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Blaming Bush just doesn't work like it used to

Everyone’s beating up on the Democrats because they are blaming President Bush for America’s problems this election year. The latest example is an ad from the Democratic National Committee, which uses a clip of the former president to warn voters not to be “fooled again” into electing people who favor the “policies that got us into this mess.”

Some say this is a desperate attempt to make the Democrats not to look like losers. And it probably is. But this sort of thing can work. I've been doing it for years

“Why haven’t you found a nice girl to marry?” my mother asks. “It’s just that George W. Bush, mom. The way he invaded Iraq -- I just don’t want to declare mission accomplished before I’ve spent enough time in the field.”

“Oh,” my mother shrugs, handing me some cash from her purse. “What a senseless war.”

Or when those activists from "Whale Wars" were about to ram my whaling boat. “Wait!” I shouted over the whoosh of their high-pressure water cannons. “What about that donut hole in Bush’s Medicare Part D plan? How terrible was THAT?” They backed off -- and after some unprintable words about privatizing Social Security, they even lent me a spare harpoon.

The problem, though, is that the Bush defense is getting less and less effective. Around 2008, anger at Bush was so deep and widespread that his mere mention would short-circuit unpleasant conversations with soccer moms, NASCAR dads, security moms, pretty much anyone worth talking to in a swing district.

But now -- rightly or wrongly -- most have moved on. Not even David Brooks falls for it anymore. It only works on liberals.

The most the Democrats can hope to do with the Bush defense is excite their base. For my part, I’m looking for another figure of near-universal disapproval. It’s been hard. Wall Street? BP? Whoever poisoned all those eggs? Nothing quite gets me off the hook like Bush did.

By Stephen Stromberg  | August 20, 2010; 8:12 PM ET
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Brilliant, hilarious and true

Posted by: coastofutopia | August 20, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant, hilarious and true

Posted by: coastofutopia | August 20, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

But this sort of thing can work. I've been doing it for years


Me too. Whenever my dog poops on the carpet, I blame Bush and all the discontent and rancor of Republicans. What liberals don't understand is that Democrats have been in charge for two years and most Americans think the s$!t is still there.

Posted by: bbface21 | August 20, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Blaming Bush would be an exercise in futility, if Pres. Obama were not working to reverse damage. The damage Bush policies did, the tax payers will be paying for, for another decade.

However, even with full throttle up in the current administration's efforts, we can't escape the curse of war, deficits, broken financial infrastructure, core American programs (health care, and social security).

It makes sense to illuminate the facts about the total market destruction, irresponsible governance, and catastrophic failure of leadership - and eight years of acceleration in bad policies.

The expectation of a full course correction in four years is unrealistic. If a ball were rolled down the Mount Everest for eight years, is it wise to expect that it would be returned to the top in two?

To make matters worse, add the political posturing of a whole battalion fighting to keep the ball rolling down hill...

It is important that the truth is shared and explained. Although irrelevant, Bush is an extricable part of the story. Facts will need to rise into the consciousness of voters to vote wisely.

To showcase progress, it is necessary to mark the milestones from the time and spot where Bush passed on the baton.

Rajeev Rawat
Sunnyvale, CA

Posted by: rajeevrawat | August 20, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

In 2010 we can just blame global warming for everything.

Posted by: Delongl | August 20, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Bush didn't make my marriage's all his fault. And my kids don't want to study...failure of his "no kid left behind" stuff.

Posted by: wjc1va | August 20, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

to all,

every time i hear someone TRY to blame GWB for "the mess we're in", i ask them the same question:
"WHEN are you going to start holding BHO to the same standard of conduct as you do Bush, rather than making WEAK/lame EXCUSES for his STUPID policies,hatefulness, snobbishness & endless spewing of empty/meaningless platitudes?"

in every case, they are FLUMMOXED & just stand there looking CONFUSED.

even the majority of rabid DIMocRATS & "BHO worshipers" can think of LITTLE or NOTHING that BHO & the DIMocRATS in Congress have done that was WISE, GOOD or NEEDFUL, when backed into a corner.

instead, when you pin them down, they admit that:
1. UNEMPLOYMENT is UP & likely to go HIGHER,
2. "Obamacare" is a MAJOR disaster just waiting to happen,
3. the "global warming"/"man-made climate change" are, at BEST, UNPROVEN/UNPROVABLE, dubious theories & NOTHING more than that,
4. "cap & trade" is STUPID, NEEDLESS & a WASTE of $$$$$$$$,
6. BHO doesn't CARE about "ordinary people like us"
about THE MESS that he & his coven of LEFTISTS, antisemites, Chicago thugs, BIGOTS, fools & common criminals have made of the USA economy.

but don't worry readers, in less than FIVE months, BHO & the DIMocRATS will be IRRELEVANT, as BOTH houses of Congress will be firmly in the control of the GOP/CONSERVATIVES.

