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... have a problem with chronology...
It's one of your many problems.
1.Bush's tax cuts for the rich have reduced annual tax revenue available for public needs
by $300 billion each year.
2.BushCheney's occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq has cost $700 billion, according to the
Congressional Research Service. That's about $400 million a day. Nobel Prizewinning
economist Joseph Stiglitz says the tab is well over $2 trillion when you add
rehabilitation for injured vets, replacement of military hardware, and the value of things
we could have produced (but didn't) with that money over the past seven years.
3.Bushites have finished off the deregulation of banking that began in earnest during Bill
Clinton's presidency. This ideological madness has caused the collapse of investment
funds, banks, and the stock value of corporations that depend on them (which is to say
most of Wall Street and much of the financial world), as well as a steep decline in the
value of most homes in America and a sharp rise in the cost of living in them."
Deregulation started with Reagan and his economic philosopher Grover
Norquist..."Drown the government in a bathtub"
You really hate the American government.
The government a majority of the American people elected.
,,,from yesterday's news:
Obama takes direct aim at anti-government rhetoric
By PETE YOST and MARK S. SMITH, AP Sat May 1, 9:24 PM EDT
In a blunt caution to political friend and foe, President Barack Obama said
Saturday that partisan rants and name-calling under the guise of legitimate
discourse pose a serious danger to America's democracy, and may incite
"extreme elements" to violence.
The comments, in a graduation speech at the University of Michigan's huge
football stadium, were Obama's most direct take about the angry politics
that have engulfed his young presidency after long clashes over health care,
taxes and the role of government.
Not 50 miles from where Obama spoke, the GOP's 2008 vice presidential
nominee, Sarah Palin, denounced his policies as "big government" strategies
being imposed on average Americans. "The fundamental transformation of
America is not what we all bargained for," she told 2,000 activists at a
forum in Clarkston, sponsored by the anti-tax Americans for Prosperity
Obama drew repeated cheers in Michigan Stadium from a friendly crowd that
aides called the biggest audience of his presidency since the inauguration.
The venue has a capacity of 106,201, and university officials distributed
80,000 tickets - before they ran out.
In his 31-minute speech, Obama didn't mention either Palin or the tea party
movement that's captured headlines with its fierce attacks on his policies.
But he took direct aim at the anti-government language so prevalent today.
"What troubles me is when I hear people say that all of government is
inherently bad," Obama said after receiving an honorary doctor of laws
degree. "When our government is spoken of as some menacing, threatening
foreign entity, it ignores the fact that in our democracy, government is
Government, he said, is the roads we drive on and the speed limits that keep
us safe. It's the men and women in the military, the inspectors in our
mines, the pioneering researchers in public universities.
The financial meltdown dramatically showed the dangers of too little
government, he said, "when a lack of accountability on Wall Street nearly
led to the collapse of our entire economy."
But Obama was direct in urging both sides in the political debate to tone it
down. "Throwing around phrases like 'socialists' and 'Soviet-style
takeover,' 'fascists' and 'right-wing nut' - that may grab headlines," he
said. But it also "closes the door to the possibility of compromise. It
undermines democratic deliberation," he said.
"At its worst, it can send signals to the most extreme elements of our
society that perhaps violence is a justifiable response."
Passionate rhetoric isn't new, he acknowledged. Politics in America, he
said, "has never been for the thin-skinned or the faint of heart. ... If you
enter the arena, you should expect to get roughed up."
Obama hoped the graduates hearing his words can avoid cynicism and brush off
the overheated noise of politics. In fact, he said, they should seek out
His advice: If you're a regular Glenn Beck listener, then check out the
Huffington Post sometimes. If you read The New York Times editorial page the
morning, then glance every now and then at The Wall Street Journal.
"It may make your blood boil. Your mind may not be changed. But the practice
of listening to opposing views is essential for effective citizenship," he
The speech was part of a busy weekend for the president: the White House
Correspondents' Association dinner Saturday evening near the White House and
visit the Gulf Coast on Sunday morning for a firsthand update on the massive
Obama's helicopter landed on a grass practice football field next to the
stadium on a damp, overcast day. Students and their families had been
streaming in since early morning, many toting rain gear.
The president's appearance in Michigan - a battleground in the 2008 White
House race that's likely to play a big role in the fall congressional
campaign - comes as the state struggles with the nation's highest
unemployment rate, 14.1 percent. It's also has an unhappy electorate to
In the Republican's weekly radio and Internet address, Rep. Pete Hoekstra,
R-Mich, said Obama's visit was a chance "to show the president, firsthand,
the painful plight of the people of Michigan."
Many of the graduates Obama addresses will soon learn how tough it is to
find a job in this economy, Hoekstra said, adding that the share of young
Americans out of work is the highest it's been in more than 50 years.
Speaking before Obama was Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who's known to be on his
short list of possible Supreme Court nominees. She said Michigan residents
owe him thanks for "delivering on health care reform" and "for supporting
our auto industry. General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, they all have bright
futures now, where a year ago, much darker clouds than these loomed
Obama's speech was the first of four he is giving this commencement season.
On May 9, he'll speak at Hampton University, a historically black college in
Hampton, Va., founded in 1868 on the grounds of a former plantation.
He's also addressing Army cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point,
N.Y., on May 22, continuing a tradition of presidents addressing graduates
at the service academies. He announced his Afghanistan troop surge at West
Post last December.
Also this year, for the first time, Obama plans a high school commencement.
It's part of his "Race to the Top" education initiative, with its goal of
boosting the United States' lagging graduation rate to the world's best by
High schools across the country have competed for the honor, submitting
essays and videos. A vote on the White House website yielded three
finalists, and Obama will choose among them next week.