Politics: The Stupidest US Administration in History

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“This is the stupidest American administration in history,” says an old British diplomat, sotto voce. “Stupider than the Nixon crowd?” someone asked. “Stupider than the Carter administration?” asked another voice.

“I’ve worked with them all. This is by far the dumbest bunch ever in Washington.”

Stupidity in Washington must hard to measure. As in the sewers of the nation’s capital, there is plenty of awful stuff floating around, but it doesn’t stay in one place long enough to size it up accurately; instead, it ebbs and flows.

Poor George W. has grabbed a-hold of a-something and he can’t let go of it. Everywhere he goes, people point and whisper – there’s the idiot that got us into Iraq. Even if his team had a good idea or two – not that we’ve heard any – on any other issues, the Iraq war gets in the way.

Bush’s popularity has fallen to a level not seen since 1979. Then, Jimmy Carter was the unpopular president. Now, Carter has some choice words for Bush 43:

“I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history,” Carter told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story that appeared in the newspaper’s Saturday editions. “The overt reversal of America’s basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me.”

In retrospect, Carter was not so bad. He got us into no disastrous wars. He launched no major, costly programs that we can remember. He did his job…and left when his time was up.

Bill Bonner
The Daily Reckoning Australia

Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Best-selling investment author Bill Bonner is the founder and president of Agora Publishing, one of the world's most successful consumer newsletter companies. Owner of both Fleet Street Publications and MoneyWeek magazine in the UK, he is also author of the free daily e-mail The Daily Reckoning.
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jorge garrido sanchez
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jorge garrido sanchez
I do not agree with your premise of this being the dummest adminitration, nor that the Jimmy Carter administration was good at all. Many now do not remember that Jimmy Carter had a friend whose name was Burt Lance, and who was a very shady banker, who had bank rolled Jimmy Carter in his presidential campaign. As a result, of that help that Burt Lance provided to Jimy Carter and under the continuos auspices of Burt Lance advices, Jimmy Carter proceeded to deregulate the banking industry, which in the end cost americans zillions of dollars, by allowing the savings and… Read more »
Kurt V
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In response to jorge garrido sanchez: 1. Nice revisionist history– First, Carter did order deregulation of the banking industry, but JUST 6 MONTHS BEFORE Reagan was elected. Reagan had every opportunity to reverse the actions of Carter, but he agreed that deregulation was critical to the breaking of stagflation, and to helping the economy. 2. Carter was a socialist? What are you smoking? He deregulated the airlines, trucking and banking industries! The exact opposite of a socialist. 3. Are you honestly blaming Carter that the military helicopters failed in the hostage rescue attempt?! 4. Are you honestly defending Bush for… Read more »
jorge garrido sanchez
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jorge garrido sanchez
I am glad that you at least have the courage to admit that Carter deregulated the banking industry. Although, then you try to shift the blame of Carter’s own poor decision,on Reagan, because you allege that Reagan left that piece of legislation the way Carter’s adminitartion passed it. So what, if carter’s failed decision was made 6 months before Reagan’s election. Carter, nevertheless, did it on his presidential watch. However, you do not say a word about the fact that it was the savings and loan debacle created from Carter’s descision that brought that noble american institution (of the savings… Read more »
jorge garrido
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Oh!, by the way…your write from and in the UK. Therefore(and how appropriate the following comment), I forgot to mention in additional response to your statement that because Carter deregulated the banking industry and the airline industry he is not a Socialist–as if socialists don´t oversee capitalist tasks, well what about Tony Blair(?), yes, your former prime minister represented the labor party, my uninformed writer. So just who do youthink the laboreres of any nation side with? RIGHT: Socalists, so do labor unions in the United States. That doesn´t mean that being a socialist is reprehensible or bad it is… Read more »
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