Oh, The Mess Bush is Leaving Behind

George W. Bush has screwed our nation in more ways than most of us can keep track of. The news today on the projected deficit that Bush will leave behind is a jaw dropper:

Bush would leave a record $482 billion deficit to his successor, a sobering turnabout in the nation’s fiscal condition from 2001, when Mr. Bush took office after three consecutive years of budget surpluses. 

But hold on.. the NY Times reports:

The worst may be yet to come. The deficit announced by Jim Nussle, the White House budget director, does not reflect the full cost of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the potential $50 billion cost of another economic stimulus package, or the possibility of steeper losses in tax revenues if individual income or corporate profits decline.

The new deficit numbers also do not account for any drains on the national treasury that might result from further declines in the housing market.

There is no doubt about it… We need to get Barack Obama elected and then it’s time to “roll back tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.” Enough is enough… The Bush legacy grows more dismal every day:

Representative John M. Spratt Jr., Democrat of South Carolina and chairman of the House Budget Committee, said the new deficit figures confirmed “the dismal legacy of the Bush administration.”

“Under its policies,” Mr. Spratt said, “the largest surpluses in history have been converted into the largest deficits in history.”

We sure as hell don’t need 4 – 8 of John McSame.

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3 Responses to Oh, The Mess Bush is Leaving Behind

  1. KayDrah says:

    The deficit does not just reflect the monetary lacking the Bush administration has left us, but support of domestic imperatives like health care, education, renewable and veteran’s services. Last year, we spent $133 Billion on the Iraq war. If our elected officials had been investing in our economy here at home, we could have paid for: health care for 3,920,9905 people for one year, Head Start for 18,251,681 students for one year; and we could have powered 137,823,834 homes with renewable electricity for one year. To bring this information home to all Americans, Progressive Future has built an online tool called the Invest in US Calculator. The calculator takes a person’s 2007 income before taxes and tells you how much of that person’s tax money went to fund the war (average: $235), and how many seconds of war that bought (average: .04 seconds). Then it tells you, with that money, how many days of health coverage that could pay for (average: 25), how many days of Head Start education (average: 12), how many days of heating a home with renewable energy (average: 78), and how many days of veterans’ higher education benefits (average: 5) that money could have paid for. Then we are asking users to sign our Invest In US petition, which we plan on taking to Congress, the Platform Committees, and the media to push for new priorities for tax spending.

  2. We need Hillary Clinton as Vice President on economics !

  3. Unfortunately we reap what we sow.  We allowed the GOP to steal the 2000 election.  Then after four years of total mismanagement, King George was re-elected.  Those suffering job loss, foreclosures, etc. in the “red states” should thank themselves or their neighbors for enableling this to occur.  I wish I had left my “Kerry/Edwards” bumper sticker on my car.  If folks stay an uninformed this time around we will elect McCain,  thus allowing Bush to have a proxy third term.  In fact McCain himself is frequently referred to as “McBush.”   There should be a mandatory sign on all voting booths, “Before pushing buttons, engage mind!”