I've known about Bush since before
he was governor of Texas.
I also know about this generation of Bushes sense of entitlement. Shrub has always gotten everything because of his father.
I know about Neil's failures and ripping off the American taxpayer with his Silverado S&L fiasco, plus the >$1.2 million SBA loan guarantee he got because of his name, using crappy geologicals on a Wyoming wildcat drilling scam. He skimmed a few hundred thousand off the top in executive salary. We, the taxpayers paid him that money (and paid off the loan) as the wildcat was predictably dry.
I know about G.W.'s poor service (AWOL) in the Texas Air National Guard to escape the draft to Vietnam. I know about his refusal to go see his daughter in the hospital after an emergency appendectomy, instead telling her she should "clean her room." I know about the young woman he got pregnant and helped her get an abortion prior to Roe v. Wade, and as long as he doesn't need abortion services, he's against them. I 've heard terrible stories that he was an abusive drunk, and no, I don't excuse his arrest for DUI as a "youthful indiscretion" while he wants others to be responsible for their shortcomings. He is known as the foulest potty mouth, and even a senator reported in Time magazine that he witnessed this old bad habit emerging inappropriately in the White House. His coke habit was common knowledge here. I believe his "religious conversion" was born out of a threat from his wife to leave him, and I don't buy into it at all. I believe he uses religion as a political prop. I think he's a dangerous narcissist, requiring coaching as he no longer has the capacity to remember and analyze the information. I despise his smugness and his smirky misuse of language.
I know he did everything he could to cut more kids off the CHIPs program in texas, while giving a green light to polluters while asthma rates went sky high in texas. I know he cut my property taxes by $65 a year while giving corporations multi-million dollar cuts. Then our local govt. had to increase our tax base to make up for the loss. Our school funding system is a disaster, and the teachers despised him, no matter what lovely Miss Laura the Librarian says.
I don't like that he courts and pays lip service to the military while his office submits budgets to cut a) disability pay for disabled vets; b) veterans' medical benefits; c) military housing d) educational funding for school systems that handle mostly military kids and have poor tax base because of non-residency.
I don't like that his Administration does everything possible to keep everything they are doing from the public, as if we work for them, instead of vice-versa. I don't like that he restricted media coverage of KIA soldiers returning to American soil because he's afraid of what it will do to his re-election. I don't like his polluting environmental policies. I don't like how he says he wants less govt., but wants the govt. directing charitable religious programs (through funding), and he wants the govt. in peoples' bedrooms and interfering in their medical treatment with their doctors. The Constitution is a tool he uses for his own agenda, when convenient.
Most of all, I despise his doctrine of pre-emption, and the lies he told the American people about the immediacy of the threat from Iraq. I despise that his buddies' companies get govt. contracts without a bidding process. I hate that he doesn't seem to give a darn that unemployment is going up, as are foreclosures and personal bankruptcies.
I think he's corrupt. And if Clinton had done any of the stuff Bush has done, he would have been tarred and feathered, drawn and quartered.
Other than that, I guess he's okay.