New Bush Library, Same Old Bush Record

It was inspiring to see them side by side at Southern Methodist University in Dallas: Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. For their service to this country, we are indebted to each one of them.

It’s just too bad they got together for such an inauspicious occasion: dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. I hate to be a party-pooper, but there are two things wrong with that. One, we don’t need another presidential library. The landscape’s already cluttered with 13 of them.

There’s no George Washington Library. No John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, or James Madison Library. Yet, ever since FDR, we’ve bought into the rule that every president, good, bad, or blah, has to have his own egocentric, brick-and-mortar building — instead of building one new Smithsonian Presidential Library housing the papers of every former president.

Second thing wrong: for the next week or so, everybody’s going to feel obliged to say nice things about President Bush. On his arrival in Texas, even President Obama, who repeatedly blasted “the failed policies of George W. Bush” and his “dumb” war in Iraq during his 2012 re-election campaign, praised him as someone “concerned about all people in America, not just those who voted Republican.” The Wall Street Journal trumpeted that Bush’s approval rating is up since he left office. In the National Journal, Ron Fournier challenged all Americans: “Go Ahead, Admit It: “George W. Bush is a Good Man.”

Well, I’ll make a deal with Mr. Fournier: I’ll admit that George Bush is a good man — if he’ll admit that George Bush was a lousy president! I met President Bush a couple of times. He was always kind to me. He liked to joke around. He would have been fun to have a beer with, if only he’d have a beer. But that doesn’t change the fact that his presidency was a disaster.

Yes, as WSJ reports, Bush’s image has improved since 2008: from 31 percent favorable when he left office to 35 percent today. Hardly a cause for celebration. And the reason it’s not higher is because Americans have not forgotten his record. It’s too recent and too painful.

We’ve not forgotten that George Bush inherited a $236 billion surplus from Bill Clinton, but immediately squandered it with two rounds of tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans that put us back to deficit spending. We’ve not forgotten the ban on embryonic stem cell research. We’ve not forgotten the fact that George Bush launched two deficit-financed wars — a justified war in Afghanistan and an illegal war in Iraq, based on lies about weapons of mass destruction — which, together with the tax cuts, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will account for almost half of the $20 trillion debt the nation will owe by 2019.

We’ve not forgotten the wave of illegal phone taps at home and illegal water-boarding abroad that followed September 11. Indeed, how could we forget? A two-year, nonpartisan review by the Constitution Project, a legal research and advocacy group, published this week concluded that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” in the years immediately following September 11. Not only that, they also reported “no firm or persuasive evidence” that torture provided any information that could not have been obtained more readily by other, legal, methods.

We’ve not forgotten the slow and inadequate response to Hurricane Katrina, a direct result of Bush budget cuts to FEMA. Nor have we forgotten the crash of 2008, which brought this nation to the brink of financial disaster and resulted in the loss of 8 million jobs. In fact, we’re still trying to recover from it.

Of course, George W. Bush also did some good things. He tried to soften the image of the Republican Party by steering it toward a policy of “compassionate conservatism.” He was the first to put forth a plan for comprehensive immigration reform, a plan almost identical to the one President Obama proposes today, and a plan Bush’s fellow Republicans rejected to their own misfortune. And, unlike his former vice president, President Bush has set a model for former occupants of the Oval Office by staying on the sidelines and out of the headlines.

For this, we give him due credit. But that doesn’t change the facts: George Bush is a nice man, but he was still a mediocre president.

48 Responses to New Bush Library, Same Old Bush Record

  1. First of all, it’s amazing that you keep bringing up Bush’s overspending while ignoring the TRILLIONS of dollars in new debt that Obama has racked up. Somewhere between seven and ten trillion dollars by the time he leaves office.

    Hurricane Katrina? Yes, President Bush was slow in responding. But the people of New Orleans were screwed over even worse on the local and state level. Remember all those submerged buses? Ray Nagin abandoned his city. Kathleen Blanco was too busy squabbling with other agaencies to offer any help on the state level.

    You also forgot to mention how even liberals are praising President Bush for his help to combat AIDS in Africa. Coundln’t bring yourself to say that.

  2. Bill is just a liberal idiot. He despises the thought of a Bush library and calls him a ‘mediocre president’, yet he’d drop everything to have Carter’s love child.
    Of course Obama is the greatest ever and could never do wrong even though he continues those Bush policies Bill so despises. Consider also that Clinton had intelligence that Saddam has weapons of mass destruction, but since BillyBob is a fellow democrat and philanderer, he gets a pass.

    Katrina was bad? How about Obama’s quick and decisive response (not!) to Sandy?
    Bill, once again you show how much of a hater and bigot you are.

