What I remember of George H.W. Bush’s presidency on November 30, 2018 when he died at the age of 94:
He bailed out the savings and loans banks (that his crooked friends looted) to the tune of $50 billion.
He further refines the bail-out of the savings and loans banks by offering $166 billion worth of aid to these institutions. He further creates a new government body (paid for by tax dollars) and creates the “Resolution Trust Company” (I kid you not: he added the word “Trust” to the new arm) – which was to “oversee” the merger or the liquidation of these banks that imploded on themselves.
In 1989 Bush vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum wage to $4.55 per hour. He replaced it with a raise of $4.25 per hour instead.
In 1990 he reneged on his “no new taxes” platform (which was partially responsible for him winning the Presidential election) and raised taxes to “solve the deficit problem.”
Bush vetoed the Civil Rights Act of 1990 (introduced by Senator Edward Kennedy) which would have made it easier for women and minorities to prove discrimination in the workplace.
Bush lies to the American people about our presence in Saudi Arabia and the reason he deployed 400,000 of our men and women to what is now known as the “first” Iraq War. In order to get Americans to “buy” into the war the Bush administration hired a New York based PR firm (Hill & Knowlton), paid them $10.7 million for an “atrocities” campaign. The firm created a false story about Iraqi troops looting Kuwaiti hospitals grabbing babies out of incubators and leaving them to die on the floor. This was discovered to be a lie by Amnesty International but by the time it was discovered the American media bought into it and repeated it so often that Bush was looked at a hero instead of the con/manipulator that he actually was.
George H.W. Bush nominates Clarence Thomas to replace retiring Justice Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court. Thomas’ confirmation hearings focused on the sexual misconduct charges made by Anita Hill (a law professor and former colleague of Thomas). **Note: I believed Anita Hill then and I believe her today.
Lest we forget, based on the “legacy” of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, his son George W. Bush, ascended to the Presidency in 2001.
Bush #43’s presidency itself was marked with one bad moment after another (i.e., The Plume Affair, Hurricane Katrina, Abu Ghraib, including the market crash of 2008 which will forever be remembered as this generation’s Great Depression).
On the day George H.W. Bush died this is what I remembered of our former President.