What's up with Bush? Part two: The negative
Okay, as promised. The negative. I still support Bush about 60/40, because I truly do believe the good he's done outweighs the bad.
Still, I have serious issues with many of his decisions, and sometimes it seems like we don't even have a Republican in office.
Of course, I have to mention the border. Recently I was chatting on the phone with a friend who lives in south Texas. Her town is more than 90% Hispanic and Spanish speaking. I asked if some were illegal. She laughed, "I think they're all
illegal! They come in, we send them back and then they come back the next day!"
This is just a micro of what's happening all over in border states, and even not in border states.
I really don't fault someone for wanting to come to America.
If someone wants to come and work, that's great! Just come legally.
For the life of me, I cannot figure out Bush's stance on this. His "comprehensive" solutions seem like the Dems' - lots of talk and no action. A guest worker program will not
stop illegal immigration, nor will amnesty. Closing the border will. But for some reason, Bush will not do that. Surely he knows his base is bigger than any Hispanic vote this could somehow garner.Fiscal issues.
A recent "Mallard Fillmore" cartoon sums it all up.
Mallard asks Bush, "How do you plan to mollify Democrats who are angry over your SCOTUS nominations?" Bush responds, "Easy, I'll just continue to spend like a drunken Democrat."
I don't fault Bush for his initial response to Katrina. The total idiotic incompetence and inexperience of the State and Local authorities don't mix with the (and I can speak from experience) sluggish bureaucracy of FEMA. I think Bush handled the initial
part as well as was possible.
But his later response was typical of his fiscal policies.
I'm reminded of the Alan Jackson song "Repair Blues":Don't be downhearted, I can fix it for ya' sonny. It won't take too long, it'll just take money.
Bush needs a real plan for Katrina cleanup, and he needs to stop throwing money at it. (Like the time FEMA gave everyone who said they were an evacuee a thousand-dollar credit card.)
And try talking about Mississippi, too, by the way!
Same for all fiscal issues. You can't spend like Clinton and cut taxes like a Republican. Either raise taxes (nooo!)
or cut spending. You can't do have it both ways.Iraq.
I support the war, it's reasons, and it's condition now. But...
the President played politics on this from the start. If you're trying to go into a country, don't spend six months talking about it. He gave the enemy plenty of time to get rid of the weapons and, by doing so, discredit his reasons for war.
Let's face it: Saddam's troops were a joke. But that doesn't mean Bush should have treated them as such. An initial powerful blast quickly turned into commanders unwilling to use the muscle to stop a problem before it got bigger.Pro-life issues.
Really, I don't think Bush has done a bad job. But this pussyfoot talk of creating a "culture of life" is really getting on my nerves. No, you change laws, and then you change minds.
Those are my main objections to Bush. There have been some major bumps along the way(Harriet Miers, Dubai Ports deal...) but the main issues are what I just mentioned.
Like before, you're free to debate if you keep it clean and civil.
If you think I missed something, let me know.
What's up with Bush? Part one: The positive
There has been somewhat of a fued between come of my Conservative blogging friends over Bush support, Republican/ Conservative loyalty, etc., and I still find myself split on this one.
So, I'll do two posts. My next one will focus on the negative.
But now, in defense of George Bush: my reasons why I still support him (most of the time!)
How could I not mention this? September 11, 2001 - the worst terrorist attack in the history of our nation.
I think I wasn't the only one to be incredibly grateful and relieved that Al Gore was not occupying the office of Commander in Chief.
George Bush - I believe - did an excellent job of handling the crisis and the aftermath -
for once he did not look like a nervous guy reading from a script.
He made short work of dispensing the Taliban. Other nations, I believe, started to take notice.
Then Iraq. Although I could criticize how it was handled, I must save it for the next post. Notwithstanding mistakes, I believe Saddam Hussein had to be taken care of. I just can't believe that someone as crazy as Saddam would hesitate to use against us what he had already used against his own people. Yes, it could have been North Korea, or Iran. Their dictators are horrible despots also. But I cannot think of any of them who have liquidated mass sections of their populations with WMDs.
I believe Saddam Hussein did
have weapons, and that he would
have used them against us, and that he was
connected with Al Quaida, one way or another.
Perhaps the only admirable thing to be said about his fiscal policies: Tax cuts. Bush has cut some of the monstrous taxes put on us by Clinton, which must be admired.
The SCOTUS. Obviously, mistakes have been made, and I really would have liked to see Janice Rogers Brown nominated. But, he didn't double-cross us and nominate a Souter, so for that he deserves an A+.
Pro-life issues: While not perfect, he has done a good job of standing up for life. He's unabashedly against stem-cell research, and has rolled back some of the Clinton funding.
The other 2 major positive things in the world that I can think of -Victor Yuschenko
, and Lebanon - while he may not have been directly involved, could he have played a part?
Well, that's my list. Comments are open for debate, as long as you are civil and keep it clean.
If you don't like Bush (and I know some of you don't) please comment and feel free to debate.
If you think I missed something positive, let me know.
My "negative side" post is coming soon.
Terrific term twisting by the msm
Not that this is a complete list. Nearly everything the media ever says qualifies. But here's a random list of the most ridiculous.
Illegal immigrant = undocumented worker
Bush tax cut = tax cut for the rich
Clinton tax hike = helping the poor
Bush surveillance = MCCARTHYISM!! BLACK NIGHT OF FASCISM!!! HITLER LIVETH!!!
Clinton surveillance: What?
Liberating soldiers = occupying forces
Terrorists = insurgents
Hamas = resistence
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad = hardline
Rick Santorum = hardline
Mel Gibson = controversial
Toby Keith = controversial
Jane Fonda = Actress and fitness buff