I Wonder Why?

Scene 1. Clinton White House. The Weekly Standard, Fox News, the Editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal and many other like minded media sources are spewing out daily a hash composed of “Clinton is a congenital liar”, “the Country is going the wrong way”, and “Clinton is weak on defense”. Reflection:  So, what.  The Clinton years were 8 solid years of achievement where all boats rose, the Country prospered, and the Government ran a surplus budget. (In truth, the Monica Lewinsky episode was a black mark upon Bill Clinton and although this transgression did not rise to impeachment standards, it reflected badly upon Clinton himself).

Scene 2 The George W Bush White House. The Weekly Standard, Fox News, the Editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal and many other like minded media sources could not praise Bush more, and castigated those who questioned Bush’s policies as somehow “un-American. Reflection: History will judge the accomplishments of the Bush years. In the mean time we should be able to remember the invasion of Iraq (a Country that posed no threat to the US and had had nothing to do with 9/11), Abu Ghraib (a testimony to a foul “tone at the top”), Guantanamo (a glaring example of an Administration that did things and then thought later of the consequences), Katrina (a chicken that came home to roost), the Bush tax cuts (fiscal moves that could not be afforded and one that helped the rich more than everyone else), the collapse of the housing bubble (after 8 years of watching the bubble develop and taking no action), and maybe the best of all, the near collapse of the global financial sector due to little or no regulatory enforcement on US Banks and Investment firms.

Scene 3. The Barack Obama White House. The Weekly Standard, Fox News, the Editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal and many other like minded media sources are having it their way again. Obama is a socialist (not true), he is a fascists (not true), he has raised taxes (not true yet), and oh, yes, Obama is a liar (also not true). Reflection: Obama has been in office a year and a half. During that time the financial sector has stabilized, the economy has begun to recover (weakly to be sure), the US is on tract to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan is working its way towards a resolution (certain it will be no clear cut victory since that was never possible). Oh, and Obama has also lead the fight to pass a heathcare reform bill (in truth this was step one to include most all Americans in being able to obtain healthcare coverage but step two, dealing with out of control costs, remains to be tackled.

Scene 4. Main Street, Some people still prefer to obtain their view of the world from The Weekly Standard, Fox News, the Editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal and many other like minded media sources. The world may actually be one thing but to these people the world is what they have always thought it was, and the have The Weekly Standard, Fox News, the Editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal and many other like minded media sources to prove it.

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