JAN 2011 cannot come soon enough to suit me.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 20, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Bush together with the Democrat Congress really got things wrong. However, Obama immediately doubled down on Bush's biggest mistakes and then added plenty more of his own. Our recent Presidents are beginning to make Jimmy Carter look good.

Posted by: concernedcitizen3 | August 20, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

A useful opinion column on this issue would look at the policies enacted under President Bush and how they relate to the current situation. Such a column would then be able to put forth an opinion on whether the Democrats are correct in blaming President Bush and the Republicans for the country's current woes, or whether they deserve to be castigated for doing so.

Such a useful opinion column would also _not_ make its author look like a coward for dodging an important issue by making some rather silly and not particularly funny jokes.

Posted by: sembtex | August 21, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

It doesnt take as long to spill a beer as it does to clean it up. Thats why this"opinion" piece makes no sense. Takes longer to build a building than to blow it up. This two years and its Obamas fault is laughable. Repubs just wont take responsiblility for the mess they caused. On top of it they are delaying the cleanup to try to make Obama fail. And they are on record saying just that. Republibaggers have zero credibility. Remember the death panels, the WMDs.??

Posted by: jimbobkalina | August 21, 2010 5:10 AM | Report abuse

Another shallow post from this guy. I love the comment that most have moved on "rightly or wrongly". No supporting commentary needed, huh? Or are you just so blindly opinionated as to think facts are unnecessary? Sure, there are things Bush is still responsible for, serious things, but what we're NOT seeing from Obama is progress - on the deficit, on Afghanistan, on the Middle East, on immigration reform. Iran is fueling a nuclear plant on his watch. Unemployment is not getting any better.

Posted by: bg392 | August 21, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

The President sought the job. Responsibilities come with the job. Presumably, he knew that. He has to shoulder those responsibilities as his predecessors have done, including George W. Bush. As for Democrats problems in the upcoming election, it could be that voters have had more than a surfeit of presidential speeches and appearances. Perhaps they see the President as Shakespeare's "skipping king...

Being with his presence glutted, gorged and full".

Posted by: sailhardy | August 21, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

The ultimate insult to the USA was when the slackers claimed that President Bush was mad because he expected to win in Iraq. "We gave up. If he does not give up - he must be mad."

They will never forgive him for winning.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | August 21, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe this shallow nonsense is running in a major newspaper.
George W. Bush has nothing to do with the writer's love life(which, by the way, this reader could care less about). And he has everything to do with what the Obama administration has been able to do with the country that Mr.Bush & Mr.Cheney left broke and in a war of choice that was digging the whole deeper every day. What foolishness.

Posted by: martymar123 | August 21, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Obama's "laser-like" focus on jobs has led us to 9.5% unemployment...

Let's all hope he doesn't try to focus on anything else for the last 2 years of his Presidency. Especially, Middle-East peace.

Posted by: Nicher | August 21, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

So we're to dismiss the facts and run with proopaganda? You can't avoid making the same mistakes without recognizing the cause of the problems. You call it "blame", I call it reality. Our problems didn't start the day Obama took office - our problems are the result of years of failed policy and ideology - it's worthwhile to recognize that so that we can take a different path and again try to prosper. It's going to take years to get us back on the right track. It's shallow and lazy to label this "blaming Bush" - but shallow and lazy are pretty good descriptors of todays voter and the media, it's so much easier to use your emotions instead of your brain. Believe me, the republican party is counting on it.

Posted by: JilliB | August 21, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

After Clinton we were great, after Bush we were really, really bad off. Its not about blaming, its about having to remind people of how we got here and what Obama
inherited. I am really sad that I live in a country with people that have no sense of history or only convenient memory. Apparently our average IQ must be about 70 and if you can think at all you are labeled a smarty pants.

Posted by: honeybee1 | August 21, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Our economy is in serious trouble, and our Democratic Congress is doing nothing. We have record trade deficits with countries whose cheap currency make it impossible for U.S. companies to compete ... yet our Democratic Congress is doing nothing, Unemployment is in really 10% to 15%, and home foreclosures are painfully high. I voted for Obama. I even donated to Obama's campaign, yet he has done little to make it possible for U.S. companies to build factories in this country, and be able to compete.
Meantime next week our Democratic do-nothing Congress will debate issues that won't create long term good paying jobs in this country.
People in our country need opportunity, and the Democratic leadership is failing our nation, and even failing Democratic supporters.
We have a Democratic majority in Congress, and our Democratic Congress is seriously blowing their opportunity to make a meaningful difference.

