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Bush Reunion Will Have Much to Celebrate

Monday, 13 Apr 2009 08:50 AM

By Ronald Kessler

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Top Bush administration officials will be holding a reunion with the former president at his home in Dallas Monday night to map plans for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

In contrast to President Obama, who takes swipes at Bush at every turn, they will have much to be proud of.

For more than seven years, Bush kept us safe after the 9/11 attacks. He liberated 50 million people and took down a dictator who killed 300,000 people.

Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act helped to reintroduce the use of phonics — sounding out letters — to reading instruction. Now significant improvement is being reported in reading scores throughout the nation. In some areas, the achievement gap between black and white students has been cut in half.

While the economy imploded under Bush, the truth is that presidents have little influence on economic conditions. Almost since taking office, Bush warned about the need to bring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under control. He introduced legislation to do so. Each time, Democrats and Republicans in Congress rejected the measures. Ultimately, he took bold action to help fix the financial meltdown.

Because of the $15 billion Bush sent to combat AIDS, deaths in Africa are down dramatically. For that reason, despite claims that America’s moral standing in the world has eroded, Bush’s approval rating in African countries stands at 80 percent or higher.

These and other achievements have been largely ignored by a press determined to bash Bush whenever it can. There can be no better example than the media’s treatment of a study that came out last week from two Stanford University doctors. They found that because of Bush’s AIDS initiative, deaths are down 10 percent in 15 targeted countries when compared with rates of neighboring African countries, thus saving 1.1 million lives. That is a tribute both to Bush and to the American people.

The study should have been on Page One of every newspaper. Instead, only the Washington Tines ran a story. The New York Times, which never misses a chance to portray Bush as an intolerant bigot, never mentioned the study. Among the television networks, only Fox News reported the study.

Against such monumental achievements, we have President Obama creating a gusher of deficit spending. Obama has claimed that his budget moves America “from an era of borrow and spend” to “save and invest.” Yet while making that claim, he defended adding another $9.3 trillion to the national debt, doubling the amount in six years and nearly tripling the debt in 10 years, according to figures from the Congressional Budget Office.

At every turn, Obama has attempted to excuse his deficit spending plans by saying he inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit from the Republicans. Yet when Obama took office, the deficit was $569 billion. Even though the economy is beginning to recover, he is increasing that by more than one trillion dollars this year alone.

Obama’s reckless spending plans now threaten our national security. Chinese Premier Wen Jinbao has expressed concern that the U.S. may not be good for the billions of dollars of debt China holds, foreshadowing the possibility that China may think twice about investing further in U.S. obligations.

If China did indeed stop purchases or, worse, stage a sell-off, it could deal a calamitous blow to the U.S. economy by jeopardizing credit ratings and driving up the cost of borrowing.

By saying he will close the prison camp at Guantanamo and making plans to transfer detainees to U.S. prisons, Obama is exposing Americans to great risk. His effort to banish the term “war on terror” deals a psychological blow to the CIA officers, FBI agents, and military people fighting terrorists.

Imagine the demoralizing effect if Obama had told the Navy special operations forces who took out pirates holding Capt. Richard Phillips hostage not to use the term “pirate.” By calling the war on terror an “overseas contingency operation” against “man-caused disasters,” the administration denies the reality of what we are fighting.

By issuing wholesale mea culpas to the rest of the world about everything from dropping the atom bomb to supposedly not showing respect to Muslim countries, Obama has made the U.S. look weak and passive to countries like North Korea and Iran. The net result of his touchy-feely approach so far: France has agreed to take one prisoner from Guantanamo.

At home, despite claims of bipartisanship, Obama has “the most polarized early job approval of any president,” according to the Pew Research Center.

In the meantime, Vice President Joe Biden has been busy making up stories about how he allegedly chastised Bush in the Oval Office. In the fantasy world of Obama and Biden, they are saviors who are rescuing America from that mean failure, former President Bush.

So far, the truth is proving to be quite the opposite.

Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via
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