Bush bashers write off Bush's presidency...Wait, How about 4 more Years?

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One hundred and nine Bush bashers unanimously agree. They call the presidency of George W. Bush a "fiasco." The History News Network (HNN), who polled the Bush bashers, failed to name them or where they work. Wonder why?

A study of Voter registrations to determine the political affiliations of professors at an assortment of colleges and universities was done by American Enterprise magazine.

Of those registered with a political party, Bush bashers overwhelmingly belong to a "party of the left". I covered this a little here...But here is a little breakdown...

Brown University's history department. 17 professors belonged to parties on the left, zero on the right.

Cornell University's history department? 29 on the left, zero on the right.

Denver College, 9 history professors left, zero right.

San Diego State University, 19 left, four right.

Stanford University, 22 left, two right.

UCLA, 53 left, three right.

University of Texas at Austin, 12 left, two right.

The List goes on and on.

This list of Bush bashers provide three main reasons for labeling Bush's presidency a "fiasco"...And boy are they Wrong...

1) Invading Iraq.
Since the "surge" began, casualties have fallen sharply.
Five hundred thousand Iraqis, up from zero, now form the Iraqi military and police.
Iraqi forces increasingly take the lead in their own security.
The main Sunni bloc, who refused to participate in Parliament, recently returned to the government.
Of the 18 original benchmarks set for the Iraqi government, 12 have been met, with substantial progress being made on five, and only one stalled.
Oh, and another thing, no attack on American soil since 9/11.

2) Tax breaks for the rich.
Tax cuts don't go disproportionately to the rich because the rich disproportionately pay more taxes.
The top 1 percent of income earners in 2005, $360,000 or more, paid over 39 percent of all federal income taxes.
The President John F. Kennedy tax cuts, by percentage, lowered taxes more than the Bush cuts. Does anyone call the Kennedy tax cuts a "failed policy"?
From 2003 to 2007, in constant dollars, total Treasury revenue increased 20 percent.

3) Estrangement of nations around the world.
Take a look at the globe. France's newly elected President Nicolas Sarkozy praises Bush, dismissed his country's opposition to the war as "French arrogance," and says his countrymen's anti-Americanism "reflects a certain envy of (America's) brilliant success." British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel all support Bush, and maintain close ties with America.
Italy's enthusiastically pro-Bush prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, who sent troops to Iraq, left office in 2006. His predecessor withdrew the troops. But guess who's now back, in a landslide victory? Berlusconi.

President enjoys near rock-star status in many African countries.
As a result of Bush's commitment to democracy and his initiatives combating HIV and AIDS. And NATO, thanks to Bush's prodding, swelled from 19 members to 26, admitting in 2004 Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

And what about Bush's war on Islamofascism, which allegedly has created hatred against America?
Support for "suicide bombing" in Lebanon, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Indonesia, according to the Pew Global Attitudes Project, dropped 50 percent or more in the past five years.
Support for Islamist political parties linked or sympathetic to the Taliban or Al-Qaida has dropped dramatically. In Pakistan, Islamist parties garnered only 3 percent of the vote, down from 11 percent in the previous general election. Muslim support for Osama bin Laden in Pakistan fell by as much as 50 percent, to 24 percent, with some former followers now renouncing him.

Maybe Bush bashers should wait for some, well, history, before rendering a verdict.

As far as McCain goes...I think his major stumbling block is his stance on Illegal immigration...But can the ManPope, his Royal Court, and all disciples at Redstate, Bend his Ear frequently enough so he doesn't forget where a majority of Conservatives stand on this issue?...Yes we Can

Some people REALLY need to go to school...We will help you, just don't come here Illegaly!

Open as Always...

4) Judge appointments and judicial restraint.

President Bush has appointed - and the Senate has confirmed - outstanding judicial nominees for district, circuit and supreme court openings.
President Bush has been steadfast in his commitment to appoint men and women who "don't legistlate from the bench" and who practice judicial restraint in imposing their personal politics on issues of law.
Had it not been for the 'Gang of 14' betrayl, many more superb judges could have been confirmed and helped correct the leftward, activist drift of the nation's courts.
Despite the U.S. Senate's spineless actions, President Bush was still able to get through a large number of his appointments. Their impact has been noticable, especially on the U.S. Supreme Court. Look no further than the recent cases - upholding the federal partial-birth abortion law, throwing out the lawsuit against the NSA and phone companies by the ACLU, upholding the Indiana voter id law - and you see that quality judges do make a HUGE difference.
Thank you, Mr. President.

