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Don’t blame it on Bush



Published: Sun, April 19, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Don’t blame it on Bush

EDITOR:

President Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress are fond of saying that they inherited all the problems they now face, and all such problems are the result of the Bush administration. That is pure poppycock.

Not that the Bush administration did not cause some of our problems. Some were thrust upon us by our enemies, but many, if not most, were the result of our representatives in Congress. A president, including the current one, cannot pass a law, raise a dime, or spend a dime. Those things can only be done by Congress. The actions or inactions of our Congress have consequences, and when those consequences are bad our representatives are great at pointing a finger at someone else.

Examples of egregious congressional consequences are the AIG bonuses after the bailout money was provided to them. A loophole in the law, which allowed that to happen, was introduced into law by Sen. Dodd. The senator said he introduced the loophole at the request of an Obama administration official. If Sen. Dodd and Obama had been Republicans, this Congress would have had several investigative committees wanting to know who said what and when. No finder pointing on this one.

This president and the current Congress not only volunteered, but spend millions upon millions of dollars campaigning saying they knew the problems and were up to solving them. Now is the time to stop pointing fingers and do what you said, or admit the problems are over your head and you’re not bright as you often pretended to be.

DONALD G. BAKER

Youngstown


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1AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

During President Bush's eight year presidency, the House of Representatives was controlled for six years and the Senate for four years by Republicans. You make the decision.

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2AtownParent(558 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

It seems like everyone's short term memory on Bush and the Rep controlled Congress has been erased. I guess no one remembers how the oil companies were called in to explain their unbelievable billion dollar profits, behind closed doors, without press, and without being sworn in. Where was the investigation on that one Mr. Baker?

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3cambridge(2918 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

Mr. Baker wrote "Now is the time to stop pointing fingers". The lack of government regulations and oversight are the cause of the economic problems we are dealing with today. No regulations is the Republican mantra. That is where the blame lies.

If Dodd is found to have done anything unethical he should resign. If he did anything illegal he should go to jail.

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4borylie(742 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

and Jefferson and Feinstein and Harman and Burris and Frank and Rahm investigated himself. AKAFR1 please answer my question. What is a democrat/liberal/leftwinger? Cambridge and atownparent you're allowed to help and you can use President Bush as"part" of your answer. Thank you for clearing up this question.

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5rmzrez(114 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

WOW borylie that make it so clear ??????

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6cambridge(2918 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

borylie:

Dodd is a Democrat and I stated that if he did anything illegal he should go to jail. If anyone elected from any party breaks the law they should go to jail.

If you insist on me labeling myself, I'm American. I hope I answered your question clearer than you asked it.

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7borylie(742 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

Good gracious Cambridge, I didn't mean that you are a democrat/liberal/leftwinger. Where oh where would I get such an idea. So my question remains unanswered. Can anyone please answer my question, what is a democrat/liberal/leftwinger? Mzrez, you might want to stay on the sidelines. You don't seem ready for the field and surely not for this debate.

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8AtownParent(558 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

The general definition, as taken from the Republican/Conservative/Rightwinger, would be anyone who thinks George W. Bush was the worst president in history for running this country into the ground. Does that help?

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9AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

borylie...once again you don't get it. Whenever someone tries to point out the hypocrisy of the republican party, you label them a democrat/liberal
leftwinger and you miss the point. You should find a seat in the bleachers and continue to cheer for a failed two party system.

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10rmzrez(114 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

OK I get it !!! only borylie knows it all . He must be a Bush Republican and gets his knowledge from Bush the great . So back off . You can never win with someone who has his head in the Bush sand of knowledge .

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11borylie(742 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

AKAFR1, like I told you last week, I concede your not a d/l/l. So does that mean you don't know what a d/l/l is? Atownparent only part of the answer is supposed to be about President Bush. Your going to be sent to the right side of your padded room if you don't start paying attention.

