Whatever. The fact of the matter is that we are currently ruled by clowns and children who have fucked up everything they've touched—with the exception of the economy, which has been especially good for the super-rich, or Bush's "base" as he calls them.
You sound like you're reading from a DNC talking points memo. The economy has done very well for the last 4-5 years by almost any standard. With regard to fiscal policy...oh look! Can it be? Yes. It seems that tax cuts actually do end up producing more revenue. (Psssst! The deficit is shrinking. Don't tell anyone!).
And now we're watching them poke Iran with a stick—just like they did Iraq—to provoke them into doing something that'll give them a reason to invade another country.
Or maybe Iran is doing the poking. They're the ones, to use the phrase again..."giving the finger to the UN."
We're watching Cheney (and you, too) claim that the Brits are pulling out because things are just peachy where they are, which is demonstrably false, and no one asks why the Brits didn't redeploy to Baghdad to help our 20K+ troops on the way there.
I haven't claimed anything was peachy. I have agreed that Basra is a difference area with different issues than that of Baghdad. It's more stable. Cheney is right, at least in part. Of course hes spinning it...that's what politicians do. Either way, the Brits leaving is not a disaster. That doesn't fit with the screaming voices of FAILURE FAILURE FAILURE though, now does it?
I thought you were tired of carrying their water, SDW. Seriously. These people are jokers and need to be run out of town. Why are you defending them?
I'm not happy with many things "these people" have done. I also think they've actually done some good things
. Unlike just about any other left-of-center poster here, I can list where I agree and disagree with the administration, and move on. I also realize that elections are not held in a vacuum. In other words, it's one guy against the other. Where's my alternative?
Why are you not screaming bloody murder about the expansion of government?
Oh, I am. It's infuriating. But again...where do I go? Do I vote Democrat, which has proven to be far, far worse for government expansion, particularly of social programs?
[quote]The TWO mismanaged countries? The possibility of a third, now? Detention camps? Extraordinary rendition? Wire tapping? North Korea lobbing missiles? A 7-fold increase in terrorist activity worldwide (and something like 3-fold EXCLUDING Iraq)? The continual head-fakes in the direction of domestic policy? NCLB? Faith-based initiatives? The massive consolidation of power in the office of the presidency?
Come on, SDW. You were liberated back in November. You said so yourself. Stop carrying water for these children and fools.[quote]
Issue by issue:
I agree Iraq's reconstruction has not gone well. I also don't hear much in the way of alternatives, nor have I for the last four years.
I disagree that Afghanistan (I presume that's what country you mean) is quite the same in terms of being a disaster. We have more troops there now than at anytime since invasion. It's going to take a long time to get that country stabilized.
North Korea: Weren't you guys screaming for multilateralism? Isn't that what happened? I don't know if the agreement will work....I have my serious doubts. But what would you have proposed?
Terrorist Activity: So, this all our fault? I guess we should be out "winning hearts and minds" or whatever rhetorical device your fond of this week. The fact is that the US has not been attacked in almost 6 years. I suppose that's some kind of accident.
Domestic Policy: I don't know what you mean by "head fake." I'm not pleased with the lack of domestic agenda in the second term, to be sure.
I've never liked faith-based initiatives due to fiscal, not Constitutional reasons.
THe NCLB: It needs to be revised, but it has done some good in places. It was a bipartisan bill, co-authored by none other than Ted Kennedy. And let me tell you...the problem is not money or the President "full funding the bill." You can take that to the bank, no pun intended.
Consolidation of Power: I would disagree with your characterization that any such consolidation has been "massive." I'm not even sure one can say there has
been a consolidation. There are some exceptions, such as the number of signing statements issued and determinations on wiretapping and detainees. But I don't see any "massive expansion" of the powers of the Presidency as you and the radical left claim. What I see are issues on which you disagree with the Administration.