True-hisfirst6 years were especially stellar. The last two were good except for the Mortgage meltdown andgas company gouging at the pumps, but he also has had a Democrat congress to contend with the last two years

1. In his first six years we had NCLB, CFR, Medicare Part D, no leadership on spending, crickets chirping on pushing back on Dems spurious charges.

2. 1 was partially offset by judges and Iraq - a good thing.

3. Gas company gouging? The oil companies make about 9cents a gallon. Federal gas tax is twice that and state gas taxes are up to three times that.

4. The mortgage problem - in reality the housing market, isn't Bush's baby. It's been in the works for over ten years, the bubble just finally burst.

5. The Congress hasn't managed to do too much damage because, up to the farm bill travesty, they haven't done anything.

You can go back in your cave now.
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Otherwise, why have they posted record profits this past quarter?? They figured the market demand could sutain a higher price and they went for it. Sure the cost of oil is up, but if that is all it is, then how do you explain their profits? And while it isn't Bushes fault, he has not addressed the problem either.

Gas and oil companies achieving high profits means that they are price gouging. That is some pretty weak sauce. If anyone has real evidence that the oil and gas companies are gouging then they should bring it forward and start the lawsuits. Otherwise we need to stop treating the oil and gas company any differently than we do Walmart (who also scored some massive profits last year...they made $11.3BB in 2007 of net profit while paying $6.4BB in taxes). Does the government attack Walmart for "obscene" profits? No.

And higher prices are a necessary thing. ECON 101 in college taught me this. When supply in the future is expected to fall (leading to a lower demand and less money for the suppliers) it is a good thing for prices to rise now so that some of the current supply can be shifted to the future to keep prices lower in the future. [I forget the exact name of this concept, but it is the temporal application of the equalization of price (accounting for transportation costs) between geographic regions.]



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control this nations infrastructure and lifeblood. Raising the price of gas too quickly is like charging 3 times as much for roads or heating or electricity or water. We have protections on these vital resources to buffer huge price fluctuations and protect our economy and citizens. Gas is fundamentally different than Walmart, and not subject to the same competition, thus while subject to some market demands like heat and electricity, it must also be subject to some controls for the sake of our economy and for limiting inflation.

Walmart provides millions of people product that they could not produce on their own (They have grocery departments in large numbers of their locations now). If, as your argument would logically lead, we should regulate the necessary industries then we should regulate Walmart from being able to raise food prices because food is necessary too.

Controls are never for the sake of an economy. Price controls (as we experienced in the 1970s) always lead to long-term negatives. Right now, we are screaming about the profits that the oil companies are making (and ignoring the "excessive" profits that the government is making off the oil companies) when that profit is a good thing. The oil companies will be using this profit to rebuild infrastructure, search for new sources of oil, invest in new technology to drill and refine. All of those are steps that will lead to cheaper energy prices in the future.



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damage the American dollar and drive all prices and cost of living up. Like what would happen if all of our electrical bills just up and tripled.

As far as the "nessicary food" argument, remember that we have a floor on food in this country-food stamps prevent starvation. We don't have a floor on transportation. Public transportation is fairly poor, especially in the West, and there is no government "gas stamps" to help people with hardships get to work. The end result is people taking slower and less convienient transportation options, which will likely result in lost productivity.

Always comparing Apples to Oranges just to disagree..I can't tell you how much I can't stand Ignorant, Anti-capitalist Nimwits who think they can predict the future...

Profit is not Evil...You would be riding a horse if the Oil co's didn't make huge profits...The Gov only skims off the top, they don't contribute a thing to putting gas in your Ca...Hybrid


J is Braindead!

Good luck with the bigger government that you argue for. In your rush to demonize the "evil, price gouging" oil companies, you will destroy the economy just as surely as you think that my policy of allowing the liberty assuring free market drive prices and investment would do so. I have a pretty good idea who is correct on this one.



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...you have money in oil futures. Bravo. Smart choice. But at least in the short term gas prices are hurting the economy and America needs to have some control or COMPETITION (competition is a fundementaly conservative capitalist idea no?). We can open Alaska for drilling or whatever, but gas can't raise much more without negative economic impacts.

By the way...We never talk anymore...Is the Magic Gone?

No money in oil futures. But it would appear that you have money in government takeover of industry futures. Bravo Commrade. Smart Choice. I believe in liberty. When government gets involved (for whatever reason) liberty is restricted.

