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Questions And Observations

Some conversation starters:

  • For new readers, the title is what the shortened “QandO” means.
  • I’m constantly amused by the anecdotal evidence I gather while on the road that says if you’re over 65 you have to drive a Buick.
  • One thing to keep in mind as you listen to all of these proponents tell you that government can do health care better than the private sector – The private sector is a net producer of wealth. The government sector is a net consumer of wealth. That’s why the more of the economy a government takes over the less wealth is produced and thus available within the economy.
  • Interesting chart showing the level of spending in the last 12 months compared to the spending over the last 206 years in inflation adjusted dollars.  How do people believe that such a massive increase in spending doesnt have to be paid for at some point?
  • Is Obama’s honeymoon over?  Is enough resistance building to derail some of these economy killing policies and programs now on the table?
  • Former President Bush speaks out, apparently tired of a president 150 days into his own administration continuing to blame the previous administration. Appropriate or should he remain silent? And interestingly, since the left excused Jimmy Carter’s criticism of the Bush administration, does that mean they’re fine with Bush speaking out?
  • Is it “IGgate”? What’s up with this story about the Americorps IG and are there more IGs with whom the administration has messed? Wasn’t this the administration which was going to “return” us to the “rule of law”? Why aren’t they following it?

~McQ

14 Responses to Questions And Observations

  • Given how generally clumsy Bush is at explaining much of anything, he probably does his own side a favor if he just stays quiet. I don’t think his rather gentle jabs yesterday will get much attention, but if he became a regular irritant, some people will start remembering why they voted for Obama.

    The old adage applies: “When your opponent is beating themselves, don’t interfere.”

  • Former President Bush speaks out, apparently tired of a president 150 days into his own administration continuing to blame the previous administration. Appropriate or should he remain silent?
    I’d prefer Dick Cheney do the talking. He’s way better at it.

  • pedro thinks bellyaching and more bellyaching (BandMB) or bitch and moan (BandM) would better meet truth in advertising laws.   pedro is also glad that w is back sucking on the speaking circuit teat. you can buy alot of pearl cerveza at $1500 a head.

  • Isn’t that, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake”?
    In any case, I agree: Bush should remain quiet, like he said he would.  For that matter, we could afford to hear a lot less from any Republican who’s already contributed to the collapse of the Right.

    • Good point, though I’d say that Bush has a right to speak up for himself. As it stands, he’s being blamed for everything and anything when it suits TAO to do so. He’s become TAO’s personal Goldstein.

  • Bush’s comments and criticisms seemed somewhat measured.  I doubt that he’ll go the Cheney/Rove route, he doesn’t fare very well in interviews and I think he avoided interviews and speeches as much as he could during his term.  I do think that anything he says in speeches that can be read in any possible way as a criticism of Obama will be chased by the press, who are probably very anxious for new opportunities to trash the former President.

  • Former President Bush speaks out, apparently tired of a president 150 days into his own administration continuing to blame the previous administration. Appropriate or should he remain silent? And interestingly, since the left excused Jimmy Carter’s criticism of the Bush administration, does that mean they’re fine with Bush speaking out?

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    I’m always of the opinion that former Presidents should stay silent unless the current administration asks for their words, like Bush did with his dad and Clinton for relief efforts.

    Baracky isn’t even a man, and his “It’s Not My Fault!” act will wear thin. It’s amusing to hear in a movie when the Millenium Falcon hyperdrive fails for the umpteenth time. Not so amusing to hear when the economy tanks…

  • Q&O=Questions and Observations.
    I’m 67 and like my Honda Fit
    Is the Obama love affair over.  Ask me after the ABC infomercial.

  • “Is Obama’s honeymoon over?”

    I hate to be the bearer of the shopworn “I told you so,” but I have been most prescient lo these past months by saying that slowly but surely The Clown™ was building up such bad will with his radical socialized programs that it was inevitable that the “honeymoon” would end and his JARs would plunge below 50%. He is almost there now; by Thanksgiving, it will be below the halfway mark, which, I believe, will turn Democrats in the House and Senate blue and force them to take out the 1994 playbook, which states, “President WHO? We don’t support a darn thing this man is doing! He did without my vote! Uh, I did vote for that? Well, I was FORCED TO! Darnit, listen to me! I have never even met President, uh, Whatshisname.”

    Get out the morphing machines, as Democrats are morphed into The Clown™ and vice versa, tying them to that thug and making them like the fools that they are.

  • I work at an Assisted Living /Independent Living Home for people over 62. Most drive buicks, or starngely Hondas, the Accord being very popular. 

    They say they like Buick’s tendency to make all the readouts, dials  and  such BIG and easy to see.

  • IGaquiddick
    … (prounounced Igh-a-quidic)
    I’m enjoying asking all the Bush haters amongst friends and family how happy they are with the ONE.  Enjoying it because the subsequent questions about specifics – particularly WOT – I can make the intellectually honest squirm by pointing out Obama’s policies are effectively those they decried when Bush was Prez.  Of course, the breadth of similarities are across the board, with IGaquiddick comparing nicely with Bush’s firing of several US attorneys.

  • “I’m always of the opinion that former Presidents should stay silent unless the current administration asks for their words,”
    Unless that administration is nonsensically blaming him for everything including his own screw-ups.
     
     

  • Nevermind for a moment that this is all supremely ironic from the man who put us on the slippery slope to massive expansion of government intrusion in the private sector six months ago…. Also nevermind that pretty much all of what he said — albeit in his characteristically ham-fisted manner — is correct.
    Bush should keep his mouth shut for his own side’s sake. Hell, he never stood up for himself (to the media, the left, or those in his administration — like Cheney — who I think were doing the decision-making for him) while he was president, what difference does it make now? To about half of the population of this country anything even remotely connected with the man is purely anathema.
    Hmm, maybe the GOP should get him to say how supportive he is of all of Obama’s policies….

  • I stand by my in the dumpster by end of the 3rd quarter prediction.  Honeymoon officially over by end of September.
    This means we have to have a real suck fest between now and then and the media goes (or is forced to go) completely south on the man.
    As Erb would say, I’m optimistic!