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Barack Obama Versus FDR

 
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Bookmark and ShareLong before Senator Obama became President Obama, I drew comparisons between him and Jimmy Carter. I felt that both men would be in over their heads and that like Carter, President Obama would be controlled by circumstances more than he would control circumstances. For the most part, I believe that assessment still holds true.

In the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, while President Obama disagreed with how they were being handled and called the War in Iraq a dumb one, he found himself continuing both of them and maintaining the Bush timeline in Iraq while following Bush’s Iraqi surge strategy in Afghanistan.

On the economy, after promising to get unemployment down to a low of a rather high 8%, he continues to see unemployment hover around 10%. And while everything from the housing market to consumer confidence remains low, economic anxieties continue to be high. All of this despite record federal spending that was meant to do just the opposite.

But, while the Carter comparison remains legitimate, it is becoming clear that another narrative is taking place.

Often considered one of our five greatest President’s, years of retrospect and history are proving Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s domestic record to be one unworthy of greatness. Objective historians and economists have increasingly begun to characterize FDR’s handling of the depression as unimpressive. In fact, it has largely been established that by 1937, with only the slightest signs of recovery, what little recovery that was seen, was reversed by a new recession. It has also been established that while Roosevelt was indecisive and fumbled much of his handling of the new recession, it took a dark event to finally bring the U.S. out of both the depression and the recession——-the war in Europe.

Barack Carter and Jimmy Obama

When Roosevelt embarked upon what he called the “great arsenal of democracy” new markets opened to American industry and businesses. That new market put Americans back to work and primed America’s real economic engine. But none of this had anything to do with FDR’s New Deal programs. And that is where the FDR – Obama comparison begins.

While Franklin had the New Deal, Barack has the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Both programs created massive federally funded infrastructure projects. Both programs banked on creating short term taxpayer funded federal jobs. Both programs did little to stimulate economic growth and failed to keep unemployment rates down when federal dollars ran out.

But the similarities do not stop there.

One of Roosevelt’s greatest defeats was his attempt to keep his New Deal programs intact by stacking the Supreme Court with six new pro-New Deal justices that he would appoint and subsequently use to successfully put an end to the many Supreme Court rulings that struck down many aspects of the New Deal and ruled them unconstitutional. But people saw through his “court packing plan” and Congress rejected the idea.

Presdent Obama, on the other hand, was much shrewder than Roosevelt.

Instead of “packing the court” he methodically plotted a substantial takeover of the American economy with a health care bill that would put a sixth of the American economy in federal control. In addition to that is his Cap-and-Tax plan which, if ever approved, will prove to be the greatest transfer of wealth that mankind has ever known.

Then there are the czars.

President Obama created 21 czars which amount to 21 unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats whom do not answer to either the voters or Congress, thereby bypassing both in a most undemocratic and unsavory process. And more are on the way. With the passage of Obamacare dozens of new czars will be put in place to control and oversee that government takeover.

Another comparison that can be drawn between FRD and President Obama is the fascist styling’s that historians and economists have come to identify in FDR’s Administration.

Much like President Obama with banks, GM and other businesses, Roosevelt left ownership of businesses in private hands but used heavy regulation as a way to put in place centralized control of private enterprise.

Obama’s partnership with big labor unions and authority to even dictate corporate salaries and appoint federal Chairmen to the boards of corporations, creates a perfect parallel to FDR’s regulation of economic affairs which unnecessarily dragged government into many areas of our lives that it does not belong in. And while Franklin Roosevelt denounced business and its leaders as “economic royalists” Barack Obama describes big business as “unscrupulous and underhanded” and as “unencumbered by any restrictions on activities that might harm the environment, or take advantage of middle-class families,”.

Both Obama and Roosevelt were big defenders of redistribution of wealth. The difference though is that when Roosevelt did it, there was not that much wealth to redistribute. Now that President Obama is doing it, there is plenty of wealth to redistribute and he is doing it well. He is doing his best to insure that the wealth creators are raided and that financial success is penalized. And in the mean time, Wall Street remains combustible, wealth creators are not spreading capital, businesses are not hiring, consumers are not buying and the federal government is spending money that it doesn’t have while increasing the depth of the culture of dependency.

All things considered I am no longer sure which comparison is more relevant today.

