Still picking my jaw up off of the desk. God. Bless. America. First, from the NYT:
[T]he 43rd president is beginning to add his voice back into the national dialogue. A month ago, he spoke publicly in favor of one of his defining domestic legacies, the tax cuts that still divide the country. Two months from now, he plans to publish a book outlining strategies for economic growth.
Pat Garofalo of The Center for American Progress may have been rendered speechless for a moment, but then penned the article “Coming This Summer: For $24.95, George W. Bush Will Share His ‘Strategies For Economic Growth’“:
That Bush believes the country needs his thoughts on how to create economic growth is laughable. After all, under his watch, “growth in investment, GDP, and employment all posted their worst performance of any post-war expansion,” while “overall monthly job growth was the worst of any cycle since at least February 1945, and household income growth was negative for the first cycle since tracking began in 1967.” As the Economic Policy Institute found, “between the end of the 2001 recession (2001Q4) and the peak of that expansion (2007Q4), the U.S. economy experienced the worst economic expansion of the post-war era.”
…And its not just under Bush that the nation saw lackluster economic growth. Over the last 50 years, in fact, two-thirds of the private sector jobs created in the country have come under Democratic administrations.
Also picking his jaw up off of the floor was Robert Schlesinger at U.S. News & World Report.
This is like Tim Tebow writing a treatise on passing accuracy, like Fox News releasing a how-to guide on fairness and balance in television coverage, like Rush Limbaugh teaching a gender sensitivity class, like Newt Gingrich lecturing about the sanctity of marriage, like Emily Post publishing a collection of “Yo Mamma” jokes. For sheer chutzpah this blows away Michael “Brownie” Brown penning a book on Hurricane Katrina and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt “Let’s Cut Taxes and Increase Defense Spending” Romney lecturing anyone on the deficit.
Bush not being one given to introspection and cataloging of his own errors, it seems unlikely that the volume will be styled along the lines of “do the opposite of my presidential policies.” In fact given the publication date and the fact that Romney seems intent on doubling down on Bush’s agenda, I can guess what the title will be: The 2012 Republican Party Platform.
What are your ideas for the title of W’s tome? I wonder who will be
the suckers asked to give endorsements on the back cover?
Note to publisher: perforate the pages so that they can be easily torn out for wrapping fish, lining bird cages, TP, etc.