Best President Ever?

There’s been a lot of talk lately  that George W. Bush might be the worst president ever.

I just read a book called ” The Wrecking Crew” by Thomas Frank.

The basic premise is that conservatives , who have been in charge of the united states for most of

the last 30 years, have been intentionally undermining government.

They have been doing this so that government will be less able to  monitor and regulate  big business.

This  (according to the book) is the primary mission of conservatives. Any other issues are just anger bait

to agitate and  mobilize the population. These issues  are  abandoned when  no longer needed.

Typical strategies include appointing incompetent people to head regulatory agencies and then underfunding them.

EPA, OSHA, BLM,  etc.  Almost every  non military department.

Anything that might get in  the way of Corporate profit.

Even running up the deficit to huge levels has the ( intended) effect of hamstringing  government.

Anyhow the book makes sense to me.

And if we accept the premise of the book, we should have to say that George W. Bush wa one of the most effective

Presidents ever at advancing the agenda of his party.

He unleashed an unprecedented war against education, civil rights, the environment, workplace safety, consumer protections, etc.

He started 2 wars to simultaneously  maximize oil profits, set up profiteering contracts, and distract the public.

And his buddies pilaged and looted the markets with no oversight.

All the while coming off as a dull buffoon. Brilliant.

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One Response to “Best President Ever?”

  1. valeriesoe Says:

    Here’s a good list from John Marino:
    A friend took the article by Patricia Williams that I mentioned in class and put it into list form again. It all started when a man in NYC hung a list of the damages done by the Bush administration in the lobby of his apartment building. He fully expected someone to pull the list down. To his amazement, his fellow tenants added to the list.

    Here it is as excerpted from the article in The Nation magazine:

    >
    > the sheer length of this list reminds one how dizzyingly mismanaged the executive office has been. Here are a few of
    > the highlights, to get you in the mood of groveling gratitude for the new course we are about to embark upon:
    >
    > Pax Americana and the aspiration to consolidate a global American empire.

    > The Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive warfare.

    > Hurricane Katrina and “heckuva job, Brownie.”

    > The explicit rejection of the Geneva Conventions.

    > John Yoo’s and Alberto Gonzales’s redefinition of torture.

    > Paul Wolfowitz as head of the World Bank subsidizing his girlfriend.

    > Ahmad Chalabi.

    > The FCC allowing greater consolidation of media.

    > The outing of Valerie Plame.

    > The manipulations asserting that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

    > The addled handling of Harriet Miers’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

    > Opposition to stem cell research.

    > The looting of the National Museum of Iraq, and the burning of Baghdad’s National Library.

    > Donald Rumsfeld’s remarks that rioting in Iraq was the sign of a liberated people and that Iraq was no more
    > violent than some American cities.

    > Stacking the Civil Rights Commission with conservatives, like Abigail Thernstrom, who want to overturn
    > sections of the Voting Rights Act.

    > The shooting death of Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari and injury of journalist Giuliana
    > Sgrena at the hands of American soldiers.

    > The appointment of ultraconservatives John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

    > Cheney filling his friend with birdshot.

    > The USA Patriot Act.

    > Doing away with habeas corpus.

    > The National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretapping of citizens’ phone calls and e-mails.

    > The notion of an unchecked, unaccountable “unitary executive.”

    > The failure to keep official numbers of dead Iraqi civilians.

    > The forbidding of photographs, or even visibility, of American military dead.

    > The multilayered, high-level lying about how football hero Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan.

    > Halliburton taking kickbacks from Kuwaiti oil suppliers.

    > Paul Bremer dispensing billions of dollars for contracts in Iraq, which
    > disappeared, never to be accounted for or recovered.

    > Blackwater mercenaries accused of murdering Iraqi civilians.

    > “Military tribunals” established outside the military justice system, with no due process or
    > right to an attorney or to cross-examination or even to know the
    > charges.

    > The silly disparagement of the national anthem sung in Spanish.

    > Bush talking directly to God.

    > Abu Ghraib.

    > Profiling Arab, Muslim and Latino immigrants.

    > Extraordinary rendition.

    > Lousy veterans’ benefits. Lousy veterans’ hospitals.

    > The failure to provide soldiers with reinforced armored vehicles (“You go to war with the army
    > you have,” explained Rumsfeld).

    > The refusal to recognize post-traumatic stress disorder as a legitimate condition.

    > Monica Goodling’s political litmus tests in hiring for nonpolitical posts in the Justice Department.

    > Expelling Helen Thomas from the White House press room and putting in fake reporter “Jeff Gannon” to throw adoring softball questions.

    > John Ashcroft’s draping of bare-breasted sculptures in the Justice Department.

    > His subpoenas of more than 2,500 records of abortions performed at public hospitals.

    > Gonzales firing US Attorneys around the country for political reasons.

    > Oh, and did I forget the economy?
    >
    > This is only a short list–it doesn’t even touch on the things we were
    > spared but that might have happened:

    > Bush’s (failed) nomination of Bernard Kerik to head Homeland Security;

    > the privatization of Social Security;

    > the elevation of Alberto Gonzales and Robert Bork to the Supreme Court;

    > a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

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