Bush VS Obama: The Cold, Hard Facts, Part 1

by Sean A. Langley, Guest Contributor

The ‘winner’ of this comparison may not shock you, but by how big of a ‘win’ probably will.

A lot of people have griped and complained about the presidential legacies of Bush vs Obama. Many compare the two Presidents as “worse” than the other one. The brutal truth is, neither did a superb job and both have committed questionable acts as President of this great nation of America. However, morality aside, I’ve decided just to end this debate once and for all, with factual statistics and legal proclamations. And no, none of this is from Democrat or Republican sites or pundits.

Whether I believe one or the other to be the better, I have purposely refrained from putting in any form of data or information from any site that has the slightest shred of preference for any political party or viewpoint. Meaning, in short, that if you refuse to accept this, you are pretty much refusing to accept the truth.

Better prepare yourself, I suspect that nobody is going to be happy in the end. This is lengthy and mostly educational. The end results will be down in the bottom and I’ve highlighted what I felt were the most key important parts. The rest is just proper defintion of terms and explanation and dates to show I actually did the research.

First Argument: A lot of people have justified Obama’s results with “Well, your first term as President, you’re dealing with the mistakes of the previous one.” FALSE. The first YEAR of the Presidents first Term you can make that excuse (sometimes). Largely for only the first 6 months. The reason being, is that Presidential Actions, bills signed into laws, government reform (on small scales) does NOT take four years to put into effect and certainly doesn’t take four years to see the effects, unless the specific start date of that bill is around four years in the future from the date it was signed. What this means, is that you cannot justify Obama or Bush’s failures with that argument.

First example, is this: President Obama committed 19 Presidential Actions and seven Signing Statements in his 1st YEAR of his 1st term. That’s 26 legal actions and laws put into effect that year alone. That’s a sizeable contribution. That’s not including bills he’s sponsored and co-sponsored (which the White House website refuses to show). That information can be found at the White House’s own website:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/signed-legislation

That data can also be found at an official presidential historic education website:

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/signingstatements.php

Bills like The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The ARRA of ‘09 passed the House of Representatives on January 28, 2009 by a vote of 244-188 and passed the Senate on February 10, 2009 by a vote of 61-37; the Conference Report reconciling the House bill and the Senate bill passed the House on February 13, 2009 by a vote of 246-183 and passed the Senate later that day by a vote of 60-38. The bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009.

That’s less than a month, not quite three weeks it took for it to pass into law. Now, not all bills go by that speedily, but that’s just ONE example of just how fast a President can get things going.

So when examining graphs and charts, bear that in mind. (I’ll post another reference it down in the next installment)

Next: Part 2, Military Actions

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