Obama Not the Anti-Bush

Written by, C Dallas Menger

As the Obama Presidency winds down and the Bush Presidency is properly denounced as a failure; it is important to note the many similarities between their records. I tried to get the articles from left leaning web sites to avoid partisan swear pieces. Enjoy.

Gitmo – Started under Bush, and continued under Obama who broke his promise to close the prison.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/defense/five-years-after-obama-vowed-to-shut-it-down-guantanamo-bay-remains-open-20140122

Bush Tax cuts – Obama could have let these expire under a lame duck Democratically controlled congress, but pressured them to re-pass them.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-signs-bill-to-extend-bush-tax-cuts/

Patriot Act – Started under Bush continued under Obama until Rand Paul Filibuster.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/08/02/sen-obama-warned-about-patriot-act-abuses-president-obama-proved-him-right/

NSA Spying – Stared under Bush continued under Obama singed Freedom Act which continues bulk collect

http://www.newsmax.com/AndrewNapolitano/Freedom-Act-Spying-NSA/2015/06/11/id/650000/

Afghanistan War – Started under Bush, expanded under Obama.

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/pentagon/2015/03/24/afghanistan-troop-drawdown-to-slow-obama/70387614/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/22/us/politics/in-secret-obama-extends-us-role-in-afghan-combat.html?_r=0

Iraq – Endless war, started under Bush continues under Obama due to ISIS threat.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/10/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-usa-idUSKBN0OP1YD20150610

Neo-Con Plan for remaking Middle East – Obama Over threw Libyan government and wanted to bomb Syria to over throw Assad. Obama funded Syrian rebel groups which became ISIS.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/10/06/1023301/-Libya-and-NATO-Bombs#

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/18/world/isis-libya/index.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/02/us-usa-syria-obama-order-idUSBRE8701OK20120802

http://time.com/3319658/obama-isis-speech-iraq-syria/

Like Bush Obama violates War Powers Act.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/15/kucinich-obama-war-powers-act-libya_n_877396.html

Fed Fund Rate – Bush 1-3% Obama 0%. Artificially low interests rates and expansion of credit lead to bubbles which are extremely harmful to the economy.

http://www.fedprimerate.com/fedfundsrate/federal_funds_rate_history.htm

https://mises.org/library/savings-glut-vs-those-low-interest-rates

http://wiki.mises.org/wiki/Austrian_Business_Cycle_Theory

Signing statements – Bush and Obama Both did them.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bush-signing-statements-questioned/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-circumvents-laws-with-signing-statements-a-tool-he-promised-to-use-lightly/2014/06/02/9d76d46a-ea73-11e3-9f5c-9075d5508f0a_story.html

Indefinite Detention – Bush and Obama both claim they could deny due process.

https://www.aclu.org/news/president-obama-signs-indefinite-detention-bill-law

Spending – Bush doubled the national debt about $5 trillion. Obama adds $8 trillion more to the debt.

http://www.usdebtclock.org/2000.html – Washington to Clinton – about $5T

http://www.usdebtclock.org/2008.html – Around double under Bush to about $10T

http://www.usdebtclock.org/ – $18T now. $3T more than Bush.

Attacking Enemies’ – Bush, Obama twin IRS scandals.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/05/the-irs-targets-political-opponents-under-both-liberal-and-conservative-administrations.html

Punishing Whistle blowers – Bush and Obama both ignored laws protecting whistle blowers.

http://www.salon.com/2007/11/01/whistleblowers/

http://www.salon.com/2010/05/25/whistleblowers_2/

Defense spending – The “take over the world” style military spending is the same under Obama as it was under Bush.

https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0LEVzRIG8BVcjsABNxXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–?p=Military+Spending+By+Country+2008&fr=chr-greentree_ff#id=0&iurl=https%3A%2F%2Fsocioecohistory.files.wordpress.com%2F2009%2F01%2Fmilitary-spending-by-country-2008.png&action=click

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures

Federal takeover of Education: Bush – No child left behind, Obama – Common Core

http://commons.trincoll.edu/edreform/2013/05/goniprow-final/

http://truthinmedia.com/yes-common-core-is-a-federal-takeover-of-education/

Everybody knows about Bush’s Wall Street connections, but what about Obama’s Wall Street connections:

http://www.care2.com/causes/5-obama-appointees-with-wall-street-ties.html

http://www.care2.com/causes/did-the-white-house-even-try-to-prosecute-wall-street-execs.html

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