"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Monday, January 16, 2006

Bush Hit List

Well, say it three times fast.

We at The Reform Club occasionally promote worthy riffs from our commenters to the main board, and in this case, I'd like to promote our own Jay D. Homnick's complaints about our current White House Occupant to give 'em their own air:


1) Blew the relationship with Senator Jeffords and cost the Republicans a Senate majority for two years.

2) Left the same stupid wet-foot Cuba policy where refugees are repatriated if they don't make it to shore.

3) Has completely ignored the immigration problem; in fact, he has actually made the border patrols weaker. This is bad government and bad politics, not to mention dangerous.

4) Has continued a completely hypocritical policy of saying that the U.S. must never negotiate with terrorists while insisting that Israel must kowtow to terrorists and accede to their demands.

5) Has shown an almost comical level of disengagement from, if not downright ignorance of, the political situation in South and Central America, which is becoming more dangerous to the United States with each passing day.

6) Has not really made a move (not that Clinton did either) to limit our dependency on oil or to improve the terms under which we acquire it.

7) Has not had the courage to fight environmentalists over their stranglehold on the building of new oil refineries.

8) Has not figured out approaches to getting the middle-of-the-road person in America to see him as a "uniter, not a divider".


I'll add not vetoing anything, like the heinous McCain-Feingold, and after drilling in ANWR was scotched, not figuring out how to make fuel out of caribou. Additions encouraged. (For maximum effect, keep 'em Homnick-short.)

16 comments:

Kathy Hutchins said...

9) Negotiated universal Medicare prescription drug benefit which requires my appliance repairman (black, four kids, one middling income) to pay for Bob Dole's Little Blue Pills.

10) Played cynical footsie with the Rust Belt vote by signing that absurd steel tariff that screwed every wholesale buyer of steel in the country. Gets half a point back for repealing it later, I suppose.

Nidsu said...

11) Worked with Teddy Kennedy on huge increase to the NEA's (oops I mean "education") budget.

12) Made most Democrats look frugal in their spending of government "revenue"

Hunter Baker said...

13) Tried to promote his personal lawyer to Supreme Court Justice.

14) Insulted everyone's intelligence by insisting she was the best candidate available. (But earned redemption with Alito.)

15) Pushed through a big prescription drug entitlement that will absolutely increase the size of government by leaps and bounds despite the fact that he gained not a vote by so doing.

16) Has subjected me to a heinous five years worth of terrible, terrible public speaking.

17) Is not Ronald Reagan. (But earns some back for not being Bill Clinton -- no red thong snapping on the public's dime!)

Kathy Hutchins said...

18) Has squandered countless opportunities to punch that arrogant asshat Vincente Fox square in the nose.

tbmbuzz said...

Responses:

1) I blame the weasel Jeffords,not Bush.

2) *shrug* not all that important

3) Not ignored. Political cowardice is more like it.

4) Bush's public pronouncements are more in the nature of surface comments for the benefit of a scumbag world. I think behind closed doors he is OK with Israel going for it. Of recent presidents he is one of Israel's best friends and supporters.

5) Yes, Latin America has been on a backburner with the Bush administration because of more pressing problems elsewhere in the world. However, more of the blame can be pinned on the traditional anti-American sentiment in Latin America, the pendulum seeming to turn more to shoot-yourself-in-the-foot Leftism (again) in the region, the Chavez problem (not helped by Jimmy Carter's sycophantism toward him), and Fox's backstabbing. Remember, early in his first term, Bush made a point of extending a hand to Fox as one of his first international efforts, only to have it spat on and slapped away.

6) 7) Blame a cowardly Republican Congress more.

8) Communication is Bush's weakest characteristic by far and the dishonorable Far Left with its powerful congressional, academic and media organs has taken full advantage.

9) A boondoggle worth of the most drunken spend-crazy Democrat. Shameful pandering by both the Republican Congress and Bush.

10) More pandering usually expected from the Democrat side. Fortunately repealed.

11) Same political cowardice crap that has been going on for decades now. The teachers' unions and the liberal education establishment have taken the country and our kids hostage for their own greed. They educational system itself is a failure and all the money in the world won't solve the problem.

