George Bush Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 3 Subject: American History Type: Essay Paper: #10986036 Related Topics: Patriot Act, National Debt, School Funding, Abraham Lincoln
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George Bush has left what some consider the biggest mark on American economic history. Although presidents like Abraham Lincoln will forever be remembered for his ability to unite a nation and end slavery, former President George W. Bush will forever be remembered for his gross incompetence, the war on terror, disastrous acts like the Patriot Act and No Child Left behind, and the growing national debt that spiraled out of control once he took office. Although not everything can be blamed on one person, Bush's cabinet and his actions throughout his two terms have left the country with bad memories and smaller pockets.

The Patriot Act, put into effect six weeks after the 9/11 attacks, enabled the government to perform roving wiretaps as well as searches of business and library records to help protect the United States from suspected acts of terrorism. "…the Patriot Act, which was proposed by the Bush administration following the terrorist attacks and quickly passed with strong support by the U.S. Congress" (Domke, Graham, Coe, John, & Coopman, 2006, p. 291). In one of Bush's speeches, he explained the need for such measures as a means to protect a nation in need of

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"Defending our Nation against its enemies is the first and fundamental commitment of the Federal Government. Today, that task has changed dramatically. Enemies in the past needed great armies and great industrial capabilities to endanger America" (Bush, 2002, p. 1). Although the act itself was appropriate enough, what came after, generated negative consequences for America as a whole. The United States soon lived in fear of terrorist attacks and eventually actions, which led to the war in Iraq, created economic recessions in the United States that continue to this day. Many argue, the public communications of the Bush administration, predominantly those by George W. Bush and John Ashcroft, along with news exposure about the legislature were contributory passing the act so quickly.

The Iraq War, initiated in March 20th 2003, cost the U.S. heavy losses not just in terms of soldiers, but money. Expenses to keep troops stationed there exceeded what many thought and continued to pile on because Bush would not remove the troops. The war created a serious economic downturn in America that created multiple recessions.

Another pivotal and long standing act that has and will continue to have an impact is No Child Left behind Act. Although…

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Bush, G.W. (2002). The national security strategy of the United States of America (ADA407178). Retrieved from EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT WASHINGTON DC website: http://oai.dtic.mil/oai/oai?verb=getRecord&metadataPrefix=html&identifier=ADA407178

Domke, D., Graham, E., Coe, K., John, S.L., & Coopman, T. (2006). Going Public as Political Strategy: The Bush Administration, an Echoing Press, and Passage of the Patriot Act. Political Communication, 23(3), 291. Doi: 10.1080/10584600600808844

Duncombe, W., Lukemeyer, A., & Yinger, J. (2008). The No Child Left Behind Act: Have Federal Funds Been Left Behind? Public Finance Review, 36(4), 381. Doi: 10.1177/1091142107305220


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