, made it possible for them to default on these loans, go into foreclosure, thus driving down home prices, and then it just snowballed into the economic disaster we know find ourselves in.
What bothers me when I hear people blame Republicans for the economy is this: the core values and beliefs of the Republican party is NO EXCUSES and personal responsibility. In regards to crime, I don’t care if a pedofile had a sad little childhood therefore he shouldn’t go to jail because that was his upbringing. I don’t care if a man grew up without a father, therefore, he can get a woman pregnant and leave her, blaming his childhood. I don’t care if someone grew up in a poor neighborhood and blames his upbringing for the fact that he dropped out of school and didn’t go to college and thus becoming a criminal. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. Life is about choices. Get over it. We live in America, therefore, regardless of how you grew up, you can be successful. The problem with Bush was that he bought into this “let’s help the lower class get into homes, regardless of the outcome.” Perhaps if he didn’t encourage the lower income people to buy, it would be politically incorrect and he would seem too “insensitive” to the common folk. If Bush had held to the true foundations of the Republican party of no excuses and personal responsibility, he would not have encouraged these ridiculous loans to people who have bad credit, because: THEY HAVE BAD CREDIT!!! If you pay your bills on time, perhaps have a little more established credit history, a car loan, etc, you will have good credit, and thus should qualify for a home loan. If you don’t pay your bills on time, have a bankruptcy and a repossessed car on your credit, you will have bad credit, and should NOT qualify for a loan. The fact that the Republican party somehow got tied up in this idea of subprime loans is ridiculous.
Now I used to work in the mortgage industry so I 100% think it was the mortgage companies faults; our bonuses depended on selling a shady loan to a less-than-worthy family. Where Bush went wrong was encouraging these risky loans to continue, and not regulating it at all. He was horrible with the deficit, thus decreasing the value of the dollar. I agree with blaming Bush for that. But Republicans need to stand up and realize that HIS POLICIES are not necessarily policies that reflect all conservative values. And…it isn’t ALL Bush’s fault. Democrats had their fair share of encouraging these loans.
Now back to my two points…the second reason I bring up Bush is because there is no doubt in my mind that from the time Obama gets into the Oval Office, the next 4 (or 8 if Obama gets reelected), if anything goes wrong, up until he leaves office, everything will still be blamed on Bush. Let’s get right down to it: Bush started his presidency with an F, and Obama is at an A+++++++.
I’m not saying everyone is hoping Obama has a great presidency, in fact, I hear some extremely right-wing people say “I hope he tanks and then we can get in the White House in 4 years.” To this I say are you really an American? I have heard over the last 8 years how horrible of a person Bush is and people wishing the same thing on the liberal side. Don’t people realize that when they continually bash the person in charge of our country, people from other countries don’t notice? Why can’t conservatives come together and hope and pray that this country gets on the right track? Take the high road people!!! Take back your party. There are certain things Bush has done that has put a really bad name to Conservatives. Fiscally, as a country we need to decrease the deficit, stop spending money we do not have, and we will have a better economic situation. Spending is another reason the economy is in a horrible situation, and Bush has done HORRIBLY with that.
I really hope for all the programs Obama promised to implement, that he decreases spending and brings down the deficit. No doubt Obama has a huge task at hand and has many challenges facing him. I just hope that Conservatives can look past the fact that the fanatical left have disgraced Bush and just look ahead and respect Obama.