But the Obama administration does not recognize one simple truth: presidents are not the same as presidential candidates. Presidents must prove their mettle; they cannot blame their predecessors. They applied for their job, spending time and money and tears and sweat in order to get it. Once they're in office, we're no longer interested in hearing slurs about their predecessors. It is both unseemly and untimely.
Presidents must govern, not complain. Their supporters must support their policies, and they must justify them. If Obama does something wrong, it does not suddenly become right because Bush pursued similar measures. If Bush supporters did not stand up against Bush when he pressed for erroneous policies, that was a failing, to be sure -- but it does not justify continued silence in the face of exponentially more erroneous policies.
And just to be clear, any analogy between the spendthrift policies of the Bush administration and the Obama administration falls flat on the merits. Bush left office with a $455 billion budget deficit for 2009 and a $10.7 trillion national debt. In well under a year, Obama has more than tripled the budget deficit to $1.58 trillion, and the national debt is now up to $11.8 trillion. The Obama economic policies will add a minimum of $9.05 trillion to the national deficit over the next nine years -- and that is a vastly optimistic estimate. Some economists say the deficit will increase by over $14 trillion.
It is time for Obama and his followers to grow up and stop proving living embodiments of Shapiro's Law. Bush has not been in office for nine months. Democrats have controlled Congress for three years. If Obama can't defend his policies rationally, he should change them. If he can, he should defend them. George W. Bush has nothing to do with anything anymore.
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