Which is exactly the sort of send-off for any Republican president you’d expect a hack like Reid to give:
WASHINGTON (CNN) – As the nation prepares for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, a leading Democrat is not letting up in his criticism of President George W. Bush.
“I really do believe President Bush is the worst president we’ve ever had,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
I’m not going to defend Bush’s record as President because I do think it’s been pretty bad. Bailouts? Expansion of government entitlements? Expansion of government in general? A refusal to use his executive veto powers to slow spending? There are a lot of very good reasons to dislike Bush, and to think he’s been a bad President, but the worst President in history?
Names like “Hoover” and “Johnson” (both of ’em) come to mind before George W. Bush, but that’s worth debating.
What amazes me is why Reid thinks Bush has been a bad President:
Reid pointed to Bush’s failed plan to privatize the Social Security program and also said Bush “has done his very best to destroy Medicare” in order support his assessment of Bush’s presidency.
So because Bush tried to fix the two biggest domestic threats facing this country – run-away spending on Social Security and Medicare – he’s the worst President in history?
With Democrats in charge again I doubt we’ll see any progress toward fixing those programs, but that doesn’t mean hacks like Reid get to conveniently forget just how much of a problem they represent. For all the carping we do about government spending on things like the war in Iraq and Congressional pay and bailouts, it’s worth remembering that we spend over $1 trillion a year on entitlements in this country, and Social Security and Medicare represent the largest chunks of that spending.
That $1 trillion, in fact, is more than the rest of the world (including us) spends on all the war and all the military that exists.
That’s a problem, and I’ll never accuse any President of being a bad leader for trying to rein that in.