View Poll Results: How do You rate George W. Bush's Presidency?

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  • He's The Best President We've Ever Had

    5 4.55%
  • He Was One Of The Best

    7 6.36%
  • He Was Pretty Good

    8 7.27%
  • He's Alright

    9 8.18%
  • He Was Kind Of Bad

    14 12.73%
  • He Was One Of The Worst

    51 46.36%
  • He Was The Worst

    16 14.55%
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Thread: Bush's Presidency

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    Re: Bush's Presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    And at the sametime, Bush didn't lead a highly victorious war, against a defined enemy: the Facists. And had he not died, he would have seen their epic defeat. And economically, FDR stopped the greatest economic depression we've ever seen in America, whereas Bush created an average economic decline.
    Except, it wasn't FDR as much as WWII that stopped the Great Depression. In fact, many historians argue that FDR's economic policies lengthened the Depression. FDR also set the standard for massive government intervention, the benefits of which are highly debatable.
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    Re: Bush's Presidency

    As far as Bush's presidency in historical reference, I think it is too early to say for sure. I suspect he will be remembered as one of the worst, but then again, I thought that about his father, and have seriously had to rethink that opinion. Based on what I have seen so far, I think he is the worst president I have seen in my lifetime, but I don't have the historical knowledge to compare him to some of the presidents from history.

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    Re: Bush's Presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    As far as Bush's presidency in historical reference, I think it is too early to say for sure. I suspect he will be remembered as one of the worst, but then again, I thought that about his father, and have seriously had to rethink that opinion. Based on what I have seen so far, I think he is the worst president I have seen in my lifetime, but I don't have the historical knowledge to compare him to some of the presidents from history.
    Out of curiosity, did you live through Carter?

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    Re: Bush's Presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Out of curiosity, did you live through Carter?
    Yes, as a teenager. For me, that was not that bad a time, though in looking back, I understand why others found it so.

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    Re: Bush's Presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by wbreese91 View Post
    Except, it wasn't FDR as much as WWII that stopped the Great Depression. In fact, many historians argue that FDR's economic policies lengthened the Depression. FDR also set the standard for massive government intervention, the benefits of which are highly debatable.
    I would actually put the blame on Hoover for increasing taxes to 90% when the depression started in his attempt to ballance the budget.


    FDR improved the situation, if only slightly, by getting a large federal defecit to put some more money into the economy after Hoover increased taxes to such a punitive level. Thank god Reagan reduced taxes to a sane level.

    And if you feel that WWII got us out of the Depression, then we must praise FDR for getting us ready into that war. His welfare spending is also simillar to the high amounts of spending that our country spent on WWII. So it is difficult to critisize one and not the other.


    Also, if we look at what programs FDR started that still exist today, those are mostly the suscesful programs. Things like SS, insurance transparency, Glass-steigal (which after was repealed set us up for this crisis) and insurance on bank deposits. Any faulty program that was created after him is not his fault.

    The problems we have today with large government mostly relate to other programs such as wasteful welfare or an inneficent medicare system. All that which FDR didn't invent.

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    Re: Bush's Presidency

    George Bush reminds me of this quote from "The Great Gatsby"


    "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made."

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    Re: Bush's Presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Yes, as a teenager. For me, that was not that bad a time, though in looking back, I understand why others found it so.
    Then you would have been twenty-something during the Reagan era. Did you find Reagan a poor president, a mediocre president, a good president, or a great president? Compared, say, to others you remember.


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    Re: Bush's Presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    Then you would have been twenty-something during the Reagan era. Did you find Reagan a poor president, a mediocre president, a good president, or a great president? Compared, say, to others you remember.

    Mediocre to good.

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    Re: Bush's Presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Mediocre to good.
    How about Clinton?

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    Re: Bush's Presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by Grateful Heart View Post
    How about Clinton?
    Tops the list. Work was plentiful, times where good. Weak on foreign policy, and some of his decisions created later problems, but overall, better than the rest.

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