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When the economy stalls, many people look for someone high up to blame. Some believe President Bush is more accountable for America’s lackluster growth, even though he’s been out of office for 4 years now. Others believe President Obama is spending America into a hole that we won’t be able to dig our way out of. This debate isn’t new, but the suggesting that 43% of Americans blame Bush for our economic woes, while 14% put Obama at fault.

As America struggles to climb out of recession, who do you think bears the most responsibility for our economic troubles: President Bush or President Obama?

Comments (23)

  • wolverine19x89's picture

    Oh god, what have you done?

    If your dreams don't scare you, then they are not big enough.

    "There are two types of people in this world: People who say they pee in the shower, and dirty fucking liars."-Louis C.K.

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  • sayandarula's picture

    Clinton.

    Money Never Sleeps? More like Money Never SUCKS amirite?!?!?!?

  • gordo's picture

    national debt was so high under bush because of the war. now that the war is essentially over, military spending is lower

  • heister's picture

    Wait, you actually believe that Obama has only raised the debt by 983 billion? You have no one else to blame for your failure in the finance industry.

    Follow the shit your fellow monkeys say @shitWSOsays

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  • JDawg's picture

    Right, because the presidents are responsible for our current economic crisis and Obama controls gas prices.

  • Edmundo Braverman's picture

    My list of Top 5 worst Presidents in US history:

    1. Abraham Lincoln
    2. Franklin D Roosevelt
    3. George W. Bush
    4. Woodrow Wilson (at least he apologized before dying)
    5. (t) Lyndon B. Johnson
    5. (t) Richard Nixon

    Obama isn't even in the same zip code as these assclowns. He's a simple lefty gadfly compared to the carnage these guys wrought, both human and economic.

  • ragnar danneskjöld's picture

    They both suck. Congress is the larger problem. The collection of morons whom developed and implemented a quasi-federally supported housing program bare responsibility for much of our current dilemma not the statistics of a presidents term that took years to materialize.

    and as to this thread... can of worms (OPENED). Let the rants begin.

  • In reply to Edmundo Braverman
    Bondarb's picture

    Edmundo Braverman:
    My list of Top 5 worst Presidents in US history:

    1. Abraham Lincoln
    2. Franklin D Roosevelt
    3. George W. Bush
    4. Woodrow Wilson (at least he apologized before dying)
    5. (t) Lyndon B. Johnson
    5. (t) Richard Nixon

    Obama isn't even in the same zip code as these assclowns. He's a simple lefty gadfly compared to the carnage these guys wrought, both human and economic.

    wow excellent list eddie im impressed...I might have Johnson higher up as i consider him worse then Bush Jr. The war he bungled us into cost 50,000 americans vs whatever number we are up to in bush's wars. I also wouldnt have Nixon on the list...he was a corrupt anti-semite but other then that wasnt nearly ass offensive as others such as Bush 1, obama, and clinton. Bottom line is that once reagan discovered that the american people didnt care about deficits every president since has been a disaster.

  • In reply to Edmundo Braverman
    ragnar danneskjöld's picture

    Edmundo Braverman:
    My list of Top 5 worst Presidents in US history:

    1. Abraham Lincoln
    2. Franklin D Roosevelt
    3. George W. Bush
    4. Woodrow Wilson (at least he apologized before dying)
    5. (t) Lyndon B. Johnson
    5. (t) Richard Nixon

    Obama isn't even in the same zip code as these assclowns. He's a simple lefty gadfly compared to the carnage these guys wrought, both human and economic.

    Have to give Teddy the nod over Johnson and Grant ahead of but close to Nixon.

  • In reply to Edmundo Braverman
    goodL1fe's picture

    Edmundo Braverman:
    My list of Top 5 worst Presidents in US history:

    1. Abraham Lincoln
    2. Franklin D Roosevelt
    3. George W. Bush
    4. Woodrow Wilson (at least he apologized before dying)
    5. (t) Lyndon B. Johnson
    5. (t) Richard Nixon

    Obama isn't even in the same zip code as these assclowns. He's a simple lefty gadfly compared to the carnage these guys wrought, both human and economic.

    In comparison to the historical rankings of best Presidents:
    #1 Abraham Lincoln
    #2 FDR
    #37 George W. Bush
    #4 Woodrow Wilson
    #15 LBJ
    #32 Nixon

    Robert Clayton Dean: What is happening?
    Brill: I blew up the building.
    Robert Clayton Dean: Why?
    Brill: Because you made a phone call.

