Thursday, August 19, 2010

Are Bush and the Republicans not so bad after all?

To all those out there who immediately, without any clarity of thought, continually bash Bush and Republicans for every problem we face, I have this to say: You're sick, so get some help. Or at least learn how to think rationally and clearly.

So the Republicans caused the financial meltdown? Of course. They're evil. The Democrats, or progressives, are for the people. What a bunch of bull.  It isn't as simple as that, but I guess some people have simple minds.

Let the, a nonpartisan project at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, explain that there is plenty of blame to go around for our current crisis. For example:
The Political Action ad blames a banking deregulation bill sponsored by former Sen. Phil Gramm, a friend and one-time adviser to McCain's campaign. It claims the bill "stripped safeguards that would have protected us."

That claim is bunk. When we contacted spokesman Trevor Fitzgibbons to ask just what "safeguards" the ad was talking about, he came up with not one single example.
Before you accuse me of cherry-picking facts, you can read the entire article here. Yes, FactCheck does lay some of the blame at the feet of the Bush administration, among others. They list 11 causes for the meltdown.

In an interesting turn of events, some die-hard Bush-bashers are beginning to sing a new tune. Isn't this interesting? Byron York at the Washington Examiner writes:
There's a new argument emerging among supporters of the Ground Zero mosque. Distressed by President Obama's waffling on the issue, they're calling on former President George W. Bush to announce his support for the project, because in this case Bush understands better than Obama the connection between the war on terror and the larger question of America's relationship with Islam. It's an extraordinary change of position for commentators who long argued that Bush had done grievous harm to America's image in the Muslim world and that Obama represented a fresh start for the United States. Nevertheless, they are now seeing a different side of the former president.
York concludes that what people are needing now is leadership, which they are not getting from our current community organizer President.
Eventually, I hope, people will wake up and realize that not all of conservative or libertarian ideas are automatically bad. Even the NYT is now admitting that continually extending unemployment benefits may be bad for unemployment.
Obama and the Democratic party have worked hard to polarize this nation, with the continual use of the race card, class warfare, and the attempts at the personal destruction of their opponents. Why, Nancy Pelosi even wants an investigation into who is opposing the building of the ground-zero mosque. Will she investigate Harry Reid, who has come out and said that mosque should be built elsewhere?  Why not investigate who is funding the mosque? But she's always wanted to silence her opponents. Then she doesn't have to debate them. This is a common liberal failing.

(Update: Pelosi did come out the next day stating that those funding the mosque should also be vetted, but re-emphasized investigating the funding of those opposed to it, as if it is some "right-wing conspiracy.")

Isn't it time for all this crap to end? Seventy-three days and we can fire these losers. I hope.

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