Friday, June 19, 2009

Nice To Be Reminded

George W. Bush is entitled to his opinions, and he’s entitled to say whatever he likes. And he’s also entitled to demonstrate his capacity for irony, intentional or otherwise.

Former President George W. Bush fired a salvo at President Obama on Wednesday, asserting his administration’s interrogation policies were within the law, declaring the private sector not government will fix the economy and rejecting the nationalization of health care.

“I know it’s going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we’re in,” the former president said to applause from members of a local business group. “You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money.”

Okay, let’s take these one at a time. 1. Yes, the administration’s interrogation policies were “within the law” if you’re talking about the laws of Saudi Arabia; it’s just that they weren’t within the laws of the United States. 2. The private sector — and the Bush administration — got us into this economic mess in the first place. Mr. Bush arrived in office with a budget surplus and managed to spend it out and take us deeper in debt within three years. Who says government is inefficient? 3. The only people who are talking about “nationalizing” health care are the wing-nuts and the lobbyists for the insurance industry who don’t grasp the meaning of the words “public option” — meaning you can take it or leave it in terms of having the choice of using government-subsidized health insurance — when they hear it.

Actually, it’s good to hear the former president speak up. It reminds us of what a blessing it is that the only public service Mr. Bush now performs is picking up dog turds.