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Bush will leave a bad legacy (mmmph...Barf Alert)
Daily Lobo (U. New Mexico) ^ | 9/2/03 | Paul Campbell

Posted on 09/03/2003 2:01:57 PM PDT by NorCoGOP

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In 2000, Bush campaigned upon meaningless slogans and the fact that he was a former president's son. His true vision for America did not appear until after 9-11.

Looking at past presidents, those who entered into office with a firm vision of where they wanted America to be when they left became the most successful in achieving their agendas.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton are just a few presidents in the last century who have been able to dream of a better America before taking office. All of these presidents have come from completely different eras with completely different problems, environments and situations that surrounded them as they took office. And yes, each of these presidents has had individual faults. As different as they are, the common thread that sews these great presidents together is that they had the character to challenge Americans to be even greater than what we were before. When these presidents left office, they left America, as well as the world, a much better place for future generations to build upon.

What is the current administration going to leave behind for future generations? By playing upon the fears that Americans have concerning terrorism, the Bush administration has been able to get what it wants by simply calling opponents "evil."

As a result of this political strategy, Bush shoved the Patriot Act through Congress, which happens to be one of the largest desecrations of the Bill of Rights. Need I remind Bush that it is the Bill of Rights that separates our American Republic from Saddam's Iraq and Kim Jong-Il's North Korea? This raises the larger question that if we are taking away our civil rights, what are we fighting for?

When Bush leaves office next year, he will not leave behind a better or stronger America. In fact he will leave behind a much weaker and poorer nation. When Bush was selected into office, he inherited more than a $5 trillion surplus and has turned it into a $4 trillion deficit. What does he have to show for it? Only tax breaks for the richest Americans and a war in Iraq that costs $1 billion a week, not to mention the loss of an American soldier's life almost everyday. Bush will leave behind 25 million Americans without health care, an economy that has only become worse since he came into office, an educational system that is ready to fall apart and a Veteran Affairs Department cut by billions.

After Sept. 11, the President missed the opportunity to ask Americans to dream of a safer and more secure America. Bush could have echoed the message that Secretary Tom Ridge told Pennsylvanians when he resigned as their governor, "Do what you do every day, but only do it better." Bush could have asked Americans to take an even deeper part in each of our own communities by volunteering at local food banks, schools, hospitals and community centers. Bush could have asked Americans to join organizations such as Teach For America and AmeriCorps. Bush could have firmly told America that even though terrorists had attacked us on our homeland and took the lives of loved ones, they will never, never take away the freedoms, liberty and justice that make America so infinitely better than any other country on the face of the planet.

Only we could take away what it means to be an American and Bush slowly is.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: algorelostgetoverit; antibush; bushbashing; clymer; idiotorial; lovedclintonwars; waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

1 posted on 09/03/2003 2:01:58 PM PDT by NorCoGOP
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To: NorCoGOP
Bush could have asked Americans to take an even deeper part in each of our own communities by volunteering at local food banks, schools, hospitals and community centers. Bush could have asked Americans to join organizations such as Teach For America and AmeriCorps.

Boy, that would have deterred bin Laden...

2 posted on 09/03/2003 2:03:03 PM PDT by dirtboy (www.ArmorforCongress.com - because lawyers with a clue are rarer than truth-telling Democrats)
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To: NorCoGOP

3 posted on 09/03/2003 2:05:49 PM PDT by SunStar (Democrats piss me off!)
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To: dirtboy
He forgot to mention how Bush could have won the love of the terrorists by building day care centers in Afghanistan. </sarcasm>
4 posted on 09/03/2003 2:06:00 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC
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To: NorCoGOP
What I like about Bush is it seems he is being used to sift the men from the boys.
5 posted on 09/03/2003 2:07:06 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: CFC__VRWC
Reparations for the families of the suicide terrorists who attacked the WTC!!!
6 posted on 09/03/2003 2:08:02 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: NorCoGOP
"In 2000, Bush campaigned upon meaningless slogans and the fact that he was a former president's son. His true vision for America did not appear until after 9-11."

