Archive for the ‘George W. Bush’ Category

US President Praised for saving lives in Africa

July 12, 2009

Our Dear Leader visited Africa and had to deal with the locals praising former US President George W. Bush for his work in helping the people of Africa. Not the governments, mostly corrupt, but the people.

Our Dear Leader‘s legacy so far is screwing the pooch on what should have been an economic recovery and nominating a woman to the Supreme Court who makes racist statements that would have made George Wallace blush.

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Saturday Morning Roundup

March 14, 2009

Remember how our Dear Leader was supposed to be “Ready to Rule on Day One?” Too bad nobody is home at the White House.

52 days in office, 52 Mistakes

Don Surber points out the fundamental dishonesty
of the Victim Disarmament Lobby:

A New York Times editorial blames America’s gun lobby for 11 deaths in Alabama — but ignores 16 deaths in “gun free” Germany on the same day.

Charles Krauthammer points out that it is George W. Bush, not Barack Hussein Obama, who was intellectually rigorous on medical ethics and science.

The supposed problem of “nuclear waste” is entirely the result of a the decision in 1976 by President Gerald Ford to suspend reprocessing, which President Jimmy Carter made permanent in 1977.

U.S. Jet Shoots Down Iranian Drone Over Iraq

Welcome to ObamaWorld. Our Dearl Leader’s Justice Department is investigating an Arizona Sheriff for actually the Enforcing Immigration Laws the federal government won’t.

University of Chicago to review Michelle Obama effort of shunt patients to other hospitals


Obama, Geithner Get Low Grades From Economists


Washington Establishment concluding Obama in over his head

Compare and contrast

January 18, 2009

The complete professionalism of the GW Bush White House conducting the transition with the Obama team and how the democrat Clinton White House team conducted vandalism prior to George W. Bush taking office.

Comparing Economies

April 2, 2008

John Lott looks at the current economy and that of the 90s.
An interesting study in actual numbers and how the MSM presents them.

Gas prices are going up. The economy is slowing. Talk of recession is seemingly everywhere. While the majority of people rate their personal finances positively, consumer confidence in the economy has plunged to a 16 year low, well below what it was during the last year of the Clinton administration when we were in a recession.

A Nexis search on news stories during the three-month period from July 2000 through September 2000 using the keywords “economy recession US” produces 1,388. By contrast, the same search over just the last month finds 3,166. Or, even more telling, take the three months from July through September last year, when the GDP was growing at a phenomenal 4.9 percent. The same type of Google search shows 2,475 news stories.

Over 78 percent more negative news stories discussed a recession when the economy under a Republican was soaring than occurred under a Democrat when the economy was shrinking.

A little perspective on the economy would be helpful. The average unemployment rate during President Clinton was 5.2 percent. The average under President George W. Bush is just slightly below 5.2. The current unemployment rate is 4.8 percent, almost an entire half a percentage point lower than these averages.

The average inflation rate under Clinton was 2.6 percent, under Bush it is 2.7 percent. Indeed, one has to go back to the Kennedy administration to find a lower average rate. True the inflation rate over the last year has gone up to 4 percent, but that is still lower than the average inflation rate under all the presidents from Nixon through Bush’s father.

Despite all that, this last week, Barack Obama claimed “As most experts know, our economy is in a recession.” Hillary Clinton made similar claims last fall. Yet, as any economist knows, a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative growth, and we haven’t even had one single quarter of negative growth reported. The economy slowed down significantly during the end of last year, but that was after a sizzling annual GDP growth rate of 4.9 percent in the third quarter.

The media’s focus on the negative side of everything surely helps explain people’s pessimism. In a recent interview Fox’s Neil Cavuto claimed this bias “is all part of the media’s plan to get a Democrat in the White House.”

Indeed, research has indicated that media bias is real. Kevin Hassett and I looked at 12,620 newspaper and wire service headlines from 1985 through 2004 for stories on the release of official government releasing numbers on the unemployment rate, number of people employed, gross domestic product (GDP), retail sales, and durable goods.

Even after accounting for how well the economy was doing (e.g., what the unemployment rate was and whether it was going up or down), there was still a big difference in how positive or negative the headlines were. Democratic presidents got about 15 percentage points more positive headlines than Republicans for the same economic news.

