The economic policies of the Bush Administration are not unprecedented. Like Ronald Reagan before him, and John McCain should he succeed him, George W. Bush is dismantling the government put in place by Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, James Earl Carter, and William Jefferson Clinton.
I expect my government to plan for the future and regulate corporate behavior the way I expect it to secure the borders, protect the air, water, and natural resources, and provide protection from muggers, rapists, and other criminals. As a thinking, voting, and tax paying citizen, I demand it. However, Bush, and McCain, like Herbert Hoover, believe that “Rugged Individualism” means not “one nation under God” but “every man for himself” and that government interference in the economy is “socialism.”
Unfortunately however, the reality of that Republican Administration fell short of ideal when the excesses of the non-regulated 1920’s created the Great Depression.
Similarly, Bush stood idly by in the face of Hurricane Katrina, impotent, unable to do anything but pat Michael Brown, his well-connected friend, the head of FEMA, on the back and say ‘Heck of a job’. He ignored the intelligence on bin Laden and Al Queda before Sept. 11, and has sinced mired our brave armed forces in a civil war in Iraq. He does nothing to spur the development of Clean Energy – Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Marine Current, etc., choosing instead to beg the Saudis to produce more oil.
We Americans, in the midst of The Great Depression, knew better than elect a laissez-faire Republicanista to the White House in 1932. Will we know better today?