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The Verdict is in: Guess Who's The Worst President in US History?

There is much debate about who was the best or worst president in US history. It's too important of a subject to rely on opinion polls which are skewed by the influence of individual bias and political views. Yet It's difficult to quantify how good or bad any president may have been in comparison to another. However, a careful look at the facts shows one president failed in virtually every aspect of the job to a degree unrivaled by any other president.

When you review the facts below and consider his impact on our economy, foreign policy and domestic policy, by almost any standard, it’s difficult to find any president who did more harm and left the country in worse shape than George W. Bush.

As you read this article, please feel free to fact check everything as well as checking the links I provided to verify these facts.

Take a close look at this graph. The dark blue lines show how George W. Bush took us from budget surpluses to record deficits.
Take a close look at this graph. The dark blue lines show how George W. Bush took us from budget surpluses to record deficits.
Source: Congressional Budget Office

1. Bush wiped out a growing budget surplus and left us with the biggest deficit in history.

Although he was the first president in decades to inherit a budget surplus, George W. Bush immediately wiped out that surplus, turned it into the biggest budget deficit in history (exceeding one trillion dollars per year by the time he left office) and added more debt than all presidents before him combined..

Bush claimed that tax cuts for the rich would stimulate the economy and reduce the deficit. What ultimately happened was just the opposite; the economy collapsed and every tax cut caused the budget deficit to grow bigger

2. Bush left office with the worst record of job creation since Herbert Hoover.

Although he inherited an unemployment rate of just 4% when he was sworn in as president, by the time Bush left office, unemployment was skyrocketing and the economy was losing 750,000 jobs per month.

Bush's reliance on tax cuts for the wealthy to stimulate the economy and create jobs was a dismal failure.

You have to go all the way back to Herbert Hoover to find a president with a worse record of job creation than George W. Bush.

Jimmy Carter, who is often ridiculed by Republicans, oversaw the creation of ten million new jobs during his 4 years in office compared to less than 3 million net jobs during Bush’s 8 years in office.

3. After promising not to touch Social Security, President Bush took billions from the Social Security trust fund.

While running for president, George W. Bush promised not to touch the Social Security trust fund. Yet barely six months after taking office he broke this promise and began siphoning money from Social Security to make up for the budget shortfall. After taking hundreds of billions from the trust fund, he then said Social Security was broke and he attempted to privatize it

Source: (AFP Photo / Sail Loeb)

4. Bush reversed all the trends of peace and prosperity from the Clinton years.

Here is what President Bush inherited from President Clinton when he came to office:

  • 4% unemployment,
  • A $200 billion budget surplus,
  • A stock market that had tripled in value over the previous 8 years,
  • The best rate of job creation in history (22 million new jobs in 8 years).

Bush brought all that prosperity to a screeching halt. By the time he left office we had:

  • Unemployment heading toward 10%,
  • A trillion dollar budget deficit,
  • A stock market collapse,
  • A crash of the financial system,
  • The worst rate of job creation since Herbert Hoover.

Census Bureau statistics showed that the nation’s poverty rate, which dropped every year during the Clinton presidency, rose by more than a million people per year for six of Bush’s 8 years in office.

5. Bush gave us the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression.

Not just one but two economic recessions began during Bush’s presidency, including the worst collapse of our financial system since the Great Depression, requiring taxpayers to spend nearly a trillion dollars to bail out the financial institutions. Real income for the average American fell by over $1500 per household. By the time he left office, economists predicted we were on our way to another Great Depression with skyrocketing unemployment.

6. Bush ignored repeated warnings about an imminent terrorist attack in the months before 9/11.

According to NSA adviser for counter-terrorism, Richard Clark, President Bush was uninterested in the many briefings he received from the CIA and NSA about likely terrorist attacks being planned against the US prior to 9/11.

Richard Clark and CIA director George Tenet believed the system was “blinking red” with warnings of impending terrorist attacks and tried to express this urgency to the president. .

