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George H.W. Bush was Trump before we had Trump

Posted by M. C. Fox on December 7, 2018

Walsh denounced the pardons as part of a cover-up and said that they undermined his investigation of possible criminal conduct by Bush himself. Walsh also reported that the president’s pardons prevented Bush from having to testify in court and face “searching questions” on his own conduct.

Just another Foggy Bottom swamp rat. I was reminded George H.W. was a regular at David Rockefellers’s Tri-Lateral Commission meetings.

Presidential eulogies, the original fake news.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/12/04/george-h-w-bush-trump-before-we-had-trump-column/2184857002/

James Bovard

Those who laud President Bush forget he limited trade, escalated our drug war, and obstructed a special counsel.

…But for all the differences of style between Donald Trump and the first president Bush, the two men have more in common than we’d like to remember.

Bush was the most protectionist president since Herbert Hoover. Like Trump, he spoke of the need for level playing fields and fair trade. But Bush-style fairness gave federal bureaucrats practically endless vetoes over Americans’ freedom to choose foreign goods. Bush’s Commerce Department ravaged importers with one bureaucratic scam after another, using the dumping law to convict 97 percent of imports investigated, claiming that their prices were unfairly low to American producers (not consumers).

Bush also ordered the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate after ice cream imports threatened to exceed one percent of the U.S. market. And he perpetuated import quotas on steel and machine tools.

Bush implemented restrictive trade quotas

While Bush declared that trade was the key to spreading prosperity to poorer nations, he slapped new textile import quotas on Nigeria, Indonesia, Egypt, the Philippines, Burma (now Myanmar), Costa Rica, Panama, Pakistan and many other nations. Mexico was allowed to sell Americans only 35,292 bras in 1989 — part of a byzantine regime that also restricted imports of tampons, typing ribbons, tarps, twine, table linen, tapestries, ties and thousands of other products.

A 1989 White House report concluded that the trade restrictions added 50 percent to the price of imported clothing…

The Bush administration turbocharged asset forfeiture, spurring seizures of private property on the slightest pretexts from individuals who were never convicted of crimes. Abuses became so widespread that a September 1992 Justice Department internal newsletter lamented: “Like children in a candy shop, the law enforcement community chose all manner and method of seizing and forfeiting property, gorging ourselves in an effort which soon came to resemble one designed to raise revenues.”

Despite the news media exposes of gross injustices, the forfeiture juggernaut continues ravaging the rights of innocent Americans decades later and spurring delusions of absolute power in law enforcement. Last week in a Supreme Court hearing, Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher even asserted that forfeiture laws entitle police to confiscate any car going more than 5 miles over the speed limit…

Ad nauseum

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