  3. And, a round of applause for the “totally liberal media” and the 24/7 coverage of their most despised president and his new L-I-E-brary. Was it the liberal Media that covered it or the socialist Nazi’s of America? The findings of torture being used by US now proves bush Lied when he said “the USA does not torture.” They impeached Clinton for a lot less. Like father like son, poppy lied when he said “read my lips… no new taxes!”
    He did some great things in Africa, I don’t want to belittle the effort but the thing that sticks in my mind is how could we spend soo many billions on such poor countries and get so little for it?

    We have an advantage here, bill, our side can read. As far as being a mediocre president is actually too kind to lump him in with millard fillmore or calvin Coolidge as mediocre.
    He was disastrously the worst president in history. The exception for the 1% notwithstanding.

  4. Liberals are just the smartest people in the room. Just read the masterpieces written by Press and Emile. Lmao!!!!!!! I wonder how they make through the day without walking into moving traffic!

  5. Hammer, its not the rest of the world thats moving so fast, its because you are the one sitting on the merry-go-round. Get of the merry-go-round and stop drinking the kool-aid and try reading things with a more open mind. As you look around you see your compatriots going the same speed and same direction and all is right with the world.

  6. No matter where Bush is ranked he’ll always be at least one notch up from Obama who will go down as the second worst president in history. Those honors will always go to Jimmy the P’nut farmer!

  7. More incoherent ramblings from Emile…

    I have to disagree with you on this one. Carter was just incompetent. Obama knows full well what he is doing to our country. In my opinion that makes him the worst.

  8. Carter balanced his budget 2 (two) times. All lined up in a row at bush’s liebrary….Carter was the best of all of them, and still is.

  9. Speaking of incoherent ramblings……check this out :

    Before you say its all left wing propaganda, keep in mind these are actual, real things bush has done and its all in his liebrary.
    They are not lies the left is telling about bush. They are his real actions, and reactions.
    Go ahead and defend him if you need to, but what did he ever do for you??

  10. Lmao!!!! That’s what you call journalism???? A hit piece written by someone with Bush derangement syndrome… No wonder you are so f’d up in the head! You really are a mental midget. No point for any of us bothering with someone who should probably be wearing a jacket with really long sleeves.

  11. And you blindly following “dear leader” anywhere means that you might be ……….a…..North Korean.

    So, tell me smart guy, what on the list was wrong? You and your incoherent ramblings havnt said anything about the 50 things was wrong?? Go ahead pick ONE and tell me why its wrong.
    If I had written the list it would’ve easily gone over 100.

    And I’ll tell you the same thing, How you feel about me is none of my business. Try to remember that, or maybe you should write it down.

  12. You know what they say Hammer, simple thoughts for simple minds. Missy is the perfect progressive pawn. Notice how it always returns to it’s echo chamber to be told what to say? It never goes outside of the progressive blogoshpere to get informatioin…its not allowed to think for itself.
    Whats wrong with the list missy is that most of is taken out of context and applies a very biased political spin to it. But here’s one:
    23. U.S. troops were given unsafe gear. Flat out lie. WE, and I say WE because I was there, went into combat with the most advanced gear at the time. In fact we went with the equipment that was procured by the CLINTON administration for future wars. If you want to blame someone blame him!

  13. Missy still thinks Bush is president. How pitiful is that… She does a much better job of illustrating how wacked out the left is than we could ever do. Thanks missy! Now go take your medication….

  14. Dude, its in his liebrary.
    Did you get that hammer? #23 didnt have any recalled products even tho they were all made by the lowest bidder. Sounds safe to me. I do remember recalling the humvees because they had no blast shields and the bullet proof helmets and vests that werent working well. The soldiers coming back all have unexplained white bumps on their scalps.
    Clinton I’m pretty sure wasnt manufacturing military safety equipment.

    That progressive blogosphere is actually called the universe but they wont tell you people in the bubble.
    I know bush is not president because We out here in lala land had the biggest party I ever saw.
    The high school marching bands were marching up and down main st. There was dancing, and joy everywhere.

  15. Last I checked missy US government procurement always goes to the lowest bidder, that had nothing to do with who was President. Bush wasn’t manufacturing military safety equipment either. The equipment worn in Iraq and Afghanistan was all acquired under Clinton, who apparently used the lowest bidder.

    “She does a much better job of illustrating how wacked out the left is than we could ever do.”..that’s what I like about missy the most Hammer, picture perfect looney tune progressive!

    What use is holding the White House if the president is unwilling to work with the House to pass legislation. Looks like another four years of deadlock…party on dude!

  16. Looks like I hit a nerve… Missy unable to defend anything she says. She just starts spewing more and more ridiculous lies. That’s the problem with Libs, they never have ANY facts to back up their claims. Their use of emotional hormon driven hysterics is all they have. Poor poor missy. Keep on lying missy we find your childish antics amusing.

  17. Jeff, Brewster, Scott,
    Keep up the good work! There may be a few from the left who can be reasoned with (although I have some doubts). As for missy… Well she is a mental patient who is way beyond help. For now she is just fun to laugh at.


  18. LMFAO!
    Its funny when you say “reason with” when actually you mean “if you dont do things my way, I’ll whine and cry and pout and stomp my feet” until you go my way.