Posted by: jimtwest3 | August 21, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

What is crazy and irrational is the expectation that the terrible crisis that Bush and his people created could be turned on a dime. Look how long it took to clean up Hoover's mess and this was the closest repeat of that disaster that we have seen. And FDR didn't inherit two wars ongoing with his economic crisis.

Posted by: withersb | August 21, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Typical Democrats...They campaign for election to office saying they will fix all the problems without raising taxes, then they never fix the problems and always raise taxes.

And they explain it away by coming uop with excuses and pointing fingers at everyone but themselves.

And the democratic voters never hold their electees accountable.

By the way Guantanamo is still open!

Posted by: jeffsd7 | August 21, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Stromberg and some of the posts here are being naive. These are the issues that the democrats need to remind the public of:

1. Why did the economy lose 8 million jobs? Bush.

2. Who started a war that cost tax payers close to a trillion and just got ended this month? Bush

3. Who passed $1.9 trillion in tax-cuts, with money borrowed from China, that created only 3 million jobs, at a time when 2 wars were being fought??? BUSH.

4. Who is the worst president in HISTORY??? BUSH

Posted by: tdballer247 | August 21, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Me thinks President Obama needs to pull up his "Big Boy Pants" and assume a modicum of responsibility for his own actions as president.

On the other hand, if the "blame Bush" gambit is beginning to wear a little thin right now, President Obama could always fall back on the old & always reliable, "global warming" excuse for his most errant decisions.

Posted by: pgould1 | August 21, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

....Just reminding of Bush will ensure I go to the polling booth in November. We must eradicate "the party that gave us Bush/Cheney".

Posted by: tdballer247 | August 21, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Blame Mr. Bush all you want but our current financial mess is due to pure American GREED,from both the banks and the homeowners who purchased homes they could not afford.
Sure we can "blame" Bush for the Iraq war, but 9/11 cost us hugely: the loss of thousands of our top financial men and women in the towers as well as the near crippling of our aviation system. Then we had Katrina
which was also devastating in terms of loss of life and property damage.

Posted by: lorraine5 | August 21, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

We should outlaw the democratic party as an anti-American terrorist organization.

They were rooting for the Arabs to win during the Bush Iraq War years so they could get elected.

They support illegal foreigners immigrating against Arizona Americans. They sue the state and support a boycott of that Americans state.

They support a mosque on ground zero, but are against any sort of nativity scene. You can't pray in school, but we can build footbaths in Michigan fot the stinking muslims.

The democrats are against everything this country was founded upon - Belief in God and tradtional family values, freedom, individualism, hard work, limited governement and no/low taxes.

How can anyone with a brain support the democrats? They support people who don't produce and penalize people who produce. They have it completely backwards!

They are always talking about jobs, jobs,jobs, but they hate business. They are too retarded to understand that without business there are no jobs!

They wonder why unemployment is so high. Well when you pay people to sit home (welfare, afdc, 3 year unemployment) people will sit home. The lazy democrats rather sit home and get a check from the nanny state than go out and get a job.

A democrat I know was complaining how the Republicans are always talking about Reagan this and Reagan that, I replied, that's funny because I never hear any democrat ever mention Jimmy Carter.

And finally, hooray for monkey boy Obama, because THERE WILL NEVER, EVER BE ANOTHER BLACK PRESIDENT....EVER AGAIN!

Posted by: jeffsd7 | August 21, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Whenever someone starts that "blame Bush" crap, ask them what 4.6% is.
That's the unemployment rate when the Democrats took over Congress and it's been a mess since then.
It is now more than twice that with no relief in sight.

I complained about a lot of things during "those last eight years" that they whine about, but we had the longest period of job creation and steady increase in economic growth since WWII, despite 9/11, the deficit he inherited from Clinton,and having to rebuild a depleted military - after Clinton squandered the "peace dividend."
None of them were complaining when their 401Ks were doing well and the stock market was healthy.
How soon we forget and how obstinately some refuse to look at the numbers.

They may have disagreed with Bush's policies but they worked. Obama's don't and won't. Those of the Democratic Congress don't and won't. We're all suffering and will continue to.

Posted by: parkbench | August 21, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

@Jeffsd7: "And finally, hooray for monkey boy Obama, because THERE WILL NEVER, EVER BE ANOTHER BLACK PRESIDENT....EVER AGAIN!"
Wow, an anti-Obama rant that actually reveals its true color (pun intended).

Having pointed that out, I must concede that I have been extremely disappointed by the "Constitutional scholar" for whom I voted. Nearly two years in office, and we are still engaged in illegal, undeclared war. We still have unconstitutional crap like the PATRIOT Act, detention without due process, and an administration that operates in fear of the public instead of in full view of it. And we still haven't done anything about one of the precipitating causes of the economic crisis, the runaway costs of dependence on foreign oil imports.