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12AtownParent(558 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

Oh shucks, I guess I must be punished now! But just out of curiosity, are you going to post something constructive about the story or are you just going to use the typical rep/conservative/rightwing deflection by saying everyone who isn't gathering up the mob against Obama is a liberal nut job? Socialist nation here we come!!!

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13borylie(742 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

Atownparent if you think your post made an ounce of sense, you're 28.35 grams short.

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14AtownParent(558 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

Exactly like I thought borylie.

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15cambridge(2918 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

borylie:

If you are so interested it how and what I think, I have 252 previous posts. Just read them and feel free to formulate your own answer to your question.

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16JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

The lack of factual info starts with the original letter to the editor.

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17borylie(742 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

Can anyone tell me what is a liberal/democrat? For what they stand? Whether you're one or not, please humor me.

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18cambridge(2918 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

People are individuals They are not made out of a mold. All anyone could possibly give is an opinion. I personally don't have an opinion so why don't you just give us all yours and get it over with.

Everyone that voted Democrat isn't the same and everyone that voted Republican isn't the same. I don't know what kind of a point you are trying to make but you are a very strange person.

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19borylie(742 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

Cambridge, thank you for the compliment. Tomorrow when I have more time I'll give you my opinion. It is well thought out and will tell you why no one can answer what a liberal/democrat is. Goodnight.

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20cambridge(2918 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

I'll be counting the minutes.

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21redvert(2005 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

Bush gets credit for no attacks on the US after 9/11 but also his share of blame for mistakes after that. The financial mess (Fannie and Freddie) which was a major contributor to the rest of our problems rests on the democrats in congress.

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22dmets(575 comments)posted 4 years, 12 months ago

Repukican can never be blame for any wrong doing, or for that matter own up to what they did wrong! They all sit all high and mighty on their horses thinking they are better then everyone else. The economy is all Bush and his admistration! All of the repukicans are saying Obama is doing a bad job. Take a look at the last two Repukican Presidents (Bush Sr, and Jr), and look at the Obama and the last democratic President (Clinton). I think the democrats have done a much, much better job! While Clinton was in office, was the best 8 years of gov't and economy in my life so far! Repukicans need to step up and admit Bush made many of our problems that us, American are facing now. He left a huge mess for Obama to clean up. It is a huge mess no matter who won the President! I am just glad is was Obama, and not McCain!

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23redvert(2005 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Dmets, I would guess that you are smart enough to know that all new laws, spending bills, budgets etc. originate in congress. Now during Mr. Clinton's eight years both houses of congress were controlled by the republicans so the surplus was a direct result of spending or lack of it introduced by congress. To Mr. Clinton's credit, he was smart enough to work with congress to achieve the surplus as did Reagan years ago.

Now, back to the financial fiasco we are in now. Please try to watch these film clips of some of the democrats finest with a open mind. Listen closely to Maxine and Barney and others as they tell us back in 2004 that nothing is wrong. Mr. Franklin Raines tells us that there is absolutely no risk in home mortgages.

FYI, the term OFHEO pronounced O-fay-O used in the first clip is Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight.

I am throwing in a couple other clips that feature the liberal boys and girls. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_c...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usvG-s...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMnSp4...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivmL-l...

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24borylie(742 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Redvert, thanks for all your work

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25gmann415(268 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

dont blame it on Bush. ha ha ha thats got to be a joke. when he took office the country had, key word HAD a surplus. all we have now is debt. this 9/11 was for shady dealings that both bushes has done. and most of all, why did he fly these terriorst out of the country. last time i checked, if a person or people are a intrest in a crime you dont give them a get out of jail free card.

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26redvert(2005 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

gmann, obviously you were not able to look at the videos, especially the first one which is the primary reason for our current economical situation. Also as explained earlier, look who was in control of congress when that surplus was achieved. Of course doing that would not support you beliefs so we understand. Bush made his mistakes but let us call it the way it is.

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27cambridge(2918 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Love our "Home Girls" Feinstein and Pelosi and those "San Francisco Values".

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28valleyred(1079 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

EVERYTHING IS BUSH'S FAULT.