    Hammer, why no feedback on the big 50 things? As usual it all blew right past you., nothing gets in the bubble , does it?


  19. Yes. But most of the permanent damage was done a long time ago.

    She keeps talking about lies. Here are some lies for her.

    1. “If you make more than $250,000 your taxes won’t go up one cent”
    2. Obama care will save people money.(once it is fully enacted, where are the Canadians going to go for healthcare)
    3. Blaming the republicans for the sequester.
    4. Selling stricter gun control laws as the solution for gun violence. ( Hey Chicago! How’s that working for you?)
    5. Benghazi
    The list can go on. Time for the Libs to step up and stop blaming others for their failures. They like to gloat about their few successes.

    Her head is shoved so far up her own a$$. (Perhaps its not pot she is inhaling, must be methane.)

  20. Looks to me hammer you are the low information voter of the day.
    1. the bracket was was raised to $400,000 on the insistance of the baggers
    2. Obama care IS saving alot of people alot of money as we speak. They are really getting rebate checks.
    3 The republicans/teaggers ARE responsible for the sequester.Just ask ryan, cantor or boehner
    4.Stricter GUN SAFETY laws might just might benefit all of us.
    5. Benghazi- is just a stupid talking point for clowns like the baggers. As long they dont talk about anything that actually matters….like jobs, economy, corporate tax thieves, all is right with the world.
    heres on for you, do you think its ok for a hedgefund manager to make $1BILLION trading stocks at the rate of 70,000 trades per second and NEVER holding them longer than 2 seconds?
    Got that. $1BILLION- 70,000 trades – longest hold time 2 Seconds.

  21. Lies, lies, and more incoherent liberal talking point lies. If I pointed at the sun and told you it was the sun you would disagree. That’s the way a useful idiot is.

    Payroll taxes went up for everyone. The bush tax rates expired and Obama refused to work on a solution.
    Obama care will raise costs and limit service. It’s already broke and now Reid is calling for more money.
    Gun laws are already in place. Morons like you keep forgetting that criminals break laws. Therefore making more laws are useless.
    As an American YOU should be concerned about what happened with Benghazi.
    Now go inhale some more methane.

    Your problem isn’t lack of information. It’s the lack of truthfully information.

  22. The Embassies are usually run by CIA operatives and we dont have any idea whats is going on where.
    I dont want to know what was going on in benghazi. That kind of info could get you killed by a drone.
    With a closer look you’ll find ALL of these shooters have the same thing in common.It isnt laws it isnt guns, it isnt rage, it isnt teachers, it isnt bullies.
    Its Called Pharmaceuticals. Prescription Pharmaceuticals.

  23. School Shooters Under the Influence of Psychiatric Drugs

    Click here to sign the Petition: Call for Federal Investigation of Psychiatric Drugs, School Shootings & Senseless Violence

    At least 31 acts of school-related acts of violence, including mass school shootings, have been committed by individuals taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs documented to cause mania, psychosis, hostility, aggression and homicidal ideation.

    Fact: Despite 22 international drug regulatory warnings on psychiatric drugs citing effects of mania, hostility, violence and even homicidal ideation, and dozens of high profile school shootings/killings tied to psychiatric drug use, there has yet to be a federal investigation on the link between psychiatric drugs and acts of senseless violence.

    Fact: Between 2004 and 2011, there have been over 11,000 reports to the U.S. FDA’s MedWatch system of psychiatric drug side effects related to violence. These include 300 cases of homicide, nearly 3,000 cases of mania and over 7,000 cases of aggression. Note: By the FDA’s own admission, only 1-10% of side effects are ever reported to the FDA, so the actual number of side effects occurring are most certainly higher.

    Fact: At least 31 school shootings and/or school-related acts of violence have been committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs resulting in 162 wounded and 72 killed (in other school shootings, information about their drug use was never made public—neither confirming or refuting if they were under the influence of prescribed drugs). The most important fact about this list, is that these are only cases where the information about their psychiatric drug use was made public.

    To give an example, although it is known that James Holmes, suspected perpetrator of a mass shooting that occurred July 20, 2012, at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, was seeing psychiatrist Lynne Fento, but it took 9 months for the release of information showing that police had found psychiatric drugs in Holmes apartment—including the anti-anxiety drug clonazepam and the antidepressant sertraline, the generic version of the antidepressant Zoloft.