On August 6, 2001, President Bush received a CIA briefing entitled “Bin Ladin Determined to Attack the U.S.” which referenced the World Trade Center and discussed terrorist plans to hijack U.S. airplanes with New York City as a possible target.

Bush’s only response was to spend a month fly-fishing, golfing and clearing brush at his ranch in Texas. Barely a month after that warning, the US experienced the worst terrorist attack in history

7. Bush rejected many opportunities to fight or prevent terrorism

In February, 2001, after President Bush rejected proposals from the National Commission on Terrorism to create a Homeland Security agency, commission member Paul Bremer (later Bush’s administrator in Iraq), said ”The new administration seems to be paying no attention to the problem of terrorism. What they will do is stagger along until there's a major incident and then suddenly say, 'Oh, my God, shouldn't we be organized to deal with this?' That's too bad. They've been given a window of opportunity with very little terrorism now, and they're not taking advantage of it.”.

In 2002, Bush’s National Security Adviser for counter-terrorism, Randy Beers, complained that Bush refused to go after al Qaeda and was holding back troops and resources from Afghanistan to prepare for the war they were planning in Iraq. Beers later quit the Bush administration out of frustration with Bush’s lack of interest in destroying al Qaeda

Source: AP Photo

8. After 9/11, Bush allowed New Yorkers to be exposed to dangerous levels of toxins from the World Trade Center

After the World Trade Center collapsed, the EPA had information indicating that there were dangerously high levels of toxic substances like asbestos in the air. But the Bush administration pressured the EPA to issue a statement saying the air in and around ground zero was safe to breathe and encuraged New Yorkers to return to work. In fact, the level of toxic chemicals was many times higher than what the EPA considers safe.

9. Bush used false information to justify going to war with Iraq

Leading up to the Iraq war, President Bush used questionable information from dubious sources to convince Congress and the American people that we needed to go to war in Iraq. He claimed in his 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq had attempted to acquire uranium from the country of Niger even though the CIA had removed that claim from a previous speech after they concluded it was untrue.

Bush claimed that Iraq acquired aluminum tubes which could only be used for building nuclear weapons. But U.S. intelligence confirmed before the war that the tubes had nothing to do with any nuclear program.

He rejected information from his own weapons inspectors that he sent into Iraq who told him that Iraq had no nuclear weapons program.

He also claimed there was a direct connection between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda even though the CIA and NSA said there was no such connection.

Source: Reuters

10. Bush started the two longest wars in our nation’s history.

After initially overthrowing the Taliban government in Afghanistan, Bush withheld troops and resources from that war to prepare for the war in Iraq. This allowed the Taliban to retake large portions of Afghanistan within two years.

The Iraq war, which started under false pretenses, was arguably the single biggest foreign policy blunder in US history. After sending hundreds of thousands of Americans off to war with the promise of a quick victory, and a short war that would pay for itself, these wars dragged on for years costing thousands of American lives and trillions of dollars. The overthrow of Iraq led to the creation of several Islamic militant groups and a lengthy civil war that completely destabilized the entire Middle East region.

The most direct result of the war was an increase in worldwide terrorism.

11. Bush and Cheney allowed war profiteers like Halliburton to make billions on the war.

After the invasion of Iraq, Halliburton, which had given Dick Cheney a $40 million severance package, received a huge contract to run the Iraqi oil fields without having to bid against any competitors

Halliburton made at least $39 billion over the course of the Iraq war and overcharged the government tens of millions of dollars. Cheney’s stock options in Halliburton earned him millions of dollars after he became vice president

President Bush looking out the window of Air Force One observing the devastation of hurricane Katrina.
President Bush looking out the window of Air Force One observing the devastation of hurricane Katrina.
Source: Reuters

12. Bush continued to vacation for several days after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans

While thousands died and tens of thousands were struggling to survive due to the flooding in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, President Bush continued to remain on vacation.

