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Letter: Don’t rewrite history of Bush presidency

Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

This is in response to an article in the Daily Chronicle on April 30 by Fox News contributor Michael Barone. 

His article was a pathetic attempt to embellish the record of President George W. Bush. Barone tried to deflect the criticism of Bush’s lack of diligence to prevent 9/11 and the financial collapse.

Unfortunately, the blame is well founded. Bush ignored several serious CIA warnings about al-Qaida before 9/11. Bush’s response to them was that “he didn’t swat flies.”

Let’s not forget Bush’s lies that brought us into an illegal war that killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, thousands of American soldiers, and cost taxpayers $3 trillion. 

After his re-election he attempted to give Social Security to his Wall Street friends. However, that failed because of tremendous public opposition.

He told his biographer in 1999 that if he had the chance he would invade Iraq to become a “War Time President.”

Beginning 2002, Bush chose to promote housing by cutting regulations on banks. Early in his presidency, Bush said “everyone should own a home,” when clearly many couldn’t afford it.

In 2006, he was warned of the housing bubble, but did nothing. Wall Street made off like bandits with their massive fraud as they nearly brought down the world economy and brought us our recession of today.

Barone listed No Child left Behind, Medicare prescription drug expansion and tax cuts for the wealthy as Bush’s accomplishments.

Many educators question the emphasis on standardized testing and the lack of critical thinking skills for students caused by No Child Left Behind.

The Medicare expansion was a gift to Big Pharma, as the government was prohibited from negotiating lower prices for drugs costing taxpayers hundreds of billions in waste. The Bush tax cuts helped double the national debt.

I believe that George W. Bush was intellectually deficient and was generally uninterested in being president. He was on vacation a record one-third of his tenure, or 977 days.

At a time when our government is spending millions to honor this man with a library, we should question any attempt to rewrite history. Many of the lessons from Nixon’s massive corruption of government known as Watergate have already been forgotten. We shouldn’t forget the real Bush legacy.

If we don’t learn from history we are bound to repeat it.

Stephen Reid


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