Meanwhile, Stromberg wants to blame Bush because he still gets zits. Whatever...

Posted by: ridenm | August 21, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

One poster says "After Clinton, we were great." The Republicans controlled congress the last years of the Clinton administration.

Others say "we were in a mess after Bush." The demorats controlled congress the last 2 years of Bush and made the same mistakes they have made the first 2 years of the disastrious Obama administration.

Obama and the demorats are making us SLAVES. Our country is in worse shape than at any point during my life and getting worse by the day. We MUST get rid of the dems and Obama!!!

Posted by: annnort | August 21, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I thought everyone knew - we stop blaming Bush and all the republicans that cheered him on as he took this Nation to its knees,
when we get the mess they made cleaned up.

Every other industrialized nation is eating our lunch with manufacturing, health care at half what we pay, high speed rail, energy independence, and alternative fuels.

We're spending $2 billion a week in Afghanistan and Iraq; and $700 billion a year for oil from countries that hate us.

Thanks Bush/Cheney for 8 lost years and
the mess we're in....

...........until we've cleaned it up.

Posted by: dutchess2 | August 21, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

History will judge George W. Bush and it will not be kind. The economic disaster, the 9/11 attack that came after repeated warnings to the President, the budget blowup caused by a ridiculous tax cut and two ill advised wars, the massive transfer of wealth to the richest Americans are not likely to be praised by future generations.

35 years after his resignation, historians still regard Nixon as one of the worst presidents in history. Kissinger told Nixon that history would be kinder to him than his contemporaries were. The good Doctor was wrong.

The damage done by George Bush is going to take decades to fix.

Posted by: LeftGuy | August 21, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Republicans want to blame the new policies of President Barack Obama and the 111th Congress for the economic downturn and deficit. Together with the economic downturn, the Bush tax cuts and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq explain virtually the entire deficit over the next ten years

Bush-era tax cuts account for $1.7 trillion in extra deficits in 2001 through 2008, and $3.4 trillion over the 2009-2019 period. The extra debt-service costs caused by the Bush-era tax cuts, amounting to more than $200 billion through 2008 and another $1.7 trillion over the 2009-2019 period — over $330 billion in 2019 alone.

War costs — Spending for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and related activities cost $610 billion through fiscal 2008, according to CBO ($575 billion for the Department of Defense and $35 billion for international affairs), and another $160 billion in 2009. The associated debt-service costs, which came to $64 billion through 2008 and will total another $684 billion over the 2009-2019 period ($119 billion in 2019 alone).

Posted by: blklez6 | August 21, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I am in this boat with all of you... It seems to me that,,,,,, a 'pledge' to pursue economic remedies be BI-PARTISAN was offered by the man that was overwhelmingly chosen to bring about 'wholesale change' to prevent what had just happened to all of us, by GREED. Yes, let's blame who is really responsible for the 'meltdown' almost world-wide. With most all restrictions and oversight REMOVED by a well meaning conserative faction, the 'profit motivation' took over.... Yes, and without proper regulations in place,,,, it was 'full speed ahead' for 'creative' financing... People who did not have the monetary standard, to buy a home,,,, were pushed into very grand homes, and the loans that went with them... Creative financing just kept lowering the threshold to a proper balanced lending policy,,, and this was the start.... Wall Street, was feeding this frenzy, and they also had no restrictions on securites, and what went into making THEM secure... Well, you know the rest,,,, and this is documented.

It seems to me, that the party policy that got us into the mess,,,,, will now NOT BUDGE ON 'FIXING' THINGS.... After all,,, they did not do anything wrong,,,,(NOT) If they maintain a blockade to ANYTHING this President offers, and/or this Congress, that they will make out their opponents as TOTAL LOSERS, cause they can't get anything approved by them....

OBSTRUCTIONISM - seems to fit the Republican idealolgy, and to me (a life long Republican) this is ludicrous... How can you change anything,,, when the deck is stacked against you.. Just my opinion. Wm.R.Fries,Sr.

Posted by: caddylimo4u | August 21, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Another idea just flashed through my mind when reading the 'full rules' of commenting on this post...

What really needs to be done,is the 'Post' look into this 'OBSTRUCTIONISM.'

That the 'Post' would use it's own resources to 'ponder' my point !!!! Then to post a follow-up article printed boldly in the well-read pages of it's publication.

FDR, did NOT have any contest with congress to put into play, the gov't spending policies, that in fact, DID change our whole country.... They worked, until the private sector could again get on it's feet,,, Well, a war economy, did not hurt our GNP. Yes, we lost many good men, in that time of World war... Like now,,,but this is a religious war, and we will never achieve the desired outcome... Settlement of the Islamic idealogy conflict (ie- Shea vs Sunni) and the present Theological government, along with the persistent degrading of the female populace, in favor of the doctrine of 'MALE' rule in the hierarchy.... This is what brought about the assassination of the Pakistani woman who was going to take over the ruling of her country.... She would have been a real force to recon with. Anyway,,, like Kennedy, the underlying powers saw this person as not willing to play to the status-quo...

