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  •  I'm no Bush apologist, but (4+ / 0-)

    I'm no Bush apologist but I'm getting tired of seeing some of the more prominent voices online keep referring too all of our problems being caused by the last eight years of a failed President.

    Sure, he's done bad, really bad, but in terms of our economic troubles, these are the results of decades of traitorous, so-called "Free Trade" policies which have decimated the middle class job market.

    In fact, Clinton was the one who signed NAFTA and and other pacts that paved the way for our manufacturing base to leave this country in the name of short term profits for corporations.

    Al Gore also went on national television to sell NAFTA while debating Ross Perot, who accurately depicted just what we're seeing now.

    So quit thinking small and blaming the latest guy there is to blame, just because he's on the other side of the aisle.

    This isn't a Republican-caused economic crisis, this is a FAILED GOVERNMENT problem, and both sides of the aisle sold us all out, as they often do.

    Cufford
    Fresno, CA

    •  True enough (4+ / 0-)

      but a real leader would ADDRESS these issues. Not let them fester for the next administration to tackle.

      Bush has shown no leadership at all on any of the major issue facing this country.

      Wake me if he actually repeals DOMA, DADT or passes ENDA.

      by Scott Wooledge on Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 08:11:52 AM PST

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    •  Not quite so fast there. (3+ / 0-)
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      It's a lot more than that. The current economic catastrophe emanates more from de-regulation of the financial sector (including the subprime mortgages) which has been GOP-driven since Reagan. Sure Clinton contributed to the situation but the last eight years of deregulation, of greed gone wild, that's what is really causing the incredible job cuts and collapse of our economy.

      But it's true, the trade policies have been horrendous for the middle class. People like the Clintons liked to think that these policies were helping the rest of the world, and us in some ways, but they did virtually nothing to look out for the middle class and people who were displaced from outsourcing.

      Imho.

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