Category Archives: U.S. Presidents

George W. Bush – Happy 65th Birthday by Gregory Hilton


George W. Bush made tough decisions and kept our nation safe. He did not spend 2.5 years criticizing his predecessor.
America was fortunate to have him as its Commander-in-Chief. Even though his contemporaries were not, the verdict of history will be kind. In 2008 no one predicted Barack Obama would continue all of Bush’s war on terror policies, initiate his own surge, and extend all of his predecessor’s tax cuts.
Bush liberated 50 million people in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the height of his power, Saddam Hussein controlled a one million man Army, sent rockets into space, financed and trained dozens of terrorist groups, and came close to developing an atomic bomb. Thanks to the United States, there are no longer any political prisoners, no executions, no torture at Abu Ghraib Prison and no limit on the freedom of expression.
Now 236 U.S. bases have been turned over to Iraq, and while the terrorists remain, they have to contend with a vigorous, well equipped and well trained Iraq National Army. Millions of pieces of equipment have already left Iraq, and the promises of the former President have been fulfilled. He told us when “Iraq’s Army stands up, America will be able to stand down.” This was a watershed event and Iraq will represent a whole new era in the history of the massively undemocratic Middle East.
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.
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.
During the last campaign critics said Bush’s TARP program would lose $700 billion. Now it has made a profit. Taxpayers will not lose anything, and we avoided another great depression.
Bush came to office in a recession and left with a recession, but the Bush tax cuts rescued the economy and provided the nation with low unemployment, low inflation, and continued growth for 5½ straight years. The Dow Jones reached an all time high, and the tax cuts got America out of the dot com recession.
According to the CBO, the Bush tax cuts increased revenue brought into the federal government by 37% over projections from the time they were enacted in 2003 to 2006. In 2007, the CBO stated tax receipts were 11% over projected revenue.
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.
Deficits under Bush, as a percentage of GDP, were lower than the average over the past 30 years. Why weren’t even more jobs created on Bush’s watch? Because unemployment was at 4.5% for the majority of his administration. Economists consider a 5% rate full employment. It was a rate that had not been seen since the 1950’s.
In 2006, 37 Democratic congressmen wanted to impeach Bush because of the Patriot Act, FISA, the troop surge, the treatment of detainees, military commissions, predator drones, rendition, the use of presidential signing statements, and reductions in Medicare. President Obama now has the same position on all of these issues. I miss W.

Conservatives Need to Stop The Bilderberg Conspiracy Theory Nonsense by Gregory Hilton

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) spoke to the 2007 Bilderberg Conference about energy security and policies which resulted in his state being responsible for 37% of all private sector job growth in America. The Governor is not a traitor, he is not controlled by the Bilderbergers, and has done nothing to jeopardize America’s sovereignty.

The three day annual meeting of the Bilderberg Group is now being held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Today’s Alex Jones radio program denounced the gathering for attempting to destroy America’s sovereignty and plotting to create a single global currency. Similar to most accusations made by Jones, the claims have no merit and there is no evidence to support them. Since 1945 the world has had a single reserve currency, and it is the American dollar. Continue reading

America’s Founders Were Not Isolationists by Gregory Hilton

Lafayette Square is directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, and contains four statues honoring foreigners who had key roles in the American Revolution.


Many isolationists use quotes from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to claim they represent the Founders’ viewpoint. This was also the tactic of the America First organization in its campaign to keep the nation neutral in World War II. At every large rally they displayed Washington’s portrait, and even though the Nazi’s controlled all of Europe, they claimed America would never be attacked by the “Axis of Steel.” They went out of business the day after Pearl Harbor. Continue reading

Trivia Question: Do You Know Me?


I was considered a great beauty in my youth and I married a Yale educated attorney. We had 10 children and over 50 servants (you would call them slaves). Our large estate is now part of a well known university with over 20,000 students. Continue reading

Trivia Questions: Answer – Floride Calhoun


ANSWER: My husband, John C. Calhoun, was Vice President of the United States under both John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. He is one of only two vice presidents to have that distinction. (The other was George Clinton who served under both Jefferson and Madison). Continue reading

BOOK REVIEWS: “Upstairs at the White House” and “Backstairs at the White House”

Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J.B. West (1973), Warner Books
My Thirty Years Backstairs at the White House by Lillian Rogers Parks (1961), Fleet Publishing
Reviewed by Gregory Hilton
Margaret (Maggie) Rogers could not afford a babysitter so she often took her daughter to work. She was a maid and her daughter Lillian would follow her from room to room as she did her daily cleaning. One afternoon she was told to turn down the bed in the master bedroom. As soon as Mrs. Rogers finished, she was summoned to help the lady of the house with a dress fitting. Lillian, 9, was told to stay behind in the bedroom. Continue reading

The Verdict of History: Comparing The Bush and Obama Records by Gregory Hilton

April 29, 2007: The National Day of Impeachment was organized by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Daniel Ellsberg and Cindy Sheehan.


The Bush Economic Record
President George W. Bush came into office with a recession and left with one, but his overall record is admirable. For 24 quarters we had steady growth, a record not matched by any other President. The Bush tax cuts rescued the economy and provided the nation with low unemployment and continued growth for 5½ straight years. The Dow Jones reached an all time high, and the tax cuts got America out of the dot com recession. Continue reading