Last fall, I took a graduate level macro economics course. The book was written by a Clinton economic adviser. Using that book as guide, most of the Presidency of George W. Bush, the economy was smoking hot, with unemployment, inflation and GDP growth numbers that Bubba Clinton would had someone killed for.

Even now, the MSM and the democrats are preaching doom and gloom. The explosive growth in the Dow yesterday is something they would rather not think about. It disrupts their negative world view, as well as their chance to seize power in November.

A fast round up…

December 28, 2007

Various stuff I noticed but was too busy to blog before.

President George W. Bush had a very good year.
Of course, if you only read the New York Times, you wouldn’t know about it.

The troop surge in Iraq is succeeding. America remains safe from terrorist attacks. And the Goldilocks economy is outperforming all expectations.

At his year-end news conference, Mr. Bush said with optimism that the economy is fundamentally sound, despite the housing downturn and the subprime credit crunch. The very next day, that optimism was reinforced with news of the best consumer spending in two years. The prophets of recessionary doom, such as former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, Republican adviser Martin Feldstein, ex-Democratic Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, and bond-maven Bill Gross have been proven wrong once again.

Some Very Inconvenient Truths For The Global Warming Cultists

South America this year experienced one of its coldest winters in decades. In Buenos Aires, snow fell for the first time since the year 1918. Dozens of homeless people died from exposure. In Peru, 200 people died from the cold and thousands more became infected with respiratory diseases. Crops failed, livestock perished, and the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency.

Unexpected bitter cold swept the entire Southern Hemisphere in 2007.

Last January, $1.42 billion worth of California produce was lost to a devastating five-day freeze. Thousands of agricultural employees were thrown out of work. At the supermarket, citrus prices soared. In the wake of the freeze, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked President Bush to issue a disaster declaration for affected counties. A few months earlier, Mr. Schwarzenegger had enthusiastically signed the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, a law designed to cool the climate. California Sen. Barbara Boxer continues to push for similar legislation in the U.S. Senate.

In April, a killing freeze destroyed 95 percent of South Carolina’s peach crop, and 90 percent of North Carolina’s apple harvest. At Charlotte, N.C., a record low temperature of 21 degrees Fahrenheit on April 8 was the coldest ever recorded for April, breaking a record set in 1923.

Orson Scott Card on the behavior of the left…

October 31, 2004

Here are some highlights of his column, The Death of Shame:

Then in the campaign of 2000, I became increasingly angry over the truly vicious lies that were being told to African-American groups about George W. Bush. The solemn warnings of a return to Jim Crow if Bush were elected made it sound as if Bush were Strom Thurmond of 1948, when they knew perfectly well that Bush was one of the few Republicans who actually deserved — and, in Texas, got — a higher than normal percentage of the black vote.

And the Leftist-dominated media, instead of exposing the racially charged language being used by Gore’s supporters — as they would certainly have done if a Republican had used identical, but racially reversed, language to all-white audiences — let it go on and on virtually unmentioned.

Of course, after nearly four years of Bush’s presidency, it should be obvious to black voters that the terrible warnings they were given in 2000 were completely false. But the race-baiting is already under way, albeit on a smaller scale, as the Democrats piously warn of “voter intimidation.”

Then in Florida, during the so-called “recount,” the Left shamelessly sprayed out accusations of how the Republicans had “disenfranchised” poor voters, though in fact all they ever showed was the normal error rate that had been accepted for many years in elections throughout America — an error rate that was always assumed to apply equally to both sides.

In fact, that was the obvious basis of Richard Daley’s selective recount effort on behalf of Gore in Florida. If you only recount the most Democrat-dominated voting precincts, then, by finding the normal number of errors, the resulting increase in correctly counted ballots will be tilted strongly for the Democratic candidate.

It was a scam — which was exposed by Gore’s attempt to block the counting of the absentee ballots of American servicemen from Florida, since it is well known that the people who volunteer for the military tend to vote two-to-one in favor of the Republican presidential candidate.

And yet the Democrats piously continue to this day to treat the whole vote-count affair, not as an obvious attempt to steal an election by manipulating selected groups of ballots, but as some noble attempt to block the evil Republicans from depriving poor helpless minorities from having their ballots fairly counted.

Meanwhile, the Democrats engage in wholesale, flat-out lying, ranging from Kerry’s false charges against America’s soldiers in Vietnam, his phony claims about Christmas in Cambodia and what it was he threw over the fence when he said they were his medals, to present charges that Bush has blocked stem-cell research and that if Kerry were president, paralytics would rise up and walk.

