George W. Bush: A True Hero

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George W. Bush, the forty-third American president, is a controversial president in American history. Some people think he was a successful president and has brought America positive effects, while others think he was a failed president. Sean Wilentz wrote an essay in Rolling Stone that described George W. Bush as the worst president in history (cited in Knott, 2012). Although George W. Bush has deeply influenced America, he is not a hero for two reasons: he caused wars and increased economic deficits. What is a hero? Everyone has his or her own opinion and definition. According to Ted Tollefson (1993, p.1), “Despite immense differences in cultures, heroes around the world generally share a number of traits that instruct and inspire people.”…show more content…
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan did an excellent job during their period. Bush also wanted to solve this problem when he was a president; however, it was difficult for him to imitate what Roosevelt and Reagan had done. Furthermore, Bush faced this problem at the end of his period instead of his first year. Therefore, he did not realize it was serious until the economic crisis inundated Wall Street (Iwan Morgan, 2010; Philip John, 2010). Economic problems are not conspicuous most of the time and it can bring societies negative effects gradually. As a president, Bush should have realized it at the beginning rather than when it became worse. What did he do to solve the economic crisis? According to Assessing George W. Bush’s Legacy (Morgan, 2010; John,2010), Bush thought the American government had to save the real estate market. As a result, he spent a great amount of money on buying mortgages from banks and nationalizing the Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac. Although he wanted to eliminate the economic deficits and he provided some ways, the costs of his decisions became one trillion dollars by 2009, which was almost twice as the costs in the Iraq…show more content…
Even though the Afghanistan war had some adverse effects, it seemed just because no one wanted to keep silent when 9/11 happened. In the book Rush to Judgment (Knott, 2012), the author suggested that though Bush did not catch Bin Laden, who was the leader of al-Qaeda, Bush had really debilitated al-Qaeda. Crippling al-Qaeda is a positive result, but people cannot ignore the destruction during that war. According to Polster (2001, p.1),“All heroes are motivated by a profound respect for human life.” There were a great number of people die in that war, so Bush chose a extreme way to fight terrorism. As for the economic aspect, Bush did a remarkable accomplishment in tax reduction during his first six years. This tax behavior led to two major acts: the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, which were the second and third largest tax cuts in American history after the Economic Recovery Tax Act in 1981 started by Reagan (Morgan, 2010; John, 2010). Bush wanted to reduce the tax to help citizens to have more private property, but this tax reduction just helped rich people finally. This policy just allowed rich people to pay less tax and poor people pay the same tax as before. Thus, on one hand, Bush is just a hero for a small number of rich people instead of all citizens. On the other hand, some poor people may even regard Bush as a devil because he increased the

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