Well, sometimes I do 'go on' a bit. I think my last points were a 'bona-fide' BRAIN-phart!!!!! LOL

Posted by: caddylimo4u | August 21, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The thing is, it's still Bush's (or, more specifically, Rove's/Cheney's/Halliburton's) fault. The fact that we have such an inexcusably short attention span as a nation does not excuse them. It will take many years, much money - preferably to be raised by returning taxes on upper brackets to their JIMMY CARTER levels! - and an intensive and consistent-for-many-years program of education to return this country to the greatness it enjoyed (to some extent) in the '90s and (to a greater extent) at the time of the Great Society.

Posted by: meuphys_rasbene | August 21, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Amazing! You can poke fun of these idiots and they don't get it. They go right back to 'Blaming Bush'. When is the movie coming out?

Posted by: tulsadave | August 21, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

we now know who to blame for the GREAT RECESSION, i present you barney frank:


Barney Frank Comes Home to the Facts
A Commentary By Lawrence Kudlow
Saturday, August 21, 2010 Email to a Friend ShareThis.Advertisement
Can you teach an old dog new tricks? In politics, the answer is usually no. Most elected officials cling to their ideological biases, despite the real-world facts that disprove their theories time and again. Most have no common sense, and most never acknowledge that they were wrong.

But one huge exception to this rule is Democrat Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

For years, Frank was a staunch supporter of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the giant government housing agencies that played such an enormous role in the financial meltdown that thrust the economy into the Great Recession. But in a recent CNBC interview, Frank told me that he was ready to say goodbye to Fannie and Freddie.

"I hope by next year we'll have abolished Fannie and Freddie," he said. Remarkable. And he went on to say that "it was a great mistake to push lower-income people into housing they couldn't afford and couldn't really handle once they had it." He then added, "I had been too sanguine about Fannie and Freddie."

Can you believe barney is admitting it was the dems fault. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

Posted by: mmac1 | August 22, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Every hear of cause and effect?

Bush/cheney and company invaded Iraq for the oil industry on false pretenses. The cost of the war, in lives is over 4000, American, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis--all when a strike force of 100 could have done the job.

The financial cost of this calamitous venture is well over a trillion and still accumulating. On top of that, the repugnicans also made it possible for those reaping those profits, mostly Texas companies, to set up corporations outside the US--and not pay any taxes.

Add to that preventing people from voting,accusing democrats of being unpatriotic--because they didn't support the lies about Iraq, and you have some of the causes of the unprecedented partisan divide in the United States.

The lies, and distortions continue spewing forth. Now, because the democratic congress is seeking transparency on donations, Mitch McConnell says they are trying to rig the elections. And some actually take this guy seriously.

If the United States Supreme Court had an explicit goal of bringing down the United States of America, I don't see how they could have done any better than appointing George W. Bush as president in 2000.

The unprecedented corruption of the "uh-ohs" and the repugnicans was the direct cause of the current crisis. Because of this disastrous 8 years, it will take many more than two years to right the ship of the USA. Some question whether we will ever recover.

Posted by: tomtruth | August 22, 2010 4:22 AM | Report abuse

Obama is chronically detached from the central and immediate concerns of "The People", he is dragging America into the alternate universe of his socialist ideology. Last week the Federal Government filed suit against AZ for an immigration law that doesn't differ from Federal Law. And at the same time, a dozen States sued the Federal Government over the costly and unwanted Obamacare.

For America, this means 13 trillion dollars in debt and rising to 17-19 trillion before he is through. Debt service of up to $ 1 trillion a year. A permanent reduction in the lifestyle of all of our descendants. The end of American exceptionalism and the gross reduction of American power. Massive unemployment. An ever smaller number of productive people supporting an ever growing number of government workers . Massive inflation. Abandoning the dollar as the world's reserve currency. And the laughter of China, Russia and every two bit dictator in the middle east, Asia and South America.
No one voted for Obama believing his hope was Socialism - and, as an example, Dems simply wanted reforms to health-care and coverage for the 30 million who did not have coverage - No one in the electorate wanted socialized medicine but the fringe.

The same is true with energy. Everyone wants clean energy and not to be dependent on foreign oil. No one however, wants $5.00 tax added to each gallon at the pump as they do in Europe - but that is what Obama is pushing.

The socialistic programs and policies of this Administration and Congress result in Obama's current approval rating of 46% and a Congressional approval rating of 21%. 79% of the electorate believes Congress is doing a bad job.

