Bush's Economic Advice
Paul Begala reviews former President George W. Bush's new book, The 4% Solution.
"You gotta hand it to Bush. Either he was born without the moral compass that engenders humility or he has one sick sense of humor. To start with, let the record show that George W. Bush was in fact president of the United States for eight years. And for those eight years economic growth averaged not four percent, but 2.04 percent. For Bush to attach his name to a book claiming to be a recipe for economic growth is what we Texans call chutzpah. What's next? Charlie Sheen as spokesperson for Just Say No? Chris Christie's fitness video? Kim Kardashian's tips for a long and happy marriage? The mind boggles."
He also notes that James Glassman, who heads the Bush Institute and wrote the introduction to the book, "is no stranger to failed economic prophecy. In 1999 he co-authored (with current Romney adviser Kevin Hassett) a book with the unintentionally hilarious title Dow 36,000: The New Strategy for Profiting From the Coming Rise in the Stock Market. They almost got it right. Instead of a rise in the stock market there was a crash. The Dow went to 6,500, and 13 years after their book was published it is around 13,000. So they were only off by 23,000 points." FROM
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