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(CNN)   If you ask George W. Bush what he regrets about his presidency, it isn't the failure to capture or kill Bin Laden, or starting two drawn out wars. No, he regrets his name being attached to some deficit driving tax cuts   (money.cnn.com) divider line 148
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2012-04-10 02:08:33 PM
www.smh.com.au
 
2012-04-10 02:08:37 PM
I mentally insert W's cackle at the end of every quote of his I read.
 
2012-04-10 02:08:56 PM
That the pretzel wasn't successful?
 
2012-04-10 02:09:02 PM

Some 'Splainin' To Do: My problem with the guy was never that he didn't seem like a nice enough fellow when he wasn't doing his job. On the have-a-beer scale, Bush really does rate fairly high.


Sorry, the guy comes across at all times like a complete assmunch.
 
2012-04-10 02:09:36 PM
0.tqn.com
 
2012-04-10 02:09:44 PM
Bush has not gotten into any mudslinging after his presidency - he is a class act. Let's see how classly Mr Obama is after January 20, 2012.


www.rense.com
 
2012-04-10 02:09:53 PM
Santorum just quit. Rmoney 4 life!
 
2012-04-10 02:10:16 PM
they are no longer the "bush tax cuts", they are the "current tax rate".

however, it's in obamas interest to label them as bush's, so when he raises taxes he can look the people in the eye and tell them that he's not raising their taxes.
 
2012-04-10 02:11:23 PM
karnal

Bush has not gotten into any mudslinging after his presidency - he is a class act. Let's see how classly classy Mr Obama is after January 20, 2012.


In before the grammer nazis...
 
2012-04-10 02:11:35 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-10 02:12:35 PM

Marcus Aurelius: George campaigned for these on the promise that they would be temporary. So now he's saying he's a filthy liar.


There was nothing, seriously nothing, stopping the Republicans from writing it as a 'permanent' tax cut. Permanent in the sense that it would take affirmative action to raise taxes, not be in the situation where a president (say a lame-duck Obama) can allow them to go up automatically by pocketing the bill.

Nothing except long-term deficit concerns, I guess, but you wouldn't go to war in Iraq (or pass Medicare Part D) if you had those concerns.
 
2012-04-10 02:12:45 PM
"If you raise taxes on these so-called rich, you're really raising taxes on the job creators"

Because as you can plainly see from the Bush Tax Cuts, after the cuts went into affect unemployment fell from around 5% all the way down to about 10%. They clearly worked!
 
2012-04-10 02:13:50 PM
Job Creators!
 
2012-04-10 02:14:28 PM

karnal: Bush has not gotten into any mudslinging after his presidency - he is a class act. Let's see how classly Mr Obama is after January 20, 2012.


Wait, you think Obama isn't going to be re-elected and then you imply he's the one who's dreaming in this picture?

You. Are. Adorable!
 
2012-04-10 02:14:32 PM

21-7-b: [noo_kyu_lur_bomb.jpg]


You know, I had a dream the other night that Newt Gingrich had won the Presidency and was celebrating by nuking the ever-loving shiat out of the US. Just farking mushroom clouds everywhere.

I don't know what this means.

/Nuke Gingrich
 
2012-04-10 02:14:42 PM

LarryDan43: Santorum just quit. Rmoney 4 life!


santorum dropping out?
 
2012-04-10 02:14:51 PM
"And if the goal is to create private sector growth, you have to recognize that the best way is to leave capital in the treasuries of the job creators."

So money sitting around not be used to hire employees or business equipment is the best use to create jobs?

You already get TAX CUTS for hiring people or for investing in your business so these tax cuts only help you if you are NOT investing your capital back into your business.

This is such a BS argument and no one calls the GOP out on this bullshiat. The only money this helps not being taxed is money NOT used to hire more people not the other way around.
 
2012-04-10 02:15:19 PM

karnal: karnal

Bush has not gotten into any mudslinging after his presidency - he is a class act. Let's see how classly classy Mr Obama is after January 20, 2012.


In before the grammer nazis...


Still can't read a calendar ;)
 
2012-04-10 02:15:25 PM
beta.images.theglobeandmail.com

the nightmare
 
2012-04-10 02:17:27 PM

21-7-b: [beta.images.theglobeandmail.com image 620x348]

the nightmare


That frighten look perfectly summarizes the Republican Party.

/Vote Republican
 
2012-04-10 02:17:52 PM

colon_pow: however, it's in obamas interest to label them as bush's, so when he raises taxes he can look the people in the eye and tell them that he's not raising their taxes.


