An Analysis of Past and Current Administrations
Original post made by Stay Cool, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Nov 16, 2009
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:
*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
*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:
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.
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