“My View” from the June 28, 2012, edition of “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer.”
OK, you know how when the Supreme Court does something you like, it’s “strict constitutionalist,” but when it’s something you don’t like, they’re an “activist court”?
Well today, we heard from the George W. Bush court.
George W. Bush. The man whose time in the White House brought America two wars and Medicare Part D (all off the books), who had us spending $1 billion a week and losing more than 4,000 soldiers in Iraq while cutting taxes excessively for the wealthiest Americans who needed a tax cut the least.
That wasn’t a trickle down, that was a gush up.
According to the Nonpartisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the Bush wars and tax cuts are going to account for nearly half of all American public debt in the year 2019.
Of course, if you ever bring up how some of these Bush policies are still hurting our American economy, you’re going to hear our friends on the right screaming, “There you go, blaming Bush. When are you going to stop blaming Bush for bad Obama policies, you freedom-hating liberals? Where’s the birth certificate?”
Now, when your right-wing friends say this, you could counter with saying, “When are we going to stop blaming Bush? Hey, man, when are you going to start blaming Bush? If your captain hit the iceberg, pal, you don’t get to blame the rescue boat.”
We were losing 750,000 jobs a month when Obama took office. So blaming Obama for the economy he inherited is like blaming your hangover on the guy making breakfast.
Or you could try to explain to your right-wing friends that there aren’t many liberals who blame Bush for bad Obama policies, but I know quite a few liberals who blame Obama for continuing some bad Bush policies.
Or you could just say what I say: “Yeah, I do still blame Bush. I still blame George Lucas for Jar Jar Binks, too.”
Of course, none of that works. The party of personal responsibility still can’t bring itself to take any responsibility for the Bush administration’s spending money like Courtney Love her first night in Amsterdam. Remember 9/11 was Clinton’s fault, but Bush gets credit for getting bin Laden. You know the drill, my friends.
Because George Bush is the man who put John Roberts on the Supreme Court. And today Chief Justice Roberts became the swing vote to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, which has gotten him permanently thrown off Grover Norquist’s Christmas card list. And the tea partiers are furious.
This evil, socialist, Democratic health care plan that was actually created by Republicans — it was — is now the law of the land, and it’s all because of this activist chief justice. And that’s why, my friends, today really is one for the history books. Bush-appointee John Roberts managed to do something that up to today seemed impossible.
He finally got the right wing to blame Bush for something Bush did.
That’s “My View.”