  • In reply to goodL1fe
    Bondarb's picture

    goodL1fe:
    Edmundo Braverman:
    My list of Top 5 worst Presidents in US history:

    1. Abraham Lincoln
    2. Franklin D Roosevelt
    3. George W. Bush
    4. Woodrow Wilson (at least he apologized before dying)
    5. (t) Lyndon B. Johnson
    5. (t) Richard Nixon

    Obama isn't even in the same zip code as these assclowns. He's a simple lefty gadfly compared to the carnage these guys wrought, both human and economic.

    In comparison to the historical rankings of best Presidents:
    #1 Abraham Lincoln
    #2 FDR
    #37 George W. Bush
    #4 Woodrow Wilson
    #15 LBJ
    #32 Nixon

    It all depends on how you view the role of the president...if you believe in a very active executive branch (both in terms of domestic and foreign policy) then the above "historical" (whatever that means) rankings may be right. I see it just the opposite and I think the "best" presidents were the ones that were less active and have less grand "accomlishments" (usually accomplishment = war or increase in size of govt). For eg Lincoln was president when we had a war that killed more americans then all other wars combined and rescinded rights of citizens during that war in ways that were clearly illegal...for this he is the "best" president.

  • mb666's picture

    Bush spent more than Clinton and all of the past presidents combined. Plus he gave tax cuts (which I support) aggravating the budget deficit. He also supported TARP and that little pointless war in the middle east.

    Obama is on pace to spend more than Bush. Fortunately the divided Congress is not letting Obama get a lot of things done (besides healthcare). For that reason I'd say that Bush was worse.

    On a side note, let's finally elect a real fiscal conservative for once. Most of these Republicans are closet socialists who care about irrelevant social issues. Time to elect Ron Paul?

  • In reply to Edmundo Braverman
    mb666's picture

    Edmundo Braverman:
    My list of Top 5 worst Presidents in US history:

    1. Abraham Lincoln
    2. Franklin D Roosevelt
    3. George W. Bush
    4. Woodrow Wilson (at least he apologized before dying)
    5. (t) Lyndon B. Johnson
    5. (t) Richard Nixon

    Obama isn't even in the same zip code as these assclowns. He's a simple lefty gadfly compared to the carnage these guys wrought, both human and economic.

    Just curious what the issue is with Abraham Lincoln? The Civil War? If so could that have been avoided?

  • Saul_Villa's picture

    I blame the people. We kept getting mortgages we knew we couldn't pay. Then we would take a 2nd mortgage, on the first mortgage we can barely pay, to get Jimmy a car for his 16th birthday, because you know he just NEEDS it so bad. Then, we would go to our job and approve of loans to other people like us and continue this atrocious cycle. Beyond that, we would see the politicians butchering our government and economy and would keep voting for them because the other guy was from the other party or because we didn't trust the younger guy. In the end WE are to blame, as well as other. It is our fault also and it is time we stop trying to unload all the blame on others, just because we don't like messing up.

    I cannot tell you how much I kept hoping for a depression. Maybe then will people finally get a sense of self responsibility. You can start to see this in people and hopefully it'll stick and people will teach this to their kids.

    Personal wealth is not how much you have in the bank or the worth of your portfolio. But, rather how you've used the wealth to make your life and those around you better.

  • In reply to mb666
    seedy underbelly's picture

    mb666:
    Edmundo Braverman:
    My list of Top 5 worst Presidents in US history:

    1. Abraham Lincoln
    2. Franklin D Roosevelt
    3. George W. Bush
    4. Woodrow Wilson (at least he apologized before dying)
    5. (t) Lyndon B. Johnson
    5. (t) Richard Nixon

    Obama isn't even in the same zip code as these assclowns. He's a simple lefty gadfly compared to the carnage these guys wrought, both human and economic.

    Just curious what the issue is with Abraham Lincoln? The Civil War? If so could that have been avoided?

    curious to know this as well.

    also, those who said Clinton, what the fuck did he do wrong? The days before he left office, the US was booming, unemployment was in a nosedive, the world envied America, the US was on track to pay back all its debt in less than 10 years. and he was socially moderate... i could go on

  • In reply to Edmundo Braverman
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    Get busy living

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    UFOinsider's picture

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