    1.St. Louis, Missouri – January 15, 2013: 34-year-old Sean Johnson walked onto the Stevens Institute of Business & Arts campus and shot the school’s financial aid director once in the chest, then shot himself in the torso. Johnson had been taking prescribed drugs for an undisclosed mental illness.
    2.Snohomish County, Washington – October 24, 2011: A 15-year-old girl went to Snohomish High School where police alleged that she stabbed a girl as many as 25 times just before the start of school, and then stabbed another girl who tried to help her injured friend. Prior to the attack the girl had been taking “medication” and seeing a psychiatrist. Court documents said the girl was being treated for depression.
    3.Planoise, France – December 13, 2010: A 17-year-old youth held twenty pre-school children and their teacher hostage for hours at Charles Fourier preschool. The teen was reported to be on “medication for depression”. He took a classroom hostage with two swords. Eventually, all the children and the teacher were released safely.
    4.Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – September 21, 2011: 14-year-old Christian Helms had two pipe bombs in his backpack, when he shot and wounded Socastee High School’s “resource” (police) officer. However the officer was able to stop the student before he could do anything further. Helms had been taking drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression.
    5.Huntsville, Alabama – February 5, 2010: 15-year-old Hammad Memon shot and killed another Discover Middle School student Todd Brown. Memon had a history for being treated for ADHD and depression. He was taking the antidepressant Zoloft and “other drugs for the conditions.” He had been seeing a psychiatrist and psychologist.
    6.Kauhajoki, Finland – September 23, 2008: 22-year-old culinary student Matti Saari shot and killed 9 students and a teacher, and wounded another student, before killing himself. Saari was taking an SSRI and a benzodiazapine. He was also seeing a psychologist.
    7.Fresno, California – April 24, 2008: 17-year-old Jesus “Jesse” Carrizales attacked the Fresno high school’s officer, hitting him in the head with a baseball bat. After knocking the officer down, the officer shot Carrizales in self-defense, killing him. Carrizales had been prescribed Lexapro and Geodon, and his autopsy showed that he had a high dose of the antidepressant Lexapro in his blood that could have caused him to be paranoid, according to the coroner.
    8.Dekalb, Illinois – February 14, 2008: 27-year-old Steven Kazmierczak shot and killed five people and wounded 21 others before killing himself in a Northern Illinois University auditorium. According to his girlfriend, he had recently been taking Prozac, Xanax and Ambien. Toxicology results showed that he still had trace amount of Xanax in his system. He had been seeing a psychiatrist.
    9.Jokela, Finland – November 7, 2007: 18-year-old Finnish gunman Pekka-Eric Auvinen had been taking antidepressants before he killed eight people and wounded a dozen more at Jokela High School in southern Finland, then committed suicide.
    10.Texas – November 7, 2007: 17-year-old Felicia McMillan returned to her former Robert E. Lee High School campus and stabbed a male student and wounded the principle with a knife. McMillan had been on drugs for depression, and had just taken them the night before the incident.
    11.Cleveland, Ohio – October 10, 2007: 14-year-old Asa Coon stormed through his school with a gun in each hand, shooting and wounding four before taking his own life. Court records show Coon had been placed on the antidepressant Trazodone.
    12.Sudbury, Massachusetts – January 19, 2007: 16-year-old John Odgren stabbed another student with a large kitchen knife in a boy’s bathroom at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. In court his father testified that Odgren was prescribed the drug Ritalin.
    13.North Vernon, Indiana – December 4, 2006: 16-year-old Travis Roberson stabbed another Jennings County High School student in the neck, nearly severing an artery. Roberson was in withdrawal from Wellbutrin, which he had stopped taking days before the attack.
    14.Hillsborough, North Carolina – August 30, 2006: 19-year-old Alvaro Rafael Castillo shot and killed his father, then drove to Orange High School where he opened fire. Two students were injured in the shooting, which ended when school personnel tackled him. His mother said he was on drugs for depression.
    15.Chapel Hill, North Carolina – April 2006: 17-year-old William Barrett Foster took a shotgun to school and took a teacher and a fellow student hostage at East Chapel Hill High School. After being talked out of shooting the hostages, Foster fired two shots through a classroom window before fleeing the school on foot. Foster’s father testified that his son had stopped taking his antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs without telling him.
    16.Red Lake, Minnesota – March 21, 2005: 16-year-old Jeff Weise, on Prozac, shot and killed his grandparents, then went to his school on the Red Lake Indian Reservation where he shot dead 5 students, a security guard, and a teacher, and wounded 7 before killing himself.
    17.Greenbush, New York – February 2004: 16-year-old Jon Romano strolled into his high school in east Greenbush and opened fire with a shotgun. Special education teacher Michael Bennett was hit in the leg. Romano had been taking “medication for depression”. He had previously seen a psychiatrist.
    18.Red Lion, Pennsylvania – February 2, 2001: 56-year-old William Michael Stankewicz entered North Hopewell-Winterstown Elementary School with a machete, leaving three adults and 11 children injured. Stankewicz was taking four different drugs for depression and anxiety weeks before the attacks.
    19.Ikeda, Japan – June 8, 2001: 37-year-old Mamoru Takuma, wielding a 6-inch knife, slipped into an elementary school and stabbed eight first- and second-graders to death while wounding at least 15 other pupils and teachers. He then turned the knife on himself but suffered only superficial wounds. He later told interrogators that before the attack he had taken 10 times his normal dose of antidepressants.
    20.Wahluke, Washington – April 10, 2001: Sixteen-year-old Cory Baadsgaard took a rifle to his high school and held 23 classmates and a teacher hostage. He had been taking the antidepressant Effexor.
    21.El Cajon, California – March 22, 2001: 18-year-old Jason Hoffman, on the antidepressants Celexa and Effexor, opened fire on his classmates, wounding three students and two teachers at Granite Hills High School. He had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting.
    22.Williamsport, Pennsylvania – March 7, 2001: 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was taking the antidepressant Prozac when she shot at fellow students, wounding one.
    23.Oxnard, California – January 2001: 17-year-old Richard Lopez went to Hueneme High School with a gun and shot twice at a car in the school’s parking lot before taking a female student hostage. Lopez was eventually killed by a SWAT officer. He had been prescribed Prozac, Paxil and “drugs that helped him go to sleep.”
    24.Conyers, Georgia – May 20, 1999: 15-year-old T.J. Solomon was being treated with the stimulant Ritalin when he opened fire on and wounded six of his classmates.
    25.Columbine, Colorado – April 20, 1999: 18-year-old Eric Harris and his accomplice, Dylan Klebold, killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded 26 others before killing themselves. Harris was on the antidepressant Luvox. Klebold’s medical records remain sealed. Both shooters had been in anger-management classes and had undergone counseling. Harris had been seeing a psychiatrist before the shooting.
    26.Notus, Idaho – April 16, 1999: 15-year-old Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun rounds in his school, narrowly missing students. He was taking a prescribed antidepressant and Ritalin.
    27.Springfield, Oregon – May 21, 1998: 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his parents and then proceeded to school where he opened fire on students in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 25. Kinkel had been taking the antidepressant Prozac. Kinkel had been attending “anger control classes” and was under the care of a psychologist.
    28.Blackville, South Carolina – October 12, 1995: 15-year-old Toby R. Sincino slipped into the Blackville-Hilda High School’s rear entrance, where he shot two Blackville-Hilda High School teachers, killing one. Then Toby killed himself moments later. His aunt, Carolyn McCreary, said he had been undergoing counseling with the Department of Mental Health and was taking Zoloft for emotional problems.
    29.Chelsea, Michigan – December 17, 1993: 39-year-old chemistry teacher Stephen Leith, facing a disciplinary matter at Chelsea High School, shot Superintendent Joseph Piasecki to death, shot Principal Ron Mead in the leg, and slightly wounded journalism teacher Phil Jones. Leith was taking Prozac and had been seeing a psychiatrist.
    30.Houston, Texas – September 18, 1992: 44-year-old Calvin Charles Bell, reportedly upset about his second-grader’s progress report, appeared in the principal’s office of Piney Point Elementary School. Bell fired a gun in the school, and eventually wounded two officers before surrendering. Relatives told police on Friday that Bell was an unemployed Vietnam veteran and had been taking anti-depressants.
    31.Winnetka, Illinois – 20 May 1988: 30-year-old Laurie Wasserman Dann walked into a second grade classroom at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, Illinois carrying three pistols and began shooting children, killing an eight-year-old boy, and wounding five others before fleeing. She entered a nearby house where she shot and wounded a 20-year-old man before killing herself. Dann had been seeing a psychiatrist and subsequent blood tests revealed that at the time of the killings, she was taking the antidepressant Anafranil.

