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Why Does The Left Hate George Bush So Much?
Well, here's a list from Daysbreak:

For 1,900+ dead American soldiers. 15,000+ American soldiers wounded. Countless numbers of innocent Iraqi civilians dead. ("We don't do body counts.") For what? For nothing.

For doing squat since 9/11 to make us safer here at home.

For the policies that have led to the tripling of global terrorist attacks around the world.

For seizing on the fear that surged across this country post-9/11 to push your unjustified, unnecessary war on Iraq. Mushroom clouds anyone?

For "fixing the facts around the policy."

For flat-out lying about WMDs. And soooo many other things.

For joking about those missing WMDs while soldiers were still dying. Yep, that was hilarious.

For attempting to conduct a 'war on the cheap'.

For not putting enough troops on the ground in the first place.

For not properly equipping our troops before sending them to war.

For failing completely to plan for or understand the post-invasion chaos and insurgency. Rumsfeld's explanation? "Stuff happens."

For not firing Donald Rumsfeld.

For losing track of $1 billion in Iraq earlier this week, added to the $8.8 billion you lost earlier. And hey, how about the $300 billion already spent on this endeavor? We can pretty much consider that 'lost' too, can't we? $300 billion... that's like an entire hurricane.

For approving the interrogation practices that led to torture at Abu Ghraib.

For the August 6, 2001 PDB which stated "Bin Laden determined to strike in the U.S."

For being too busy 'clearing brush' to pay attention to that memo.

For clearing brush. Period.

For 'My Pet Goat'.

For continuing to cover-up 9/11 failures.

By the way, where is Osama?

For that bullshit bullhorn moment.

For squandering the good will the world showered upon us after 9/11.

For turning so many goddam corners in Iraq that we're now running in circles with no way out.

For sending America's children to be blowed up when you yourself spent the Vietnam era swilling beer in Alabama.

For the Swift Boat attacks.

For Karl fucking Rove.

For rushing back to DC from your ranch to 'rescue' Terri Schiavo.

For fiddling at your ranch while not rescuing the entire city of New Orleans.

For having the audacity to link anything, including Hurricane Katrina, to the War (Struggle?) on Terror in order to justify your policies.

For continuing to reward loyalty over competency, moving forward with your policy of cronyism (and nepotism!) even in the face of the Michael 'Heckuvajob' Brownie debacle

For continuing to allow the crooks and thieves who permeate your party to run wild.

For having Lynyrd Skynyrd on your iPod.

For completely ignoring the environment.

For saying "the jury is still out" on Global Warming.

For saying "the jury is still out" on Evolution.

For thinking Jesus Christ was a philosopher. And a Republican.

For being the only president ever to cut taxes during wartime. And for cutting them in such a way that the richest 1% benefit the most.

For continuing to insist on making those tax cuts permanent, even in the face of a $200 billion+ reconstruction effort in New Orleans.

For proposing cuts to benefits for military families to pay for that reconstruction instead.

For repeatedly treating disaster as an opportunity.

For an all-time high trade deficit nearing $700 billion.

For the 7 percent decrease in real value of minimum wage over the past four years.

For the 11 percent increase in poverty over the past four years.

For four straight years in which median household incomes have not increased.

For the 6 million more uninsured Americans created in the last four years.

For hiding the true cost of your Medicare prescription drug bill until it was already passed.

For ramming through a transportation bill filled with a record amount of pork to support such "special projects" as Alaskan Don Young's "bridges to nowhere".

For pushing through an energy bill which includes billions in tax breaks for your oily friends as gas prices continue to soar.

For treating your failed war as though it were a charity, asking Americans for donations to support it. Talk about last throes.

For ignoring real crises while claiming a "crisis" in Social Security when there isn't one.

For being a divider, not a uniter.

For fueling discrimination and hatred of homosexuals by pushing the frivolous idea of a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in order to polarize the electorate so you could win re-election.

For "Mission Accomplished"

For "Bring 'em on"

For "Last Throes"

For "We'll be greeted as liberators"

For "Smoke 'em out"

For "Watch me hit this drive"

For generally being an asshole.

Is there really so much there to argue with?

Posted by aalkon at September 29, 2005 3:07 AM

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B-b-b-ut...Clinton! Blowjobs! Travelgate! [/Bush supporter]

Posted by: deja pseu at September 29, 2005 11:17 AM

Yeah, a lot of young men and women died because of Travelgate. All politicians are scumbags to one degree or another. Some are scumbags to a greater degree. Personally, I look back fondly on the blowjob days. Clinton was dumb to say anything about it at all. But it's really of zero consequence for the rest of our lives. The fact that George Bush is clearing brush for five weeks...hell, who in this country gets five weeks vacation?

Posted by: Amy Alkon at September 29, 2005 11:24 AM

I never was a hardcore Clinton supporter, but damn! I miss having a President who could at least string together an entire sentence without a script.

Posted by: deja pseu at September 29, 2005 11:43 AM

> I miss having a President who could at least
> string together an entire sentence without a
> script.

It's better to leave smooth persuasion to guys like Tom Cruise.

One of Welch's Reason friends, Cavanaugh or someone, noted in September that Bush will probably be recorded by history as a successful president. Because since the ratification of the 22nd amendment, re-election is as good a measure as any.

It's OK to be angry about this. IJS, nyah-nyah. BTW he made more world history than Clinton. And and in my fondest hopes, much BETTER history as well. If not you can harrass me about it in 2024.

Posted by: Crid at September 29, 2005 8:29 PM

But Crid, didn't you see the laundry list?

Posted by: Jim Treacher at September 30, 2005 12:37 AM

Hiya Jim. It would take a long time to go through the whole list (e.g., to flesh out the counter-intuitions of the first and second items). So let's just pluck a short one:

> For being a divider, not a uniter.

Lefties and young people wouldn't bat an eye at that one. They think unity is always good, and deserves blind and reflexive support. But political polarization is better. It makes people respect boundaries. Chatter about unity is inherently authoritarian.

Amy's right about Skynyrd, though.

Posted by: Crid at September 30, 2005 9:23 AM

I'm not about to claim two wrongs equal a right, but this rant is sub-optimal at best. Many of these points just illustrate the childishness of the observer. Others are invalid, because it just isn't the job of any sitting President to address that point. Divider? Who decided to make gay marriage a national issue?

This reminds me of the Kerry campaign. Lots of Kerry supporters couldn't recognize that his campaign rhetoric included things he would be Constitutionally prohibited from doing if elected, and which were actually in his job description as Senator. He wasn't doing them. He promised anyway, and people gave him a pass, not knowing any better.

I note that all of this is fixable only by Mr. Bush. Is it "criminal mastermind" day, or "blithering idiot" day? I can't tell!

Write your Congressman. Write them all.

Posted by: Radwaste at September 30, 2005 7:50 PM

It's a lot more difficult for conservative-leaning white guys to pick a fight on this website than it used to be. It's a shame!

Posted by: Crid at October 1, 2005 3:19 PM

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