Will Romney and GOP continue Bush policies? Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by D Palmetto, a resident of Atherton, on Apr 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm
George Bush was the self-described "CEO president," and Mitt Romeny wants the same mantle.
While one doesn't see much daylight between Bush and Romney's policies, it appears the Republican National Committee makes it clear. From an interview on Spanish radio, the Fernando Espuelas Show, Alexandra Franceschi, Specialty Media Press Secretary of the Republican National Committee, was asked:
"ESPUELAS: Now, how different is that concept from what were the policies of the Bush administration? And the reason I ask that is because there’s some analysis now that is being published talking about the Bush years being the slowest period of job creation since those statistics were created. Is this a different program or is this that program just updated?
FRANCESCHI: I think it’s that program, just updated."
Posted by Please, a resident of the Greendell/Walnut Grove neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2012 at 5:19 am
I had money, a job, and rising house and retirement values under Bush Admin. Unemployment was 5%. I disagreed hugely with the increased spending by the RINOs of the first decade, but their business/economic policies were spot on, even after 9/11 and the near-miss Depression that brought( saved by solid leadership from that one).
Please, give us back the Bush years,...minus the spending ( which was "unpatriotically" 1/2 trillion per year deficit then, but 3X that now is "good")
Posted by D Doe, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:09 am
'Please' - Selective data. You are either 'forgetful', hallucinating or a liar.
"I had money, a job, and rising house and retirement values under Bush Admin" Not in December 2008, you didn't. The stock market tanked in Bush's last year, and only recently recovered under Obama. If you had a house in December 2008 but have since lost it to foreclosure, sorry. Obama has been trying to get the GOP House to help you. The value of your home was already plummeting in January 2009.
"Unemployment was 5%." Bush left office with consecutive monthly job losses of 750,000 jobs lost per month. Bush has the worst job creation numbers in history. It took Obama policies a couple quarters to reverse the tide of massive Bush monthly job losses. We have now had 23 consecutive months of private sector job growth, creating several million jobs. Not enough, we need the GOP House to actually do what they promised in 2010 - help create jobs.
"which was "unpatriotically" 1/2 trillion per year deficit then, but 3X that now " Wrong.
Bush left Obama with the first trillion dollar deficit in history, and the worst economy in 80 years. Spending had to go up from Bush's trillion dollar deficit to spur recovery (see Bush job loss/Obama growth.)
All this after Bush was handed a SURPLUS by Bill Clinton
Posted by No more war, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2012 at 11:04 pm
Like George W. Bush Romney wants to use our overblown military to attack Iran - he's even said so. Sorry but I can't vote for any Presidential candidate who has stated that he wants to go to war.
History has taught us that war never solved anything and it certainly won't in this case. Nuclear weapons will continue to proliferate to more and more countries around the world, just eliminating them in one country won't solve anything.
Posted by Perspective, a resident of the Greater Miranda neighborhood, on Apr 30, 2012 at 10:50 am
Rodney: DDoe and No More War are not able to see big picture, or connect dots. They focus in on a slice of time, without seeing what led up to that slice, and what that slice did or did not result in. They distort the truth (for example calling it "Bush deficit" for FY 2009 in the link above...That was a great one at illustrating the complete inability to see, let alone understand, what happened in 2009. And, of course, the usual canard about the Clinton "surplus" and "No WMD in Iraq".....hahahaha)!!
It is useless to try to teach them, all we can do is defeat them by voting their Party out of power by a huge margin, and replacing them NOT with RINOs/Neocons ( the "Compassionate Conservate label fooled me....I didn't understand it meant "bigger government, spend more, to buy votes, like the Dems have been doing for years), but Constitutional Conservatives.
Posted by J Kelton, a resident of another community, on May 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm
Back to the topic, after that sad episode of desecration by Perspective.
Here ya go, boys and girls, Romney flip flops again, this time sacrificing the nation's security to appease the homophobe wing of the far right fringe that is today's republican party. Romney carefully selects the best Bush man for the job, then fires him.
Wow, does this guy ever do anything right the first time? Or the second, for that matter?
