I’ve had a rule for a while now that’s pretty simple: If you voted for George W. Bush twice, you’ve lost your ability to be overly critical of another president. While many Republicans might want to paint President Obama as the worst president in United States history (a claim that’s based on nothing more than right-wing propaganda) the fact that these people elected George W. Bush — twice — negates their opinion about any other president as far as I’m concerned.
The rhetoric has really turned up following the issues “Obamacare” has experienced since its launch. Many conservative voters, media pundits and politicians are now claiming that the issues with the rollout unequivocally prove that President Obama is incompetent.
Wow, really? They want to claim this one thing absolutely proves his incompetence?
If President Obama is now truly incompetent because of this, what the hell does that say for George W. Bush?
Does the Iraq War and the fact we didn’t find a single weapon of mass destruction ring any bells? Over 4,000 Americans died in Iraq fighting a war that was based on a lie. Not only was the entire Iraq War predicated on a lie, but to this day, George W. Bush continues to claim that the war wasn’t a mistake.
What about Hurricane Katrina? You know, that “little” hurricane that nearly wiped out New Orleans and much of the Gulf coast. People went days without food and water. Nearly two thousand people died, many from malnutrition after the storm had passed due to a lack of basic resources the government failed to properly provide. Thousands piled into the Silverdome, living like refugees for days because the government hadn’t properly prepared the city, or responded in a timely and efficient manner once the storm had passed.
Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina turned out to be as disastrous as the storm itself.
Then, in an ironic twist of fate, we have Bush’s Medicare Part D rollout that experienced many of the same issues the Affordable Care Act has experienced — especially as it relates to the website. Hell, when it came to the disasters following the Medicare Part D launch, lives were actually on the line as many Americans faced the possibility of not being able to have access to prescriptions their health depended on. Luckily, during that disaster, Democrats chose to help fix the program instead of standing on the sidelines celebrating its issues like Republicans have done with the Affordable Care Act.
And then we can’t forget the horrific condition Bush left our economy in. Eight years of Bush’s policies left us with an economic crash not seen in nearly a century. Then again, what was Bush’s “economic plan” to begin with? Basically to cut taxes and deregulate, then depend on the “good will” of greedy corporations and opportunistic investors. Seriously, that’s basically the entire Republican economic ideology, Bush just went along with it.
These are just a few of the major examples showcasing Bush’s total incompetence. It would take me all day to list every single thing he did that made this country look foolish. Hell, I could just paste transcripts to over half of his speeches to prove what an imbecile he is. (Though I will give him this — at least he was never caught plagiarizing from Wikipedia.)
So, when conservatives go on endlessly about the “incompetence of Obama,” I can’t help but laugh at their blatant ignorance.
Because when their party elected George W. Bush — twice — the last thing they should be doing is calling someone else incompetent.