Well the Republicans said they were "temporary" where they lying to hide their costs? Tirck us that they were only 1.6 TRILLION but are actually going add much much more to the deficit?
 
2012-04-10 02:18:02 PM
You know, I have a bit of a theory about Bush revisionism, which we see a lot of currently.

I don't know about you guys, but now it seems like you just can't find anyone willing to admit they voted for the guy. They just can't. I also think that a lot of people that voted for Bush - young conservatives in particular - are now Paultards. I feel like instead of owning up to their monumentally stupid decision to get him re-elected they simply switched political allegiance. They keep spewing derp but now conveniently get to claim to be "non-partisan" because they're "libertarians".

They're now all of a sudden opposed to wars and the Patriot Act, but cheered on all of this shiat when their team was at the helm. The divisions about Iraq, gay marriage, Guantanamo, authorized torture...the split on these issues was pretty much liberal and conservative. I can't for the life of me remember were "Libertarians" stood on the issue. Zip. Nada. Crickets.
 
2012-04-10 02:19:07 PM
BKITU

You know, I had a dream the other night that Newt Gingrich had won the Presidency and was celebrating by nuking the ever-loving shiat out of the US. Just farking mushroom clouds everywhere.

I don't know what this means.

/Nuke Gingrich


could mean gingrich is going to go all 24 and launch some kind of attack with blackwater. we should be wary.
 
2012-04-10 02:20:14 PM

Crunch61: karnal: karnal

Bush has not gotten into any mudslinging after his presidency - he is a class act. Let's see how classly classy Mr Obama is after January 20, 2012.


In before the grammer nazis...

Still can't read a calendar ;)


He's so excited about President Romney he can't even tell what year it is.
 
2012-04-10 02:22:49 PM

Zerochance: You know, I have a bit of a theory about Bush revisionism, which we see a lot of currently.

I don't know about you guys, but now it seems like you just can't find anyone willing to admit they voted for the guy. They just can't. I also think that a lot of people that voted for Bush - young conservatives in particular - are now Paultards. I feel like instead of owning up to their monumentally stupid decision to get him re-elected they simply switched political allegiance. They keep spewing derp but now conveniently get to claim to be "non-partisan" because they're "libertarians".

They're now all of a sudden opposed to wars and the Patriot Act, but cheered on all of this shiat when their team was at the helm. The divisions about Iraq, gay marriage, Guantanamo, authorized torture...the split on these issues was pretty much liberal and conservative. I can't for the life of me remember were "Libertarians" stood on the issue. Zip. Nada. Crickets.


You just described one of these cowards (new window)
 
2012-04-10 02:23:49 PM
Lest we also not forget, even if he has: 9/11, Katrina, mortgage meltdown ...
 
2012-04-10 02:27:08 PM
I think Bush is responsible for everybody dead in Iraq from his half-assed invasion and occupation based on a pack of lies.
 
2012-04-10 02:27:23 PM
Hmmm. Seems he thinks I don't miss him yet.
 
2012-04-10 02:28:20 PM
I regret Bush.

Every thing else - details.
 
2012-04-10 02:31:59 PM
FTA: Unlike many Republicans who have made harsh criticisms of President Obama, Bush did not criticize his successor by name, saying, "I don't believe it's in the interest of our country to undermine our president and I don't intend to do so."

RINO!
 
2012-04-10 02:32:47 PM

Some 'Splainin' To Do: make me some tea: Well, at least he has more class than most Republicans...

Unlike many Republicans who have made harsh criticisms of President Obama, Bush did not criticize his successor by name, saying, "I don't believe it's in the interest of our country to undermine our president and I don't intend to do so."

My problem with the guy was never that he didn't seem like a nice enough fellow when he wasn't doing his job. On the have-a-beer scale, Bush really does rate fairly high.

The problem is that he seemed to be a) incompetent and b) willing to hand off the work to horrible people like Cheney and c) he flat out lied about important aspects of what he was doing.


Agreed.
 
2012-04-10 02:32:55 PM
They still blame Hoover which indicates that many many years from now they are probably still gonna blame the boy king for his depression.

As they should.
 
2012-04-10 02:33:07 PM

Corvus: colon_pow: however, it's in obamas interest to label them as bush's, so when he raises taxes he can look the people in the eye and tell them that he's not raising their taxes.

Well the Republicans said they were "temporary" where they lying to hide their costs? Tirck us that they were only 1.6 TRILLION but are actually going add much much more to the deficit?


didn't obama extend those in Dec, 2010?
 