OK, sentence #1 is a lie. Tax cuts are by definition not "meaningless," and Bush delivered on his first tax cut PRIOR to 9/11.

7 posted on 09/03/2003 2:08:15 PM PDT by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: NorCoGOP
"Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton are just a few presidents in the last century who have been able to dream of a better America before taking office."

Hmmmm. Seems to be a trend here. Wonder why he chose these particular presidents and didn't mention, for example, Reagan or Eisenhower or Coolidge? It almost seems as if he has a subtle party preference that he is subconsciously expressing.
8 posted on 09/03/2003 2:09:02 PM PDT by Calvin Coolidge
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To: dirtboy
Well an article in my old college newpaper blamed 9/11 on fat Americans (because other places in the world people are starving and they wanted to bomb the fat people). I also noticed all the presidents he mentioned were Democrats.
9 posted on 09/03/2003 2:09:25 PM PDT by afuturegovernor
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To: NorCoGOP
Daily Lobo

Is that short for Daily Lobotomy?

10 posted on 09/03/2003 2:10:15 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: NorCoGOP
Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton are just a few presidents in the last century who have been able to dream of a better America before taking office.

De Nile has overflowed its banks.

11 posted on 09/03/2003 2:11:01 PM PDT by N. Theknow (A Rose by any other name would be Shoeless Joe Jackson)
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To: dirtboy
"Bush could have asked Americans to take an even deeper part in each of our own communities by volunteering at local food banks, schools, hospitals and community centers. Bush could have asked Americans to join organizations such as Teach For America and AmeriCorps."

Bush has been touting volunteerism since he took office, and Democrats criticized him for it, e.g., "It's not fair to ask volunteers to do what governmnet should be doing." But why do people need the president to ask them to volunteer - what's stopping people from volunteering on their own initiative?
12 posted on 09/03/2003 2:11:19 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle (uo)
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To: facedown
hehe
13 posted on 09/03/2003 2:11:35 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead
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To: NorCoGOP
"Looking at past presidents, those who entered into office with a firm vision of where they wanted America to be when they left became the most successful in achieving their agendas. Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton..."

More nonsense from some uneducated U of NM student.

Precisely what part of President Bill Clinton's campaign agenda did he enact?

Certainly the author of this article can't name it. Gays in the military? Don't ask, don't tell.

Nationalized healthcare? Hillarycare failed in 1993.

Tax cuts for the middle class (Clinton's 1992 campaign promise)? President Clinton **raised** taxes on the middle class as his first tax initiative in office.

Chumps like the author of this article can't name any specific **policies** on which Clinton both campaigned and then enacted (because there aren't any), even though for at least two full years President Clinton had Democratic Party majorities in both the House and Senate.

The author is just one of Lenin's useful idiots. His case master told him that Clinton is great, so he dutifully repeats that Clinton was great. It will never occur to such a simpleton to ask if Clinton's actions in office matched his agenda as outlined in his campaign speeches.

14 posted on 09/03/2003 2:14:20 PM PDT by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: All
What a hangwacker. Useless idiot.
15 posted on 09/03/2003 2:15:19 PM PDT by labowski
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To: CFC__VRWC
According to Senator Murray (D - Microsoft) Osauma Bin Ladin beat us to that one.
16 posted on 09/03/2003 2:17:15 PM PDT by .cnI redruM (More Americans 18-49 Watch The Cartoon Network than CNN!!!)
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To: NorCoGOP
Kinda hard to scream when no one is listening to you.
17 posted on 09/03/2003 2:17:59 PM PDT by Trueblackman (Frinking does a body good)
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To: NorCoGOP
Daily Loco?
18 posted on 09/03/2003 2:19:10 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: NorCoGOP
Curious. Do we still have a senate? Ya know the place where people work and where the bills are signed into law. It seems that president Bush is an awfully busy guy making all of the laws and such by himself.

The forest fires are Bushs' fault along with the blackout, California recall, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Liberia, Mars, Venus...My truck needs a tune up; this has to be his fault too!

19 posted on 09/03/2003 2:20:18 PM PDT by Normal4me
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To: NorCoGOP
When Bush leaves office next year...

