I Sure Hope Obama Doesn't Give Up On Hope
I hope Barack Obama isn't wishing he never took up this whole president thing-- I have a feeling I would be if I was in his shoes. All that talk about Bush being the worst president in history? It was all true-- and more. And what he's leaving in his wake is the worst situation any president has faced that pretty much any of us alive today-- even John McCain-- has ever seen. When we warned you that everything Bush had ever touched in his life had turned to shit, we meant it-- and when we warned you that there was no reason to believe that that trend would reverse itself when he took over the White House... well that turned out to be true too.
Everything is screwed up, every single thing-- from the economy (have you heard the Asshole-in-Chief say the basics are solid lately?-- to the wars of choice he started and handled so ineptly to the most basic precepts that have bound the nation together. Can you think of anything that is going right that Bush has had anything to do with? I can't.
I'm glad Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have suspended foreclosures for a few weeks and I'm glad Citibank is renegotiating mortgages (for which the markets are destroying their stock). But what Bush and the GOP have done to the economy-- and to the basics-- for the past 8 years is so profound that there is virtually nothing that is going to hold back and equal and opposite reaction. No paddle and you know the creek we're up.
Last night I was reading that even one of the few enlightened Republican officials anywhere in the country, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, is-- as push comes to shove-- reverting to the most brutal and primal form of barbaric Republicanism. Yesterday he urged the Legislature "to allow double-digit tuition increases at all of Florida’s 11 public universities as a way of blunting the impact of state-ordered budget cuts imposed over the last two years." The GOP is always screaming how the worst thing you can do in a recession is to raise taxes. Is the best thing you can do is raise tuition?