He sought "to end tyranny in the world." He began two wars. He cut taxes three times, tried to privatize Social Security, and added the biggest expansion of Medicare since it was created under Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. He took on AIDS in Africa and redrew the federal role in education. He named two relatively young conservatives to the Supreme Court. He declared by himself a "global war on terror" and asserted unprecedented executive powers to fight it.
As bold and brash as his father was cautious, W. rolled the dice at history. And history rolled them back.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
The Bold And Brash Bush
From Carolyn Lochhead of the San Francisco Chronicle, an extensive and fair assessment of the Bush Presidency. Read the whole thing, but here's a nugget: