Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 | 2 a.m.
It’s human nature to play the blame game, but when it comes to former President George W. Bush, it is always second nature. Blame the former president for his poor handling of two unfunded wars, an unfunded Medicare drug mandate and, topping the list, an economy with anemic, subpar job growth.
How anemic was job growth?
His predecessor, President Bill Clinton, created 240,000 jobs monthly for eight years compared with 375,000 per year for Bush. This is all the job creation that Bush and his administration could muster, even after cutting income taxes early on. So much for supply-side economics — for most Americans it was more like supply-slide economics.
With political campaigning in full swing (when isn’t it?), President Barack Obama has the audacity of hope to think he’s going to get off scot-free taking a vacation. Maybe he will change his mind and sit in the White House, waiting for Republicans and Democrats to finally return to Congress.
When it comes to long and frequent vacations, the record-setting ones taken by our former vacationer-in-chief, George W. Bush, will be hard to beat. But then again it probably didn’t matter. At least half of his constituents knew he was mostly out to lunch anyway.