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04-25-2013 04:45 PM  5 years agoPost 1
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The GOP needs to admit its past mistakes, not defend them
Today, The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opens it doors. Some Republicans, like former Bush aide Ed Gillespie and the The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin, are celebrating this moment with defenses of the Bush legacy, assuring us that his economic record was actually good, his visionary foreign policy set the stage for President Obama's counterterrorism successes, and even that BushCare surpasses ObamaCare.

But attempting to apply fresh gloss on a starkly sorry presidential record is the last thing Republicans should be doing — at least if they wish to rescue their public approval from all-time lows. Instead, Republicans should use the opening of the Bush library as a golden opportunity to do what they've been resisting for five years: Embark on an honest reckoning of why Bush's policies failed.

There's no glossing over the fact that Bush's record on job creation is terrible. The Wall Street Journal called it "The Worst Track Record On Record." There's also no disputing that an Iraq war, sold as a "cakewalk" to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction, quickly degraded into a quagmire involving no weapons of mass destruction. Or that the Bush presidency ended with a colossal meltdown of Wall Street that sparked the worst global recession in 70 years.

Bush's conservative economic policies ended in catastrophe. And his conservative foreign policy ended in catastrophe. The twin disasters were a searing experience for most of America. But Republicans have yet to acknowledge their culpability, let alone show an understanding of why their preferred policies went awry, and develop new policies that account for lessons learned.

Until Republicans offer evidence that they have learned from Bush's grievous mistakes, many Americans will continue to question if the Republican Party is serious about actual governing. Granted, it's a lot of failure to own up to. It's always hard to admit when you were wrong.

That said, Democrats have shown how you can distance yourself from past failures without sacrificing core beliefs. On the contrary, it can be a necessary step for exiting the political wilderness and getting a second chance with voters. Democrats seemed beyond help after the consecutive losses of Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, and Michael Dukakis. Carter and Mondale discredited Democrats on the economy and taxes. The Dukakis campaign discredited Democrats on crime and social issues.

Then came Bill Clinton. He put to rest concerns that Democrats are wanton "tax-and-spenders" by flogging a "middle-class tax cut." He reflected frustrations with the results of Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" by pledging to "end welfare as we know it." He brazenly shed the Democratic attachment to rejecting the death penalty by executing a mentally retarded convict during the 1992 campaign. Clinton's maneuvers were clear rebukes to a liberal orthodoxy, designed to win the party a fresh hearing from moderate voters. Yet in the end, they did not spell doom for liberalism, as evidenced by President Barack Obama's Recovery Act, Affordable Care Act, and repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell.

Today's Republicans need a similar ideological recalibration, but they are in a much deeper intellectual hole than the 1992 Democrats. The Republican budget is a libertarian fantasy based on an essentially impossible goal of strict budget balance in 10 years. Four months into a new congressional session, they haven't bothered to write actual legislation for their own stated top legislative priorities. They need a big rethink before they can be taken seriously by voters again.

The Bush library is exactly what Republicans need. Not to defiantly defend one of the worst presidential tenures in history. But to pore through the historical record and come to terms with the flawed assumptions that drove the Bush administration's thinking, or lack thereof. Republicans ready to take on this challenge will have to wait a bit. The library won't open its presidential records to the public until January.

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04-25-2013 04:54 PM  5 years agoPost 2
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The GOP needs to admit its past mistakes
Why?...the left won't....and they have more of them.

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04-25-2013 04:55 PM  5 years agoPost 3
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He was a dumb ass, but i miss him.

Come to think of it, i miss Clinton, Carter, Ford... Safe to say i am not going to miss the bumer.

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04-25-2013 05:01 PM  5 years agoPost 4
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Say what you want about bush(either one)....not all he did was good, but he is still ten times the president that obama will ever be.....and I would GLADLY have him back over obama any day.

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04-25-2013 05:03 PM  5 years agoPost 5
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The GOP needs to admit its past mistakes, not defend them
Today, The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opens it doors.
And, old psycho simply can't stand it.

