Outsourcing, free trade and globalization are the hallmarks of the Reagan, Bush I, Bush II and the Clinton administrations. American jobs in manufacturing and industry are just inconvenient collateral damage.
So what did we do? We outsource the cornerstones of American industry like the forging of steel and the building components of our cities, towns, roads and bridges.
CA has been a liberal majority state since at least the mid-1990's. The Bay Area hasn't had a Republican presence in the local halls of power since Nixon resigned. So, yeah, it's Bush's fault!Be sure to scroll down, where you will learn that, actually, no, the broken bits were made right here in the US. There were plenty of problems in the construction contracting for the Bay Bridge retrofit (including use of substandard cement by local affirmative action hires). But, I think Bush - not to mention the Chinese - is going to skate on this one.