While reenacting the helplessness of the Carter Administration, President Obama is reincarnating FDR’s economy and domestic policies. Neither performance deserves an Academy Award but I am just not sure which one deserves a nomination.

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Welcome To The George W. Bush Presidential Center

antbushlibrary Bookmark and Share      President George W. Bush may be out of office but the benefits of his leadership will last forever, at least that is what the George W. Bush Presidential Center hopes.

Keeping in tradition, the Bush Presidency will have itself a modern version of a presidential library. The tradition of such facilities can be dated back to 1885 and the wife of President James A. Garfield, who added a Memorial Library wing to their family home in Mentor, OH, four years after his assassination. But the presidential library system was officially launched by Franklin Delano Roosevelt after he donated his personal papers and federal documents to the federal government and pledged a portion of his Hyde Park, New York  estate for the purpose of housing them.

The George W. Bush museum will be housed on the campus of Southern Methodist University, near Dallas in the heart of Texas.

Among other things, it will house the official archive of President Bush’s presidential and gubernatorial records. It will also include the papers of key policy makers and cabinet members from his two terms in office.

As explained on a web site for the development of the museum “it will tell the story of the Bush presidency within the context of the historic challenges of the first decade of the 21st century and how President and Mrs. Bush worked to advance the core governing principles of freedom, opportunity, responsibility and compassion.”

Of course liberals will laugh at that mission statement but those of us who are not falling on the left side of the political spectrum, understand exactly what they mean. We understand that freedom is not a government program and that President Bush, although he had his lackluster areas of governance, did know the importance of freedom and recognized the challenges to it.

We understand that the freedom has a cost and that we must pay a price to achieve it and keep it.

Many of us appreciate the fact George W. Bush made the hard and sometimes unpopular decisions that history will show we were the beneficiaries of.

Unlike the caretaker leadership of Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush advanced the cause of freedom and defended it at home and abroad. Unlike some, President Bush never backed away from the tough decisions and although many offer him nothing but blame, many more understand that in our less than perfect world, less than desired efforts must be undertaken.

The multi purpose center will not only house a museum and library it will be the home of a policy institute that “will capitalize on the personal involvement of President and Mrs. Bush, its location on the campus of an important national university and its unique relationship to a presidential library and museum to attract scholars, intellectuals and leaders with experience in government, politics and various professions. It will invite a select number of Senior and Visiting Fellows and former world leaders to research, write and teach on important policy issues of the day and to work with task forces charged with generating practical policy initiatives on specific subjects.”

The policy institute will focus on such things as the promotion of freedom throughout the world and it will encourage the promotion of freedom as well as social entrepreneurship

Areas of focus will include the promotion of freedom throughout the world, encouraging through faith- and community-based organizations, and “reforming fundamental institutions of government to keep our country safe and our economy competitive and strong. The work product of the task forces and Fellows will be published by the Institute and promoted through lectures and seminars, with important task force topics coordinated with temporary exhibits at the museum.”

The Bush Presidential Center’s design will incorporate space for archival material, exhibition space, classrooms, social functions and a cafe.

The George W. Bush Policy Institute will house up to 25 Senior and Visiting Fellows and will also include conference facilities, a media studio, and offices for the Institute and the George W. Bush Foundation.

Groundbreaking on the facility is anticipated for late 2010. The dedication and opening of the facility is scheduled for 2013.

Donations to help fund construction of the George W. Bush Presidential Center you can simply click here .

 The entire web site for the developing project can be viewed  by clicking here .

For those of us who believe in George W. Bush and appreciated his time in office now is our chance to help insure that the good work he has done and the direction he set us on is not ignored. Now is our chance to insure his rightful place in history as time sheds light on his efforts.

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G.W. Bush And Bill Clinton Somehow Ended Up In the Same Barber Shop

As they sat there, each being worked on by a different barber, not a word was spoken. The barbers were both afraid to start a conversation, for fear it would turn to politics. As the barbers finished their shaves, the one who had Clinton in his chair reached for the aftershave.

Clinton was quick to stop him saying, ” No thanks, my wife Hillary will smell that and think I’ve been in a whorehouse”.

The second barber turned to Bush and said, “how about you?”

Bush replied, “Go ahead, my wife Laura doesn’t know what the inside of a whorehouse smells like.”

Submitted by Brian, Idaho Falls, Idaho

 

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