Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Legacy of LBJ, Vietnam, and Reagan

Whether New Orleans recovers is one thing. But history will record how we lost a major US city, and what we, as a country, as a people, did about it; even if we don't talk much about it now. It will also remember who was President when it was lost:

At first, you'd want to compare Bush's Iraq predicament to that of Lyndon B. Johnson during the Vietnam War. But LBJ had major domestic accomplishments to boast about when leaving the White House, such as the Civil Rights Act and Medicare/Medicaid. Bush has virtually none. Look at how he dealt with the biggest post-9/11 domestic crisis of his tenure. He didn't rush to help the Gulf region after Hurricane Katrina because the country was overextended in Iraq and had a massive budget deficit. Texas conservatives always say that LBJ's biggest mistake was thinking that he could fund both the Great Society and Vietnam. They believe he had to choose one or the other. They call Johnson fiscally irresponsible. Bush learned this lesson: He chose Iraq over New Orleans.
I'm still not sure we didn't, too.

No comments:

Post a Comment