To the Cheney’s: please go away

August 31, 2009

I’m not looking for your opinions on terrorism, the actions of certain CIA operatives during the Bush Administration, or anything else.

I, along with half the American population and 80% of the world’s population, endured 8 years of your crap.

I don’t want to hear or read about any one with the last name of Cheney in the news.

We know your positions. Please go away and stay away. Thanks!

Enough!

Democrat Dave

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Bush-Cheney nightmare is over

January 22, 2009

It’s absolutely wonderful to awaken knowing  the 8-year Bush-Cheney nightmare is over.

You could see the joy in the faces of people at the inauguration.  Nearly 2 million people showed up in person in Washington, D.C., to celebrate President Obama’s election to the highest office in the land and the departure of one of the least popular administrations in our nation’s history.

I am absolutely in favor of prosecuting the prior administration for its illegal acts, particularly for any war crimes that were committed.

When the President of the United States announces to the world, “We do not torture,” and then allows and even condones “aggressive interrogation techniques” previously defined in international law as “torture,” we cannot turn the other cheek.

Prosecution of war crimes is not a partisan undertaking.  It establishes that no one is above the law, even the President of the United States.  We can allow the international community to pursue such prosecutions–that is certainly acceptable to me.

I understand that Barack Obama does not want to be distracted from the critical tasks at hand nor does he want his administration to get bogged down in what many would say is a partisan issue.  But, his administration can’t simply ignore past illegal acts.

Today, Barack Obama enjoys the approval of more than 80% of the American people.  I’m delighted that he and his team are in charge and wish them well leading us back from the brink.

What do you think?  Democrat Dave


20 days and counting–no more Bush-Cheney

December 31, 2008

I can’t wait until Noon on January 20th, 2009, when Bush and Cheney head off to retirement.  I won’t miss that smirk.

I’ve had a quiet few weeks and have not posted much since the election.  I needed to take a break, sit back and observe the political world while I attended to some business matters.

If you’re like me, you probably wish the Bush-Cheney team had stepped aside back before Thanksgiving, yielding to the Obama-Biden team.   While there is still the vacuum of leadership from Bush, he’s apparently been busy looking for ways to erode environmental and labor protections.

What am I excited about?

  • The incoming Obama-Biden team replacing Bush-Cheney
  • Our troops get a new Commander in Chief
  • The new cabinet is getting praise from Republicans  and Democrats alike
  • Colin Powell’s candor just before the election
  • A really smart, capable guy is going to be President in 20 days
  • The Iraqi government has expressed the intent to get our troops out just as Barack Obama had suggested for months
  • That the McCain-Palin ticket didn’t prevail in the last election
  • Al Franken becoming a U.S. Senator for the state of Minnesota

What irritates me?

  • Bush and Cheney will likely get away with war crimes
  • That the Bush administration was able to undermine our Constitution, our economy, our environment, our regulatory processes, our standing in the world, and will face no consequences
  • There’s no accountability for Paulson and Bernake
  • I don’t know if any of the $350 billion Paulson has spent is yielding or will yield economic benefits–can anyone explain this to me?
  • That Paulson and Bernake made a case for the urgent need to buy up “toxic mortgage debt” to get the economy moving and then bought none
  • Why we’re focused on what little bailout money the U.S. auto industry is receiving ($17 billion) yet we aren’t keeping our eyes on the Wall Street bailout which continues to move along under “cover of darkness”
  • AIG’s bailout money has quietly increased from $80 billion to over $125 billion–how come?
  • How the SEC–after being tipped off about a scam Bernie Madoff was perpetrating on investors–looked the other way and how this negligence has a price tag of $50 billion.  Madoff is spending his days/nights in his luxurious New York apartment while his victims spend their days living with untold anguish.
  • The arrogance of Bush, Cheney, Ted Stevens, Norm Coleman and Blagojevich

What do you think?

Happy New Year!!    Democrat Dave


Is the $700 billion bailout another Bush administration sham?

