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The 'Bush Effect' -- Hopefully for a Third and LAST Time (Mary Lyon)
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Mary Lyon, On The Left -- World News Trust

Dec. 31, 2008 -- Third times a charm, maybe?

Ive compiled three of these lists now. In 2006, I issued the first one, looking back on everything George W. Bush has adversely affected since he first arrived in the Oval Office. Just a damage assessment, really. At the time, I thought it would be instructive to look back, at years end, over what many Bush critics have come to refer to as his Reverse Midas Touch -- everything he touches turns to something far more foul, germ-laden, and smelly than gold. It ran at least nine pages. Last time I looked, the page count had expanded to 17.

I say Third and Hopefully LAST Time for a reason, at this writing. Im hoping against hope that we can be done with this list, as we are technically done with George W. Bush, once he FINALLY leaves the White House -- the house The People awarded to Barack Obama -- Jan. 20, 2009. Unfortunately, I know Im just dreaming, really, because the effect of George W. Bushs leadership over his party and our country for the past eight long, grueling and shameful years will prove to be the gift that keeps on giving. Its probably going to take more than simply an additional eight years to undo all the damage this individual has heaped upon our country, our reputation, our democratic system, our Constitution, our cities, our states, our environment, and our people. The problems are so deep, widespread, systemic, and many-headed by now that it may indeed take decades to solve and reverse them all. And thanks to Bushs surprisingly vocal and willfully ignorant apologists, some issues may never be properly corrected, or even addressed.

As with the lists of the past two Christmases, these items appear in no particular order and undoubtedly is STILL incomplete, despite being compiled over at least three Christmases of thought, the repeated ransacking of my memory, and a fair amount of Googling. Especially since many more of the sins of the Bush administration have yet to surface (or be whistle-blown by a partisan who suddenly grows a conscience or an investigative reporter who inexplicably decides to look into the voluminous Bush/Cheney abominations rather than an all-Blagojevich-all-the-time (Keep looking! Its a Democrat! GOTTA be another blue dress in there or a way to destroy Obama maybe!) orgy. Feel free to add your own. If nothing else, its my attempt to offer a little fairness and balance to the spin-mongers who are desperately trying, nonstop, to recast the Bush legacy as that proverbial pig with lots of nice new lipstick. This list is filled with people, places, things, groups, and concepts well worth remembering. They will NEVER be quite the same again. So here goes


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