President Obama added more to the Federal Debt in 4 Years than Reagan and Bush did in 8 Years
The Left hated Republican Ronald Reagan. Because his policies worked. He cut federal income tax rates. And those cuts in tax rates increased tax revenue coming into the federal treasury by 75.8% during his 8 years in office (see Table 1.1—Summary of Receipts, Outlays, and Surpluses or Deficits (-): 1789–2017). Even though the Left likes spending money and loves having more money flowing into the treasury they can’t stand that this growth in tax revenue came from a cut in tax rates. So they focus on his deficits.
They say, yes, he generated great economic activity, but at what cost? He added $1.69 trillion to the federal debt (see A History of Debt In The United States) in his 8 years ($2.51 trillion in 2012 dollars). The Left say he was irresponsible, reckless and was mortgaging our children’s future. While President Obama has added $5.39 trillion to the federal debt. In only FOUR years. That’s just over twice what Reagan added in only half the time. On top of that tax revenue fell 2.19% from where they were in 2008. Yet President Obama is not irresponsible, reckless or mortgaging our children’s future. Instead the Left blames the Republicans because they won’t increase tax rates.
Republican George W. Bush added $3.15 trillion to the federal debt over his 8 years. President Obama’s 4 years in office outdid that by 1.7 times. And Bush beefed up homeland security after 9/11. Fought the War in Afghanistan. And the Iraq War. Bush cut taxes, too. Not as much as Reagan. Probably explaining why he didn’t increase tax revenues as much as Reagan. After his 8 years in office he increased tax revenues by 24.6%. While President Obama decreased tax revenue by 2.19% after his first 4 years in office. Yet George W. Bush was irresponsible, reckless and mortgaging our children’s future. While President Obama is not.
President Obama vowed to Shut Down Gitmo and try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a U.S. Court
The Left really hated George W. Bush. They didn’t just want to impeach him. They wanted to arrest him for war crimes for his invasion of Iraq. Among other things. They called him every dirty name in the book. Even accused him of trying to give himself dictatorial powers. Which is what the Patriot Act did according to the Left. There are few things that angered the Left more. They hated the powers it gave the president in the War on Terror. Even allowing warrantless wiretaps on Americans.
If an American citizen was talking to someone with known terrorist connections the Bush administration didn’t need to go to a judge. They could just listen into private phone calls like in any other dictatorship. The Patriot Act was everything that was wrong with George W. Bush. And his assault on personal liberties. But when President Obama renewed the Patriot Act the Left did not call President Obama every dirty name in the book. Or accuse him of trying to amass dictatorial powers. After he renewed the Patriot Act all criticism of the Patriot Act just went away. Just as the daily body count in the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan went away from the network news broadcasts once President Obama moved into the White House.
As the War on Terror progressed the U.S. started taking terrorists into captivity. People who wore no uniform. Who fought for no state signatory to the Geneva Convention. Who followed no rules. And killed indiscriminately. Men. Women. Even children. The U.S. incarcerated these most dangerous outlaws on the island of Cuba. At Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Gitmo. Including the mastermind of 9/11. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The Left called this a travesty of justice. They wanted to shut down Gitmo. Transfer these men to U.S. prisons in the United States. And give them proper trials. They even wanted to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City. Not far from Ground Zero. For these prisoners in Gitmo deserved the full protection of the American criminal justice system. Not military tribunals. President Obama vowed to shut down Gitmo if elected. And give these outlaws the full protection of the U.S. legal system.
President Obama acted as Judge, Jury and Executioner when Targeting and Killing Americans Abroad
But that’s not the only thing the war criminal George W. Bush did. He also tortured people. He water boarded three terrorists. And held people in foreign countries where they did who knows what to these terrorists. To gather intelligence. To help the U.S. interdict terrorist strikes against America. And to ultimately lead us to Osama bin Laden. But to the Left these things were just beyond the pale. Crimes against humanity. They wanted to do to Bush what Bush was doing to these terrorists. They even applauded when foreign states issued arrest warrants for George W. Bush should he travel to their countries. President Obama was going to reverse the damage Bush did to the reputation of the U.S. And make America the law-abiding nation it once was.
It’s now 2013 and Gitmo is still open. And those terrorists are still there. Also, they’re being tried in military tribunals. Not the American criminal justice system. Yet the Left doesn’t call President Obama a war criminal. Terrorist incarcerations are down, too. Thanks to his policy of drone strikes. And his kill list. Instead of capturing terrorists he just kills them. Without a trial. Along with any innocent civilians who had the misfortune to be near these terrorists during these drone strikes. Who are identified as terrorists after the fact. So his drone strikes don’t kill any innocent civilians. Not taking prisoners solves the problems of what to do with terrorists in American custody. But dead terrorists can’t give us intelligence that can interdict future terror strikes. While dead terrorists and dead innocent civilians incite anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world. That has led to al Qaeda recruitment. And attacks on U.S. embassies.
But President Obama is doing something that George W. Bush never did. While the Left attacked the Bush administration for their legal defense of enhanced interrogation techniques (what the Left calls torture) the Obama administration had a legal defense of their own. But it wasn’t to justify water boarding three terrorists to gain useful intelligence. It was for killing Americans in foreign countries who MAY present a threat to the U.S. Which he has done. Three times. Without due process. Where the president acted as judge, jury and executioner. Like someone with dictatorial powers. Yet the Left doesn’t call President Obama a war criminal. Despite doing a lot of the same things George W. Bush did. And worse. Like targeting and killing Americans abroad.
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