    For more information read Another School Shooting, Another Psychiatric Drug? Federal Investigation Long Overdue

  24. despite promises from dear leader Obama after Newtown that ‘everything was on the table’ none of his proposed legislation would have addressed this. Instead he used it as a political reason to get what he’s long wanted instead of really trying to help the people.
    31 cases of violence and surprise surprise, guns AREN’T the common denominator!
    The NRA has been asking that the influence of psychotic drugs in violence be looked at for a long time, but it always fell on deaf ears because the left didn’t care about reducing violence they only cared about reducing the number of guns.
    Good to see you agree with the NRA missy.

  25. We all have common ground, I’ve a been a member in the past but Big Pharma doesnt want you to know about this. Now when you factor in 45% of republicans believe an armed insurrection may be necessary against the govt. Do we need instead of checking for guns need to ask “are you on any medications?”
    The fact that rumsfeld was the CEO of merck just creeps me out. Like what did he know and when did he know it??

  26. Once agian I’ll ask but I know you can’t provide it…what’s your source for the 45% number you just posted? Or did you make that one up to?
    What creeps me out is that we have a community organizer who accomplished nothing in his life pretending to be president. Amazing that just this week the left is starting to realize that he has zero leadership abilities. That was obvious from day one!

  27. Wow, you actually had a source…I think that’s a first.
    You mean the one that also showed18% of Dems and 27% independents felt the same? I noticed you changed the actual question. What was asked was ‘In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties.’ It’s a small difference but an important one. I should hope that if our government were to take away our liberties that all of us would be willing to stand up to it. If our government works within the bounds of the constitution, which limits the liberties of the government not the people, then there should not be an issue. Really it’s sad that Obama is so divisive and political that he is tearing the country apart instead of uniting it.