If the economy still sucks in 2010...
DEMS will blame BUSH.

If the economy sucks in 2012...
OBAMA/DEMS will blame BUSH.

If we have another terrorist attack.
DEMS will blame BUSH!

If all else fails, the Democrats will at least be able to BLAME BUSH for everything.

The Democratic Party is a mess ever since Gore lost. It was a party I could tolerate under Clinton, but the far left facet of the party has run it into the ground.

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29gmann415(268 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

does anyone know that G.W.B is not a very popular president. he was so bad that half of his staff didnt even approve of him.he is and was one of the worse presidents. first he stole the election from gore. and then he stole the election again. and trust me when i say this, i know many republicans who never voted for him the secound time.

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30aconstituent(193 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Sadly, Gore DIDN'T really lose, the election was stolen from him from.................BUSH.

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31UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Bush never cared about us common people. He only worried about the rich getting theirs. He sent all of our good paying union manufacturing jobs out of the county to Mexico and China using NAFTA as an excuse. Bush and his Republican Congress are to blame for this whole messed up economy. I will never vote for another Republican as long as I live.

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32dmets(575 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

redvert: I am very educated, and for that matter you need to remember that insulting someone else's intelligence is a typical move for a repukican! They think they are above everyone else. The best of the best! They always try to justify or pass the blame to the dems! Please, you will find a reason to blame the dems for the wind blowing wrong!

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33borylie(742 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

UnionForever, my wife who is retired from Delphi, remembers much work from Packard being sent to Mexico during the nineties. Can you explain how President Bush did this?

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34cambridge(2918 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

During the eight years of the Clinton administration 22 million jobs were created.

During the eight years of the Bush administration the country experienced a net job loss.

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35valleypoboy(42 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Well, just like Congress, this "discussion" slid into name calling and totally failing to address the real issues. Guess they ARE our representatives and, clearly, many have no right to complain about their actions.

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36annblank(1 comment)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Former President Bush, Former Vice President Dick Cheney and their supporters spent 8 long years avoiding responsibility for their decisions and actions. Why would anyone expect them to do otherwise out of office?

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37youngstownwonder(2 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

What I do not understand is that we would rather worry more about placing blame on who did what, who is not taking responsibility, and how horrible President Bush was. We all need to concentrate on what is happening now and how it is going to get fixed. Obama has only been President for 100 days and a lot of people are praising him. He has not even had time to make his own mistakes. In 2 years, will all of his supporters be singing the same things? When he raises taxes (and believe me he will), when he starts to flip flop on his campaign promises (which he has already started doing), what will we all say then? I think we just need to focus on the future and stop complaining whose fault it was in the past. It was a good mixture of both Democrats and Republicans. There is good and bad in both parties. We need to support those who do us good, regardless of their party affiliation.

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38scrooge(563 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

All you Obama supporters better start brushing up on your Chinese. The rate BO is spending (and yes everyone loves a president with an open checkbook) he has already outspent Bush's 8 years in office and for what?
What happens when China calls our notes due - or worse yet - decides not to buy any more US debt?
我们被拧紧 (we are screwed)

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39dmets(575 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

They only reason he has out spent Bush, is to try to fix all the problems Bush left for him when he left office! Why are politicians, mmmmmmmm how can I put this?, so well education yet so dumb? Does anybody at all know how to budget anything and stay within that budget? Come on that is elementary! Everywhere I look, the gov't, school districts, ODOT, they all have there hands out for money cause they can"t stay with in a budget! To make it worse, all these union people are there with their hands out for more money ( or not taking recessions) and rasies or bonuses! Even the gov"t was in on getting a raise. Come on people put other people before yourselves for once. Think about the big, huge picture first! You need to realize you are just a speck like everyone else!

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40slappy_smith(5 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

you have to keep in mind most republicans are sheep and their decisions are based on herd theory; they just mindlessly follow the tail in front of them

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41slappy_smith(5 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

excuse my misprint "herd instinct". my multitasking isnt what it once was.

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