Please name some of Bush’s Policies?

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I keep hearing liberals talking about Bush’s policies that ruined the economy. Can anyone name any of these policies AND their direct effects on the economy?

I can name a couple, however they seem to contradict what liberals are claiming.

1) April 2001 – FY2002 Budget, Bush declares Fannie and Freddie out of control.
2) May 2002 – OMB Prompt Letter to OFHEO, 5/29/02, Bush calls for corporate regulation to apply to Fannie and Freddie.
3) September 2003 – Treasury Secretary Snow calls for “legislation to create a new Federal agency to regulate and supervise the financial activities of our housing-related government sponsored enterprises”
4) February 2004 – The President’s FY05 Budget again highlights the risk posed by the explosive growth of the GSEs and their low levels of required capital, and called for creation of a new, world-class regulator.
5) August 2005 – President Bush emphatically calls on Congress to pass a reform package for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying “first things first when it comes to those two institutions. Congress needs to get them reformed, get them streamlined, get them focused, and then I will consider other options.”
6) December 2005 – President Bush again warns Congress of the need to pass legislation reforming GSEs.
7) March 2008 – President Bush calls on Congress to take action and “move forward with reforms on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They need to continue to modernize the FHA, as well as allow State housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to homeowners to refinance their mortgages.”

Each time, these attempts by Bush were thwarted primarily by Democrats in Congress. Why do you claim it was Bush’s policies that screwed us?
Batik: This question was about the economy. You are quick to point out that Republicans held the majority in Congress until 2004. If you want to point fingers in this manner, I will remind you that until 2005 – when the Dems took control – the US economy experience UNPRECEDENTED growth with the lowest unemplyment rates in 30 years, the lowest relative inflation EVER, a GDP that dwarfed any since before the Carter Administration, and some of the lowest interest rates ever had.

12 Comments
  1. Reply
    Flawbit
    November 10, 2011 at 9:41 am

    They need a finger to point that doesnt point back at them,

    Unemployment was down, till teh lib congress

    i was making more money this year working then ever before> till the lib congress…

  2. Reply
    meatheadfrompax
    November 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Spend, Borrow, Spend, Borrow, Spend some more.

  3. Reply
    Kitty Kat
    November 10, 2011 at 10:28 am

    This economic mess has been brewing before Pres. Bush. It just bubbled over during his term. I do think this mess was exacerbated with the years of war spending, the decline of the war, and rise in oil prices. These are not the only chips playing in economy crash – many were involved.

  4. Reply
    TroubleMaker
    November 10, 2011 at 11:07 am

    We do not negotiate with anyone we do not like .
    We must investigate everyone for possible terrorist connections by going through your bank records and listening to you phone calls and reading your e-mails and blogs .
    The constitution is just a piece of paper to be gotten around .
    I could go on but the destruction of the United States is his primary objective .
    A one world government is his sole purpose .

  5. Reply
    Holy Cow
    November 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Bush was warned about 9/11 and did nothing.

    enough said.

  6. Reply
    steve j
    November 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    You forgot torture
    illegal wiretaps
    unwarranted invasion
    Plamegate
    illegal detention
    domestic spying

  7. Reply
    Dk
    November 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve heard from a teacher that The ‘No Child Left Behind Act” causes schools to cut budgets and therefore they pay incoming teaches less and dont give raises as much… since it punishes the schools for bad grades. suppose that could effect the economy some.

    (this is what a teacher told me)

  8. Reply
    GH
    November 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    You won’t get many answers with this, all they know is what the media has told them about President Bush, and they believe it. It’s really scary how the highest office has been demeaned by mainstream media outlets. The Democrats in Congress caused this Wall Street meltdown, but we are allowing them to hold congressional meetings on where to put the blame. Democrats have a record of playing the blame game.

  9. Reply
    Victory !
    November 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Just put a link up for #7 if you would. Since everything prior is GOP controlled House and Senate and Bush, therefore irrelevant.

    George W Bush “The Ownership Society”
    “More and more people own their homes in America today. Two-thirds of all Americans own their homes, yet we have a problem here in America because few than half of the Hispanics and half the African Americans own the home. That’s a homeownership gap. It’s a — it’s a gap that we’ve got to work together to close for the good of our country, for the sake of a more hopeful future. We’ve got to work to knock down the barriers that have created a homeownership gap.

    I set an ambitious goal. It’s one that I believe we can achieve. It’s a clear goal, that by the end of this decade we’ll increase the number of minority homeowners by at least 5.5 million families. (Applause.)

    Some may think that’s a stretch. I don’t think it is. I think it is realistic. I know we’re going to have to work together to achieve it. But when we do our communities will be stronger and so will our economy. Achieving the goal is going to require some good policies out of Washington. And it’s going to require a strong commitment from those of you involved in the housing industry.
    o open up the doors of homeownership there are some barriers, and I want to talk about four that need to be overcome. First, down payments. A lot of folks can’t make a down payment. They may be qualified. They may desire to buy a home, but they don’t have the money to make a down payment. I think if you were to talk to a lot of families that are desirous to have a home, they would tell you that the down payment is the hurdle that they can’t cross. And one way to address that is to have the federal government participate.

    And so we’ve called upon Congress to set up what’s called the American Dream Down Payment Fund, which will provide financial grants to local governments to help first-time home buyers who qualify to make the down payment on their home. If a down payment is a problem, there’s a way we can address that. And when Congress funds the program, this should help 200,000 new families over the next five years become first-time home buyers. ”

  10. Reply
    Batik
    November 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Your only problem with this senario is that the Republicans had a majority in both the House and Senate until 2004. President Bush has not provided leadership in anything but getting us into Iraq, keeping us there and telling us to shop. These vague mutterings about reform are not specific enough to provide leadership.

    If we had financed our own war rather than having Bush spread money borrowed from China in Iraq we all would be better off now.

    Bush’s policies on pre emptive strikes, attacking a Country because it might attack us.

    Bush’s total mismanagement of the War in Iraq and having millions of dollars unaccounted for that went to corrupt leaders and down some rabbit hole.

    Bush’s refusal to reign in spending but rather advising shopping.

    Bush’s refusal to really commit and take a leadership role in Global Warming.

    The list could go on and on.

  11. Reply
    Riley
    November 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Eight years of parroted, highly over repeated wag the dog propaganda catch phrases to make all Americans Paranoid.

    Axis of evil, Terror, 9/11, War of terror, Evil World, Threat, Weapons of mass destruction, Osama Bin Ladin, Home land security, Iraq, Camp Hope, Taliban, Al Quida, Saddam Hussein, Alert , Troops, Afghanistan, Iran, Invasion, Strike, Nuclear, Bail out, Pakistan, Syria, Georgia. Middle East, Muslim, Attack, Oil, America.

    I hope we don’t have to listen to, My Friends, Bomb Iran, Putin over reapeated along with, Alaaaaaaska, Maaaaverick .

  12. Reply
    My Performing Chickenhawks
    November 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    the bush docrtrine of “pre-emptive war” has been a DISASTER for the USA (seen the dollars wasted lately?)

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