Analysis: George W. Bush legacy "a mixed bag"

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Updated: 4/25/2013 11:16 pm
FOX 34 political analyst Cindy Rugeley and Jeff Klotzman discussed the good and not-so-good that will define the presidency of George W. Bush on the day his library was dedicated in Dallas.

Rugeley, a political science instructor at Texas Tech, said the former president's legacy will be in part determined by the long-term success of post-Saddam Iraq.

She said Bush was not a partisan figure as governor of Texas, but finished his second term accused of being quite partisan, at least by Democrats. Some Republicans, she said, did not think Bush had been partisan enough. Rugeley said Bush's approval ratings have gone up - to 49% in the latest FOX poll - in part due to his leadership after 9/11, and in part because people are beginning to figure out the former president is simply "a nice guy".

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ajain31 - 5/1/2013 8:41 PM
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You or I do not have ANY control over Federal taxes. What all pay into Federal taxes is FIXED. We can not change it ANYWAY. If people understand that then it is easy to understand that some States are donor states and some states are recipient states. Most of the Southern States are recipient states by virtue of what they pay INTO Federal taxes (which is LESS) and what they receive as Federal support (which is MORE). No state can change the State donor role or State recipient role overnight. Most Republican Governors are just loosing out in that they are refusing the Federal largess (the Federal handout) on Medicaid Expansion because Believe it or not IT IS A FACT: If states choose to expand Medicaid, the federal government will cover 100 percent of the costs from 2014 to 2016. The feds' contribution will begin to decrease in 2017, but will never be less than 90 percent, under the ACA also known as Obamacare. So people opposing Medicaid Expansion can cry foul till their cows come back home but they will with their State be the looser in the long run. If history is correct it all started the same way for the very well established system of Medicare in this nation. (Check it out!) Many states refused to accept Medicare in the 60's as a way of doing business just like they are rejecting Medicaid expansion under Obamacare a.k.a. ACA (Affordable Care ACT) but in the long run when Reagan got tired of appearing in anti-Medicare Ads all over the country Medicare was established as the way of doing business (taking care of our elder population's medical needs) and to this day it is an accepted wise and affordable way of supporting our Seniors. Mark my words in less than a decade i.e. by 2023 Medicaid Expansion will be the accepted norm all over the country and NOT the EXCEPTION. You and I can not beat the economics of fairness. Try your best but within this decade either Governors who accept Medicaid Expansion will be elected or Governors who reject Medicaid

ajain31 - 5/1/2013 8:40 PM
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History is here and now and it does not bode well for George W Bush the 43rd President of USA. 1) GEORGE W. BUSH oversaw the suffering of millions in New Orleans in KATRINA disaster and did little in a timely fashion! 2) GEORGE W. BUSH increased our deficit by fighting TWO wars on the credit card, implementing the Medicare DRUG Plan on the credit card and two BIG TAX CUTS on the credit card. 3) GEORGE W. BUSH presided over the greatest economic meltdown of the American economy since the Great Depression. 4) GEORGE W. BUSH presided over the greatest terrorist attack on the US soil since Pearl Harbor which was responsible for more than 3000 deaths. 5) GEORGE W. BUSH's IRAQ war was responsible for nearly 5000 American soldier deaths. 6) GEORGE W. BUSH had Osama Bin Laden in his sights in Tora Bora in Afganistan but he let him escape by not providing enough troops to capture UML. 7) GEORGE W. BUSH shifted focus from a legitimate war in Afganistan to an unnecessary war in IRAQ. 8) GEORGE W. BUSH's Administration has been conclusively linked by a 576-page report from a task force of the bipartisan Constitution Project to have used torture. 9) GEORGE W. BUSH turned a surplus nation into a debtor nation by advocating for so much deficit budgeting. 10) GEORGE W. BUSH's Administration had a GDP growth adjusted for inflation at 2.2% with a ranking of 9th in 13 recent Presidents. 11) GEORGE W. BUSH's Administration had a 0.3% increase in jobs with a ranking of 11th in 11 recent Presidents. 12) GEORGE W. BUSH's Administration had a inflation-adjusted changes in worker per capita income of 1.3% with a ranking of 8th in 11 recent Presidents. 13) GEORGE W. BUSH's Administration had a increase in national debt of 88% during his Presidency with a ranking of 3rd in 12 recent Presidents. 14) GEORGE W. BUSH's Administration had a Dow Jones Average’s annual change of -2.0% with a ranking of 11th in 13 recent Presidents.
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