September 24, 2008

Just as I was drifting off to sleep last night I thought to myself:

  • What if this $700 billion bailout demand is Bush’s parting gift to Wall Street merely for their irrational exuberance? 
  • Is this bailout the equivalent of the Bush giving Wall Street a pardon for all the sins of the last 8 years?
  • What if this is like the WMD (weapons of mass destruction) in Iraq that didn’t exist and there really is no crisis?

I’m cynical about just about anything the Bush administration portrays as an exigent circumstance. 

I proposed a series of questions yesterday in a post and, while I’ve searched and searched for answers to those questions, I can’t find them anywhere:  Fortune, Wall Street Journal, etc.  Those questions can be found at:

https://democratdave.wordpress.com/2008/09/23/why-so-little-detail-on-700-billion-bailout/

Last night on the news, I see the FBI is investigating fraud at some of the major institutions at the center of this “crisis.”  Duh!  Anyone who knows anything about mortgages in the past 4 years knows that the system was stuffed with loans that would have spelled disaster for the lien holders UNLESS the value of homes continued to rise year over year.  Why? 

The loans needed to be refinanced under the same “below market interest rate” terms as the existing loans for the owner to keep their home.  The “Option ARMS” often required no down payment, had 1% interest rates for the first 3 years (below market interest rate loans) which meant the house payment would have just about doubled at the beginning of the fourth year. 

People struggling to make that current payment would likely be forced into default at the end of year 3 if they couldn’t refinance under the same terms.  Why? How many people could absorb a change in monthly payment terms from let’s say $1700 a month to $3500 a month?  Not many.

The loan underwriting process–instead of confirming that the borrower met the terms and conditions of the loan–became a “look the other way” to fund the loan.  In other words, there was a lot of fraud.  Everyone in the industry knew this was the case!  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were the recipients for this toxic waste.

It’s okay to be cynical.  I don’t trust the Bush administration or anything it advances at this point.

I want the questions I asked yesterday in my post answered.  It’s up to Congress to get those questions answered before any bailout legislation is approved.

Democrat Dave


The difference between Bush and McCain

September 23, 2008

I just stumbled across this a comment on a blog from a woman who identified herself as “sara” from Mesa, Arizona:

yes, there IS a difference between Bush and McCain —
1. McCain is actually dumber than Bush (we’ve gone from a C student to a D- student;
2. McCain hides behind his “honor” whereas Bush never pretended to be honorable;
3. McCain picked Palin as his vp — although Cheney is no prize, he is at least smart and evil.  Palin is dumb and evil which is a lot scarier.

Older white woman with a freakin’ brain voting for Obama/Biden.

I’m not sure everyone will agree with Sara’s assessment.  What do you think?

Democrat Dave


I can’t stomach the Republican spin

September 2, 2008

It’s just flabbergasting hearing the people at the Republican convention tonight.  I’m getting dizzy after so much spin, spin, spin.  I had to turn it off. 

Okay we get it:  the talking point says Sarah Palin has more executive experience than Barack Obama including the school PTA, her mayoral position and now Governor of Alaska.  That’s their story and they’re they’re sticking to it.  I do wonder how many times each spinmeister has had to practice that in the mirror so they could say it with a straight face?

Oh, and more terrific news this afternoon for those of you who might have missed it!

The Bush administration is putting together a team to tutor Sarah Palin on foreign policy matters.  I wonder if this short course is called, “Foreign Policy for Dummies?”  Isn’t that reassuring?   Afterall, we don’t want Bush’s third McCain’s first term to get screwed up after that high-quality foreign policy the Bush team put together.

In a few minutes, President Bush is going to try to motivate everyone with fear that if the Republicans aren’t elected in November for the third Bush term, we won’t be safe from terrorism.  Right.  What a joke.  Just saying it over and over doesn’t make it so.  And, what about if McCain is elected, we won’t be safe from the Republicans?

I am happy to see that the Republicans figured out how to support a major hurricane after the inhumane screw-up of Katrina.  Of course, had they botched that, it would have spelled disaster for McCain.  You don’t suppose that that is the only reason why they executed better this time?  No–they wouldn’t do that–would they?

All the best…Democrat Dave