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What were President George W. Bush‘s accomplishments?

Domestic accomplishments of President Bush:

    • Implemented the $1.3 trillion “Bush tax cuts” of 2001 and 2003, significantly lowering marginal tax rates
    • Signed the No Child Left Behind Act reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and supporting standards-based education reform
    • Signed the USA PATRIOT Act enhancing law enforcement investigatory tools related to terrorism, and established the Department of Homeland Security
    • Promoted socially conservative policies like the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
    • Enacted Medicare Part D into law and vetoed State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) legislation expanding federally funded health care benefits
    • Implemented several free trade agreements and pushed for offshore and domestic oil drilling
    • Championed comprehensive immigration reform and Social Security reform, but the legislation for either cause never mustered enough support to pass Congress
    • Sent FEMA resources to the South in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but soon came under withering criticism that the federal government had not done enough to aid the affected population
    • Presided over the beginnings of the Great Recession in 2008 and launched several different economic initiatives aimed at preventing a banking system collapse, stopping foreclosures, and stimulating the economy

Foreign policy accomplishments of President Bush:

  • Ordered an invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 to overthrow the Taliban, destroy Al-Qaeda, and to capture Osama bin Laden following the September 11 terrorist attacks
  • Led an invasion of Iraq in 2003 under the pretext of Iraqi refusal to relinquish its WMD
  • Condemned Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as part of the “Axis of Evil” and accused them of helping terrorism and seeking WMD
  • Signed the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement with India, greatly improving relations between the countries
  • Established the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), an AIDS program that committed $15 billion to combat AIDS over five years, especially in Africa

Note: Strike-outs have been shown to be disasters, not accomplishments as traditionally understood. If we missed anything, please let us know and we’ll add it to the list

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