“Decision Points” By George W. Bush


Former President George W. Bush’s memoir Decision Points will be released tomorrow, and for the first time in two years he is returning to the public arena. The verdict of history is already pointing toward his vindication, and he is now ahead of President Obama in several opinion polls. There is a disappointing conversation now being held at Politico on the topic “Will Bush’s Memoir Change Any Minds? http://www.politico.com/arena/ The radical left and libertarians are repeating their usual lies, and several conservatives are doing a poor job of defending the Bush legacy. This is what they should be saying.
The former President made the tough decisions and kept our nation safe. He didn’t always succeed but worked diligently on efforts such as reforming entitlement programs and trying to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It would have been far better for the nation if Bush’s reforms had been enacted.
Bush did not spend two years criticizing his predecessor. He came into office in a recession and left with a recession, but for 24 quarters we had steady growth, a record not matched by any other President. The Dow Jones reached an all time high, and unemployment was relatively low.
He liberated 50 million people in Iraq and Afghanistan, and terrorist training camps were shut down. The 315 million people of the Middle East will eventually have a better life because of him, and the World Health Organization credits him with saving over 10 million lives in Africa.
So many of the outrageous claims of the Bush critics have already been proven false. For example, his TARP program did not cost the taxpayers $700 billion. All the TARP money lent by his Administration will be paid back with interest, and he saved the U.S. banking system and the American economy from another depression. A free market should punish bad decisions, but in September of 2008 the fate of our entire economy was at risk.
Climate Change and the Hypocrisy of the Left
One of Bush’s best decision points involved global climate change, but this resulted in several attempts to impeach him. Many Americans in 2005/2006 believed Al Gore’s now discredited movie An Inconvenient Truth. Gore received the Nobel Prize while Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) of the House Judiciary Committee introduced a Bush impeachment resolution with 38 co-sponsors. Over 1 million people joined liberal activist groups and signed petitions demanding Bush’s removal from office.
The Democratic Parties in New Mexico and Vermont both adopted resolutions calling for impeachment. The House resolution said Bush should be removed because of his “failure to take action on global climate change.” The best response in defense of Bush came from former liberal Senator Tim Wirth (D-CO). He was Bill Clinton’s chief climate negotiator and one of the original authors of cap and trade. Wirth led the Kyoto negotiations and was National Co-Chair of the Clinton-Gore campaign in 1992. Even he said liberal House Democrats had gone too far on a cap-and-trade national energy tax, and were “out of control” with their hysteria and fear mongering on global warming.
Comparing the Bush and Obama Decision Points
Now the radical left is silent. So many of the 2008 articles of impeachment against Bush now apply to President Obama. Back then the left wanted to remove Bush because of the Patriot Act, FISA, the troop surge, the treatment of detainees, the use of presidential signing statements, and reductions in Medicare.
Obama now has the same position on these issues. They also said Bush should be impeached for planning to bomb Iran, which never happened, but Obama has ordered 12 bunker busting bombs which could be used in an attack on Iran. The Bush and Obama surges involve the same number of troops. Did the left really care about these issues or was this all partisan politics? Now that Obama agrees with Bush on these issues, they are all forgotten.
For eight years when major decision points were reached, America was fortunate to have George W. Bush as its Commander-in-Chief. Even though his contemporaries were not, the verdict of history will be kind to him.

Many of my conservative friends are this week denouncing his new memoir because of domestic spending. Bush did spend a lot of money on the war on terror, homeland security, Hurricane Katrina, and the Medicare prescription drug benefit for seniors. Medicare already existed and Bush decided to modernize it.
He gave seniors a “$15 drug in order to prevent a $30,000 operation taxpayer money would be committed to paying.” An updated chart is available in Bush’s book “Decisions Points.” This chart was developed in October of 2008 and is accurate except for the Bush number which should slightly lower. Bush’s average spending-to-GDP (19.6%) compares to Bill Clinton (19.8%), George H.W. Bush (21.9%), and Reagan (22.4%). It also shows that his deficit-to-GDP was 2%—half that of Bush 41 and Reagan.
At present under Obama, the ratio is 24%. Reagan deserves credit for cutting spending as a percentage of GDP from 23 to 21. Under Clinton and six years of a GOP Congress, federal spending was brought down to its lowest share of the economy since 1966.

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One response to ““Decision Points” By George W. Bush

  1. Its like you study my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a couple of pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is great blog. An excellent read. I’ll definitely be back.

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