bush a liberal?? LOL, he was a die hard conservative all the way. His spending is just like all the rest of the conservatives, wasteful and highly in favor of corporate welfare.<quoted text>
What a thoughtful post, Marichu. Thank you.
"How in the world could a republican be called a “fiscal liberal”?"
Great question! One has to stop looking at the letter after their name (D or R) and look at their policies, their efforts and their methodologies.
Bush was a fiscal liberal. He was a liberal in spending, growing government and the housing debacle which so severely affects our economy today.
The tax cuts were the right idea, but they were an anomaly among the REST of his and our ONE PARTY GOVERNMENT.
"GWB knew that the tax cuts combined with the Medicare prescription drug plan could not be sustained under budgetary restraints. That was the impetus of our economic decline."
Partially true, but Bush and his extended wars drained the economy. He created giant, unneccessary revenue drains like Homeland Security and the TSA, who now fondles children and grandparents. Brilliant! Unlike other wars, the chief beneficiary was cronyism called Haliburton. Billions poured in, and no accountability. Perfect.
I agree that Bush did not predict 9/11, but all the clues were there. The CIA, FBI and other executive branch law enforcement groups dropped the ball. They had the info and, like Pearl Harbor, our government found a way to allow Americans to die because they did not want to do their jobs and connect the dots.
While the economy was strained, as historically it is during every war, the mortgage crisis was what broke our backs starting in 2005/2006. It has continued to hemorrhage our economy and will continue to do so for a couple of years. Word on the street is we will lose 3 more points before the end of this year, then get a couple of years of stagnation (meaning values won't drop much more based on present circumstances, but they won't rise, either).
I believe it was not the same McCain. I also believe he did not even want to win. He made no effort to do so.
I am curious. Why do you think we should cut defense spending to the bare bones? I will share some ideas with you after your response to that question.
What can we cut without hurting people? Another excellent question. Answer me this, friend: would you continually purchase a product or service that does half as much for twice the price of a comparable service from another vendor?
The only reason some now call him a liberal is because the obvious results of his time in office were so horrific that they had to find a scape-goat so they can put another republican in office to do the same thing all over again.