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Jason Holliston
Sunday, February 08, 2004  
Bush's Recession?

I've talked about this before, but I need to hit upon this point again. I was listening to an excerpt from a John Kerry speech, where he was droning on (and when does he not drone?) about how many jobs have been lost in the recession and how Bush has brought this countries economy to a standstill -- blah blah blah. Listen -- the recession was not the President's fault, period. It's not up for discussion and debate, and I'm not being a demagogue when I make this point. The economy was already failing when he took office (the stock market crashed early in 2000, right after he took office), and 9/11 ensured that it wouldn't just be a dip, but a full blown recession. Truthful, thinking people can disagree about how the Administration sought to end the recession through tax cuts. I have no problem with debating those points. But when you hear that the recession (which we're out of now, by the way) was in any way the Bush Administration's fault, it's a flat out lie and pure historical revisionism. There were a lot of factors that played into making the economy fall, but he's not one of them. Period.

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