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Was George W. Bush a "Bad" President?

greenback Wrote: Apr 29, 2013 5:54 PM
…much as main street’s fault as it was Wall Street’s fault, and of course, the Government. The Real Estate Appraisal Profession was enslaved! There is such a thing called, “Economic Slavery,” and the Appraisal Profession was a victim of it. Market Value was lost! When interest rates cannot keep up with values, then the question of feasibility is thro nut the window. Risk and Value did not correlate properly. Fraud, abuse, slavery, greed (an unattainable want or need), lies, entities fighting for centralization, information age not being controlled or contained as the market has been and is now being data mined for the wrong reasons, and much more have a lot to do with the crash, starting with Real Estate. One of the biggest mistakes is...

That certainly seems to be the general consensus on the Left. Consider, for example, this piece by the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein. Responding to Keith Hennessey’s must-read editorial debunking the so-called “Bush is stupid” myth (a contention, I might add, he doesn’t necessarily dispute), Klein had this to say about our 43th president:

But all this just goes to show that raw intelligence is overrated. Bush was smart. Plenty of the people around him were smart. But he was a bad president. Presidential scholars rank him 38th — and, remember, there have only been 43 presidents (Barack...