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There's a moderate discussion like this going on in another thread, but I think it begs asking for the OT board... Who Was Our Worst President? I'd say to answer that we have to consider which presidency gave us the worst effects we feel presently.
The options are many, but I would say in my lifetime, the worst presidency hands down belongs to Richard Nixon. He took us off the gold standard, established the worthless Drug Enforcement Administration, the EPA and was responsible for the mass production of high fructose corn syrup. These four criteria ALONE crown him "Worst President" in my book.
He exploded the size of the already big post-Johnson federal government and disgraced the office of the Presidency - and it's never recovered. There hasn't been real, genuine reverence for the office since and it ushered in the modern age of distrust, disloyalty and cynicism with respect to public office.
I am fascinated immensely by his presidency - his cabinet, his foreign policy, his bombing of Laos, you name it. It's certainly the most colorful presidency in recent history. But man did his policies screw us!
Who do you pick as our worst President?
* Note: I had Woodrow Wilson as a close second for signing the Federal Reserve into law.
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I would rank the three worst as Nixon, Carter and Bush, in that order, if limited to Presidents that I remember (not just read about).
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I think Nixon set us down a path that was exacerbated by Carter, who doubled-down on some of Nixon's policies.
However, I give Carter a break because, I think that deep-down, he was a good man, just a terrible POTUS.
PS - I know he is an anti-semite, but as long as he stays out of that arena and sticks to building houses, I will cut him some slack.
Pierce, Buchanan, Coolidge, and Hoover are all on my short list.
Unlike some of the others mentioned so far in this thread, I have a hard time coming up with anything positive about the ones I have listed.
Chris, I'm curious, what do you see as the positive attributes of Richard M. Nixon?
Let me guess --
EPA, DEA, Price Controls, Executive Pay Limits, Removing from Gold Standard.
All things that the current President supports.
-The end of the US's participation in The Vietnam War
-The creation of The EPA
-Opening up relations with China
Yeah, China's serving us very well right now.
Thanks for your forthright answer! Interesting indeed.
This is going to come with a lot of scrutiny but I'd have to say Franklin Roosevelt. He sent us down the path to what will eventually, I am sad to say, become democratic socialism. There is no worse sin as a president than baring responsibility for the cultural shift that will eventually destroy your own country.
Cry Havoc; and let slip the dogs of war!
We had to come off the Gold Standard- it was unsustainable. And we need an independent central bank. Nixon's foreign policy was both triumphant and terrible- triangular diplomacy and opening China, but also secret war in Cambodia, prolonging war in Vietnam, the genocide in East Pakistan etc. I think the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act are good things, but clearly Watergate and the imperial presidency was not. Democrats in Congress, like through the Church Committee, had to rein in his concentrated power on foreign policy too.
I will have to say George W. Bush. Failed to regulate Wall Street (was very cozy), got us involved in the most strategically and morally disastrous war since Vietnam, exploding spending by adding a new drug program (also poorly designed as corporate giveaway to pharma) but also exploded the structural deficit through unfinanced tax cuts which were poorly aimed and unaffordable, the Defense of Marriage Act, undermined multilateral trade by signing lopsided bilateral deals, No Child Left Behind etc etc etc etc. Just terrible.
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“Close tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share,” Reagan vowed.
To be fair, DOMA was all Clinton.
I do not believe that W was a great POTUS, but I can't blame him for DOMA.
Agreed. One of Clinton's few puzzling and frustrating miscues.
Sorry. I should have said the pushing for a constitutional amendment. indeed he paid reporters to back his stance on banning same-sex marriage.
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