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July 15, 2008


Bad Economy? It's All in Our Minds

"basically sound"
-President Bush

"I readily concede it won't produce a barrel of oil tomorrow, but it will reverse the psychology,"

"You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession,"
"We have sort of become a nation of whiners. You just hear this constant whining..."
-Former US Senator and John McCain's Chief Financial Advisor Phil Gramm

"A lot of our problems today are psychological,"
-John McCain

"Bush Says Economy Sound"
-Newsmaxx, January 7, 2008

"This economy of ours is on a solid foundation."
-Bush, January 7, 2008

Us silly Americans - we all just THINK that our economy and own personal finances are in the preverbal toilet. In fact, according to the likes of George W. Bush, John McCain-McBush and Phil "I wish I was also a McBush" Gramm, our faltering economy, our falling dollar and our own personal wealth (or lack thereof) are all just in our minds.

Just when did we put this veritable pantheon of psychological geniuses in charge of our personal fortunes anyway?

Time and time again we have heard from the various mouthpieces of the Bush administration that our economy is "basically sound" - the latest being today by President Bush himself. Much in the same fashion that John McCain said that he is no expert on the economy, President Bush has decided to tell us all that his field of expertise isn't in that field as well:

"I'm not an economist, but I do believe we're growing."

Where that growth is, is a place no one seems to know. The President does have other reasons to believe that our economy is headed in the right direction:

"I'm an optimist."

And that's all anyone should need to hear, isn't it? A positive outlook must be all that we in the middle class are lacking. We all must be just a bunch of whiners and nay-sayers, and until we change our views, nothing good is going to happen. One has to wonder if President Bush actually believes that or if it's just time to say anything.

In truth, Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and anyone else associated with The Administration of Diminished Responsibility, or their "base of haves and have mores", should be optimistic. They have done very, very well, with the help of the Bushies.

What amazes me (perhaps it shouldn't) is the continued line which The President, Fox News Channel and anyone else with a golden parachute or born on third base thinking they had hit a triple keeps on using in his attempts at spin. The lies, as printed above, come from their mouths so easily and with such a false sincerity as to make some actually believe them.

Less and less of us do, of course.

For the past seven-plus years we have been told things will get better and that we should just give the plans and policies which the Bush administration have put into play a shot.

We have and we can't any longer. It's time to stop believing the lies, even the most naive of us.

-Noah Greenberg

In response to Dems beating up Dems, Dorothy Schwartz writes:

A good message regarding Obama. He has my vote, as well as my energy and some of my money.

In response to, "For those of you who want an idealist who will "Stay the Course," the far, far left prefers us to keep, allow me to present to you two words: Michael Dukakis. He was the man who should have become President in 1988.

Madman, I am not sure I understand what the "Stay the Course" far, far left even means. Seems to me that we argue for the same ideals. Our disagreements are mainly over the pace of change. As far as Mr. Dukakis goes, it wasn't his ideals that beat him; he was an inept politician that allowed himself to be made into a caricature of someone that is weak. I hope Obama stays out of these GOP traps. The right wing baits him constantly with false claims that "he is Muslim", "he is unpatriotic", etc...

And Kelly Taylor writes:

With all due respect, since when does being a "centrist" involve kicking the Fourth Amendment in the teeth, which is what Obama did last week when he voted to grant immunity to the Telecom giants? Excuse me, but haven't we been tearing our hair out over the Bushies chipping away at our precious Constitution for the last 8 years? How could our "Obama for Change" do something so utterly repellent with his completely irresponsible vote?! Obama took an oath to PROTECT the Constitution when he was sworn in as Senator - so what gives? Since when is it "too liberal" or "too "left" to protect the Constitution, our supreme law of the land?! Personally, Obama scared the crap out of me when he cast that vote. One wonders, what else is he capable of doing since he so blithely trampled on his oath to his constituency.

Do we so desperately want Obama for President that we are willing to look the other way when he acts to seriously undermine the Constitution?? I mean what cost the Presidency? Such behavior in not "centrist". It veers dangerously toward the right at HUGE cost to the Constitution and the American people.

To repeal the FISA bill in the future will take an act of Congress - how ironic. Not going to happen anytime soon, is it. Check out the link to see the privacy rights we are losing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

I will in the end vote for Obama, but he has hugely disappointed me. He has also alienated my 18-year daughter, an important member of his youth base.

(And just for the record, Hillary Clinton voted against immunity for the Telecoms. Obama for Change voted like the loathsome McCain.)

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-Noah Greenberg