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04-25-2013 05:05 PM  5 years agoPost 6
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04-25-2013 05:06 PM  5 years agoPost 7
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I figure / Beacuse of that face he makes------

He does not like eating canned peas - at all

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04-25-2013 05:44 PM  5 years agoPost 8
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one of the worst presidential tenures in history

It is amazing how much liberals can totally confuse and blame the current Presidents failures on Bush. Amazing. 15 years from now, Obama's administration will be looked down on more so then Carter's, and that is very, very sad.

Can't wait to see the Messiah's Temple, I mean library.

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04-25-2013 06:11 PM  5 years agoPost 9
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One of my favorite quotes I heard from an older gentleman "I never thought I would live to see a president who could make Carter look good".

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04-25-2013 06:20 PM  5 years agoPost 10
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Legacy and Heritage: Is what you leave - NOTHING ELSE

George Bush : Is a AMERICAN NAME Nuff said -

What a Legacy : They will never finish writing it

Why change your name from : Barry Soetoro ???

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04-25-2013 06:35 PM  5 years agoPost 11
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Admit mistakes???

You can't even admit you're wrong about a simple statement:
PsychoZ wrote:

The first words out of Obama's mouth after the Benghazi attack was that it was a terrorist attack. Watch the video, listen to what he said. It was the rest of the clowns in the White House that claimed it was because of the video. But the first words out of Obama was that it was a terrorist attack.
For somebody(a fact checker like you) who can't even admit being wrong about a simple statement, you exhibit the typical Obama shill tactics...pretending to be moderate while attacking the right and defending the left...faker.

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04-25-2013 06:44 PM  5 years agoPost 12
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Quoted word for word from Obama's speech:

No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done…

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So I guess you would be correct at saying he did not say the exact words: "It was a terrorist attack" But he did say "No acts of terror". So look at it either way you want. But he did classify it as an act of terror.

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04-25-2013 06:56 PM  5 years agoPost 13
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So I guess you would be correct at saying he did not say the exact words: "It was a terrorist attack" But he did say "No acts of terror". So look at it either way you want. But he did classify it as an act of terror.
Whoaaaaa! You gotta give some kind of warning when owning up to something. You caused me to fall out of my chair and have heart palpitations.

Gosh, I can't remember your ever acknowledging being wrong. I didn't say you haven't, I just said I don't remember.

Well, I certainly have to write this down in the records books.

Does this mean we are best buddies now?

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04-25-2013 07:10 PM  5 years agoPost 14
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Thanks to Obama we all learned that the solution to problems caused by big loans to people who can't balance a budget, is to make bigger loans to people who can't balance a budget.

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04-25-2013 07:23 PM  5 years agoPost 15
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Examine those word's : CLOSLEY = a Insidious LIE : To the Citizen's
No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for.
Last September::: it is now April of 2013. NOW we had BOSTON
NOW we have a slow burn within the nation - Never Forget 911 then 911 again on Benghazi -- LIE
Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America.
Yes four more -Then BOSTON - How many do we need ?? before we see NAtional Security within our boarders ??? '?? NEXT ??

240 INJURED /AT LEAST 3-4 DEAD / HOW MANY MISSING ARMS AND LEG'S !!
(24) that is twenty four : have amputated leg's or arms or partials !

That LIE was Expensive
We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done…
They are still playing the WHo Dun It and WHo was responsibly for the Safety - Non -Accountability : Who Failed during his administration : More NEVER ENDING Lie's

HE DUMPED IT AND WILL NOT EVEN MAKE MENTION of THE OCCURRENCE

Watch the Plays on this cover over - and the Character of the Man & Women responsible - It being buried with time of the clock and calender, and blankets of Deni ability .

Just like Fast and Furious or any of the many others.

No method yet to quell the Slow Burn - A pending blunder !

A little bit of TRUTH will go a long way's -

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04-27-2013 02:58 AM  5 years agoPost 16
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Typical Yahoo libturd diarrhea....

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