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Who was the Worst President Ever?

by glenn on October 21st, 2012

Who was the worst President on record? Bush by a wide margin. His approval rating when he left office was 21%, 11 points lower than Truman (the second lowest). A total of 61% of historians polled rated him the worst president ever. He started 2 wars on borrowed money. He gave a large tax cut with borrowed money that largely benefited the wealthy and set the stage for huge deficits.

He introduced ethanol which is a boondoggle driving up food costs (40% of the corn crop is used to make ethanol) that mainly benefits farmers and ethanol producers. He appointed two conservative judges, who in a 5-4 decision (Citizen vs. United), give the nod to unlimited SuperPAC political donations. Bloomberg just reported that 70% of Romney supporting money available is from SuperPACs (vs. Obama at 14%) so if Romney wins, expect those donors to come hat in hand for favors.

His appointees like Alan Greenspan, head of the Federal Reserve, failed to see the housing and banking problems that created the worst recession since the Great Depression. When he left office, the U.S. was losing 800,000 jobs a month.

Clinton left him with a 4 year string of surpluses and he had deficits every year of his 8 years (not counting his first year in office in which the budget was passed the prior year under Clinton).

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