After the appointment of Bush by the Supreme Court some people started adding an "*" to W's name to indicate the illegitimacy of his presidency. It comes from the "*" that was added to the baseball record book after Roger Maris "61*" home runs by commissioner Ford Frick because Maris broke Babe Ruth's record 60 but had 162 games vs. 154 games that Ruth played. You might remember the movie 61* that was made about the home run chase by Maris and Mantle in 1961 on Babe Ruth's record.
For several years a lot of people referred to Bush as either Bush* or just *. I think Doonesbury also picked up on this.
11. maybe we wouldn't have seen this depression but we wouldn't have seen
the housing bubble either...
I think if Gore had been inaugurated the dot-com bust would have been his recession. It would have been bigger and longer... from 2002-2005 80% of new jobs in Silicon Valley were created by the Real Estate market.
Enron et al were gaming California's energy market during the Clinton Administration.
21. Okay, that was probably a little too optimtistic
on my part. You are, of course, correct in all your points. But I'm pretty confident in saying that Gore would not have gone into Iraq which has been nothing but a fiscal shithole from the beginning. I think his response to Katrina would have been far superior in that I think by now, a good portion of New Orleans and outlying areas would have been at least on the road to rebuilding -- unlike the disaster it is now. I don't think he would have engaged in the drunken deficit spending that we've seen in the last 8 years. I don't think he would have completely trampled our Constitution and I'm pretty sure torture would not have even been an issue. We also would have had an intact C.I.A./F.B.I. for the REAL war on terror instead of Cheney's shadow military (NSA & Blackwater).
For the reasons you stated (at least the ones I could understand) and more, although we probably would be facing a pretty severe downturn, I don't see that we would actually be headed for Great Depression, Part Deux as we are now.
It's hard to imagine things would not have been better with Gore instead of Bush, starting with Iraq. I won't even go into 9/11. This still ignores:
Capitalism will always generate injustice, power imbalance and, inevitably, crisis.
There is a ruling class (the rich) and a secret, parapolitical state (the spooks). These sectors are where agendas are hatched regardless of what a president does. No US politician has addressed the problem of hidden power.
...... the view of Garry Trudeau, who portrays Bush in ''Doonesbury'' as an asterisk in a Roman helmet..... the view of Bush as a basically limited and shallow person .......a simpleton for his simplicity...... a man who isn't there.
Whenever the empty helmet floats over the asterisk, that's the idea.
I think that's what started it. Let us change over to the *W* puckered asshole explanation. Because no simpleton who isn't there could have wrought such destruction.
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