Republicans have a major agenda and will stop at nothing. State, National, International, posted by Truth Hurts, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 9, 2009 at 11:06 pm
Republicans have traditionally been BIG business. Big business equals BIG dollars. The republicans had the helm for eight years and ran the Country into the ground. Mr. Bush’s sole focus was War and the profits gained by war. Big companies and even bigger no bid contracts ie: Dick Cheney and Halliburton for one example.
The oil industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the public and private banking industry ie: Wall Street are all Republican run institutions.
There is a huge paranoia and big dollars pumped into all the anti sediment towards the “lame liberals”.
Republicans also favor war and the right to bear arms. Why bear arms if no fight?
These Republicans have a major agenda and will stop at nothing.
There was a lot of anger towards Bush from BOTH sides, but NOTHING like what we're seeing and hearing today in the way of hatred, threats, lies, anger and all out insanity from the Republicans.
Posted by wow, a member of the Foothill High School community, on Aug 10, 2009 at 9:12 am
ARE YOU KIDDING ME! George Bush is a neo conservative. He did not represent the conservative view at all! No wonder a majority of people disliked him.. Liberals did not like him altogether and conservatives, not republicans, disliked him for his obviously bigger goverment actions. I am 18, my father runs a small business and no a true conservative wants to profits of business through LESS Government. Much different then giving your friends money through our taxes! Believe me I am with you on that. Again George Bush was a Neo Conservative. Take a look at Ron Paul he wants to abolish the federal reserve the biggest scandal in Washington.
Now with that said true conservatives are outraged at obama's actions ex: Socialized health care and keeping list of people against health care at the white house.. More spending, more war, More taxes, Less liberty!
These people have a right to be heard. Instead of calling every threat racial, mob-like or extremist the public should take a look at what they are saying. Many "right wing extremists".. real conservatives not phony republicans would like to end the wars, shrink spending and taxes drastically and give more power to the state similiar to what the founding fathers intended.
Obama and Bush were clearly progressive, along with most past-current presidents. So to take these arguments as just against obama and his views are incorrect. They are arguing everything they were when Bush was around, Except Obama ran on the idea of change.. and he has turned out as a supercharged version of George Bush. Therefore there efforts have been supercharged.
Lastly, it is sad when citizens would like to disarm themselves. Its just tells the government i do not ever want to fight back no matter what you do. The idea behind the second, gives power to the idea of American government. Our government is for the people by the people. If the government grows tyrannical, we would have the ability to take back our government. The founders saw how governments grew over time into monsters. The problem is the country has been running smoothly for the past 250 years so people begin to forget. Although I do not own a weapon i would still like the ability to arm myself if the time came! Closing Argument: Currently almost ever bad guy has a gun, most good guys dont. When a good guy gets attacked, he is usually not protected making it easy on the bad guy. Sometimes the good guys get lucky with help from the police but not usually the case. With that said If every good guy had a gun, bad people would be less likely to commit a crime. Just seems like common sense to me.
Posted by Big Poppa, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Aug 10, 2009 at 9:15 am
What you wrote is Right out of the Demoncat/liberal play book. Apparently you know how to cut and paste. Tomorrow you'll be taught how to use safety scissors. I wish you luck Wacko. By the way the Demoncats have been in control of Congress for over 2 years and the economy has been in the crapper. I hope you don't have children.
Posted by Ken in South Pleasanton, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 10, 2009 at 8:49 pm
Generally speaking (which I know can be dangerous) if you ask someone what led to the current financial crisis you will get the mortgage debacle as one of the top three answers. It seems to me that it was during the latter Clinton years and through the Democratic-controlled congres of the Bush administration that Barney Frank and friends pushed for making home ownership easier for those in the lower income brackets. Free-flowing monies from banks, fueled by the government's desire for everyone to realize the American dream (even those who couldn't afford it or understand what they were signing when presented with a loan package) and greed on the part of many mortgage brokers created a bubble that finally burst. For anyone to lay that on JUST the Republicans and big business misses the enormous control over legislators that special interest and lobbyists play. All of our legislators share the blame for turning a blind eye to what was developing and for making their personal interests more important than those of their constituents. At the next opportunity we should take the initiative to vote every incumbent out of office. Especially now that we have seen how little they regard our input during this traditional August recess period as they cancel or keep secret their townhall meetings. Good riddance! If they have "incumbent" next to their name on the ballot...put a check mark in a different box.
Posted by Nancy, a resident of the Ironwood neighborhood, on Aug 10, 2009 at 10:06 pm
Hey Poppa, thank you for reminding people that the House (who controls money matters) has been run by MsPelosi & DEMS for almost 3 years now. Obama INHERITED an all Democrat Congress that had been elected in the previous national election of 2006.
Posted by To Ken, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 10, 2009 at 10:53 pm
Democrats didn't control congress until 2007. By then the economy was already a mess. The mortgage crisis on its own was relatively minor, and may not have even caused a recession on its own. It was the derivatives (like credit default swaps) that turned the downturn into a credit crisis. AIG is the largest recipient of TARP funds. It isn't even a mortgage company. AIG operated as an unregulated casino selling side bets on securities, not requiring the purchaser to even own the underlying securities. Add up the numbers for total mortgage defaults and it is now where near the amount of money already spent in bailouts. The trouble was the derivatives. And yes Bill Clinton and congressional Democrats played a role in allowing it to get out of hand.