Ideas: The Reality Based Community: "Bush was worse on foreign policy, since he actually started substantial wars while Obama has only started a small one (Libya) and continued a sizable one (Afghanistan). But Obama managed to run an even bigger deficit, and expand spending more, than Bush, and I think the ACA is doing more damage than any of Bush's domestic policies I can think of. On issues such as transparency Obama has, I think, been worse than Bush, going to quite a lot of trouble to try to punish whistle blowers and reneging on various of his campaign promises about openness. And on the NSA question, I think Republican politicians have been mildly better than Democratic politicians, although both parties have people on either side of the issue.
I'm not sure how much weight to give to deliberate dishonesty, but it's at least possible that Bush really believed Iraq was working on weapons of mass destruction. It is not possible that Obama believed his many times repeated promise that if you like your health plan you can keep it."
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