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Yeah. I will. First of all, we have hadmuch worse periods. These were:the Panic of 1890WW IThe Great Depression 1929-1942Let's compare with Juan Cole's list:10. wage disparities. Nothing like thepre-WWII era. Incidentally it is called *prosperity* when the richget richer. Right now, the richare getting poorer along with everybodyelse. That is what a recession is.9. food shortages. What a laugh! We havehad nothing in this era that compares with what my parents went throughin the Depression. 8. environment. Again, a laughable claim. Bush's "bad" environmental record was a day at the beach compared with the pre-1970s era of pollution in this country. People seem to forget that we have quintupled the population of theUS since WWII, and yet, the level ofpollution, per capita is nothing todaycompared with that era.7. Imperial presidency. Try FDR for a real imperial president. It took decades before freedom of the press was restoredin this country. 6. Katrina. It is just plain demogogurey to blame Bush for Katrina. New Orleanswas in a hole dug by the corruption ofthe Lousiana legislature. Local authority gets first blame for issues of emergency preparedness.5. Yes. It would have been good if wehad concentrated on Afganistan, andIran, instead of Iraq. I would haveto say, however, that the snivelingnay-saying rhetoric coming out ofthe left seems to have been forgotten.4. We likely should have invaded Iraninstead of Iraq. Having said that, Iwould have to say that anybody inthat Commander-in-Chief chair would haveto realize that the alternative toinvading Iraq, would be sitting onIraq for the next 20 or 30 years. We did not have a planfor dealing with Iraq after liberatingit from the Bathists. Things seem tohave gone better though in the pastcouple of years, so ultimately historymay come down on the side of Bush onthis one, in spite of everything.3. Financial collapse. Sorry, butyou can't blame Bush for that one.That would have happened no matter whowas in the White House.2. 9-11. Yeah, right. Blame the Republicans for that one, while youare at it. Indeed, if the Reaganadministration had not engaged inthe arms race that precipitated thecollapse of the Soviet empire, therewould have been no power vacuum forthe radical islamists to fill. LikelyMr. Cole would have preferred that theUS aid the Soviet Union during thattime.1. Bush's first election. Basicallyit was a tie, and all attempts atrecounts still showed Bush as the winner. The election was resolvedby the rule of law, and if it hadgone the other way, I doubt thatleftists like Mr. Cole would have uttered a peep. So, no I am sure that we can find worsetimes in the US, like right nowwith more than 10 percent unemployment,rampant socialist legislature passedthat will make all of us poorer inthe name of "wealth redistribution".Not that I oppose the health carelegislation that passed. Thereal solution would be to ban allforms of healthinsurance and return to "pay as yougo". That won't happen, so socialismis the only way to go.
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