I was trying to use the most appropriate word to attach to his “unmitigated” utterance and the following came to mind: effrontery, audacity, nerve all of which are quite apt, but I will stick with “gall”. He does not have the authority – moral, professional or otherwise to say that this presidency is an “unmitigated disaster”
Let us talk ‘disaster’. For fear the good VP, Mr. Cheney forgets I will list but a few facts to jog his memory.
1. Budget Deficit: During his tenure, he over-saw eight years of Budget Deficits. He effectively converted the surplus left by President Clinton to a massive debt. And do not forget he is to be blamed as much as the President at that time since it was obvious then as it is now that he was the back-seat driver of that Presidency. “worst economic growth in the past 50 years”
2. The effects of Tax Cuts: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) found during his tenure, tax-cuts geared to keep money in the pockets of“job creators” accounted for at almost 50% of the deficit. But he and his cronies continue to tout his tax cuts, spewing the myth that jobs will be created and cutting taxes will increase tax revenues. Neither of which happened - as a matter of fact, the opposite is the experience.
3. Job Creation: On January 9, 2009 The Wall Street Journal said "Bush on Jobs: the Worst Track Record on Record." “The dismal 3 million jobs created under President Bush didn't merely pale in comparison to the 23 million produced during Bill Clinton's tenure. In September 2009, the Congressional Joint Economic Committee charted Bush's job creation disaster, the worst since Hoover:”
4. Poverty: The Bush/Cheney “Reign of Ruin” saw a dismal drop in the incomes of the American worker but more money in the pockets of the top 1%, and increase in poverty. As at 2008 the poverty rate was at its highest level in a decade and a half since 1994 and the number of uninsured shot up to 50.7 million as household incomes dropped because of job-loss, NOT job creation as Bush and Cheney had ensured the American people.
5. Income Inequality: Mr. Cheney’s reign caused income inequality equivalent to that experienced in 1929 – the Great Depression. Mr. Bush promised on February 12, 2004 that "we cut taxes, which basically meant people had more money in their pocket." But the graphs above, complements of the CBPP and the Congressional Budget Office
clearly indicate whose pockets were lined with money.
6. Free Ride and Colossal Windfall for the top 1%:
In the early 1990s the number of Americans who reported incomes in excess of $200,000 but legally paid no federal income taxes was fewer than 1,500. In the year 2000, the first year of Bush/Cheney reign it went to 2,300, by 2007 it enjoyed a 479% increase and skyrocketed to 11,000 and in 2008 just one year later that figure doubled to 22,000.
Mr. Cheney I will refrain from listing the successes of this Presidency for a later date since I wish for you to digest your own record and if you mix your negatives with President Obama’s positives it is a sure formula for unmitigated indigestion.