Bush Knocks Obama Policies

Says private sector is solution to economic problems
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 18, 2009 12:38 PM CDT
Former President George W. Bush speaks at the Manufacturers & Business Association's 104th annual event in Erie, Pa., Wednesday, June 17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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(Newser) – George W. Bush is apparently done holding his tongue. He criticized several of President Obama's major policy issues in a speech yesterday, defending his administration on interrogation, assailing nationalized health care, and saying the private sector, not the government, was key to fixing the economy, the Washington Times reports. “You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money,” Bush said.

“Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States,” the former president told local businesspeople in Erie, Pa. Speaking on the Guantanamo closing, he said he wouldn’t “criticize my successor,” but “there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don't believe that—persuasion isn't going to work.”