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An Analysis of Past and Current Administrations

Original post made by Stay Cool, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Nov 16, 2009

This post is in response to '!'s request for an explanation regarding a statement I made in another thread: "By the time he (Bush) left, the country was in shambles in many arenas."
Now, I just spent the better part of an hour putting together my explanation and providing links to the evidence, and when I submitted it, it was rejected by this site as "containing too many urls" and my entire post was gone. UGH. So I need to piece it back together quickly.
Let me reiterate, this post is in **response** to a request for explanation of a comment I made in another thread. I didn't want to hijack the original thread, which was veering off topic, so I said I would post under the heading above. I am **not** in any way trying to start a debate, blame, or attack President Bush anew. I will point out that the "left" is accused of incorrectly blaming Bush for the problems facing our country today, when I see the "right" blaming our economic situation all the way back to Clinton and even Carter. That does strike me as a bit of a double standard.
I apologize for the delay in my response, but I've been standing in line for government cheese (oh no, wait, that was PB), I mean, I've been very busy in my capacity as an ACORN thug, not to mention moonlighting as a pro-Obama troll talking up the administration's policies. KIDDING! Ah, well - having been accused of engaging in those two careers, I've earned the right to have some fun with it.
So, about the shambles - let's begin with a little foreshadowing:
Web Link
*Bush Failures May Force McCain, Obama to Make Like FDR in 2009*
"July 21 (Bloomberg) -- When George W. Bush became president in 2001, his main goals included restoring ``honor and dignity to the White House'' after the Monica Lewinsky scandal, raising school-test scores and figuring out how to spend a record budget surplus.
The next White House occupant will inherit the deepest housing recession in a generation, growing fears of bank failures, a sinking dollar, $4 gasoline and an economy bleeding jobs. He'll confront wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, mounting tensions with Iran and the U.S.'s flagging international reputation.
Historians say the economic and foreign policy crises in Bush's wake will present either Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain with the biggest challenges to a new president since Herbert Hoover left office during the Great Depression.
``What a burden the next president is going to confront,'' says Robert Dallek, a presidential historian and biographer of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. ``It'll be like Franklin Roosevelt coming in, in 1933.''
Add to that the following:
*surplus to deficit "When Bush took office, the national debt was $5.73 trillion. When he left, it was $10.7 trillion. That's a difference of $4.97 trillion"
*Katrina/FEMA aftermath (But don't forget, "What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas," Barbara Bush said in an interview on Monday with the radio program "Marketplace." "Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway," she said, "so this is working very well for them.")
*Iraq war, no-bid contracts (who do you think is paying for all that, for those concerned about taxes), soldiers' unsafe living conditions overseas, dearth of health and other services for vets
*Shift away from pursuit of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, resulting in resurgence of Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, compromising our national security and creating current complications in the war,
*Abu Ghraib, Gitmo, attempted suspension of writ of habeas corpus, use of torture (creating complications in current effort to try 9/11 suspects),
*decrease in real wages
*increase in percentage without medical insurance
*shift in tax burden to middle class through tax cuts to super wealthy
*the economy
*NCLB created, then underfunded
*no environmental/energy policy progress

Quid pro quo to '!', should you feel so inclined, I would be interested in you explanation of your claims of the following:
"Now that Obama is having his way, destroying capitalism and freedom, I can understand how you are sleeping better...that is until we're all living in chaos when there is no more food in the grocery stores, no more jobs, inflation in this country is the level of Zimbabwe, and you can't even see your doc (who is an imported MD from Zaire because there are a shortage of US educated docs). (Oh...you probably could receive medical assistance if it is determined that you are a democrat and have donated substantial sums to Obama's campaign.)"
OR "Obama's review panel will deem you are not worth the medical expense to keep around."
OR " our inalienable rights are being taken away or threatened every day,our national defense is being weakened, our goal of achieving energy independence is becoming more unrealistic everyday, having free and fair elections (read ACORN and the increase in illegal aliens), the increase in Islamic influence (sharia law, banking, schooling, population increases), our taxes are skyrocketing, and on and on..."
Here are a couple of links regarding my discussion above:
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I don't plan on visiting these boards much anymore, as both the tone and quality of the discussion has lately been very depressing. I do believe in the importance of integrity, though, and didn't want to leave w/o keeping my word regarding the above (albeit now abbreviated)explanation to my comment.

Comments (9)

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Posted by Cheryl
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Really enjoyed reading this, especially your closing remarks.


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Posted by HHR
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Stay Cool, you've been one of the few participants of this forum I read from time to time, whom I enjoy. I can understand you wanting to stay away. This Valley is full of hateful, selfish, ignorant folks who unfortunately cannot accept the fact that the world is changing. A conservative is best described as one who has a clogged brain. These sour grapes will unfortunately never change. They will just waste away in their own hate. Best to go to discussions other than politics around here. Other than make you laugh at these people's views, there is no accomplishment to be made.

I wish you luck.


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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:08 am

Hi Stay Cool,

I always make a point to read your posts. You will be missed, but I completely understand. It's hard to believe some of the crap that comes out of peoples' fingers here. This place can definitely be a downer. Seeing what people write here makes you wonder what kind of country we're living in. People are so selfish and cruel.

The people who claim Bush did nothing to bring us where we are today are full of it! They know he sucked and just don't want to admit it!

Excellent summary by the way.

Take care,
Janna


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Posted by Michael
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 17, 2009 at 6:38 am

Janna,

nice language. Stay Cool, glad to hear you are moving on and you will definately not be missed.


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 17, 2009 at 10:20 am

@ Stay Cool - Thanks for being a voice of reason, sanity, and reality based thinking. You will be missed.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2009 at 8:57 pm

You said it Michael. Everyone know Stay Fool was just a terrorist and hates America just like Obama. The founding fathers would be turning in there graves to see that person in the white house. What a disgrace.


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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Nov 18, 2009 at 9:12 am

SteveP is a registered user.

I noticed the glossing over of the 9/11 attacks as the cause of most of the subsequent actions/reactions that were necessary and approved by Congress and Mr. Bush. The attack was a direct result of inaction by the previous administration, hence the aftermath, most of which you listed under the broad headline of Bush failures.

Good luck with that integrity thing (along with your hope and change). Please take your hateful followers, like HHR along with you.


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a resident of Ridgeview Commons
on Dec 3, 2009 at 8:20 pm

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a resident of Ridgeview Commons
on Dec 25, 2009 at 4:49 am

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