Let’s play a game — name that GWB success!

So far I haven’t found anything that was truly a success that could be actually attributed to this administration.   Can you?  If so, let us know what it is!

The surge worked because the Sunni insurgents independently and voluntarily turned against Al Quaeda and the U.S. government merely armed and funded them. The initial “idea” or conversion originated from the Sunnis.  The sheik who helped us was eventually assassinated after we got out troops up to full surge strength.  So much for the surge.

The latest floods in the midwest and the fires in CA indicate the administration has not yet learned from Katrina. So much for FEMA.

Homeland Security has not made our homeland more secure.  Can anyone tell me a corresponding reaction to a change in the color-coded alert system?  What do I do differently if it is yellow?  Or orange?  Or red, God forbid?

Osama bin Laden has not yet been captured. Afghanistan is falling into chaos and the NATO commanders say they need about 10,000 more troops just to keep the situation where it is, not to succeed. So much for Afghanistan.

Iraq has already gone through ethnic cleansing, so the violence between Sunni and Shia is down, but Iran is playing a larger and larger role in this conflict. So much for Iraq.

Oil prices are skyrocketing because of the chaos in the Middle East caused by the Iraq War, the administration abandoning the Israeli-Palestinian peace process until just recently, and now the administration is beating the drum for war with Iran and letting the speculators artificially drive up the price of oil for profit’s sake. So much for Iraqi oil paying for the invasion and bringing down the price of oil for Americans.

Because of the mortgage and credit crisis, many homeowners are now homesless, many contruction workers and companies are out of business (lost jobs) and many municipalities are burdened with mowing down perfectly good housing in order to prevent squatters and criminals from taking over neighborhoods — all at the taxpayers’ expense. The mortgage crisis happened because most regulatory authority had been removed, so mortgage brokers and predatory lenders reaped havoc upon the housing industry. So much for regulatory management of lenders.

The stock market has lost significant volume in the last two years, particularly this year because all economic indicators are bad. So much for the economy.Inflation is at its worst since the Carter administration (post-VietNam War).  So much for currency management.

Because the economy is bad, companies are laying off workers and closing plants. We have lost jobs in the hundreds of thousands since the beginning of this year, and unemployment is at its highest rate since the Reagan administration. So much for good jobs with good wages.

The unfunded mandate of No Child Left Behind has left all children behind and the states holding the bag for all the costs of the mandatory, but unfunded requirements.  Teachers are teaching tests, not how to think creatively and scientifically, not teaching subjects.  They spend more hours filling out reports, which allots less time for actual teaching.  So much for improving our public education system.

Crime is up.  Teen pregnancy is up.  Drug use is up.  STDs are up.  Health care costs are up.  And no programs administered by or created by this administration have improved these situations.  So much for the health, safety and welfare of American citizens.

The Constitution of the United States has been compromised by corruption hidden with classifying all documents as secret, therefore not available for public examination, by the abuse of executive privilege to undermine Congrss’ oversight obligations, by politization of the Justice Department and use of the JD to prosecute political rivals, by illegal warrantless domestic surveillance of American citizens, by creating another court system for non-comtatant detainees that provides no human rights, due process or habeas corpus restrictions, by violating our own laws and the Geneva Accords with torture of prisoners either directly or through rendition, by presidential signing statements that declare the president and his administration are above the law, just to name a few.  So much for constitutionally protected rights and freedoms.  So much for the Constitution and accountability in government.

I guess I’d better stop here before I go postal! Can you add to the list or refute the ones I have already mentioned?

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About Laura Schneider

Retired IT consultant (disabled), musician and animal lover. I support the constitutional concept of Right of Privacy and no discrimination against any person based on race, religion, ideology, gender, sexual preference or disability. I am very concerned about the erosion of our constitutional rights and protections under GWB (and even this administration). I strongly oppose torture, rendition or illegal search and/or seizure (without a warrant) and warrantless wiretapping. I believe that education is our best hope of a bright future for our children. Knowledge is power, and that's the kind of authority (Biblically speaking) that our children must have in order to be successful in a 21st century world.
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