He must be a Dean supporter to be that delusional. Not "if" but "when".

20 posted on 09/03/2003 2:27:00 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: NorCoGOP
Paul Campbell's lies match the Clintons'

When Bush was selected into office, he inherited more than a $5 trillion surplus and has turned it into a $4 trillion deficit.

I can't stand this lie!
There was no 5 trillion surplus.
There was only a small yearly surplus.
The larger amount was only attainable if the economic conditions had remained the same.
Even without the recession and 9-11, an asteroid might have ended that so-called surplus as well as life on the planet.
Would the Chicken Littles blame Bush for that too?

21 posted on 09/03/2003 2:29:35 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: NorCoGOP
Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton are just a few presidents in the last century who have been able to dream of a better America before taking office.

This is the Lobo's list of dreamers? Lets take a look at that.

FDR - His solution to the unemployment rate was to just have the Government hire them. World War II was the real reason that the economy recovered during his tenure.

JFK - As the only demorat with enough brains to cut taxes to stimulate growth, he didn't live long enough to know if he would have kept up the trend.

LBJ - Creator of the Welfare State. We all know how beneficial that has been. We now have a generation of Americans who expect everything to be handed to them without any effort put out on thier own.

Bill Clintoon - Yeah, here's a visioniary. This man accomplished a lot in eight years. After 8 years no country or organization had any repect for the United States despite the fact that Reagan made us the sole superpower on the planet. He also managed to undermine our intellegence to the point that it was child's play for a rouge militant group to murder over 3000 American citizens on American soil. But don't be a religious cult, because he would burn you. And he managed to do all this with his fly down.

But it's all OK because the Univerisity of New Mexico is a state school, and taxpayer's money can be spent on printing political garbage as long as it's liberal trash. <./sarcasm>.

22 posted on 09/03/2003 2:33:31 PM PDT by CougarGA7
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To: NorCoGOP
This raises the larger question that if we are taking away our civil rights, what are we fighting for?

I'd sure like to meet this creep in a dark alley.
I'd show him what's worth fighting for!!

I have not lost a single right.
I'm only slightly inconvenienced at the airport.

I can live with that.

23 posted on 09/03/2003 2:34:00 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: DeFault User
Hate to burst your bubble here Paul me boy, but Bush isn't leaving office until 2005 at the earliest.
24 posted on 09/03/2003 2:35:42 PM PDT by redbaiter
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To: NorCoGOP
By playing upon the fears that Americans have concerning terrorism, the Bush administration has been able to get what it wants by simply calling opponents "evil."

Evil applies as well to Democrats.
For a generation they have been preying upon the fears of senior citizens and using the BIG LIE just like the nazis that they are.

25 posted on 09/03/2003 2:37:44 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: NorCoGOP
Where do these people dig this stuff up?

Clinton and Carter are the only two living Presidents that shiv a git about their legacies. Pathetic...

26 posted on 09/03/2003 2:45:45 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: NorCoGOP
This from the city of the Chicken D's.

27 posted on 09/03/2003 2:50:01 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (If everything you experienced, believed, lived was a lie, would you want to know the truth?)
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To: NorCoGOP
When Bush leaves office next year, he will not leave behind a better or stronger America.

By election day 2004, President Bush will preside over a healthy economy - not like the cooked-books bubble of Clinton's time.

The stock market will be higher than when he took office and I would bet that the unemployment number will be down near 5.

And when President Bush leaves office in January of 2009, America will be extremely grateful for his enduring service!!

28 posted on 09/03/2003 2:50:01 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: CougarGA7
Bill Clintoon ........... And he managed to do all this with his fly down.

The past two presidents were both known as "fly guys".

But for different reasons. lol

29 posted on 09/03/2003 2:56:18 PM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: NorCoGOP
I want some of the stuff this guy is 'smokin'....must be great to be able to rewrite history with a stoned face!
30 posted on 09/03/2003 2:56:30 PM PDT by mrtysmm
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
When Bush leaves office next year, he will not leave behind a better or stronger America.

Um, "next year?"

I thought it'd be January 20, 2005. The friggin Clintons still think they're still in the WH. And Carter? Another delusion dolt.

