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Friday, 27 February 2004
Party of Responsibility
I love how Republicans never, ever take responsibility for anything. What's funny is that they paint themselves as the party of responsibility, while shucking the blame for everything. The recession is Clinton's fault; 9/11 is Clinton's fault; Janet Jackson's boob is Clinton's fault.

The first World Trade Center bombing took place in February 1993, less than two months after Clinton took office. When the bombs went off, he didn't rush to the microphones blaming the first President Bush.

The right loved to vilify for the Black Hawk Down incident that took place 10 months into his term. You know who sent those troops to Somalia? The first George Bush. So Clinton may have been to blame for Black Hawk Down, but following that logic, GW Bush is responsible for 9-11. And again, Clinton didn't blame the first Bush for something that happened partway through the first year of his first term.

But to right wing crazies, GW's not responsible for anything. Listen up folks: he's been in for over three years, he has both houses of Congress and the Supreme Court in his pocket. The deck is stacked in his favor. And still, we've had a record loss of jobs and a record deficit that is only getting worse.

So who's fault is it? And has GW ever done anything that was his fault?

Posted by brettdavey at 4:42 PM EST
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Friday, 27 February 2004 - 10:37 PM EST

Name: Tom Bodett

Those damn Republicans must be at it again, we should take them out behind the barn and beat the crap out of them or maybe we can see where blame might actually lie.

Is the recession Clinton's fault? No. It is also not George Bush's fault either. The economy is cyclical, there are ups and there are downs. Other than the insane amount of debt the President is building up (which terrifies me) the economy based on historical numbers is doing just fine. There were two things that were influencing the economy and jobs in 1998, The first one was the massive amount of liquidity that the Fed was pumping into the market too ease potential problems that could come from Y2K, this cheap money allowed companies too spend record amounts on capital improvements and expand their workforce.
The second driving force was one of those rare technological advances or discoveries that come along every few decades that help us take a leap forward as a society and also increase productivity. They also help generate an unsustainable level of growth in the economy.

That technological advance was the internet. Everyone had to have it, had to be selling on it and most of all everyone had to invest in it. The incredible growth in the internet and the companies responsible for its expansion lead to record amounts of money being invested, unheard of returns and also unheard of valuations. The increases that the average person had in savings and investments lead to an unsustainable amount of spending, at some point the party had to end and the hangover had to begin. I think it would be wrong to blame President Clinton for holding the party but equally wrong would be to hold responsible the person in charge of cleaning up afterwards.
Besides in your words who better to handle a hang over than ?a former cokehead?.

As far as Janet Jackson's boob goes I have seen no blame associated to either side and ultimately Janet herself should bear the blame. Ok maybe parenting had a little something to do with it.

When it comes to the 9/11 and the first WTC bombing, I can tell you what happened and I can do it for a lot less. President Clinton and President Bush both experienced failures by the intelligence community and both ignored warning signs that were staring them in the face. That will cost you an incredible bargain amount of $250. Now who is responsible for cutting the funds available to those agencies as well as changing the policy of who we can or can?t use to gain information from is another story.

Generalization Davey, must we always make generalizations about Republicans?

?Republicans never, ever take responsibility for anything?,

?If you're Republican, it must feel awesome to be on the side that hates gay people?

?People think that Republicans are principled but nothing could be further from the truth?

The one statement you were really off base with was ?My Celtics couldn't suck much worse? Oh yea? Look again.

From a Previous post:

?One of the many made-up scandals in the Clinton administration was the Jefferson bedroom-for--sale tale. In the Bush administration, everything is for sale. Everything. And I'm sure all those policies are the best thing for everyday Americans.?

Are you kidding me? I don?t care if President Clinton ran a Motel 6 in the White House and left the lights on. But PLEASE!!! Don?t think he was an angel and that there isn?t selling out by both sides on a daily basis.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/election/october96/finance_reform_10-21.html


Saturday, 28 February 2004 - 7:43 AM EST

Name: Brett

Tom,

Thanks for your points. The reason I make generalizations is because like a lot of Democratr, I'm tired of getting bashed by Republicans who live by generalizations. Be honest: there are very few high-profile Republicans (John McCain and who else?) who don't generalize about the Dems on a daily basis. I'm just tired of it. Attempts at being balanced haven't worked so I'm only responding the way Republicans understand.Whoops! That's another generalization.

By the way, thanks for writing. Do you have a site or blog? And my first name is Brett, the last name is Davey.

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