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” - Winston Churchill

Posted by: 2012frank | August 22, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Democrats have been trying to blame the, yearly $1.5 Trillion plus, deficits for fy 2009, fy 2010, and fy 2011 on Bush. Or they would blame the deficits on the Iraq War ($50 Billion per year now), Medicare prescriptions for old people, (averages $40 Billion per year), or the Bush Tax Cuts for the rich (the portion of cuts going to people making over $250 thousand is just $36 Billion in 2011), or TARP. TARP was a $700 Billion bill, but most of it has been repaid. The CBO estimates TARP will end up costing less than $100 Billion.

All of those expenses were present in 2007. fy 2007 was the last Republican controlled budget. The 2007 budget was only $2.7 Trillion and the deficit was only $161 Billion that year.

So, what is causing these incredibly massive deficits? By 2009 the Dems had increased the budget by nearly $1 Trillion, and the deficit was $1.4 Trillion. The 2010, and 2011 budgets are nearly identical to 2009.

Posted by: mgsorens | August 22, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The reason Obama is failing is not because of his attempt to change things, rather it is because of his attempt to change things... Lets see... THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN MR. PRESIDENT WE DO NOT WANT A GLOBAL WARMING PLAN... A NEW HEALTH CARE PLAN..RIGHT NOW THE PEOPLE NEED JOBS!!!!!! EVERYTHING ELSE IS A MUTE POINT.. This has been screamed in your ear and congress ear.. Until the unemployment level had dropped and we are going positive on jobs , stop wasting the american people time and tax money promoting these "new ideas". Save those things when people have a job so they can have a roof over their head and food on the table.This is why like a tsunami this congress will be very different in 2011 jobs jobs jobs..... Understand???

Posted by: ronjonis001 | August 22, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Nice try. Bush botched up things so much, however, that this strategy is a true winner. Most people still blame Bush -- for good reason, not only for the terrible economy but for the stupid wars as well.

A recent Bloomberg News poll found 60 percent of Americans blame Bush for the economy. And while a new Rasmussen poll had mixed results, 87 percent of "mainstream voters" still blamed Bush for the bad economy.

Posted by: concerned61 | August 22, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

What did we hear from 2000 to 2006 until the "Permanent Republican Majority" was obliterated?

But Clinton....

Left us this recession,

But Clinton....

Signed the Free Trade Agreements,

But Clinton....

Gave us the Glass-Speigel Act,

But Clinton....

Posted by: thecontributist | August 22, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The truths that the Republicans cannot deny are....

* Republicans took the lowest Federal Spending since 1966, in the year 2000, and increased it to the highest Federal spending in world history in 2006.

* Republicans increased the Federal debt ceiling 5 time in six years between 2000 and 2006.

* 95% of all our Federal Debt came from under Republican Presidencies.

* Republicans have defended the Insurance Companies over consumers, Wall street Banks over average American's pensions and retirement savings, Multi-National corporations over individual Americans Free Speech.

* Republicans have no plan.

* Republicans talk about cutting spending, but will not explain where they will cut it because they cannot tell Americans they will cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and leave our elderly in the worst position imaginable.

Simply put, this election is about ideologies. Do Americans want to back the Party that is prtecting them or the Party that is raping them. Do Americans want the party that created this catastrophy, or the party that has taken significant steps to turn decades of Conservative policies favoring the rich and corporations around.

Posted by: thecontributist | August 22, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I say again, barney franks has already admitted it was the dems fault for the GREAT RECESSION:


Barney Frank Comes Home to the Facts
A Commentary By Lawrence Kudlow
Saturday, August 21, 2010 Email to a Friend ShareThis.Advertisement
Can you teach an old dog new tricks? In politics, the answer is usually no. Most elected officials cling to their ideological biases, despite the real-world facts that disprove their theories time and again. Most have no common sense, and most never acknowledge that they were wrong.

But one huge exception to this rule is Democrat Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.

For years, Frank was a staunch supporter of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the giant government housing agencies that played such an enormous role in the financial meltdown that thrust the economy into the Great Recession. But in a recent CNBC interview, Frank told me that he was ready to say goodbye to Fannie and Freddie.

"I hope by next year we'll have abolished Fannie and Freddie," he said. Remarkable. And he went on to say that "it was a great mistake to push lower-income people into housing they couldn't afford and couldn't really handle once they had it." He then added, "I had been too sanguine about Fannie and Freddie."

Posted by: mmac1 | August 22, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse


I see that some people are willing to say anything, regardless of the facts.
Here are the facts.