12) Biggest boondoggle domestic spenders ever, both Bush and the Republican Congress. If it were not for foreign policy, Bush would be quite a mediocre president, tax cuts notwithstanding. The sad fact is that neither Bush nor the Republicans have successfully communicated to the country that they have out-democrated the Democrats.

13) 14) Inexplicably idiotic choice. Was Rove's hand in this one? While Rove may have been a genius in getting Bush elected and reelected, it seems to me that the administration has blind spots with respect to understanding the pulse of the country.

15) Same as 9)

16) Unfortunate and the dishonorable Left takes complete advantage. Ironic, since his actions prove him a heck of a lot smarter than the self-described "intelligent" Left losers.

17) Although Bush combines elements of T Roosevelt, Truman and Reagan, his domestic boondoggle spending policies preclude greatness. (Although future history books may remember him as great for his foreign policy).

18) Same as 5)

Tlaloc said...

"Has not figured out approaches to getting the middle-of-the-road person in America to see him as a "uniter, not a divider"."

Never fails to make me laugh that the most divisive president since Lincoln called himself a "uniter."

connie deady said...

dishonorable Far Left with its powerful congressional, academic and media organs

the most drunken spend-crazy Democrat

dishonorable Left takes complete advantage. Ironic, since his actions prove him a heck of a lot smarter than the self-described "intelligent" Left losers.

Consider yourself on my personal ignore until you learn to talk issues without labeling and childish insults.

tbmbuzz said...

Problem is we have a president with no respect for the rule of law. I don't attack him because I hate him. I hate him because I abhor virtually anything and everything that he stands for. Period.

Consider yourself on my personal ignore until you learn to talk issues without labeling and childish insults.

Like I care.

tbmbuzz said...

"Has not figured out approaches to getting the middle-of-the-road person in America to see him as a "uniter, not a divider"."

Never fails to make me laugh that the most divisive president since Lincoln called himself a "uniter."


Why bother "uniting" with irrational haters? Better to let them stew in their miserable miasma.

Tlaloc said...

"Why bother "uniting" with irrational haters? Better to let them stew in their miserable miasma. "

It's funny when you are ironic and don't even realize it.

Hunter Baker said...

Yowza, gettin' hot in here. Flame on!

connie deady said...

John McCain was lamenting the great partisan divide. He said the parties on the hill used to be able to get together on important issues, but now they simply engage in name-calling.

I certainly agree with him. That's why I point out that simply labeling the other party and making sneering comments ends the debate.

Debate and compromise is good. The other side has legitimate issues and should be listened to. The Democratic party represents a good chunk of American people.

As long you believe that the dislike of Bush comes from "irrational Bush haters" you end the dialogue as well. We would be better served if we listened to the substance of the complaints rather than just dismissing them.

tbmbuzz said...

It's funny when you are ironic and don't even realize it.

Glad you're amused! No irony, however, because I DO realize it. I've never hidden my contempt for the Far Left (or extremists of any type, e.g. Robertson, Falwell, Buchanan). I'm not running for public office, so I have no compunctions about the blunt approach a la Neal Boortz. And I ain't proud, so I'll get right down in the gutter where the Far Left has placed itself since Watergate. (Old fashioned political civility on the part of the Left died out with Tip O'Neil's retirement). Thus my beef with certain hypocrites here whose posts consist of nothing more than finger wagging (I do not include you or James here, you are both straightforward and formidable debaters). Cheers!

James Elliott said...

Then why'd you respond, huh? Huh? (Now who's being childish! I win!)

James Elliott said...

...I'll get right down in the gutter where the Far Left has placed itself since Watergate.

Since you're inviting a comparison between Democrats of the Watergate era and President "I love making vulgar anti-Semitic comments" Nixon, you're really going to have to back that bullhonkey up.

The grand total of your arguments seems to be "Well, you're poopyheads, too, so there!" I've seen you do better. Connie and Tlaloc raised wholly legitimate points that you failed to even refute. Come on. Even the more rampant partisans among the Reform Club posters can call a spade a spade when it comes to Bush.

connie deady said...

I'm not sure who he thinks the "far left" are because he equates them with the demise of old fashioned political civility.

He seems to be implying that everyone to the left of Reagan Democrats are far left.

"Far left" to me is fringe elements of the party. As such they are insignificant. But somehow the whole party is being tarred with the fringe which is ridiculous.