Bye Bye Bushies

16Jan09

 

Say goodbye to Bush

Say goodbye to Bush

I’ve been hearing a lot of folks apologizing for Bush.  Friends of mine have claimed that every one of his mistakes was because “he just didn’t know any better.”  Maybe everyone is just feeling sad for a man who was so clearly inept at his job and over his head, that he just pushed himself into being the target and whipping boy for all that has been going wrong lately.  Before you start feeling sorry for a man who, in his own words, “made the tough decisions” that not started, failed to prevent, and in some cases failed to appropriately respond to the many problems that face out country today, bear in mind that in less than one week, the sad little man will be living comfortably in semi-retirement.  While many people lose their homes, he’ll have a new place in Dallas…and another in Crawford…and another in Maine.  He’ll continue to golf, go to baseball games, and pal around with well-to-do conservative folks who contributed to his campaigns so that their businesses would prosper, their taxes cut, and their stock prices skyrocket (only to come back down a little bit in the end.)  

He won’t be having a rough time during the recession. He’s never had a rough time in his life until he “made the tough decision” to put himself in charge of the country, only to find that it was “hard work.” Before he walked into office, he had an agenda to follow that was set by Neo-Cons, and he promised to stick with it.  Despite plenty of advice  to the contrary and public outcry throughout the world, he stuck with it.  

If you’re still in doubt that Dubya should not be held accountable for his actions or shouldn’t be judged by his horrible two-term catastrophe, then we can simply judge him by the friends he keeps.  

The Center for American Progress has a great roundup today of the 43 who helped form Bush’s legacy.

From the article:

Next week, “change is coming to America,” as President George W. Bush wraps up his tenure as one of the worst American presidents ever. He wasn’t able to accomplish such an ignominious feat all by himself, however; he had a great deal of help along the way. The Progress Report heralds the conclusion of the Bush 43 presidency by bringing you our list of the top 43 worst Bush appointees. 


This is some encouraging news about Health Care in the US:

From his sickbed, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has secretly been orchestrating meetings with lobbyists and lawmakers from both parties to craft legislation that would greet the new president with a plan to provide affordable medical coverage to all Americans, a measure he has called “the cause of my life.”

Specifically, what I find encouraging is that his plan is more “universal” than Obama and McCain’s.  Should Obama win, it sounds like Kennedy might have enough influence to convince Obama to open up to his more universal plan.

While Mr. Kennedy is shooting for universal coverage, the two men running for president – John McCain and Mr. Obama – have their own plans that many analysts say fall short of that goal. An Obama Senate aide sat in on many of the early Kennedy meetings; no McCain aide did.

I’d like to see that happen.  This would not only help make America a healthier nation, but it would have fantastic economic benefits. We can talk all we want about tax cuts, but once we provide cheaper healthcare to all people in the country, I believe we’ll see more lasting economic effects.


This article from the NYTimes has some interesting data:

Since 1929, Republicans and Democrats have each controlled the presidency for nearly 40 years. So which party has been better for American pocketbooks and capitalism as a whole? Well, here’s an experiment: imagine that during these years you had to invest exclusively under either Democratic or Republican administrations. How would you have fared?

As of Friday, a $10,000 investment in the S.& P. stock market index* would have grown to $11,733 if invested under Republican presidents only, although that would be $51,211 if we exclude Herbert Hoover’s presidency during the Great Depression. Invested under Democratic presidents only, $10,000 would have grown to $300,671 at a compound rate of 8.9 percent over nearly 40 years.

From the NYTimes

From the NYTimes


Many props to WebMD for a really simplified explanation of the candidate’s health plans and some good non-partisan analysis from health care experts.

See it here!


McCain is lying here.  He’s pretending that Obama hasn’t explained his association with Ayers, but he has:

That’s the full extent!  If for some reason Mr. McCain has more questions, then why doesn’t he have his campaign do some more research?  

Why?  Well, it’s because McCain has to drop his “Obama pals around with terrorists” line if he doesn’t admit to knowing that the issue has obviously been cleared up. (And never was an issue to begin with.) 

But, as Letterman said, let’s say that’s 1 terrorist.  You have been saying “terrorists” (plural). Care to come clean about the others?  No? That’s because there aren’t any!


Paul Krugman has a piece in the NY Times discussing how government spending is our best way out of the crisis right now.:

It’s politically fashionable to rant against government spending and demand fiscal responsibility. But right now, increased government spending is just what the doctor ordered, and concerns about the budget deficit should be put on hold.


Just as the dry winds can stoke the flames of fires around Los Angeles, McCain and Palin (mostly Palin) have created an inferno of hatred among their supporters.  Check out the video below:

Listen closely to the tones in their voices.  The combination of desperation (their candidate of choice is losing) and fear of the unknown – whether it be racism, fear of terrorism, or pure ignorance – have created a perfect storm at this particular Pennsylvania rally.  

Listen closely to their words.  The lies and confusion has to be coming from somewhere.  Palin and McCain have been trying to equate Obama’s relationship to Ayers as proof that he’s connected with terrorism.  While most rational people would immediately question how much someone running for president could possibly coordinate with a real terrorist, the false connection in the case has given legitimacy to these people’s previously unfounded fears of Obama.   

Even though the “terrorist connection” is to a white American, this crowd has rushed to equate a black American Senator with Osama bin Laden.  And to top it off, these folks in the video seem to be at the end of their ropes ready to lash out.  It’s gone so far that threats of violence against Obama have been caught on tape at these events.

I hope that this is just a small anomaly among the base that supports McCain/Palin.  I can only hope that the rational supporters are perhaps too busy or too uninterested to attend the rallies, and what we’re seeing here is the bottom of the barrel.  We’ve got too many problems to solve to be resulting to these types of outbursts.