2012-04-10 02:36:20 PM

chimp_ninja: Dusk-You-n-Me: His regrets seem to be evolving.

Asked by ABC News' Charles Gibson what he would do differently, Mr Bush replied: "I don't know - the biggest regret of all the presidency has to have been the intelligence failure in Iraq. Link (new window)

What's George W. Bush's biggest regret as president? That he didn't privatize Social Security, he told a group in Chicago on Thursday. Link (new window)

I guess there's just so many to choose from!

He's kind of sad as an ex-President. Hell, Jimmy Carter has more clout than Bush Jr. these days.


At least there's this:

Unlike many Republicans who have made harsh criticisms of President Obama, Bush did not criticize his successor by name, saying, "I don't believe it's in the interest of our country to undermine our president and I don't intend to do so."
 
2012-04-10 02:38:48 PM

colon_pow: Corvus: colon_pow: however, it's in obamas interest to label them as bush's, so when he raises taxes he can look the people in the eye and tell them that he's not raising their taxes.

Well the Republicans said they were "temporary" where they lying to hide their costs? Tirck us that they were only 1.6 TRILLION but are actually going add much much more to the deficit?

didn't obama extend those in Dec, 2010?


President Obama signed a compromised bill, giving the GOP House what they wanted - extension of what were supposed to be temporary tax rates - in exchange for what he (Obama) wanted - an extension of UI benefits.

That's a simplified version, but if you're asking "Who pushed for the rates' extension?", the answer is not "Obama".
 
2012-04-10 02:39:07 PM

NewportBarGuy: It was just to give the "surplus" back to you lovely, pretty, intelligent, amazingly awesome taxpayers.

Sorry we're now horribly in debt. But, we really should keep the status quo.

You know what pisses me off most? I'm really OK with targeted tax cuts to consumers who will spend the difference actually purchasing goods and services. I'm not sure of it, but I'm pretty sure that when you cut taxes by $1,000 on the middle class ($75k-40K) [That's my definition of middle-class] they will most likely spend $1,250-$1,500 buying things with the money and on credit because of the wealth multiplier. They feel like hey have more money, so they spend a little bit more than they actually have because of debt instruments feeling they can pay off the excess next year or whenever. That? That actually helps the economy. no, it isn't sustainable because people do spend more than they can afford, but it's a helluva lot better than what we have now. People too terrified to make large purchases because they feel poor, and they are afraid of debt because they aren't sure if they'll have a job next year.

Instead, we cut taxes without a commensurate decrease in spending meaning we HAVE to increase taxes to pay off our debt. We also have to cut spending, but all of us here know how likely that is. Bowles-Simpson was an honest audit and financial recommendation and it was crapped all over. We're not getting any spending cuts, so we NEED more revenue to fund our spending.

The Bush Tax Cuts need to expire because they had about as much foresight as the Iraqi occupation or anything else Bush touched. It was good for the moment, and then reality kicks in. I'm so sick and tired of paying for short-sighted bullsh*t. Raise the taxes and just fix our current account problem. As soon as we're not running a yearly trillion-dollar f*cking deficit, then we can talk about how we move forward.


That is a lucid, intelligent, well thought-out objection.....Overruled.

The problem is that US government isn't every trying to pretend to care about deficits or the national debt. Wow!!! we're going to let the Bush tax cuts expire....dive by 7, carry the 1...Nope, we're still running Trillion dollar deficits.

If the government was actually getting serious about the budget..Like really serious....like they had found a way to cut out $600-700 billion (or more), with plans to cut more in the future and not just keep on spending...and they needed the tax revenue to balance (or nearly balance) the budget (And I mean "for real" balanced; not the silly accounting games they play where they move money around and make it look balanced on paper)...and they needed to raise taxes to do it...

I'd begrudgingly support it...

Instead, this is just political pandering. It's finding someone for the average joe to blame. This money isn't going to do anything, it's not going to save the economy or balance the budget...The government is still going to spend way beyond what it takes in.

As for Warren buffet.... While I respect him as one of the greatest financial minds ever. His opinion is worthless when it comes to the "common man". It's easy to say to raise taxes when he has as much money as he does. His tax rate is meaningless.

The guy is worth $50 billion(give or take a few billion)...you could take 98% of his net worth and he'd still have a $ 1 billion.....you could take take 99.99% of his net-worth....and he'd still have $5,000,000. He's so far into another world financially that it's impossible for his opinion to be relevant when it comes to the middle class.
 
2012-04-10 02:39:12 PM

NateGrey: Zerochance: You know, I have a bit of a theory about Bush revisionism, which we see a lot of currently.