After the levees broke and New Orleans flooded, Bush sprang into action by flying to Arizona to play golf. Then he flew to San Diego to play guitar with a country singer.  It was not until 3 days after Katrina hit that public outcry was loud enough that Bush decided to end his vacation, but he still took time to play one more round of golf before flying back to Washington.

13. Bush frequently used 9/11 as an excuse to violate the U.S. Constitution.

  • He violated the 4th Amendment when he authorized the NSA to illegally wiretap American citizens’ phones without a warrant.
  • He further violated the Constitution when he managed to get a provision into the Patriot Act giving him sole authority to imprison people indefinitely without due process of law.
  • He violated the 8th Amendment (in addition to US laws and international treaties) by authorizing the torture of detainees who had not even been charged with any crime despite the fact that torture is the most ineffective and unreliable method of getting information.

14. Bush was terrible for the health of the American people

George W. Bush broke his campaign promise to enact stricter emissions standards for Carbon Dioxide while he relaxed standards enabling polluters to put more toxins such as mercury into our atmosphere. He relaxed clean water standards to allow higher levels of arsenic and mercury in our drinking water and he weakened workplace health and safety standards to benefit big corporations.

In 2003, Bush gutted the Clean Air Act so that energy companies could substantially increase the amount of pollution generated by older energy generating plants.

15. Bush lied to Congress about the cost of his Medicare Prescription Drug program

In 2003, Congressional leaders refused to support the Medicare Prescription Drug bill if it exceeded $400 billion. So President Bush told them it would cost exactly $400 billion. We now know that Bush was aware that the actual cost would be over $550 billion (cost estimates eventually reached $1.2 trillion). Medicare official Richard Foster was even threatened with termination of his job if he revealed the true cost of the bill to Congress.

Ironically, the same Republicans in Congress who voted for the Medicare Prescription expansion which added over a trillion dollars to our debt, voted against Obamacare which actually reduces the deficit.

16. Bush lowered America’s standing in the world community.

Most of America’s traditional allies condemned the invasion of Iraq and the use of torture on detainees. The Iraq war inspired unprecedented hatred for America in much of the world. Even US allies like Egyptian president Hosni Mubarik said the Iraq war “will create a hundred more Osama bin Ladens”.

In 2004, former Air Force chief of staff, General Tony McPeak said President Bush had "alienated our friends, damaged our credibility around the world, reduced our influence to an all-time low in my lifetime and given hope to our enemies."

After leaving office, President Bush even had to cancel a trip to Switzerland due to large scale protests calling for him to be arrested.

That's 16 reasons that would easily justify impeachment

...and we haven’t even mentioned doubling the price of gasoline, exploiting 9/11 for political gain, setting the record for most time spent on vacation, cutting veterans benefits, suppressing scientific findings about global warming, flying in hecklers to disrupt the 2001 recount in Florida, refusing to testify under oath before the 9/11 commission, outing a covert CIA agent for political reasons and leaving office with a 30% job approval rating.

Yes, other presidents have had their failures.

Herbert Hoover presided over the economic crash of the Great Depression, Lyndon Johnson dragged us into the Vietnam War, Nixon and Reagan had more people in their administrations convicted of serious crimes than any other presidents and James Polk started the Mexican-American War under false pretenses. Yet none of them had failed so thoroughly in so many aspects of the job as President Bush.

There's Only One Inescapable Conclusion

We are all influenced by our own political bias, including this author. But setting political opinions aside and just looking at the facts, it's hard to imagine any other American president who inherited a better overall national and international situation while leaving the country in more dismal shape than George W. Bush.

