Archive for the ‘President 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.

Another one the lefties got wrong…

July 24, 2008

Oil down, dollar up since Bush rescinded drilling restrictions

Remember the leftist mantra about how “if we started drilling now, it wouldn’t effect prices for 10 years.” Well, they got that wrong too, just like Barak Obama’s predictions about the Troop Surge in Iraq. 100%, flat out wrong again. Yes, there is a pattern here.

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.

GW Bush more popular than Clinton

February 19, 2008

…in Africa. According to this Reuters article:

Banners across the route, decorated with Bush’s image against a backdrop of Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, read: “We cherish democracy. Karibu (welcome) to President and Mrs Bush.”

Others read: “Thank you for helping fight malaria and HIV.” Dancers at the airport and at Kikwete’s state house to greet Bush on Sunday, wore skirts and shirts decorated with his face.

Bush has spent more money on aid to Africa than his predecessor, Bill Clinton, and is popular for his personal programs to fight AIDS and malaria and to help hospitals and schools.

Bush has stressed new-style partnerships with Africa based on trade and investment and not purely on aid handouts.

BJ Clinton traveled to Africa to play the bongos and sample the local girls. Hillary used to take Chelsea there tax payer funded vacations and photo ops.

George W. Bush actually does good for the people of Africa, which is more than most of their own governments (and the United Nations) does.

HT to Ala

What happened to the Neocons?

December 29, 2007

Michael Young notes:

“So maybe it’s time to stop referring to the neocon policies of the Bush administration. The neocons are gone, many for so long that no one seems to remember their leaving. What we now have in Washington is a mishmash of old political realism and improvisation, topped with increasingly empty oratory on freedom and democracy. That should please quite a few of Bush’s domestic critics. He’s returned to the futile routine in the Middle East that they always urged him to.”

It is good to remember where the Neocons got their ideas from.

HT to Mr. Reynolds who comments, “In other words, the bureaucracy won, with predictable results.”

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.

The democrat’s War Against Science!

December 19, 2007

“As reported by Science magazine, Congress has cut science funding increases for fiscal year 2008. This comes in spite of the earlier announced presidential initiative to increase funding for basic research to improve the future economic competitiveness of the United States.”

The report comes from Slashdot, with a Hat Tip to Mr. Reynolds.

Let’s make sure we have everything straight here. The Republican President is calling for more funding of basic science, and the democrat controlled congress slashes funding for basic science.

As Mr. Reynolds would put it:

They told me that if George W. Bush were elected, the United States government would cut funding for basic science And they were right!

President George Herbert Walker Bush replies

December 19, 2007

By way of Hillary Needs A Vacation, is President Bush 41’s response to yet another one of former President Billy Jeff Clinton‘s “shoot from the hip” cowboy type less than truthful” (i.e. a lie) statements.

In a statement sent to CNN Tuesday afternoon, former President Bush’s chief of staff Jean Becker said that he “wholeheartedly supports the President of the United States, including his foreign policy. He has never discussed an ‘around-the-world-mission’ with either former President Bill Clinton or Sen. Clinton, nor does he think such a mission is warranted since he is proud of the role America continues to play around the world as the beacon of hope for freedom and democracy.

“President Bush is excited about several of the excellent Republican candidates running for president, and looks forward to discussing their candidacy once the Republican nominee is determined.”

Lucianne is less diplomatic than the distinguished President George Herbert Walker Bush:

This is certainly a spinny way of putting it. What Bush 41 actually said was “I have no idea what he’s talking about.” It was a flat out lie and yet no one is calling Bubba on it. By the way, buffs. This is the 9th anniversary of Clinton’s impeachment. Virtual drinks are on the house.’

A couple of notes on the 2008 election cycle.

September 28, 2007

One, just about everyone I’ve talked to in the past two days had no idea that there was a democrat candidate debate Wednesday night.

If you missed it, let me sum it up for you.

Hillary Rodham Clinton (Socialist, where ever she damn well pleases) beat the other candidates like rented mules. She was able to do this because she’s smart enough, more than Evil enough, and doggone it, people fear her.

Barak Obama didn’t go after her in any big way because he’s still hoping for the VP slot on her ticket.

John “Silky Pony” Edwards tried to be mean (sorry John, that’s your wife’s job), because it was probably explained to him that after his lousy performance as a VP candidate in 2004, no way is someone as smart as Hillary is going to give him a second chance.

Unless he can pull a huge mucking rabbit out of his ass and do amazing well in several of the early primaries, he’s dead meat.

Second, I’ve got good news for those of you on the left and the Right who range from just plain tired of to absolutely disgusted by President George W. Bush.

He is not running for re-election. As of COB 1/20/08, someone else will be President. Vice-President Cheney is not running for any office in 2008. He’s going to retire and spend more time with his grandkids, yes, including the one with two mommies.

None of the current Republicans running for President have serious ties to the current White House, so you probably won’t see a lot of Cabinet and staff retreads either.

So if your BDS is causing your blood pressure to rise, get over it. That problem is going away, and you should “move on” and start worrying about the problems that will be caused by the next resident of the Oval Office, whomever that may be.

Morning Quotes

September 4, 2007

“If George Bush is the fascist these people claim how come they are not at Gitmo? Actually letting them loose with their paranoia is much more fun. It is a great way to discredit their arguments. How diabolical!” — PrairiePundit – The gulags of the liberal mind

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was quite explicit about using abortion as a tool to reduce the minority population. She said the goal of Planned Parenthood was to “give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.” Even today, talk to any white liberal about abortion and within 60 seconds he will raise the black “overpopulation” problem.

“Wearing a Che shirt in a free nation is as disgusting as wearing a Heinrich Himmler shirt in Tel Aviv.” — Leslie Bates

“I’ve never seen so much goose-stepping as I have in the shadow of Moore’s fat ass.” — Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr

“Cover the Democrats for any length of time and you become expert in campaigns that don’t seem to be about anything. They have policies; Democrats are good at policies. But all too often the campaigns lack a message–a sense of what the candidate’s about and what he aims to do.” — Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson

Waco: How liberals seperate Church and State.