Thomas Benigno / Past SJC Republican Central Committee Member
The real story is that Republicans of the past did good things for the communities in which they represented. They supported business and education and the rule of law. They tried to give everyone an equal break in the private sector, as well as the corporate world. Bush I thought that his foreign policy would help the economy. It didn’t. The short lived war that Bush I launched would come back to bite his son’s administration.
Things started to change in the Nineties when Bill Clinton was elected. He brought to the White House a new kind of Democrat to the office, with a different foreign policy. He voted out the agenda of protection of America by pushing for a One World order. His philosophy was to unite with the other countries and share our wealth, to keep other countries from separating from our form of government. His first big mistake was to start outsourcing jobs.
With that move, some militant countries became our enemies. The first retaliation was the Trade Center in 1991. That was just figured as an isolated incident, and one that could never happen again. NOW WE KNOW BETTER.
Some saw how the economy started to grow and everyone thought it was going to continue forever. At the end of Clinton’s administration it looked like a new Republican president could take over and not miss a beat on the economy, using the Clinton formula.
Then came the 911 attack and that changed the world forever. Bush II started to adjust to the tragedy by going after the enemy, sidetracking the administration. Within a short time in office Bush had his hands full, and the only evidence of recovery was the amount of money being spent by the administration. With Haliburton, Blackwater and other infrastructure being built in Iraq it became clear the Bush’s foreign policy killed his administration, designed by the Clinton government.
Some say the war was over oil and others say it was to build the economy back to where it was. For sure it was the wrong choice for the Republicans to continue the war. Then came storm Katrina. If Bush would have tried to rebuild the New Orleans coast, it might have helped the economy by shifting the resources to that area. Now if we look back, the country was in a meltdown. That was the beginning of the end for the American dream. The banking system tried to cover their tracks but it was too late. The money that was lost due to the 911 attack and the war, took it toll on America.
Now the war has moved to Afghanistan and it continues. No oil has been sent to America to solve the fuel crisis.
Now we have a new President with some of the old problems —and a new problem with the insubordination of General McCrystal, regarding his feeling about the war going nowhere.
It’s just another distraction for the Obama administration following the slow down of the economy, as is the blowout of the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
All of this in Obama’s eighteen months in office, as it was in the Bush II administration. Were these intentional disasters? Will we ever know?