I get so tired of hearing this. For the last time, let me explain it to you.
How funny. I buy lots of gas and drive a great big 3/4 ton four-wheel drive pickup truck with a 6.6 liter engine that gets 16 miles per gallon when I (occasionally) drive it easy (12 when I'm pulling my trailer full of gas-guzzling, air polluting toys). I have 43 cylinders in my yard right now. I buy lots of gas.
And I live where it's some of the most expensive in the states. It's going up. Again.
Just out of curiosity, how is gas pricing Bush's fault? Oh, yeah, that's right — he gave tax breaks to big oil companies because they're his buddies. But wait. He gave tax breaks to ALL companies. They didn't tell you that, did they?
I have two friends in Iraq right now, for their second and third tours. They're very proud to be there and they know full well why we're there, regardless of what you think we're there for.
A good friend/ex co-worker's son just joined (the Marines) last year and is headed over there soon. Another (very good) friend who I see frequently was shot there a while ago by snipers, and went back.
Iraq was planned well before Bush got into office and had almost full support from around the world to go there. Don't let the lies from the extreme left detract from the FACTS that have been proven (and ignored) over and over.
Of course, we all know the reason we're there now is not the same reason we went in the first place. Unless you believe the government knew how deeply Iran was/is involved over there when we went in.
Other Things That Bush Really Is Responsible For
Illegal Aliens. Bush really falls on his face here. Close the ****ing border, fine and jail employers hiring illegals, and get them the **** out of here! Don't forcibly go after them and remove them at our expense, just make it so they have no reason to be here and leave on their own. Easier than rounding them all up, don't you think?
Science. This is misleading the way I understand it, because Bush doesn't want to mandate government involvement in stem cell research. He's not prohibiting it in the private sector, he's just not going to have the government do it. Fair enough. Perhaps he could find some funds for it though, as a subsidy. My next door neighbor has MS, so this is a hot topic in my neighborhood.
Economy. Tough one. Yeah, Clinton left a "surplus" He also left a rapidly deteriorating economy that basically crashed 3 months after he left office. Bush brought it back in the face of war and adiversity. He built the military back up, which Clinton all but dismantled to get the "surplus". He kept us out of a recession, improved the economy with tax breaks FOR EVERYBODY, not just the rich. (Another lie told by the extreme left).
The catch is that he's printing more money than we can back up. That could be a big problem if the deficit doesn't keep coming down and we don't improve our dollar's attractiveness overseas.
The Clinton Situation
All in all, Bush is seemingly better than Clinton was (in my opinion, of course). And looking at what Hillary is saying — universal health care, shared wealth, etc. — scares me just a bit. I mean, look at Canada's health system. Yikes. I was up there visiting friends a few years ago and I got to tell you, it's tough to get seen, let alone treated.
They tax me bad enough already, but Clinton will at the very least tax me more, and also wants to take money from the entire working and upper class and spread it out evenly among everybody.
That happens and I guarantee me and millions of other hard working Americans will quit our jobs and live off the system, instead of working hard to pay for others to do it that don't want to work in the system we have now.
What Do I Want?
I want to hear intelligence. Reason. Cogent thought. But most of all, I want to hear INFORMED opinions. Not name calling. Not speculation. Not lies. Not the old and busted, run of the mill talking points that have been going around for years yet have almost all been completely debunked. Just let it go, man. Let it go.