President Obama rarely gets the credit he deserves for pulling the country out of the economic hole George W. Bush left us in when he flew away from the White House for the last time as America waved a much relieved goodbye. In spite of all the GOP obstruction, the president has made amazing strides and we are much better off today than we were when Dubya stopped mucking things up.
However, the Bush policies are threatening to make a comeback in the form of Jeb Bush, who has chosen to call himself just "Jeb!" and for good reason. The Bush name is kryptonite to the reality based voter. Sadly for Bush, people aren't stupid, and it's pretty hard to make voters forget when you campaign on largely the same ideas that got us into the mess left behind by his brother in 2008.
Yesterday Jeb! talked about his views on the economy, and they were just as bad as one might think, but he also added that American workers are largely to blame for a sluggish economy.
He was answering a question about his plans for tax reform and responded:
“My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it, is 4 percent growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. It means that people need to work longer hours” and, through their productivity, gain more income for their families. That's the only way we're going to get out of this rut that we're in.”
"People should work longer hours" to grow the economy his brother nearly destroyed.
In other words, at the current average rate of 47 hours per week, Bush thinks that's not nearly enough, and therefore it's your fault the economy is a bit sluggish. You're not working hard enough. Americans who already work longer hours than much of the world are slackers in Jeb's eyes.
That's rich, especially considering how Jeb! and the Bush family have gone about raking in millions over the years, and, SPOILER ALERT: It's not by putting in over 47 hours a week the way the rest of us in the real world do it.
When Floridians waved a relieved goodbye to then Governor Bush, he had a net worth of $1.3 million. After that, his sole "occupation" was going about making millions more, largely at Americans' expense. His newly released tax returns show he's made $29 million since. Just to name a few disclosures, he worked with Lehman Brothers, of toxic mortgage fame, now makes over $1 million a year just from the bank that took it over, and he profited handsomely from "Obamacare", which he now wants to repeal, and why not? He already got what he wanted out of it.
It's been widely reported that Bush took great advantage of business contacts and policies while his brother was President.
Then there's his non-profit Foundation for Excellence in Education, which has shown to be a mix of his bad policies, politics, and business, while raking in big donations that scream conflict of interest, which was recently described like this:
"If you wanted access to Jeb Bush, one of the ways to do it is to make a large donation to one of those foundations," said Bill Allison, who until recently was a senior fellow with the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for open government.
As just one example, the Florida Lottery, which was supposed to put money back into education, put substantial amounts into Jeb's education foundation.
Jeb Bush & Associates, the firm he founded in 2007, not only made him rich, it also made his wife and son a nice chunk of change through many of those same political connections. Bush Jr. worked as a "consultant" there, while Jeb's wife Columba earned a nice wage over the years for what, exactly, is unclear.
Then there's all those "consulting and speaking fees" Jeb makes. In 2013 alone he made nearly $6 million at it. He's keeping up the family tradition of profiting from those policies, and other's pain. (His brother George recently charged wounded veterans of his Iraq and Afghanistan wars $100,000 to speak at their charity event, while his wife Laura made $50,000 doing the same.)
Nice work, if you can get it, am I right?
Well, most people can't. If you weren't born into wealth like the Bush family who sold themselves to the American voters and went on to create policies that keep income inequality at an all time high (Jeb's also not a fan of minimum wage), while personally profiting from those same policies as they do, you no doubt work at least 47 hours a week, maybe more. Or maybe you're one of those people who have to work more than one job just to make ends meet. (If you live in Florida, getting a job at a decent wage is more difficult than ever, thanks to Jeb and the GOP.)
If that's not bad enough, while you're working your tail off, Jeb! Bush now takes that silver spoon out of his mouth long enough to lecture you on your slacker ways. The man who wants to be President wants you to work longer hours for less pay, and wants you to continue doing so beyond your retirement years when he raises the Social Security age. And as your health deteriorates as it does with age, you can also do without health insurance as he plans to kill Obamacare, which he profited so nicely from himself.
What a positive future he has in store not just for you, but for your children, and grandchildren to look forward to, because, as we've already seen, it takes a long time to pull yourself out of the giant crater in the economy that the Bush family digs, and Jeb! Bush is asking for your vote, not to mention a shiny new shovel.
To say Jeb! is out of touch with the reality Americans live every day puts it mildly. He's not even on the same planet. And worse, today, with the mainstream media's help, he's digging deeper to insult your intelligence by telling you what he said about working longer hours was "taken out of context." That this wasn't what he really meant.
No, it wasn't taken out of context. That is exactly what he said. Watch the video for yourself.
And when "the smart one" says "what he really meant was...," he's actually saying he's been advised that blaming hard working Americans for the economy his brother very nearly destroyed is a bad thing. Telling those who work 47 hours a week or more that this isn't nearly enough for Jeb's standards, makes for bad "optics."
So rather than putting another Bush into office, let Jeb go back to earning a six figure speaking fee telling that kind of thing to a likeminded, out of touch audience, and leave the rest of us alone.
We don't need any more "help" from the Bush family.