Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The end of the worst presidency ever
Bush exits; brings to an end the worst presidency in history and the most miserable 8 years of my life
by Larry Simons
January 20, 2009
I can’t believe on Wednesday morning I will wake up to someone else other than George W. Bush occupying the White House. The worst president in this country’s history exits today and leaves behind a legacy that I can only hope to high heavens is never to be surpassed, or even matched. Goodbye, Mr. Bush. I will never address you as president because you were never my president.
Here’s hoping this is the end of any Bush to hold a high office again. We’ve had enough.
I leave you with just a few of the reasons I’m glad to see you gone:
Became president after losing the popular vote by over 500,000 votes, with the help of my father's appointments to the Supreme Court.
First President in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.
Invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.
Spent the U.S surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.
Shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.
Set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.
Set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.
Set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market. In his first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs.
Members of his cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history. The "poorest millionaire” in his cabinet, Condoleezza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.
Set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. President.
The all- time U.S. and world record holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.
His largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of his best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history, Enron.
His political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision.
He protected his friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history.
Presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.
Presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.
Changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.
Appointed more convicted criminals to his administration than any President in U.S. history.
Created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States Government.
Broken more international treaties than any President in U.S. history.
First President in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.
Withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.
Refused to allow inspector's access to U.S. "prisoners of war" detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Conventions.
First President in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 US election).
Set the record for fewest numbers of press conferences of any President since the advent of television.
Set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year period. After taking off the entire month of August of 2001, presided over the worst security failure in U.S. history.
Garnered the most sympathy ever for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.
Set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest him in public venues (15 million people), shattering the record for protests against any person in the history of mankind.
First President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. He did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. citizens and the world community.
Cut health care benefits for war veterans and supported a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families in wartime.
In his State of the Union Address (2002), lied about the U.S.’ reasons for attacking Iraq and then blamed the lies on the British.
First President in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view their presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.
Failed to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice. (I’m guessing this has to do with the fact that the Bush family is business partners with the Bin Laden’s)
Cut unemployment benefits for more out of work Americans than any president in U.S. history.
Signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any president in U.S. history.
His presidency is the most secretive and unaccountable of any in U.S. history.
First president in U.S. history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously go bankrupt.
Presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud of any market in any country in the history of the world.
Removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in U.S. history.
Removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in U.S. history.
Created the most divided country in decades, possibly the most divided the U.S. has ever been since the Civil War.
Entered office with the strongest economy in U.S. history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.
Presided over the biggest mishandling and incompetence of a natural disaster in the history of the United States (Katrina).
Presided over the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression.
Called the Constitution a “goddamned piece of paper”.
His administration is the first since the Civil War to imprison US Citizens (Jose Padilla) as "enemy combatants" without charges, trial, or access to legal counsel. In a 5-4 decision (Rumsfeld v. Padilla) the Supreme Court dodged the opportunity to rule on the legality, ruling that the case had been improperly filed.
In his tenure, world terror attacks are now at their highest level in 20 years, up 36% since 2001.
To name just a few….
Whoever said you can’t accomplish a lot in 8 years?