If a Republican had said these things, the media would throw him into the flames, never letting us forget these ridiculous and contemptible lies for a second. Instead, we get the ABC News memo that makes it clear that Republican distortions are to be trumpeted, while Democratic ones are “not central” and therefore can be ignored.

The Left fancies that it has a monopoly on intellectuals. When an online magazine invites published authors to tell whom they’re voting for and why, out of dozens only four (including me) are voting for Bush. The most interesting thing is that the four pro-Bush authors offer clear reasons for their vote, but the pro-Kerry authors spew out invective against Bush or give cute or clever “reasons” that simply treat the question as being beneath serious discussion.

I get letters that are endless variations on the same theme: Mr. Card, I like your books and you seem so wise, but yet you’re supporting Bush. Why don’t you look at the evidence and realize that Bush is the devil and Kerry will save us from the disaster that Bush is leading us toward?

Yet when I choose to answer these letters and ask them to get specific, it becomes obvious that none — no, not one — of these people has actually examined the evidence at all.

So when the Left acts hypocritically, one can assume that they do feel shame, and for years I have made that mistake.

But I no longer believe it. Because the double standards of the Left today are not prompted by any sense that the lies and misbehavior they are concealing are wrong, but rather by the fact that the exposure of those lies and misbehavior would be politically inconvenient.

Indeed, the whole question of right or wrong is irrelevant to the thinking of the Left.

They speak the language of morality, declaring Bush to be evil (or variations on that theme), but in fact the Left lives in a moral universe in which there is only one moral virtue, and here it is:

It is good and right for power to be in the hands of the Left.

So when the Democrats lost Congress, they began to behave like big babies. When Republicans did to them what they had done to Republicans in Congress for forty years, suddenly it was unfair. The world had gone mad. The ruled-over were suddenly ruling. The Helots were in charge and the Spartans could not bear it.

Democrats had come to think of themselves as the ruling class.

That is the mindset that explains all the behavior of the Left since 1994. If they are not in power, then clearly something is deeply, disturbingly wrong with the world, and any means to restore the proper order of things is perfectly acceptable.

That’s why it’s OK to do selective recounts in Florida and try to disenfranchise American soldiers and sailors — all the while claiming that it’s the Republicans who are disenfranchising people.

That’s why it’s OK to filibuster in the Senate in order to block the president from appointing perfectly qualified judges — and why it’s OK to make ridiculously false attacks on those judicial appointees.

That’s why it’s fine for John Kerry to pretend that he’ll be tough on defense even though everybody on the Left is counting on him doing just the opposite in office — because any lie that restores the proper order of things is a good lie.

That’s why Kerry and Edwards can lie about Bush’s record on stem cell research and make hilarious and offensive claims that if they are elected, the crippled will rise up and walk. A Republican making such a claim would become a complete laughingstock in the media; but if it might sway a single voter to restore the proper order of things, then the Leftist media dare not to discredit the claim.

That’s why CBS throws journalistic ethics to the wind and runs with a story about Bush’s National Guard service that is based on obviously fabricated documents. That’s why ABC News has no problem with exposing only “distortions” by Bush and ignoring outright lies by Kerry

That’s why lawyers and politicians are already gearing up to attempt to steal the election after the fact by making false claims about intimidation of minority voters by evil Republicans — when they know perfectly well that it’s the Left that is openly using tactics of intimidation.

Like when they sent mobs of union workers to “demonstrate” inside the small local offices of the Bush campaign in Florida, terrifying a handful of Bush campaign workers with a Brown-shirt tactic that, if it had been carried out by, say, NRA members against Kerry headquarters, would now be the biggest story of the campaign season.

That’s why the intellectual Left feels perfectly justified in vilifying, slandering, scare-mongering, hating, intimidating, and cheating, all the while claiming a moral superiority.

The Left is firmly convinced that good is only possible in the world when they are in power; therefore they can do any number of unfair, indecent, or dishonest things in pursuit of that goal.

Without shame. Without guilt.

Because they don’t believe there is such a thing as “sin.” Only power. And whoever gets the power, makes the rules. To the Left, the only shameful act in 2004 is voting Republican.

And if we vote for candidates who show themselves to have no shame, then we deserve the government that they will give us.

There is more and it’s worth your time to read the whole thing.