There is no such thing as government mandated competition. The high prices of gasoline are driving the market to compete. The capital markets chase returns. With the higher returns more people want in on the game. But, since oil is hard to get into, we are seeing progress on other fronts. Have you seen the onslaught of commercials on TV about alternative energies that are trying to gain ground? Granted they all have to lobby Congress (because we have these arcane rules that prohibit real competition in the energy markets because of the jerk-kneed environmentalists) to open access to the sources.

But, go ahead, sell out our future liberties because you think that short-term pain at the pump is worth it. I don't.

You should note that I am deeply impacted by the rise in gas prices. I average 3,500 miles a month for my sales job. The measly tax credit that I get doesn't nearly cover the expenses that I have on my vehicle as a result of these high miles. I have also seen my potential customer base erode because they are sacrificing something that is necessary (my product is health insurance) for another something that is necessary. So, yes, I am arguing for policies that will have drastically negative consequences on my business in the short-term because I am not willing to sell out liberty for a cheaper price a the pump.



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"There is no such thing as government mandated competition."

Actually there is. Read a history book and look up the antitrust laws that were put in place to stop similar transportation gouging by railroads about 100 years ago-also attempted to use these laws recently against Microsoft.

And utterly unfathomable to a lib.

Unfair. Unbalanced. Unmedicated. -- IMAO

This is basic, basic economics here. A business produces a product. That product costs $X to produce. The business charges $Y for the product. The difference between X and Y is the profit margin. If X increases substantially, then Y must increase substantially also, or the business loses money.

In the case of the oil industry, X and Y are both really, really big numbers. That's why the oil companies are posting record profits, in absolute terms. But their margins haven't moved much - this is because cost of manufacturing is increasing just as fast as the price of the products that come from the raw material (crude).

The profit margin that the oil companies are getting right now is in the 8-10% range. This is a wee bit higher than the average for businesses, but not outrageous. In my industry (software), the gross margin ranges around 80-90%, but the net margin (after taxes, R&D, etc.) is around 20-30%...but still way, way higher than the oil industry.

They are not gouging. They are simply reaping the benefits of economies of scale. That's not something to penalize.


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It might be stated more accurately elsewhere in this thread, but I've heard that an oil company makes about 4-5 cents on a gallon of gas, while federal taxes take about 15 cents per gallon. Some states take even more.

Maybe that's per dollar, rather than per gallon, but the point is that government makes more from gasoline sales than the producer does.

It's similar for tobacco products.

Democrats: Abandoning Allies, One Country at a Time.

You picked two things that Bush is NOT responsible for..

Come on ....do better next time.

"Vous êtes très dense jeune homme"....speciallist

In the not to distant future.

It is said that history vindicates great presidents. It is also said that great presidents are often summarized in one sentence. I think that history will respect Bush as a man of principle and intergrity. I think his one liner will be that "HE KEPT US SAFE".

Bush is a victim of his own success. Someday will will be threatened or attacked again. Someday we will remember real fear an pain - and Gitmo, waterboarding or monitoring chatter will no longer matter. If liberals do rule, our national pride and prominence will dwindle. When we are fearful and our pride has been shattered and we have been victimized again. Americans will clamor for a new "W". He will be to terror what Reagan was to the USSR, what Churchill was to the NAZIS.

"W' - He was an American Bad-A**. He Kept Us Safe.

"I think his one liner will be that "HE KEPT US SAFE"."

Really. I think his one liner will be that he was president on 9/11. I know I didn't feel safe when I was running for my life over dead bodies that day.

The Clinton administration repeatedly mishandled major opportunities to kill or capture super-terrorist Osama bin Laden, the man who declared war on America. On at least two occasions, foreign governments actually offered to hand him over on a silver platter - but the Clinton White House refused to accept him.

"As the beacon and arsenal of liberty in the world we will always be the target of evil men, as we are all that stands in the way of a new dark age.'....gamecock

Interstingly enough, those three points, along with judges, are the only thing I like about President Bush.

I have a very long list of stiff that ranks him next to Carter in Presidential performance that I won't bother enumerating. With respect to history, if Iraq turns out "OK" he will be in the top half of Presidents. If not, he'll be fighting Carter for the bottom.

I'm good never hearing the name Bush again.
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I respectfully disagree with you.

My big negative issue with President Bush was over illegal immigration, and even though I knew his stance I still supported him in 2000 and 2004.

After the Kennedy-McCain Amnesty bill went down to defeat - not once, but twice and resoundingly - I think he (unlike Senator McCain), did truly 'get the message' and ordered Chertoff to step up enforcement and fence building.
This last year has been a much better year for enforcement than any in my memory, and (if Chertoff is being honest) there should be at least 370 miles of physical fencing along the TX, NM and AZ border by December of 2008.