I don't know about you guys, but now it seems like you just can't find anyone willing to admit they voted for the guy. They just can't. I also think that a lot of people that voted for Bush - young conservatives in particular - are now Paultards. I feel like instead of owning up to their monumentally stupid decision to get him re-elected they simply switched political allegiance. They keep spewing derp but now conveniently get to claim to be "non-partisan" because they're "libertarians".

They're now all of a sudden opposed to wars and the Patriot Act, but cheered on all of this shiat when their team was at the helm. The divisions about Iraq, gay marriage, Guantanamo, authorized torture...the split on these issues was pretty much liberal and conservative. I can't for the life of me remember were "Libertarians" stood on the issue. Zip. Nada. Crickets.

You just described one of these cowards (new window)


Absolutely, but not of all them are Paultards, I don't believe.
 
2012-04-10 02:39:18 PM

colon_pow: Corvus: colon_pow: however, it's in obamas interest to label them as bush's, so when he raises taxes he can look the people in the eye and tell them that he's not raising their taxes.

Well the Republicans said they were "temporary" where they lying to hide their costs? Tirck us that they were only 1.6 TRILLION but are actually going add much much more to the deficit?

didn't obama extend those in Dec, 2010?


Obtuse dumbass is a Republican.
 
2012-04-10 02:40:40 PM
Headso

Crunch61: karnal: karnal

Bush has not gotten into any mudslinging after his presidency - he is a class act. Let's see how classly classy Mr Obama is after January 20, 2012.


In before the grammer nazis...

Still can't read a calendar ;)

He's so excited about President Romney he can't even tell what year it is.



hell yeah....can't wait to get my free 'special underwear'.
 
2012-04-10 02:41:36 PM

MrBallou: I'm so gullible. I actually entertained the thought, before I clicked the link, that he might be regretting the horrible effects it has had on the country.


QFT. That SOB should get back to something he's good at, like running a business running a baseball team drinking responsibly riding a Segway eating pretzels public speaking writing clearing brush... oh. shiat. Carry on.
 
2012-04-10 02:42:35 PM
Well, he did help clear up the mess Harold and Kumar got themselves into, so there's that.
 
2012-04-10 02:45:08 PM

karnal: karnal

Bush has not gotten into any mudslinging after his presidency - he is a class act. Let's see how classly classy Mr Obama is after January 20, 2012.


In before the grammer nazis...


hm 2012 you say? bwahhahahaa.
 
2012-04-10 02:49:45 PM
He should be seen and not heard.

No disrespect intended.
 
2012-04-10 02:50:33 PM

karnal: Bush has not gotten into any mudslinging after his presidency - he is a class act. Let's see how classly Mr Obama is after January 20, 2012.


Is the answer "as classy during his second term as he has been during his first term"?
 
2012-04-10 02:51:26 PM

karnal: Headso

Crunch61: karnal: karnal

Bush has not gotten into any mudslinging after his presidency - he is a class act. Let's see how classly classy Mr Obama is after January 20, 2012.


In before the grammer nazis...

Still can't read a calendar ;)

He's so excited about President Romney he can't even tell what year it is.


hell yeah....can't wait to get my free 'special underwear'.


You only get a pair if you are an all day sucker that supports his tax plan.
 
2012-04-10 02:52:58 PM
Laughing in his grave.
upload.wikimedia.org
"If the American people don't love me, their descendants will."
 
2012-04-10 02:53:58 PM

Marcus Aurelius: George campaigned for these on the promise that they would be temporary. So now he's saying he's a filthy liar.


And yet Obama signed the dotted line to extend....hrm.
 
2012-04-10 02:57:15 PM
That's because he wrote off Bin Laden as 'irrelevant', and thought the 2 wars were a smashing success... Remember guys, were not talking Einstein smart here, we're not even really talking Clifford The Big Red Dog smart... He's lucky he found the podium and the microphone.
 
2012-04-10 02:57:48 PM
I'd like to imagine that if I was the President on Sept. 11, 2001 my greatest regret would be no doing more (or being able to do more) to prevent a terrorist attack on American soil. But, obviously not being able to give permanent tax cuts to the super rich would be right up there.
 
2012-04-10 03:00:45 PM

what_now: Remember the time he said the "worst" moment of his presidency was when Kayne West made fun of him?

Not 9/11. Not Katrina. Not the bodies coming back from Iraq.

Kayne fng West being a jackass.

Even Taylor Swift got over Kanye Fng West being a jackass.


Wasn't the "best" moment supposedly when he caught a fish or something?
 
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