Bush slams Obama on economy, puts foot in mouth

When I saw this I knew it was going to outrage me more than Obama’s policies currently are. President Bush has opened his mouth for first time slamming some of President Obama’s policies and defending some of his own.

The Washington Times reports:

ERIE, Pa.| Former President George W. Bush fired a salvo at President Obama on Wednesday, asserting his administration’s interrogation policies were within the law, declaring the private sector — not government — will fix the economy and rejecting the nationalization of health care.

“I know it’s going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we’re in,” the former president said to applause from members of a local business group. “You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money.”

Repeatedly in his hourlong speech and question-and-answer session, Mr. Bush said he would not directly criticize the new president, who has moved to take over financial institutions and several large corporations. Several times, however, he took direct aim at Obama policies as he defended his own during eight years in office.

“Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States,” he said to huge cheers.

Well President Bush, if the government is to create an environment where people take risks and then either succeed or fail on their own merit, then why did you support the original $700 billion bailout back in September/October of 2008? If you truly believe the private sector will work out the kinks, then why didn’t you let it? In fact, I blame President Bush for the bailout mentality we still have under President Obama. Had President Bush not succumbed to the government rescue plan from the get-go, President Obama may be having a tougher time selling nationalization of the auto and health care industries now.

This is semi-infuriating to hear President Bush now sound like a champion for capitalism when we all witnessed him say that he believes in free markets, which is why he has to use socialist policies to save them. He began this trend and now we have a President who is even more on board. Again, how was Bush’s original $700 billion bailout different from Obama’s current bailouts? Perhaps in scope but the intentions and results were the same. Some companies which were bailed out still went bankrupt which was just a waste of taxpayer money.

This isn’t to say Obama has an excuse, he simply doesn’t for his irrational, failing government-first economic policies. President Bush just started top-toeing down this progressive road and Obama is now hitting the gas on it.

Bush continued:

Mr. Bush weighed in on some of the most pressing issues of the day: the election in Iran, the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, and his administration’s interrogation policies of terrorists held there and elsewhere. The former president has not commented on Mr. Obama’s decision to ban “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as waterboarding, which the current president has called “off course” and “based on fear.”

“The way I decided to address the problem was twofold: One, use every technique and tool within the law to bring terrorists to justice before they strike again,” he said, adding that the country needs to stay on offense, not defense. On Guantanamo, which while in office Mr. Bush said he wanted to close, the former president was diplomatic.

“I told you I’m not going to criticize my successor,” he said. “I’ll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don’t believe that — persuasion isn’t going to work. Therapy isn’t going to cause terrorists to change their mind.”

I applaud him for not backing down on the prosecution of the War on Terror. We have been safe for the years after 9/11 and I believe it is in part to the Bush administration and the brave men and women who put their lives on the line defending this country.