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Lets just say all of them except Abraham Lincoln..... "Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." - Abraham Lincoln

“We should therefore work to establish robust religious liberty for all and should not use our influence with political and civil leaders to either advance our faith or inhibit the faith of others. Adventists should take civic responsibilities seriously. We should participate in the voting process available to us when it is possible to do so in good conscience and should share the responsibility of building our communities. Adventists should not, however, become preoccupied with politics, or utilize the pulpit or our publications to advance political theories.” (From an official Seventh-day Adventist Church statement, adopted by the Council of Interchurch/Interfaith Relations of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in March 2002.)

http://www.adventistonline.com/forum/topics/adventist-church-in-nor...

http://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/story2602-adventist-chur...

Besides Boogyman Bush is the past. We live in the present and below is a couple of socialist sharing a moment.   

Socialism. Like the way Christians in the early church shared everything with each other? Sounds terrible!

Jesus never collected taxes at gun point.

Socialism, Fascism, Marxism, Communism - tools of the devil to rule the planet. True Capitalism is more associated with nation states, where the businessmen owner (say a restaurant) sells to the public.

It is believed that in 1844 we entered the last phase of the sanctuary cycle.  

It is interesting all the false and strange beliefs that entered the world after 1844.  One of them being socialism. 

The Communist Manifesto was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848 just before the Revolutions of 1848 swept Europe, expressing what they termed 'scientific socialism'.

Jesus tells you how to get to heaven and Marx tells us how to feed the hungry? 

 

Karl Marx says: Seeing that for the Socialist man all of so-called world history is nothing other than the creation of man through human work, than the development of nature for man, he has the incontestable proof of his being born from himself.......The criticism of religion ends with the teaching that man is the supreme being for man.  

Marx: "Communist preach absolutely no morals."

Early socialist slogan "Let us drive the capitalists from earth and God from heaven".

Yes there is a difference between Marxism, socialism and communism.  I really don't care the source is anti-Christ.  

The economy of God has nothing to do with human philosophy.  Like the preacher said if the streets in heaven are gold will money matter when gold is so cheap it is used as pavement.  God cannot feed the poor so we need the philosophy of devils to do it?   

If you want a modern picture of Christian sharing look at the Hutterite colonies that practice that form of sharing that you speak of.  Or study Genesis before the fall of Adam to understand the economy of God.

BTW do you think Marx and Engels would have agreed with and been friends with Ellen White?  

The picture needs a caption:

Obama, "Yeah, this is the Bill of Rights the American people presume they still have."

The Pope, "That is hilarious!"

This bears a remarkable similarity to this article.  Who is plagiarising who?

Yeah, we didn't even get the poll at the end. 

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Which Administration has systematically built a huge data mining center to monitor all internet traffic and phone calls in violation of the Fourth Amendment?  Obama.

Which Administration decided by Executive Order to violate the 5th Amendment by deciding to launch drone strikes against United States Citizens?  Obama.

Which Administration violated the separation of powers repeatedly by ruling by Executive Order every time Congress didn't do what he wanted?  Obama.

Which Administration sanctioned the illegal operation "Fast and Furious" to put firearms in the hands of violent Mexican National smugglers that led to the murder of a Border Patrol Agent?  Obama.

Which President called its own law enforcement agencies terrorists, but called the Islamic attack at Fort Hood "Work Place Violence"?  Obama.

Which Administration led an illegal campaign under "Operation Chokehold" to freeze the assets of companies that legally work in the firearms industry?  Obama.

Which Administration has done its level best to set back race relations to hostility?  Obama.

Which Administration raised the debt to four times its current level with Stimulous Bills, that ended up being pork for his cronies?  Obama.

Which Administration wrecked the economy with sweet heart deals between Freddy and Fanny?  Obama.

Which Administration turned its back on its Allies and embraced radical Islamic countries?  Obama.

Which Administration started out by violating the separation of powers by firing an IG Investigator who upset one of Obama's friends by discovering HUD fraud?  Obama.

Who has paved the way for the blue print for the next Administration to continue the theme with impunity?  You guessed it, Obama.

I found these claims hilariously funny:

Which Administration has systematically built a huge data mining center to monitor all internet traffic and phone calls in violation of the Fourth Amendment?  Obama.