"Richard Grenell, the openly gay spokesman recently hired to sharpen the foreign policy message of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, has resigned in the wake of a full-court press by anti-gay conservatives. [...]
According to sources familiar with the situation, Grenell decided to resign after being kept under wraps during a time when national security issues, including the president’s ad concerning Osama bin Laden, had emerged front and center in the campaign." Web Link
The appointee fired by Romney was one of many on his team that worked for George Bush.
No one has yet to identify any way in which Romney will be significantly different than Bush.
Posted by Campbell, a resident of the Palo Alto Orchards neighborhood, on May 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm
So someone finally ran off Perspective after his desecrating the memory of American soldiers; one wonders what name he will post under now.
Back to topic. Romney is the Bush Policies revisited - tax cuts for millionaires and cronies, no foreign policy experience or the intellectual curiosity to even visit overseas. Hiring the bush boys - Bolton, hiring then firing Grendell, etc.
Lest we forget how bad the Bush days were, Obama inherited an economy that was LOSING 800,000 jobs a month from Bush and his polices.
The overall picture:
When President Obama took office, there were 110,985,000 workers in the private sector, and the number was dropping fast thanks to the Bush economic crisis—more than 800,000 jobs had been lost in the previous month alone. Today, there are 111,020,000 workers in the private sector. Not near enough growth, but recall Bush was losing 800,000 a month. It took a more than a year to finally stop the Bush job losses, since February, 2010 we've added 4,247,000 private sector jobs.
Compare Obama's record of 35,000 private sector jobs created despite inheriting the worst economy since the great depression with George W. Bush's private sector jobs record - he took office with 111,631,000 private sector jobs. 8 years later, it was down by 646,000.
* Private sector jobs: Up by 35,000
* Public sector jobs: Down 608,000
* Stock market: Up by 64%
And under Bush:
* Private sector jobs: Down by 646,000
* Public sector jobs: Up by 1.7 million
* Stock market: Down 24%
Who's the Capitalist now?
No more Bush failures, America can not afford to go back to the Bush disaster by having Romney repeat the Bush policies, with the same Bush cronies.
Of course, amazingly enough, all this is projected to "get better" in these unbiased news sources, starting in 2013, if we re-elect Obama.
I submit nothing improves until we get rid of him and all Democrat control, reverse the hugely damaging effects of the Community Reinvestment Act perverted by Dodd and Frank and still in place; overturn the centralization of banking power done in "financial reform" by Obama/Dems; tear down the EPA blocks on coal, oil, builders, pipelines; take down the attack dogs of NLRB on private businesses and their decisions; overturn Obamacare; get rid of the now yearly 800 billion in "stimulus" funds that do nothing; and reverse the relentlessly constant attacks and threats on "the rich", scaring away investors..to list a few things.
Posted by Perspective, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 12, 2012 at 10:45 am Perspective is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
As an aside;
Jkelton, Ddoe and Campbell: Good try to claim that I was desecrating the memory of soldiers who died in Iraq when I laughed at the assertion that there were no WMD in Iraq. The desecration comes from those who think they died in vain, "looking for" WMD that "wasn't there". The sheer ignorance of such statements makes me laugh, to keep me from crying.
Posted by That User Name is already, a resident of another community, on May 12, 2012 at 11:01 am That User Name is already is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Well, look 'what the cat drug in....'
Perspective comes back two week after desecrating American soldiers, and he shows up in the very same thread!
Right after a post about 5,000 Americans losing their lives searching for WMD: "Iraq cost the lives of 5,000 Americans.... Iraq never attacked the US. There was no WMD."
Perspective wrote: "And, of course, the usual canard ... "No WMD in Iraq".....hahahaha)!! "
You be the judge, see: "Posted by Perspective, on Apr 30, 2012 at 10:50 am". Obviously, 5,000 American lives are just a laughing matter to Perspective.
Now Perspective shows back up to the thread about Romney promising to repeat Bush policies and says nothing about the topic, just repeating noise about how the effects of Bush's disastrous recession are Obama's fault.