Just a thought on this 2016 presidential race. Sometimes you have to look back to see the future.
Back in January 2001, as Bill Clinton’s presidency was ending, The Onion, ran this:
Bush: ‘Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over’
WASHINGTON, DC–Mere days from assuming the presidency and closing the door on eight years of Bill Clinton, president-elect George W. Bush assured the nation in a televised address Tuesday that “our long national nightmare of peace and prosperity is finally over.”
“My fellow Americans,” Bush said, “at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us.”
Bush swore to do “everything in [his] power” to undo the damage wrought by Clinton’s two terms in office, including selling off the national parks to developers, going into massive debt to develop expensive and impractical weapons technologies, and passing sweeping budget cuts that drive the mentally ill out of hospitals and onto the street.
During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.
“You better believe we’re going to mix it up with somebody at some point during my administration,” said Bush, who plans a 250 percent boost in military spending. “Unlike my predecessor, I am fully committed to putting soldiers in battle situations. Otherwise, what is the point of even having a military?”
On the economic side, Bush vowed to bring back economic stagnation by implementing substantial tax cuts, which would lead to a recession, which would necessitate a tax hike, which would lead to a drop in consumer spending, which would lead to layoffs, which would deepen the recession even further.
Now, I’m sure a lot of us saw this and we laughed our asses off, because at the time, it was really absurd, and hilarious.
And then reality picked up a baseball bat, and smashed us in the face.
Because all of this happened. And it wasn’t funny. We were terrified.
But we looked at Bush (the Dumber) in 2000 and thought he was a harmless clown. And a lot of people didn’t vote for Al Gore because he wasn’t the kind of guy they could have a beer with.
It’s 2016 now. And we have this:
Now, go back and read that Onion article from 2001, written before the Bush inauguration. Click this for the full article.
It’s not so funny, right. Don’t write these guys off as a bunch of cranks. Because every one of them will make George W. Bush look like the statesman of his generation.
(Thanks to Brad Delong for recently posting the Onion article. Lest we forget.)