Nearly half of U.S. debt has been created since the Democrats took control of the budget in 2007. Those deficits are as follows. fy2008 $460 Billion deficit. fy 2009 $1.4 Trillion deficit. fy2010 $1.4 Trillion deficit. fy 2011 $1.6 Trillion deficit (est)

Dems have increased the budget by more than $1 Trillion in spite of the recession. Obama was only in office for weeks before he passed a $410 Billin Omnibus spending bill AND the $862 Billion 'stimulus.'

Those are the facts and they are indisputable!

Posted by: mgsorens | August 22, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

obama spent almost 1 trillion dollars on stimulus to lose 3 million jobs.


Posted by: mmac1 | August 22, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

jeffsd7 you are a racist ass!

Posted by: TommyEarl | August 22, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama, the worst president? Really? George W. Bush's approval rating was 28%. Still the undisputed worst president ever. Apparently the 28% are fond of replying in blogs however. Bravo!

Posted by: Ez2DoubtEveryone | August 22, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama is doing his best and has no time for keyboard jockeys who post their brickbats between shifts at mcdonald's.

Posted by: fakedude2 | August 22, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse


Plenty of voters who read and think will never forget the damage dubya did to this country.

Blaming dubya not en vogue? Perhaps - but don't pretend there aren't good reasons.

Posted by: rudedog46 | August 23, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

This is not 2008. Many Americans finally woke up to see what they had elected...a community organizer who has no clue how to govern, who arrogantly goes on vacation every month, who stands by and does nothing to stop Iran, thumbs his nose at our friends and coddles our enemies, gives millions to those that hate us- Palestinians, Muslims etc.. and spends us into oblivion to crash our Capitalist system which he hates..the list is endless....Go ahead & blame Bush - he was wrong on may fronts but he kept us safe unlike Obozo who refuses to secure our borders against terrorists and drug lords.. Keep blaming Bush - it only helps us to show what radicals you idiotic Obamabots really are..

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | August 23, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I'd also suggest that for the purposes of electoral politics, the race card is also maxed out. Peoples' eyes glaze over.

Posted by: markrichardc | August 23, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Lets all take ballwashers quiz.

Stromberg and some of the posts here are being naive. These are the issues that the democrats need to remind the public of:

1. Why did the economy lose 8 million jobs? Bush. Nope, It started when the Democrats took over congress in 2006!

2. Who started a war that cost tax payers close to a trillion and just got ended this month? Bush. Nope wrong again, only Congress can declare war.

3. Who passed $1.9 trillion in tax-cuts, with money borrowed from China, that created only 3 million jobs, at a time when 2 wars were being fought??? BUSH. Silly libturd, only Congress can allocate funds to anything. So far 0 for 3 for ballwasher.

4. Who is the worst president in HISTORY??? BUSH. Again, hard to make him the worst with Wilson Carter and now Obammy pushing into the top three.

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Posted by: elcigaro1 | August 23, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Well at least the strategy of blaming things on global warming is still in play.

Lord forbid our young President and his underlings should actually take responsibility for their own actions. No, that would require them to pull up their "big boy pants" and act like, dare I say it, adults.

And so it goes...

Posted by: pgould1 | August 23, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Booo … Hissss and more Booos

Next you’ll be mocking “Blame Hoover”.

“Have you no sense of decency ,Sir?”

Respect of Religious Beliefs is the underpinning of our great Republic

If we remove from the Canon … “Blame Bush” … what are we left with?

“The Devil made me do it.”

“It started with Reagan.”

Of course, we still can chant the Mantra and be comforted:

“Bush, Cheney, Rover Ohmmmm … Bush Cheney Rover Ohmmmmm ….”

Posted by: jgfox39 | August 23, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I can't remember, did Ronald Reagan blame everything that was not going well during his first term on Jimmy Carter and the Carter administration? Or did he just get on with it and fix stuff?

Posted by: gardedgarton | August 23, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I guess it is safe to assume that the author will not be having lunch with his Journolist coworkers.

Posted by: TECWRITE | August 23, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I personally thought this was a little funny. A lot of opinion writers take themselves a tad too seriously this does not seem to be the case here.

However he does raise an interesting point, pure-unadulterated Bush hatred is increasingly becoming a thing only of the left it is harder and harder for the rest of us to keep it up. Yeah Bush was an idiot but for all the Obama is much smarter than bush he seems to be making as many bad decisions as bush and because of that it is very hard to objectively look at where we are at and think that Obama has nothing to do with the mess that it is all GWB's fault. That worked last year but it won't work for much longer.

Posted by: JoeSLC | August 23, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if I trust this Stromberg guy. Wasn't he the villain in Ian Fleming's 77' "The Spy Who Loved Me"?

Posted by: sladenyv1 | August 23, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Now let's just guess who paid Stromberg to write this Bushit.

Just who would Mr. Stromberg like to credit this mess with?

Stromberg can't blame Obama because this mess is what helped Obama get elected.