We shall see.

The only other disappointment I have with President Bush is that he doesn't see Democrats as implacable, ideological enemies and he's failed to effectively counter their media crusades against him. He believes in the 'new tone' and that just won't work in D.C. where combative politics is the order of the day.

We all know of his Distain for Bush...He wants it...Well...He gets it...Mbecker908 is now...

Bey of Bash and Negus of No Gracias...mbecker908

I deem it so..

Man church Royal Court....

The Porcelain God...gamecock
Emperor of Explication...EPU
Earl of Nacho...Joliphant
High King of Haiku...bigator5
Baron of Bandwidth...ME to you
Sultan of Spew...jdub19
Prince of the Patently Plain, Oligarch of the Obvious...john wayne
Emir of the Indignant...prismsinc
Archduke of the ATF...kyle12
Paramount Ruler of the Big Silver Cooler....Blooch

Bey of Bash, Negus of No Gracias...mbecker908

You will wish we had Bush back.... Tell me i'm wrong..

Stupid? Yes.

You're comparing apples and aardvarks. I voted for GwB twice and I am absolutely convinced he's been a better POTUS than either Gore or Kerry. So what. The point wasn't GWB relative to AG, JK or BO, it was GWB in absolute terms. And in absolute terms, he's at best mediocre.
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Freedom of Religion NOT Freedom from Religion

failed foreign and domestic policies will solidify his place in history as one of, if not the worst, President ever. Fiscal Irresponsibility, trampling of the Constitution, "Bring 'em on" (and myriad other idiotic statements), obstinance never before seen from a President, failure to be accountable ("heh, heh, I wish I could get the questions in advance, because I can't think of one mistake I've made"), failure to stop 9/11 (when an August 6, 2001 memo clearly outlined this disaster), I could go on all night. But you 20% of the US are much more erudite than the rest of the US and the rest of the world.

That comment was so breathtakingly bad, so littered with talking points, so beautifully disjointed and vacant it brought a tear to my eye. A true crap artist if ever there was one. I salute this tacking together of haphazard imbecillity. That this awesome abomination is but an addlepated, asinine accident doesn't detract from the spectactular crappiness one whit. If anything, it enhances the aroma and livens the flavor. Vive le ignorance!

absentee
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quite the debater. Your whole post insults mine, but does not address one issue. Are you capable of a cogent debate, or perhaps you don't want to attempt to defend the indefensible?

...(and others): it's nobody's fault but yours that you can't quit us.

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

You aren't debating anything, just typing out looney-leftwing talking points that are boilerplate rhetoric for Bush haters.

Bet it just naws at you like a cyote that W was re-elected in 2004, doesn't it? Makes me smile everytime I think about someone like you getting permanent indigestion from that fact.

Also, if Bush 'trampled' the U.S. Constitution then what was the Echelon Program about during Clinton's Presidency? It was much, much more aggressive than anything that a GOP administration has ever approved. Might want to address that before you fling silly accusations that aren't backed up by proveable facts regarding the NSA and Guantanamo.

You gave away your true stripes with the 'worst president ever' refrain. Yawn... how old is that one? How untrue as well.

Again, grab some antacid tablets and grow up. Come back and talk to the adults when you have something to post that isn't a playground insult.

...it's pretty clear that they're not here for the debating. :)

The Fuzzy Puppy of the VRWC. I've been usurped!

Moe has a Tool..

It's called a Micrometer..If the Retread has been 'ground down' more than allowed it must be Replaced

to measure the Low Spark of the High-Heeled Trolls who are not firing on all cylinders.

"ma deuce says no truce"

The Paramount Ruler of the Big Silver Cooler has spoken to me about a Mechanic in our Midst..Moe...From now on he shall be called the...(trumpets blaring)...

Gurkhan of Goodwrench...Moe

Man church Royal Court....

The Porcelain God...gamecock
Emperor of Explication...EPU
Earl of Nacho...Joliphant
High King of Haiku...bigator5
Baron of Bandwidth...ME to you
Sultan of Spew...jdub19
Prince of the Patently Plain, Oligarch of the Obvious...john wayne
Emir of the Indignant...prismsinc
Archduke of the ATF...kyle12
Paramount Ruler of the Big Silver Cooler....Blooch
Bey of Bash, Negus of No Gracias...mbecker908

How could anyone disagree with you? It's impossible...Perry Como

Democrats: Abandoning Allies, One Country at a Time.

Click by bs


Be gone, idiot.


