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kevinmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 12:52 AM
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PAUL KRUGMAN: Don’t Blame Bush
I’ve been looking at the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and I’ve come to a disturbing conclusion: maybe we’ve all been too hard on President Bush.

No, I haven’t lost my mind. Mr. Bush has degraded our government and undermined the rule of law; he has led us into strategic disaster and moral squalor.

But the leading contenders for the Republican nomination have given us little reason to believe they would behave differently. Why should they? The principles Mr. Bush has betrayed are principles today’s G.O.P., dominated by movement conservatives, no longer honors. In fact, rank-and-file Republicans continue to approve strongly of Mr. Bush’s policies — and the more un-American the policy, the more they support it.

Now, Mr. Bush and Dick Cheney may have done a few things other Republicans wouldn’t. Their initial domestic surveillance program was apparently so lawless and unconstitutional that even John Ashcroft, approached on his sickbed, refused to go along. For the most part, however, Mr. Bush has done just what his party wants and expects.......

http://freedemocracy.blogspot.com/2007/05/paul-krugman-...
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 12:58 AM
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1. So very true
The American-Taliban won't rest until the entire country is under their rule and the apocalypse is in place.
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 01:10 AM
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2. Thanks for posting this. I never get to read Krugman. This snip just floors me:
Millions of Americans believe that patriotic torturers are keeping us safe, that there’s a vast Islamic axis of evil, that victory in Iraq is just around the corner, that Bush appointees are doing a heckuva job — and that news reports contradicting these beliefs reflect liberal media bias.

/snip

http://freedemocracy.blogspot.com/2007/05/paul-krugman-...

Man, I am so tired of the whole Republic party.

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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 03:18 PM
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17. The sheep watching Bush is hilarious! Had to send it along...
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 09:02 PM
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18. the sheep is watching FOX NEWS
which just happens to have its hero on the screen :o
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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 01:48 AM
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3. Mr. Krugman Is Absolutely Correct, Sir
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necso Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 01:51 AM
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4. The republican party is the corpus of the problem.
It's diseased, rotten to the core.

And the threat won't pass until these extremists are destroyed in detail (politically speaking, of course).

But the same-old/same-old just won't avail.
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 04:26 AM
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5. old saying - "a leader is just the guy at the front of the crowd"
Edited on Fri May-18-07 04:28 AM by bananas
the crowd was going that way anyway
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 05:05 AM
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6. Krugman is spot on here...
My father, who is an otherwise intelligent human being, thinks chimpenfurher is a-okay and doin' a heckuva job.

It amazes me to no end.
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dave_p Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 05:53 AM
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7. Bush betrayed intelligent Republicans
... and his would-be heirs haven't the balls to do better.

Every party has extreme "off-message" elements. One of the jobs of leadership is to filter out the wackier notions and pursue coherent policy that reconciles honest ideology (essential if elections are to give us a meaningful choice) and the interest of all.

Leaders betray both party and people when they promote wacky notions as party ideology and national policy. Bush made a Presidency of it.
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Danascot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 07:50 AM
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8. Frank Rich made many of the same points recently

Earth to G.O.P.: The Gipper Is Dead

By my rough, conservative calculation — feel free to add — there have been corruption, incompetence, and contracting or cronyism scandals in these cabinet departments: Defense, Education, Justice, Interior, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development. I am not counting State, whose deputy secretary, a champion of abstinence-based international AIDS funding, resigned last month in a prostitution scandal, or the General Services Administration, now being investigated for possibly steering federal favors to Republican Congressional candidates in 2006. Or the Office of Management and Budget, whose chief procurement officer was sentenced to prison in the Abramoff fallout. I will, however, toss in a figure that reveals the sheer depth of the overall malfeasance: no fewer than four inspectors general, the official watchdogs charged with investigating improprieties in each department, are themselves under investigation simultaneously — an all-time record.

Wrongdoing of this magnitude does not happen by accident, but it is not necessarily instigated by a Watergate-style criminal conspiracy. When corruption is this pervasive, it can also be a byproduct of a governing philosophy. That’s the case here. That Bush-Rove style of governance, the common denominator of all the administration scandals, is the Frankenstein creature that stalks the G.O.P. as it faces 2008. It has become the Republican brand and will remain so, even after this president goes, until courageous Republicans disown it and eradicate it.

http://wealthyfrenchman.blogspot.com/2007/05/earth-to-g...

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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 11:52 AM
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14. The Gipper Lives!!!
I can't find his old articles anywhere on the net but Calvin Trillin had a great piece called The Gipper Lives!! back in the 80's or early 90's maybe.