The whole thing about trying to take the responsibility AWAY from the Bush Administration (who IS actually responsibile) is because they want to Jeb Bush in the White House, and they can't do it after the way Bush ran this country into the ground, so they're looking for someone to blame.

Posted by: lindalovejones | August 23, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be hitting the campaign trail soon. I suggest his speeches of hope and change, from the mount, should not mention Duyba. Possible he could wear a long white robe to gather more attention.

Posted by: dangreen3 | August 23, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

We are in the midst of what will no doubt be known as the "The Great Bush Depression" when historians get around to it. History will blame him and his handlers.

Posted by: KarenLS | August 23, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I am no fan of Bush... to me he's basically just a big-government Democrat that happens to like war, AKA a RINO (fake)Republican. But anyone that solely blames Bush for America's problems, specifically the recession, is a moron that ignores fact. Facts like how Congress has been controlled by Democrats since 2006, and how Bush could not take us to war, cut taxes, or do anything at all without Congress's approval. Facts like average unemployment under 5% with solid economic growth up to and including 2006. Facts like the root causes of the recession... namely the sub-prime mortgage crisis, a Democrat invention that Bush and the Republicans were warning about (caught on camera) since 2003. Democrat policies meant to supposedly "help the less fortunate to achieve the American dream of homeownership", i.e., help unqualified borrowers get loans they couldn't afford, by forcing affirmative action lending standards on the banks... THAT is the largest root cause of the recession, as any economist with half a brain could tell you. Unfortunately the liberals on this thread do not have half a brain. Other facts like how Obama has completely blown Bush's budget deficit out of the water, as Obama's budget outspends all presidents in American history combined from George Washington to George W. Bush. Facts like how Obama's stimulus package (which has been shown to be a cornucopia of wasteful spending) cost more money than the entire Iraq War... and we got what for it? 10% unemployment?... Facts like how if you want to be an idiot and assess blame for the recession based on the timing of Bush's leaving office, than that logic dictates that you acknowledge Bill Clinton as a failed president economically-speaking, since he left office as the 2000 bust and recession exploded. I suppose Bush had to pull that car out of the ditch right, Obama? I'm not saying that Bill Clinton was a failed president economically, just saying that you morons would have to espouse that viewpoint if you insist on blaming Bush because of the timing of his departure. Liberalism is an ideology based in emotion and irrational thought, that seeks to maintain a sense of self-satisfaction and self-righteousness through an assertion of moral superiority through the lens of the liberal's own subjective moral framework. In other words, the liberal seeks to replace traditional mores of right and wrong (do not kill, do not steal, for example) with a new morality, according to his sense of it, with an eye toward justifying himself not only by advocating this supposedly "righteous" policy, but by denigrating those who do not agree as the worst mankind has to offer. Hence... "do not kill... unless you don't want the baby... what's the matter with you evil people don't you believe in choice?" OR "do not steal... unless they make more money than you... what's the matter with you evil people don't you believe in equality?" See how that works? The liberal mind in a nutshell.

Posted by: The-Capitalist | August 24, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Those who cannot wait to blame President OBama for our economic problems would do well to note that the runaway economic train had already run away and was still gaining speed before he ever got on it. Over the past thirty years the engineers ( mainly Reagan and Bush II ) systematically sabotaged the brakes ( regulations ) that controlled the economy.
Now the rate of descent must be slowed before it can be stopped, and stopped before it can be reversed. Teddy Roosevelt stopped the runaway economic train that had been sabotaged by the “Robber Barons” ( corporations of his day ) in the early 1900s, but he did not have simultaneously, two wars, a world-class national debt, and a big-time recession to deal with.
The situation left for Barrack Obama by the Bush Administration is unique and catastrophic, and what was in thirty years effectively destroyed, cannot, in a few months - and to its original condition - be reconstituted. Who knows if Barack Obama ( or anyone else ) will ever be finished fighting Bush's wars, Bush's Recession and his giving of America to the rich and to the corporations?

Posted by: mungmung | August 24, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

to ALL,

the REASON that BHO, the LOUD-mouthed, whining/whimpering,WEAKLING, blames Bush for everything is because he is so INCOMETENT & brain-DEAD that he couldn't lead two drunken sailors into a bawdyhouse.

BUT don't worry, in about 4.5 months, the GOP will control BOTH houses of Congress & BHO & his coven of CROOKS/bigots/LEFTISTS/fools/Chicago thugs will be IRRELEVANT.

the FIRST order of business of the new congress is to SHUT DOWN "obamacare" by any means necessary & FREEZE all the need-LESS, STUPID spending & BOONDOGGLES, that BHO, Princess Pelosi & Harry Reid have "led".
(of course, harry reid will be GONE in January.)

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | August 26, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

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