[StBernard] Yearning for the Bush years

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Sat Jun 12 08:04:32 EDT 2010

Yearning for the Bush years
Rock star personage can take a president only so far. If truth be told,
President Obama is just as ordinary and helpless at times as the rest of us.

When will President Obama understand that he bought the cow and now has to
milk it?

The Obama administration is already into its 16th month, yet Obama continues
to tell voters, "Remember Bush," as when he spoke on June 3 at Carnegie
Mellon University in Pittsburgh about the economy: "And now we have a choice
as a nation. We can return to the failed economic policies of the past, or
we can keep building a stronger future."

Despite sinking poll numbers and a questioning of his leadership skills,
Obama's charade and his uplifting on-the-trail pep rallies continue. Because
it has been said so often, perhaps Obama actually believes that he possesses
mystical powers.

What about the Bush administration blunders of the past? President Bush
spent far too much and was roundly criticized for doing so over eight years,
but Obama has outspent Bush in less than a year and a half.

The Treasury Department reported on June 2 that the federal government is
now $13 trillion in the red, making this the first time the government has
sunk so far into debt. Over the 500 days since Obama took office, he has
raised the debt level by $2.4 trillion, or an average of $4.9 billion a day.
Even so, a White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity,
claimed the administration was "committed to restoring fiscal

Heard almost daily is how the American economy is turning around thanks to
President Obama's $862 billion stimulus bill and other measures. But how
could this be when nearly 10 percent of the American people are still out of

Consider the month of May when of the 431,000 jobs added, 411,000 of them
were temporary government census jobs, leaving an unacceptable 41,000 jobs
created in the private sector. Even more dismal is how the U.S. economy has
lost a net total of 2.2 million jobs since President Obama signed his
stimulus bill. The Obama administration is now 7.2 million jobs short of
what Obama promised the American economy would support by 2010.

Contrary to what the President's economic wizards and others claim, massive
government deficit spending does not stimulate job creation or economic

The Obama administration, in its attempt to shift a leadership deficit and
failed economic policies back to the Bush years, is trying to make lemonade
out of lemons.

It is to the credit of the American people that more and more are beginning
to realize that the Bush years were not so bad after all.

Nancy J. Thorner

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