I'm not willing to blame Obama for anything in the economy just yet, but I do agree that it is time to stop blaming the past and take responsibility for the present ["Obama Must Stop Blaming Bush, Accept Responsibility for Failing Economic Policies," usnews.com]. The fact is the deficit under Bush was a record high, and now Obama has quadrupled it. Continuing to blame the previous administration makes it sound like they are lining up an excuse in case the current policies fail.
Comment by Brad of TX
When you sat by and watched Bush/Cheney run the economy into the ground, did you really think it wasn't going to cost anything to fix it? Consequences result in a cost, and Republicans need to take responsibility for the cost of their bad economic decisions and deregulations. Pushing the blame off on Obama is really just pathetic.
Comment by Debra G. of TX
I actually think that Obama has been relatively mild in his "blame Bush" rhetoric. Let's face it, Bush took responsibility for nothing. No matter what disaster he was accused of creating, he always blamed 9/11. For Bush, 9/11 was a "get out of political hot water" card. After 9/11, nothing was his fault. In contrast, Obama has held off trashing his predecessor, mostly. But to claim that after 100 days the economy is his "fault" is absurd. The spending is an attempt to jump start the economy. If he hadn't inherited a disaster, he wouldn't be taking drastic action. He wouldn't need to.
Evan Adamson of NY
The charade of pushing the meme that Obama needs to "own up" to "his" economy after four months in office is raw maneuvering. Throughout the eight years that President Bush was in office, we heard how every problem related to Clinton's actions. While we are at it, we can return to the popular Republican mantra of 9/11. If the economy is Obama's responsibility after four months, then surely after eight months the responsibility for not foreseeing 9/11 lands doubly on President Bush?
Comment by John of CA
I just had the opening weekend of my new business, a fast food joint with a philosophy of buying local. I've been working on this business for six months now, on the financial policies and purchasing equipment and getting through the permitting process, etc. On our opening weekend we did not make a profit. Should I just throw in the towel? I don't think you can reasonably judge Obama's policies at the end of three months. Regaining our country's financial well-being requires patience and fortitude.
Comment by J.J. of WA