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Response to Mr.Turnip (Reply #35)

Mon Apr 16, 2012, 06:42 PM

47. Ok. Let's do this.

 

Let's look at what the hope and optimism instead of truth and reality have gotten us.

1) Reagan: the decimation of the middle class; higher taxes on poor and middle class people; lower taxes on high income people; Iran Contra, but by golly we felt better;

2) George H.W. Bush: war in Iraq, recession, veto of the FMLA, stagnation, all in all not a disaster;

3) Clinton: the telecommunications act of 1996; the repeal of Glass-Steagall; the end of welfare; NAFTA and the WTO; we got some crumbs, but the Clinton/Rubin/Summers team sowed the seeds of the bank failure;

4) George W. Bush: torture; war; death; destruction; enormous deficits; a broken country; huge curtails on civil liberties; the death of 1 million Iraqis; the displacement of 5 million Iraqis; the worst attack on US Soil since 1812; more and more tax cuts for the rich;

5) Barack H. Obama: extension of tax cuts for rich folks; handed over to the insurance companies (I happened to be shopping for insurance today and received a quote of $1,300 for ONE PERSON...the lowest was $647, so I can't wait for when I MUST buy it); cuts to the community services block grant, cuts to the community development block grant; watered-down financial reform; "looking forward" and no accountability on the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld war crimes; indefinite detention; extra-judicial killings; more death in Afghanistan.

So, I, for one, am sick of hope and party streamers. We need cold, hard facts. We need people who are going to have the courage as Johnson did when signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 knowing he would "lose the south for a generation."

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