President 41 George H.W. Bush Dead at 94

Submitted by: normalfreak2 1 month ago in Lifestyle Misc News & Politics

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George H.W. Bush was a genuinely excellent presidentresponsible for historic achievements that are often overlooked because of the arbitrary way we value presidential legacies.

His passing, at the age of 94 on Friday, is a perfect time to take stock of his policy accomplishments and take a broader view of his career than was visible during the extended period when he and his sons were active in presidential politics. Bush’s single term was not so long ago, but he was both the last president of the generation that served in World War II and one of the last politically influential pragmatists in the Republican Party.

From domestic affairs — where he was the last president to sign a truly bipartisan “grand bargain” — to his deft foreign policy, Bush was a president who aimed for competent management rather than ideological transformation. He had a cautious outlook, but in hindsight his presidency was marked by acts of political courage.

A little over a year ago, a darker side of the elder Bush emerged. Seven women came forward individually to describe similar accounts of Bush groping or grabbing them inappropriately while taking photographs. The accusations are as recent as 2016 and date back to 1992, when a woman said Bush grabbed her rear end while taking a photo at a fundraiser for his re-election campaign. Another woman said she was 16 when Bush, then 79, did something similar to her.

These accusations were not discussed publicly or reported at the time Bush was in office. He lost his reelection in 1992 and became an ideological pariah — too moderate to be beloved as a champion of lost causes and too politically unsuccessful to be celebrated as a shrewd operator.

Yet his defeat had little to do with anything under his control. Presidential policy is important economically, but presidents have limited influence over the short-term ups and downs of the business cycle. He was done in by a sluggish recovery deliberately engineered by a Federal Reserve that, somewhat outrageously, was pursuing a policy of "opportunistic deflation" that hurt the financial interests of middle-class Americans. Millions of Americans suffered unnecessarily long spans of joblessness and sluggish job growth as a result, and Bush himself became a collateral victim of this policy, which sent him into a spiral of obscurity.

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Unless I'm mistaken (I don't think so) I believe the US Government permitted the crack cocaine epidemic into the US - particularly poor (mostly Black) neighbourhoods, under H W Bush's watch. The results of which are still decimating the population. Higher crime, overcrowded prisons, skyrocketing murder rates . . .and very wealthy and powerful Cartels. Could have been Reagan's watch. Doesn't matter, they both were involved.
Of course then, not to be outdone, the younger Bush started a war for no good reason and sent thousands more citizens off to their deaths.
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Male 230
keith1 black people could have overcame that epidemic... it reminds me of the opioid crisis many folks face now... they can overcome
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Male 5,341
keith1 Indeed. Surely you also understand the crack cocaine epidemic program was totally bi-partisan and handed off to and carried out with perfection by the following administration.
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Male 146
I kind of viewed Bush as mostly harmless. His son was worse. Didn't agree with a lot of what he did but compared to what we got now, he looks like like a freakin genius.
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Male 13,505
Next up he'll face justice.
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Male 46,098
monkwarrior   Perhaps he played the Get Out Of Hell Free card... 
get saved at the last second.
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Male 13,505
Gerry1of1 God knows..
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Male 2,377
I didn't like his presidency, But I had respect for the man. 
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Male 2,468
That was a good, fair and honest reflection on the man.  His presidency’s greatest legacy will be the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first gulf war.  Economically, he left office with the country in a shambles. 
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Male 7,520
Of course the million dollar question, Will they invite Trump?

I don't think he and Jeb get along yet and there was the issue with Barbara Bush.

I think he will just send Melania again.
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Male 3,052
daegog Standing Presidents generally attend former presidents funerals. He is planning to attend.
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Male 287
scheckydamon unless it rains, then he won't show up
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Male 2,345
tinfoilhatsociety "unless it rains, then he won't show up"

He'll be there!


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Male 287
semichisam01 kinda looks like one of those russian old ladies with a scarf around their heads with that on. I was about to ask why wouldn't he just use a umbrella  then i remembered he doesn't know how to close them.
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Male 794
He's dead. Too bad that's not enough for you people. Remember when McCain died? The shock that anyone would say something bad about a "Hero" who died? Both Left and Right really suck. Honor and empathy have become four letter words.
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Male 364
good, this guy was a fucking monster, cocaine smuggler, war criminal, mass murderer.  Fuck him, I'm glad he's dead.
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prichards114 You forgot to add son of a Nazi supporting US Senator
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Male 10,232
prichards114 Make sure someone let’s IAB know when you pass, so we can see if anyone wants to express similar sentiments.
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Male 2,345
megrendel I don't think anyone will want to express any sentiments.
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Male 7,520
I remember him saying something pretty fucked up about atheists, I will try to dig it up later.
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Male 9,626
daegog That they had no right to be US citizens? I remember that.
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