  28. No Really, what are you people smoking??

    “within the bounds of the constitution” Is the govt really the only one required to live by the constitution? This is governmental dyslexia. Is there any burden at all for rich, ultra-rich, or corporations to also live by the constitution. It really is just a hindrance to rich people and corporations. Have the peasants already forfeited their rights to govt so that the rich, ultra-rich and corporations can have their own Private Govt? A govt that only prints money for rich people and corporations.
    You seem to have a touch of this paranoia going around that the govt is coming to take away your freedom and liberty. Dude, since 9/11 you’ve already lost most of your freedom and liberty.
    Mostly , only the stuff that matters. You can still have your cats in your apartment, but outside of that your rights have been given away.
    So, here’s your choices…. Bigger Govt(we the people inclusive)……or……Bigger Corporations (no govt) So, who are you fighting for now?

    Why does obama get blamed for the republican states trying to cede from being united? When has obama NOT tried to bridge the gap to the nowhere party?

    boggles the mind.
    You need to spend more time at sites that are on your side, not dick armeys’ sites.
    Try starting with the truth sites.

  29. obama at ohio state commencement;

    “You’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems,” Obama said. “You should reject these voices. Because what these suggest is that somehow our brave, creative, unique experiment in self-rule is just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”

    who tell me who are these voices??

  30. Huffington post would disagree with you missy:
    Obamacare Will Cause Medical Claims Costs To Jump 32 Percent: Study
    ‘While some states will see medical claims costs per person decline, the report concluded the overwhelming majority will see double-digit increases in their individual health insurance markets, where people purchase coverage directly from insurers.

    The disparities are striking. By 2017, the estimated increase would be 62 percent for California, about 80 percent for Ohio, more than 20 percent for Florida and 67 percent for Maryland. Much of the reason for the higher claims costs is that sicker people are expected to join the pool, the report said.

    …Obama has promised that the new law will bring costs down. That seems a stretch now. While the nation has been enjoying a lull in health care inflation the past few years, even some former administration advisers say a new round of cost-curbing legislation will be needed.”

    CURL: Obama supporters shocked, angry at new tax increases
    Sometimes, watching a Democrat learn something is wonderful, like seeing the family dog finally sit and stay at your command.
    With President Obama back in office and his life-saving “fiscal cliff” bill jammed through Congress, the new year has brought a surprising turn of events for his sycophantic supporters.
    “What happened that my Social Security withholding’s in my paycheck just went up?” a poster wrote on the liberal site “My paycheck just went down by an amount that I don’t feel comfortable with. I guarantee this decrease is gonna’ hurt me more than the increase in income taxes will hurt those making over 400 grand. What happened?”
    Shocker. Democrats who supported the president’s re-election just had NO idea that his steadfast pledge to raise taxes meant that he was really going to raise taxes. They thought he planned to just hit those filthy “1 percenters,” you know, the ones who earned fortunes through their inventiveness and hard work. They thought the free ride would continue forever.
    So this week, as taxes went up for millions of Americans — which Republicans predicted throughout the campaign would happen — it was fun to watch the agoggery of the left.
    “I know to expect between $93 and $94 less in my paycheck on the 15th,” wrote the ironically named “RomneyLies.”
    “My boyfriend has had a lot of expenses and is feeling squeezed right now, and having his paycheck shrink really didn’t help,” wrote “DemocratToTheEnd.”
    “BlueIndyBlue” added: “Many of my friends didn’t realize it, either. Our payroll department didn’t do a good job of explaining the coming changes.”

    The Twittersphere was even funnier.
    “Really, how am I ever supposed to pay off my student loans if my already small paycheck keeps getting smaller? Help a sister out, Obama,” wrote “Meet Virginia.” “Nancy Thongkham” was much more furious. “F***ing Obama! F*** you! This taking out more taxes s*** better f***ing help me out!! Very upset to see my paycheck less today!”
    “_Alex™” sounded bummed. “Obama I did not vote for you so you can take away alot of money from my checks.” Christian Dixon seemed crestfallen. “I’m starting to regret voting for Obama.” But “Dave” got his dander up over the tax hike: “Obama is the biggest f***ing liar in the world. Why the f*** did I vote for him”?

    LMAO. Is it wrong of me that I thought this was funny? Obama catered to low info voters and now they are surprised he lied to them?

  31. ‘Is the govt really the only one required to live by the constitution? ‘. Yup!
    The whole idea is that we have a limited government. Sorry you don’t like it but that’s the way it is.
    Obama is one of the most divisive presidents we’ve ever had. He does nothing unless it is good for him and his party. Only fools like you believe him.
    I think I’ve proven time and again that unlike you I’m willing to read opposing points of view. Perhaps you need to step outside of your conspiracy laden echo chamber?

