For those of you who think George Bush was a bad President, what FACTS do you rely on?
And why do those FACTS make him a bad President.
Bobby - That is a conclusion. EXACTLY what intelligence reports were cherry picked that led to the war??? Spit it out son!
- 9 years agoFavorite Answer
What ever the huff post, Mad-Cow and Olbermann tell them.
- tribeca_belleLv 79 years ago
The facts are too numerous to address in a short YA answer. Nevertheless, here are a few.
Bush turned federal budget surpluses into record-setting deficits. He exploded the debt. He based his justification for his harmful tax cuts on the surpluses that Clinton had left.
He started an unnecessary and very expensive war in Iraq using false information and deliberately misled the American people into supporting it. He neglected the war in Afghanistan and allowed the Taliban to regain a great deal of territory. He left both expensive wars that he had started unfinished, for the next president to deal with.
He pursued policies of lax regulation and laissez-faire that led to the mortgage industry and the Wall Street investment houses running amok. The economy crashed. The country experienced the worst recession since the Great Depression. He also left that for the next president to deal with.
The resulting disaster left the country's financial industry on the brink of collapsing. The government had to spend hundreds of billions of dollars in order to prevent total collapse. Even with the government intervention the adverse economic effects were severe and affected the entire world economy.
Prior to 9/11, Bush ignored the threat from al Qaeda and demoted the counterterrorism unit that Clinton had created. Counterterrorism was no longer a priority in the DOJ budget. He ignored specific warnings of an al Qaeda attack and did absolutely nothing to address the warning (see the 9/11 Commission report).
There are many other examples of his bad deeds and harmful neglect but one could write several books on the topic.
- Just JessLv 79 years ago
He was bombing Iraq for the first time since 1998 in March 2001, 7 months before 9/11. The purpose was just to weaken Iraq's air defense around the no-fly-zone. This is also where he stated the WMD excuse. It set the tone for his entire administration, and made it clear well before the September 11 attacks that his goal in office was to kill Saddam Hussein, and he was prepared to use all the resources of the U.S. to do it.
Using all the resources of the U.S. to do it raised the debt to unprecedented levels and set the stage for the economic crisis. He doubled the national debt. He started with $4.5 trillion and ended up with $9 trillion.
Despite the country being broke, the bailouts happened under Bush's watch. Bush revealed his lack of understanding of the fundamental issues surrounding the economy in his "like a casino" speech.
He passed the USAPATRIOT act. This single act circumvents the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments to the constitution (free speech, unlawful search and seizure/ requiring a warrant, due process and takings clause, trial by jury, cruel and unusual punishments).
The war in Iraq started out as a police action. Congress did not make it a legal war until well after the 60 days the WPR granted bush. There was an 8 month period where the war was honestly illegal and unconstitutional, although the actions of Congress made it legal and constitutional retroactively in October.
He turned the actions of Osama Bin Laden into an excuse to invade Iraq. Osama Bin Laden was not killed until Obama was president a decade later.
He turned on his own intelligence community when they did not cooperate with him. His administration outed an undercover operative for political gain.
Abu Gharib happened under his watch.
Guantanamo bay raised many questions about America's honoring of the Geneva convention, which put American POWs in other countries in jeopardy. It also raised legal questions we still can't answer. The way we treat POWs in Guantanamo means we lost the moral high ground when decrying the treatment of our POWs by war enemies.
His vice President informed the American people that voted him in that he wasn't interested in representing them in an interview with Matt Lauer.
He created a security theater department which is using billions of tax dollars today. The TSA was Bush's idea.
He surrounded himself with revolving door corrupt CEOs who abused the privilege of office to further the interests of their own companies, and is incapable himself of admitting a mistake. Ever. Even in a book he wrote years after the fact.
Basically, the man had no business being President of these United States, and to make matters worse, there are still many people who feel he wasn't even fairly elected to begin with.
- 9 years ago
Fact 1. - Lied us into war in Iraq. Yes this is a fact that the administation admitted.
Fact 2 - Admitted me approved torture, which is a war crime no matter who does the torturing.
Fact 3 - Gave himself and his entire administration immunity for commiting war crimes in the John Warner defense authorization act of 2006. This is a fact - I have read it.
Fact 4 - His administration put together and passed TARP not the Obama admin (FYI I did not vote for Obama)
Fact 5 - Do a google search on "Osama Bin Laden dead 2001" - well see what you see. I remember when they reported he was dead, it seems no one else does.
Fact 6 - Bin Laden worked for the CIA
Fact 7 - Bush didnt want a real investigation into 911, his admin stone walled the entire investigation.
Need I go on? Really? Like I said I am not liberal NOR did I vote for Obama.Source(s): Common Sense
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- Anonymous9 years ago
Surplus To deficit
2 illegal and unnecessary wars
9/11 Intel ignored
connecting 9/11 to Iraq administratively
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ACT
Homeland security (largest and most expensive federal agency in countries history)
Jobs began to drop in 05 not 07 by 07 it was epidemic
1 million foreclosures a month on the heels of Bush'es "Ownership society" initiative
And the largest ever Bailout of private industries...
NOW I'M GUESSING BASED ON YOUR QUESTION... that you are a Bush Fan which most likely means you are an Obama Hater.. which is Ironic as their legislative track records are very similar. Both served the banks and the bankers and sacrificed the middle class.. of which you are most likely a part of or used to be...
so wake up Einstein its the first day of the rest of your life in their world... enjoy it
- dudeman612Lv 69 years ago
The Cato Institute
His own policies that fly in the face of limited government conservatism (e.g. Growing the federal government's size and power the most since LBJ's Great Society, perpetual war, etc.).
Amongst various other sources throughout his failed presidency.Source(s): Conservative Libertarian
- Anonymous9 years ago
The FACT that he started an unnecessary war in Iraq that cost a fortune in money and lives.
The FACT that he then reduced our revenues with his tax cuts.
The FACT that he antagonized most the world with his arrogant cowboy attitude.
The FACT that his lax oversight of the financial industry led to economic meltdown.
- SAM DAMMITLv 49 years ago
He cherry picked information from a source that the CIA named "curve ball" because he was so unreliable. He talked about yellow cake uranium being sold to Iraq, when that was completely false. There are many more examples.
- Bobby TimsLv 69 years ago
The way his administration cherry picked intelligence reports to make the case for going to war with Iraq. Getting a bunch of Americans killed, plus getting a lot of Iraqi's killed make him a bad president.
- 9 years ago
As Presidents go I wouldn't call him bad, but I did not like many of his policies.
The Patriot act went to far.
Iraq war even though Democrats voted for it as well as Republicans was probably not a wise decision but that is 20/20 hind sight I'll admit.
The medicare prescription drug bill was overspending even if Democrats wanted more spending in that bill.
Banking bail out was the wrong thing to do but not many Democrat were against that either.
He had good leadership but his policies were not what I was looking for and I think that has been shown to be true. Unfortunately President Obama has doubled down on many of the same things I found objectionable about President Bush.
- S OLv 79 years ago
Tax cuts for the wealthy which added tremendous debt (and for which todays Repubs feign ignorance to how they could possibly be responsible for adding so much debt).
Phony Wars for profit.
Failure to react after Katrina.
Cronyism with important positions.
How many do you want?