You STILL haven't recovered from the ass fucking he gave your (and the worlds) economy. You've lost a huge amount of freedom due to his decisions - we have more REAL freedom than you do now - no unPatriotic Act here (and for the more aware among you, NO the War Measures Act isn't the same).
I agree wholeheartedly on the freedom part. The TSA is a major PIA.
But to blame Bush for the housing bubble and crash is a symptom of sheer economic ignorance. What, specifically, did he do that screwed up the economy? What were the consequences of his decisions?
Umm, the unfunded mandate that was two wars and the health care bills which followed count, don't they? Again, imagine not having to pay for those wars and the aftermath. Spending a fraction of those $$s on infrastructure and Detroit. Or solving problems like water use in the west and aqua filters in Florida.
Other decisions with poor economic outcomes: Medicare Part D, which was the biggest expansion of entitlements in last, what 40 years? Obamacare, by contrast, is cost neutral or perhaps saving the government money according to the GAO. Or, what about the DHS which represents an enormous expansion of government spendng as well as creating a "Big Brother" state and curtailing our freedoms! How the hell does this "conservative leader" get away scot-free from conservatives?
Face it, we were fracking close to defaulting as a country, and we are lucky to have escaped without greater harm to our freedoms and economy. And yes, I am saying without fracking we were finished as a world power. But without a representative democracy we are screwed going forward. Currently, politicians choose their electorate, and only extremists go to DC where, suprise suprise, they can't (or won't) negotiate... Otherwise they lose their seats.
Bush the younger was trying to make up for the mistake of bush the older in leaving Saddam Hussein in Iraq in power after the Kuwait war. He felt compelled to take action for 2977 human beings killed in New York City. Maybe he let fictional chemical weapons move to Syria, because there would be less US troop deaths with those types of weapons in a different location. Those types of weapons used by Saddam had killed 100,000 Iranians and 5000 Kurds.
Tell me bush was not the smartest... Ok.
Tell me Saddam was good for human well being and I would ask you to look in the mirror.
In order for this argument to make sense, then:
1. The world, and all Iraqiis, are better off now, after twelve years of war and civil strife, complete with beheadings, torture, drone strikes, poverty, health care collapse and increasing Iranian and Muslim extremist influence on the Iraqi government.
2. America, her battle forces, global standing and influence and our economy have not unduly suffered as a result of Iraq (and Bush) part deux.
3. Our dead, injured and PTSD victims and their families have made a worthy sacrifice
4. It's ok that we went to war in Iraq over 9/11 even though that country had NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11
I cannot justify America's civil, military, economic and international losses given the high cost of "righting daddy's wrong" that actually endures to this day as a good decision. (I'm referring to the abortive conclusion to Schwartzkoffs drive across the desert.) As Colin Powell said, "you break it, you bought it."
GHWB never approved of his son's actions, but Shrub retires to Texas while the rest if us find out we actually will have to pay for having a war. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqiis are dead because of America's best intentions, and our military personnel have been killed and wounded for no good result. Our economy has been in the shitter ever since. IImagine if we'd spent all those "Emergency Funding Bills" on our infrastructure instead of war and health care for our injured and disabled!
All to get ONE bad guy? That is a textbook FUBAR decision.
They just can't help themselves, have to put their political views into a great sailing site. Just like Clinton couldn't keep it in his pants. I have come to the realization that Libs have very little self control or discipline. Stick to the sailing coverage we all have sailing in common.
Mike Duvall, Paul Stanley, Mark Sanford, Alan David Berlin, Chris Lee, Randy Hopper, Ronald William Brown, Bruce Barclay, Bob Allen, John Atchison, Larry Craig...
Not just Libs have problems with self control or discipline. I think its called "being human." Why don't you try opinions which have substance and reflect more than just personal prejudices.
Go the Will! SATs are cake; good schools love the bonus additions to applications: I sent in architectural plans and schematics of an echo ranging device unasked. Worked pretty well then, should work now. This internship & skillset is your hook for college aps.
I can see the dogs being quite happy with the stern lounging area outboard of the skipper, and for longish spells at the helm you could use one of those camp chairs that fold flat, but anyone else sitting there will run into the "can't get my feet below my bum" sitting & squirming syndrome. The decision to keep the area flat does open up enormous space down below for berths, or for deck-accessible storage. Would you consider "seats" in the aft safety rail/stern pulpit to give seating options to non-racing crew?