    Is big pharma the conspiracy of the week now? What happened to nazis in the government? Or nazi UFOs? It’s so hard to keep track with you.

    As far as the voices I don’t know, they’re all in your head so I can’t hear them.

  32. Big pharma is not a conspiracy, they are outright pirates. Raising profits from sick people is just wrong. When you carry it out to the end it looks really bad. So, if want you want bigger corporations you shouldn’t be complaining. Americans pay megapiles more for healthcare and get less for it now. Pharma charges more for drugs here than anywhere on the planet.
    So is it a good thing to make sure you stay sick ?? For the corporation…YES. You are the one losing in this ideology you seem to espouse. That you cant blame Obama for. You fools are fighting to lose. Giving away what rights you have left to the Corporation.
    . Maybe we’ve already gone over the edge.

  33. You know what I say about this huffington post. WHEEEEHAAAHHH! NEXT time VOTE REPUBLICAN. That’s where the low info voters belong.
    Once you don’t have anything left, you wont have anything to lose. Life will become so much easier. Sitting around in your shower shoes smoking lucky strikes or driving around on your moped.

    Is it really obamas fault?? Or is he just a scapegoat. Congress is exempt???

  34. Oddly enough I’m perfectly healthy and haven’t had to see a Dr in 5 years. Yup, this big pharma thing is working out ok for me. Up until Obama care my premiums were pretty low now they’ve gone up and our services will be going down. What was it Pelosi said….oh yeah, ‘we have to pass it before we’ll know what’s in it’ or as Conyers put it bluntly: “What good is reading the bill if it’s thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” Didn’t Obama promise that they would have enough time to read it? So yes, I can blame it on Obama.

    Missy somewhere in Germany a clock is missing its cuckoo, you should go home.

  35. Uh oh. Looks like I’m not the only one blaming Obama …
    Rasmussen …55% unfavorable opinion of obama care, 39% favorable.
    For independents that number is 62% – 39%

    Then there’s this:

    Health Care Politics: As ObamaCare rolls out, some of its biggest backers from labor to D.C. lawmakers are having second thoughts. It’s a sign that the idea of ending this national nightmare isn’t about to go away.
    Late last week, the 22,000-member United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers dropped a bombshell on the Obama administration, not only withdrawing its support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but also demanding its repeal.
    The reason: ObamaCare subsidizes low-paid non-union workers in small companies that don’t insure their employees, while leaving union shops with ObamaCare’s higher health care costs and a 40% tax on Cadillac plans by 2018. That’s a “death warrant” for unions, as the Atlantic’s Megan McArdle noted.
    “These provisions jeopardize our multiemployer health plans, have the potential to cause a loss of work for our members, create an unfair bidding advantage for those contractors who do not provide health coverage to their workers and, in the worst case, may cause our members and their families to lose the benefits they currently enjoy as participants in multiemployer health plans,” said union President Kinsey Robinson.
    It’s the latest shoe to drop in the Great Buyers’ Remorse of ObamaCare’s biggest backers.
    Yup, gotta pass it before we know what’s in it. Trust us and just do as your told you little progressive pawns. Doesn’t bode we’ll for Pelosi being the speaker again does it?

  36. Hre you go missy. A more realistic take on Obamas commencement address:

    Seventy-five months into his perpetual campaign to transform America into something else, Barack Obama is still talking about all that’s wrong with the country he’s spent almost $2 billion of other people’s money to lead.
    You might think by now the unhappy warrior would be capable of touting some progress in his annual string of commencement addresses to inattentive audiences sitting in hot sun.
    But, No. Obama feels forced to talk about how things are decaying, and not just those rusting bridges. How politically dysfunctional and divided is the capitol city he vowed to fix way back what now seems an eternity ago. How the country really needs to be so much better to live up to his expectations.
    Obama’s telepromptered rhetoric is still steeped in the combative, corrective, community organizer language of radically changing the nation that he didn’t grow up in and that scores of millions of citizens are really pretty happy with, even as they acknowledge collective national faults to work on as generations have before.
    “People who love their country can change it for the better,” the president informed a partially-filled stadium of Ohio State enthusiasts on Sunday. (Scroll down for a full C-SPAN video.) They thought they’d come to celebrate what they or a loved one had just accomplished in academe.
    They got brief celebratory commencement political yada-yada about this being an important day in their own lives. But with Obama there’s always an undercurrent of unhappiness and discontent, of dissatisfaction with whatever anyone has just accomplished. NBA, NCAA, NASCAR champs yes, that’s OK.
    That’s never enough, however. Don’t go feeling too good. You didn’t build that yourself. You really have to do something else, help somebody else, build something else. As if everyone grew up fatherless and must spend an entire futile life proving something.
    Was Obama celebrating the late nights of university study to earn this degree? The lessons learned, minds expanded? The friendships formed into lifelong bonds? Of course, not.
    He’s got to talk about “all the times you?ve been let down, or frustrated at the hand that you?ve been dealt.” Like what–attending a state school instead of the private ones he went to?
    Seriously? This Democrat is peddling victim-hood to new college graduates? That awful raw deal they’re enduring graduating from a world-renowned university on the brink of bountiful lives in the freest land in the history of the planet? Dear God, please help them live through this terrible time of trial and tribulation!