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"Fiscal Irresponsibility, trampling of the Constitution.."

"failure to stop 9/11"

That's all you got?...that's all you ever have...Weak

"But you 20% of the US are much more erudite than the rest of the US and the rest of the world."

Look who's talkin'...Do you really think 80% of Americans think like you?....LOL

You degrade my comments, and tell me that, in your opinion, I'm wrong. I can't compete with those astounding debating skills. But speciallist, can you refute any of the above statements? Or are you content with petty insults? If GWB's approval rating is at 20%, I would posit that yes, indeed, 80% of Americans think like me.

As reported by Maria Ressa in her September 18, 2001 article “U.S. Warned In 1995 Of Plot To Hijack Planes, Attack Buildings”

The FBI was warned six years Before Bush of a terrorist plot to hijack commercial planes and slam them into the Pentagon, the CIA headquarters and other buildings.

Philippine authorities learned of the plot after a small fire in a Manila apartment, which turned out to be the hideout of Ramzi Yousef, who was later convicted for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Yousef escaped at the time, but agents caught his right-hand man, Abdul Hakim Murad, who told them a chilling tale.

Murad narrated to them about a plan by the Ramzi cell in the continental U.S. to hijack a commercial plane and ram it into the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and also the Pentagon," said Rodolfo Mendoza, a Philippine intelligence investigator.

Philippine investigators also found evidence targeting commercial towers in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.

They said they passed that information on to the FBI in 1995, but it's not clear what was done with it.

Remember the election in 2006? Thought you might like
to read the following:

A little over one year ago:
1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
3) The unemployment rate was 4.5%.

Since voting in a Democratic Congress in 2006 we have seen:
1) Consumer confidence plummet;
2) The cost of regular gasoline soar to over $3.50 a gallon;
3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
4) American households have seen $2.3 trillion in equity value evaporate (stock and mutual fund losses);
5) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $1.2 trillion dollars;
6) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.

America voted for change in 2006, and we got it!

when doctors openly shilled for their favorite cigarette brand?
I guess it's an improvement when Authority Figures anonymously pick their favorite brand of Bad President.

"ma deuce says I'd rather fight than switch"

What's going on at San Diego State? They're 17% Right-siders. I demand a Congressional investigation to determine why the Right is so disproportionately represented there!

Democrats: Abandoning Allies, One Country at a Time.

Do you really believe the stuff you are typing or are you just trying to get a rise out of folks? Bush isn't the best President we ever had nor is he the worst. I am beginning to think you are putting us on....

All of the president's critics pinko commies? I don't think so! Check out excerpts from Scott McClellan's new book. From his very own press secretary, the guy in charge of defending the administration from critics.

One can be a conservative and criticize Bush. After all, most of his domestic and foreign policies are not based upon conservative principles.

From politico.com

“I still like and admire President Bush,” McClellan writes. “But he and his advisers confused the propaganda campaign with the high level of candor and honesty so fundamentally needed to build and then sustain public support during a time of war. … In this regard, he was terribly ill-served by his top advisers, especially those involved directly in national security.”

"One of the worst disasters in our nation’s history became one of the biggest disasters in Bush’s presidency. Katrina and the botched federal response to it would largely come to define Bush’s second term,” he writes. “And the perception of this catastrophe was made worse by previous decisions President Bush had made, including, first and foremost, the failure to be open and forthright on Iraq and rushing to war with inadequate planning and preparation for its aftermath.”

"there’s more to conservatism than low taxes, Jesus, and waterboarding at Gitmo." P.J. O'rourke

"In this regard, he was terribly ill-served by his top advisers, especially those involved directly in national security.”

"One of the worst disasters in our nation’s history became one of the biggest disasters in Bush’s presidency. Katrina and the botched federal response to it would largely come to define Bush’s second term,"...“And the perception..".....LOL

You may not be a Pinko commie...But your losing your grip.
Is this the best you can do?...ill-served?..Katrina? linked by Perception to Iraq?...My sides are aching...Your getting tired and repetitive...Please turn off MSNBC...To much KO is bad for you.

I'll make sure You never work in this Town again..


"Bring it!"

Scott McClellen is a Wu....Not very manly...I might have to go thumb through his book at the store without buying it...Maybe write a little Man tip in there.

complain to the clerk about the book by a W stooge being on display at the store entrance.

"ma deuce says no sale"

This guy was the wimpiest press sect I have ever seen. The MSM played him like a fiddle now his feelings are hurt and he can't get work.

I wonder why ??

Wake up and why your at it grow up.... Or go away

my 2 cents

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