Nothing Exceeds Like Excess

(tap tap tap… is this thing on?)

 

Sorry about this last weekend, folks. I was called away from home and had very, very spotty internet access. I’m home now, got a ton of e-mails to wade through, and even more personal things to take care of. (LONG story.) Anyway, while away and offline, I had a bit of time to think about something that’s been bugging me for some time.

 

Are you as sick of the Obama administration and their apologists using the “but Bush did it too!” excuse? It’s really getting sadly lame.

 

For example, the federal debt. Bush ran that puppy up pretty good during his tenure. When he took office, it as around $5.8 trillion. When he left (with 6 years of Republican Congresses, and two years of Democrats at the end), it was almost $12 trillion. Call it about $800 billion a year.

 

Then Obama took office, with a Democratic Congress for the first two years of his administration. (He’s still got the Senate on his side, but he’s had a Republican House for this year.) The debt is about $15.1 trillion, which puts Obama’s hikes at a bit over $1 trillion a year. Or, 125% of Bush’s rate.

 

The defense: “But you didn’t complain when Bush spent all that money! You can’t complain now!” Plus a load of crap about how, technically, it isn’t Obama’s fault and Bush was so much worse.

 

And then there’s Fast & Furious. The Obama apologists love bringing up how the Bush administration had tried a similar program, so obviously any Bush supporter who complains about it is obviously a hypocrite.

 

What they don’t mention are the details of the Bush administration plan: the guns were tracked most carefully, they were recaptured before they crossed the border, and the Mexican government was informed ahead of time. But since a lot of us didn’t complain about that (never mind that a lot of us simply didn’t know about it), we should be just fine and dandy with the Obama administration taking up the plan, trashing every single safeguard built into it, and essentially giving a couple of thousand guns to the Mexican drug cartels without bothering to tell the Mexican authorities.

 

Or take Solyndra — the failed solar energy company that went belly-up after getting over half a billion dollars in federal money. Since the company first applied for the loan guarantees under the Bush administration, it’s obviously Bush’s fault, right?

What they don’t tell you is that under Bush, the loan was well on its way to being denied — but officials held off on the final “no” so the Obama administration could have it say. They also don’t mention how Solyndra pumped a LOT of money into Democratic candidates, nor do they like to talk about how the loan was issued in apparent violation of several federal laws that govern how such loans should be issued. The only thing they want you to know is that “Bush could have killed it, but didn’t, so it’s his fault!”

 

Folks, it’s been over three years since President Obama won election, and we’re barely a month away from his third anniversary of taking the oath of office (twice — and it was Chief Justice Roberts who bobbled the oath the first time). At some point he has to put on his Big Boy Pants and start owning up to the fact that he’s had three years (two of which with a very compliant Congress) of running the show, and instead has been a SCOAMF. (Look it up.)

 

(forgot this initially) Plus, remember, Obama ran on a platform of “Hope And Change.” He doesn’t get to run on the platform of “more Bush policies.”

 

Constitutionally speaking, President Bush (George W.) is ineligible to run again for the presidency. Hell, he wasn’t even eligible to be on the ballot in 2008. But it’s getting clearer and clearer that Obama is still going to run against him as hard as he did last time.

 

And that’s just plain pathetic.

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  • Anonymous

    Actually, I have not heard the Obama administration say these things.  They seem exceedingly quiet.  It is really hard to see the difference between the two administrations, though.  Borrowing for wars, borrowing for health care, taking away personal liberties.  Pretty much the same.

    • jim_m

      Really?  Where did the Bush admin conduct an illegal operation for the purpose of taking away American constitutional rights that resulted in he murders of several hundred people?

      You have to be a complete idiot to say that denying Solyndra a multimillion dollar loan is the same as granting it over the multitude of objections that had been made.

      I’ll also remind you that one of the first things Bush did in office was work with Teddy Kennedy to pass No child Left Behind.  Kennedy was a sponsor f that legislation.  Contrast obama, who spent the first two years ramming obamacare through against the will of his own party which was the most significant obstacle to passage.

      Yeah there’s not much difference between Bush and obama, if you never bother to look.

      • Jay

        Even then, Obamacare is pretty watered down to what most Democrats would have agreed to.

    • Sotomayor.  Kagan.  Over a hundred other lifetime appointments to the federal bench.  You see no difference between Bush’s nominees and these?  Really?

      Please see a physician immediately.  You are showing symptoms of a potentially catastrophic brain injury or event. 

      • Anonymous

        lol. Thanks for your concern!

        If they can keep the conservatives thinking that the liberals are the problem, and the liberals thinking that the conservatives are the problem, neither side will notice who is picking their pocket.

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  • Anonymous

    You’re absolutely right.  Obama has continued Bush’s policies.  The only f-up he hasn’t repeated is a “boots on the ground” invasion.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah.  The press was FILLED with examples of Bush giving money to companies run by his political campaign contributors.

      • Anonymous

        Bunnatine Greenhouse would disagree.

        • Anonymous

          Throatwarbler Mangrove.

          J.

    • Didn’t Obama vote Yes on those invasions ?

      • jim_m

        He wasn’t in the Senate until 2005 but had he been there he would have voted “Present”.

      • Jay

        He voted no on the Iraq war I believe, but he hasn’t done anything to really stop it.

    • retired.military

      But you will vote for him in Nov 2012 anyway Chico.

  • Anonymous

    Here is the biggest problem with the Democrats “Bush did it too” excuse.  The Democrats have been telling everyone for years that George W. Bush is an idiot.  So, if they do what an idiot does, what does that make them?

    • Anonymous

      “The Democrats have been telling everyone for years that George W. Bush
      is an idiot.  So, if they do what an idiot does, what does that make
      them?”

      Nuanced.

  • herddog505

    The kicker is that, given how much the left DETESTED Bush, one would expect that they would be in no mood to put up with a continuation of his policies.

    However, that’s the opposite of what actually happened, i.e. Barry pretty much kept doing (or even doubled down) with Bush’s policies in Iraq, A-stan, Gitmo, WoT, Patriot Act, immigration, gay marriage, etc., and yet the libs seem fine with it.

    Now, either they are mindless sheep of the first water, or else they knew and accepted from the beginning that Barry and the rest of the left were lying about their opposition to those things for mere electoral advantage.

    So which is it?  Sheep or liars?

    • Anonymous

      Liars.

      Where were  the anti-war protesters the last 3 years?
      Where’s code-pink?

      Where are all the people who rightfully complained about the Bush deficits?

      After all the Czars, where are the people who claimed Bush was shredding the constitution?

      I could go on, but with the hypocritical left, I’d get tired of typing.

    • Obama funneled them hundreds of billions, perhaps a trillion dollars.  Their ideology can be quiet and humble enough while they are sucking up the gravy.

  • One thing Bush never did was attend a racist church for 20 years … or pal around with anti-American terrorists …