    Charles Dharapak / AP (Happy Commencement) View Enlarged Image
    Or how about this Obama claim?
    “Now, if we?re being honest with ourselves,” Obama declared dishonestly, “as you?ve studied and worked and served to become good citizens, the fact is that all too often the institutions that give structure to our society have, at times, betrayed your trust.”
    No, he wasn’t talking about a major party leader betraying all the promises he made in 2007-08 about balancing the budget, cutting the deficit, closing Guantanamo, bringing Washington together.
    He wasn’t blaming Wall Street capitalists for donating so much of their profits to his campaigns. He was blaming them for trying to make so much money without regard to others. If you can imagine such a thing in a competitive free society.
    Two other ominous Obama observations that are, predictably, the fault of others:
    “I think it?s fair to say our democracy isn?t working as well as we know it can. It could do better….
    “Unfortunately, you?ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that?s at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices also doing their best to gum up the works.”
    According to Obama, the United States of America that he sees in all of his expensive excursions aboard Air Force One for one or two photo ops per week is not much interested in patriotism or citizenship. (His next trip comes Thursday, by the way, down to Texas to celebrate its (Republican) job growth.)
    “We don?t always talk about this idea much these days — citizenship — let alone celebrate it,” bemoaned the man, who as a new candidate didn’t bother with the tedious hand-over-the-heart thing during the National Anthem.
    “Sometimes, we see (citizenship) as a virtue from another time, a distant past, one that?s slipping from a society that celebrates individual ambition above all else; a society awash in instant technology that empowers us to leverage our skills and talents like never before, but just as easily allows us to retreat from the world. And the result is that we sometimes forget the larger bonds we share as one American family.”
    Can you believe this bunkum? What “larger bonds” have you noticed disappearing from America, not counting the fiscal discipline thrown under Obama’s armored bus?
    A troubled nation that “celebrates individual ambition above all else”? Like, say, a mixed race freshman senator out of the nation’s most crooked political machine convincing himself that he should be the first black president of the United States? And enough voters buying his promises to put him and his Chicago cronies there? Tawdry, presumptuous individual ambition like that?

    What Obama didn’t say in his Ohio commencement address — but more of us need to remember — is that people who love their country can also fight to keep it as good as it always has been. Which, among other things, involves opposing this guy’s relentless efforts to keep its vaunted social elements divided and to sow suspicions of its once-revered institutions at every opportunity in order to ease their radical transformation by his hand.
    And additionally, let’s be candid, for more Americans to tenaciously endure the 1,354 days left in this fellow’s final term so we can finally acquire real change to believe in after his phony change to disbelieve and discard.

  37. Rasmussen and Gallup,. two fine polling groups both right on in last presidential election.
    The one “larger bond” disappearing that sticks out is …………TRUST.
    Where did it go? Who owns it now? Who has it?
    It wasnt long ago we had TRUST. We trusted our elected officials to do what they were voted in to do. We trusted our banks to honestly hold our mortgages. We trusted schools, fire departments, police, wall st., highway department, meat inspectors, our news sources, We believed if we worked hard and paid into a pension fund that it would be there for us when we retired. Same with SS, Medicare, Medicaid. and on and on.
    We trusted that we would be protected from pirates robbing us blind legally.
    So what happened?
    Are these phony charges to disbelieve?
    Sadly enough he’s prolly trying to save your dumbazz too.

  38. The rest of the world pays $7.00 for Lipitor, here $116.00. No I don’t take Lipitor.
    Why did Obama make everything go up? Thanks Obama.
    Its like this, once your people have disenfranchised everyone who depends on govt we will of course need smaller govt. Then we’ll be able to drown the govt that’s left in the bathtub.
    Corporate States of America.
    What would that look like, I wonder.
    No rights and freedoms for you and no laws for them.
    Everyone defending them should be proud enough to wear their logo on all of their clothes.

  39. Richard Eskow writes,

    Imagine: A government run by and for the rich and powerful. Leaders who lecture others about “sacrifice” and deficits while cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthy. A system so corrupt that rich executives can break the law without fear of being punished. Increasing poverty and hardship even as the stock market rises. And now, a nation caught between a broken political system and a populist movement that could be hijacked by religious extremists at any moment.

    Here’s the reality: Income inequality is actually greater in the United States than it is in Egypt. Politicians here have close financial ties to big corporations, both personally and through their campaigns. Corporate lawbreakers often do go unpunished. Poverty and unemployment statistics for US minorities are surprisingly similar to Egypt’s.
    compren pa?

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