31 posted on 09/03/2003 2:57:10 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: NorCoGOP
So this author is saying that America is better off because of the JFK LBJ created Vietnam War?
32 posted on 09/03/2003 3:01:44 PM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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To: NorCoGOP
80s (R)- The beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. America moves to sole super-power status.

90s (D)- Failed move to socialistic health care, otherwise unremarkable.

00s (R)- The beginning of the end of world-wide terrorism. America moves to depose despots in every corner of the world.

33 posted on 09/03/2003 3:27:01 PM PDT by Vladivostok
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To: NorCoGOP
Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton:

Roosevelt allowed Pearl Harbor and got us well on the way to socialism; John Kennedy’s best contribution was “Ask not what your country…”; Lyndon Johnson increased (greatly) government give-away programs; Bill Clinton…where do I begin?

Last paragraph of this piece of crap: “Bush could have asked Americans to join organizations such as Teach For America and AmeriCorps.” Two MORE government programs to FURTHER indoctrinate our kids.

The rest of the last paragraph is EXACTLY what Bush said and did!

Last sentence makes even less sense than the rest of the article. Barf alert is correct!!
34 posted on 09/03/2003 3:52:06 PM PDT by Maria S ("..I think the Americans are serious. Bush is not like Clinton. I think this is the end" Uday H.)
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To: NorCoGOP
Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Bill Clinton are just a few presidents in the last century who have been able to dream of a better America before taking office

I would say they had very different dreams of what the Presidential office was/is about.

35 posted on 09/03/2003 5:17:22 PM PDT by teeples (A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: NorCoGOP
A typical, clueless, liberal rant. The really tragic thing is that this goofball probably believes the utter crap he's written here. The other really tragic thing is that there are millions more Americans as stupid as he is. I don't know how these people manage to function from day to day. Is it drugs, or is it just natural stupidity that makes these people as nutty as they are?
36 posted on 09/03/2003 5:22:18 PM PDT by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Normal4me
Dammit, Al Quaeda ran off with your spark plugs while W slept.

As for the Senate, we used to have one, but the Dems no longer want it to function if they don't have a majority. Therefore, we no longer have one until control is handed back over.
37 posted on 09/03/2003 5:43:13 PM PDT by .cnI redruM (More Americans 18-49 Watch The Cartoon Network than CNN!!!)
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To: NorCoGOP
When Bush was selected into office, he inherited more than a $5 trillion surplus and has turned it into a $4 trillion deficit.

And it is hyperbole like this that makes valid criticism of Bush take a backseat in the public debate. The way I see it, there are very real problems with the Bush administration:

Bush isn't bad, but the 2000 election was sorta like voting for the Antichrist or Satan himself. Neither Gore nor Bush are friends of limited government. Bush is almost a fifth columnist in that he has successfully diverted conservatives away from the goal of rolling back the government's size and jurisdiction. All "Compassionate Conservatism" reall is is a concession to the Socialists that government is not only an acceptable means to "fix society's problem" but that it is usually the best means.

38 posted on 09/03/2003 6:00:25 PM PDT by CodeMonkey
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To: NorCoGOP
The whole first paragraph is a total lie - sorry .. I don't read garbage like this!
39 posted on 09/03/2003 6:02:32 PM PDT by The Final Harvest ( America - "The Greatest Nation on the Face of the Earth")
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To: NorCoGOP
Democrats are starting the 2004 campaign early ...

Time to respond ...


FIRE WHEN READY!

40 posted on 09/03/2003 8:58:38 PM PDT by WOSG (Lower Taxes means economic growth)
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To: NorCoGOP
Should be titled "Clueless In New Mexico".
Johnson and CLinton great! Sand for brains.
41 posted on 09/03/2003 9:31:20 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (1)
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To: NorCoGOP
X42 wasn't concerned with making any specific mark on this country but he was concerned with what his legacy would be. Now that he's out of office, few look back to see what he legacy was. Meanwhile his supporters look at President Bush's still unfinished first term and are ready to write the book on his legacy.
42 posted on 09/03/2003 9:35:29 PM PDT by weegee
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