In it Trillin uses Reagan's protrayal as George Gipp for some fun. See The Gipper is alive and living in New Jersey. Trillin goes out to meet with him and Gipp tells him how Knute Rockne really wasn't all that successful as a coach at Notre Dame. They really went 3-8 or 7-3 each year but Rockne would wait a few months and call all the sports writers into his office to talk about their undefeated season and national championship. The writers were all to afraid to mention what they each individually knew was different but they were afraid to say anything in front of the old man and *gee* he has been so successful all these years ( get it? ) who are they to question him. They all would file stories just as Rockne wanted to and the truth was changed forever.

I wish I could find it. It was a great parable to the press in the Reagan years and now. Instant revisionist history and no "fact checking".
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blueworld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 08:02 AM
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9. Krugman is an insightful treasure n/t
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info being Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 09:14 AM
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10. Fox news is the perfect reflection of the movement...
...or source, depending upon how you look at it.
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Briar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 09:27 AM
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11. "rank-and-file Republicans continue to approve strongly of Mr. Bush’s policies"
He is right, of course, but as a matter of interest, how many Democrat candidates have spoken out against torture (including the apparently not so torturous waterboarding etc endorsed by the Republicans), Guantanamo, islamophobia etc? We know some democrats (even on thos forum) approve of capital punishment, banning abortion, not controlling guns and so on, enough to make Democrat candidates triangulate a "centrist" (as in right wing) position to keep them on board. How many will do the same with these other issues as well? Krugman is indeed a treasure - but he isn't standing for office, sadly, and I suspect he would be considered too "liberal" (whatever that means now) to be taken seriously if he did. How many democrats will be able to express their disgust for such abominations by voting for a really progressive candidate? Bush isn't just the President of the GOP part of the nation, after all. The rot has spread a lot further (to my country as well).
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 10:24 AM
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12. The Fault Dear Brutus, Lies In Ourselves, Not In Our (Media) Stars"
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, updated for modern times.
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Gregorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 11:30 AM
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13. I've said this all along. And it's frightening me and angering me.
Edited on Fri May-18-07 11:35 AM by Gregorian
I don't scare easily. Let me just say something that might seem odd. On the morning of 9/11, my younger sister (whom I didn't know had a political cell in her body) said this- "Bush did it.". The towers were still smoldering. I may not have great memory for much of what I've studied. I may not have the best analytical and logical skills. But, I do have something that Colbert calls truthiness. My gut. It's a joke. But it's also a valuable instinct at times.

My instinct tells me that we are not at war with Bush as much as we are with our own fellow citizens. And that is what frightens me. We aren't faced with a Hitler. We're faced with millions of little Hitlers.

I watched a video of an old growth redwood being cut down. Yes, I belong to a chainsaw forum, of all things. And not unlike many Youtube video comments, what I saw there was analogous to what I have seen in my own country-


A group of malinformed individuals who are arrogant, aggressive, rude, and a host of other things that are not becoming to a civilized society.

That tree represented our country. Our democracy. The comments from those pleading to stop cutting old growth trees, to save for posterity, were like Democrats pleading for justice and civility. They were shouted down by those who were misinformed. Wipe your ass with a spotted owl, I believe I read.

Yes, Bush is only the figurehead. But not just for the Republican party, but for a larger group of careless, wreckless, malinformed individuals who mistake carelessness for freedom.


Edit- There is something else important that i want to say. And it's how I've lived my life. Let us not look at the big things. Let us look at the small things. Because the small things make the big things.
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krkaufman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 01:12 PM
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15. Reminds me of my reaction to the first 2 Dem & Rethug debates...
I was watching the Dem debate and agonizing that all the Dem candidates were framing their criticisms around Bush and his policies, and failing to implicate all Republicans via their Rubber Stamping of Bush's policies. I was thinking "Bush isn't running again. Why are they so focused on Bush?"

And then I saw the Republican debate and realized that every candidate except Ron Paul is a mini-Bush. They're all spewing Bushspeak in order to pander to the 28%ers.
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krkaufman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 01:24 PM
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16. 28%ers are NOT part of the reality-based community
From Krugman's article...
    What we need to realize is that the infamous “Bush bubble,” the administration’s no-reality zone, extends a long way beyond the White House. Millions of Americans believe that patriotic torturers are keeping us safe, that there’s a vast Islamic axis of evil, that victory in Iraq is just around the corner, that Bush appointees are doing a heckuva job — and that news reports contradicting these beliefs reflect liberal media bias.
Stephen Colbert said it best, during his WH Correspondents Dinner scorching of Bush and the media: "Reality has a well-known liberal bias." (link)
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