Actually no it was the Bush Administration.

The PRISM began in 2007 after the Protect America Act under the Bush Administration was signed.

So you can blame Obama for continuing it but not for inventing and creating it.

Which Administration decided by Executive Order to violate the 5th Amendment by deciding to launch drone strikes against United States Citizens?  Obama.

Again wrong. 

First of the AUMF which authorizes to pursue and kill so called "enemy combatants" was signed into law by the Bush Administration.

Furthermore it is not a violation of the 5th amendment and never was to kill enemy soldiers or combatants which fight against the United States even when they have the US citizenship. This was done countless of times in any war the US engaged in. The question rather is if a terrorist in Afghanistan can be considered an enemy soldier or combatant and there the AUMF signed by Bush says yes.

Which Administration violated the separation of powers repeatedly by ruling by Executive Order every time Congress didn't do what he wanted?  Obama.

Not sure there. I mean seriously how about some decency and honesty for a change? 

We all get it you do not like Obama but than again these claims are lies and not much else.

Obama issued 194 Executive Orders up till now. I am pretty sure the Congress refused to work with him way more than that.

Furthermore again on comparison Bush signed 291 EOs. Still a heck of a lot less than Franklin D. Roosevelts 3522! EOs 

Which Administration sanctioned the illegal operation "Fast and Furious" to put firearms in the hands of violent Mexican National smugglers that led to the murder of a Border Patrol Agent?  Obama.

Again untrue.

Gunwalking began with the Bush administration in 2006 and was signed off by the Bush administration in the operation "Wide Receiver". For the operation "Fast and Furious" even the republican lead congressional committee found no evidence that the Obama Administration ever signed it off.

Which President called its own law enforcement agencies terrorists, but called the Islamic attack at Fort Hood "Work Place Violence"?  Obama.

Which Administration led an illegal campaign under "Operation Chokehold" to freeze the assets of companies that legally work in the firearms industry?  Obama.

Guess these 2 points could be called "partly true".

Which Administration has done its level best to set back race relations to hostility?  Obama.

Thats just stupidity there. The race relations as you call it have ever been on strain in the US. Its just that now as the economy is recovering the black population feels very little change again and the pressure and frustration of the last 5 decades is blowing over especially when police officers keep shooting unarmed black citizens. 

Which Administration raised the debt to four times its current level with Stimulous Bills, that ended up being pork for his cronies?  Obama.

Which Administration wrecked the economy with sweet heart deals between Freddy and Fanny?  Obama.

Huh?

Really?

Economy of Obama vs Economy of Bush?

Bush left office and turned over the biggest economical crisis to the new Administration to fix. Most of that economical crisis was directly caused through lack of governmental control and laissez faire approach on economies as advertised by Republicans. No control or the lack of control was the main reason of the crisis including Freddy and Fanny.

Or want to talk about how the Bush administration started 2 wars so their close friends and allies and party donors can get military contracts in Iraq?

Which Administration turned its back on its Allies and embraced radical Islamic countries?  Obama.

Which Administration started out by violating the separation of powers by firing an IG Investigator who upset one of Obama's friends by discovering HUD fraud?  Obama.

Who has paved the way for the blue print for the next Administration to continue the theme with impunity?  You guessed it, Obama.

Now you are just going more and more into useless rhetorics which are not fact but oppinions and wrong oes at that.

Needless to say that was quite a funny reading list.

Wondering however how you can come up with a pile of lie and advertise it as truth on an adventist Forum.

I know you have different opinions and you do not like the current president but thats no excuse for lies and slander and you really really need to fact check your claims before posting such a bunch of garbage.

Exactly, Manuela. I am really tired of people blaming Obama for what he inherited when he took office, as if he has been the only president in the last 20 years.  It's upsetting when people don't like someone they change the facts. It's done with the bible too, we see it all the time. Stick to the facts when you don't you look like a liar and ignorant as well, not a good look! 

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