In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, there's an interesting character in it named Emanuel Goldstein. He has no specific dialogue, and in the end, no one really knows whether or not he existed. (Much like Big Brother, but certainly unlike Chairman Obama. He always has something to say, doesn't he ? At this point, we all wish he was a figment of our collective imaginations, but alas, he is quite real.) Goldstein was, according to Ingsoc, the prototypical enemy of the state. He was the reason why the Party was unable to deliver paradise on earth. It was that pesky Goldstein and his damn book that always got in the way. (Or so we're meant to believe. Later in the story, it is revealed that Party Member O'Brien actually wrote the book.) Goldstein gave the Party a scapegoat and an intellectual boogie man to keep the masses in utter confusion.
Hey...this sounds familiar. Instead of Goldstein, here in America, we have George W. Bush. Shout! Shout out his name!
Is it me, or has Amsoc (aka the Democrat Progressivevik Party) created their own Emanuel Goldstein in Bush ? Is it me, but even after the man has been out of office for more than a year, they're still scapegoating him and they're still using terms like "mess I inherited" ? Like Ingsoc, they've created their own mythical dragon to slay over and over to make themselves look pristine and heroic. What are the facts, exactly ? Let's take a look see. (Keep in mind, George W. Bush is not on my Christmas card list, and in no way would I accept him as a friend on Facebook.)
Amsoc Lie Number One: Bush and his cronies are at fault for the economic downturn.
Actually, according to the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), The World Bank, and the ICP (The International Comparison Program), Bush actually expanded the economy by 19% from 2001-2008. In other words, he took what was left to him by Arkansas's Horniest Hick and made it 19% better. I'd be hard pressed to call that a lousy job, wouldn't you ?
Another thing to consider is that under Bush, GDP per capita under Bush was $41,813 in 2005. (This is in purchasing power parity dollars.) Chairman Obama's beloved socialist Europe fared much poorer. The GDP per capita in Britain was about a third lower, Germany finished 37% lower, and Japan finished a whopping 38% lower. Gee, isn't selfless socialism supposed to create stronger economies than selfish capitalism ?
Amsoc Lie Number Two: Bush and his cronies let health care become a national crisis.
That couldn't be further from the truth. In 2007, the US Census reported that 84.7% of Americans had some sort of health care coverage. Under Bush's watch, there was an increase of 3.6% from 2006's total. The funny thing is, Bush did this without tearing down the health care system and replacing it with something akin to creeping euthanasia. The average life expectancy in the US rose to 78 in 2006, up from 77 in 2000. The funny thing about this is it's the same as Germany's that has univeral health care along with insane taxes. In other words, Bush proved, in his Forrest Gump-like way, you can actually improve the health care of the American people by staying the hell out of the way.
Amsoc Lie Number Three: The Bush years were only kind to the rich.
US unemployment from 2001-2007 averaged at 4.7% which is a far cry from from approximate 10% we have now. (I can't trust the numbers Obama's Merry Band of Socialists throws out there on this issue. Remember these are the same folks saving and creating jobs in imaginary congresssional districts, so I'm sure you'll give me a little lattitude when I doubt their numbers.) That compares favorably to the 5.2% unemployment under Clinton and that's waaaay better than the 8.3% in tired, bland, socialist Europe for the same time frame.
Don't get me wrong: A lot went wrong under Bush, and let's face facts, he wasn't the greatest President we've ever had. Govenrment grew at alarming rates under Bush. There was the amnesty for illegal, criminal aliens fiasco. There was the unconstitutional No Child Left Behind crap-ola. There was also the Patriot Act, which I have no doubt that will be turned loose on the American people with gusto by the Obama Gang. Yes, he did give us nightmarish deficit numbers, but at the same time, what President since FDR hasn't ? But to blame him for things that never happened, well, that sounds a little too Ministry of Truth for me.
The next time some Progressivevik starts chanting their Anti-Bush rhetoric, tell them to shove it up their memory hole.