Are America's Best Days Behind Us?

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Are America's Best Days Behind Us?
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Fri, 03-04-2011 - 11:51am

I started to put this in the Non-Debatable Folder just because I thought it was an interesting article that you might want to read. There are so many debatable points though, so I'm putting it here instead.

Are America's Best Days Behind Us?
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2056610,00.html

A few quotes...

  • The decisions that created today's growth — decisions about education, infrastructure and the like — were made decades ago. What we see today is an American economy that has boomed because of policies and developments of the 1950s and '60s...
  • And all those interests are dedicated to preserving the past rather than investing for the future. There are no lobbying groups for the next generation of industries, only for those companies that are here now with cash to spend. There are no special-interest groups for our children's economic well-being, only for people who get government benefits right now.
  • What is really depressing is the tone of our debate. In place of the thoughtful concern of Jefferson and Adams, we have its opposite in tone and temperament — the shallow triumphalism purveyed by politicians now. The founders loved America, but they also understood that it was a work in progress, an unfinished enterprise that would constantly be in need of change, adjustment and repair.
Tell me what you think of the article and the premise - are the best days indeed behind us?
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Registered: 04-09-2006
Mon, 03-07-2011 - 11:28am
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"The shame belongs to George W. Bush. TARP started under Bush. The auto companies' bailouts likewise. He "pre-emptively" invaded Iraq, removing assets and focus from finding Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. He CUT taxes during that war rather than covering the cost of his morally bankrupt invasion. He bought off senior voters with the Medicare prescription plan but didn't bother to balance that expenditure. And the man rarely opened his mouth without looking like a world-class buffoon. Nope, it wasn't Obama who dragged down the U.S."

Spot on. I thought it was worth seeing twice...
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Registered: 03-03-2009
Mon, 03-07-2011 - 1:00pm
Thanks. I could have added quite a bit more, particularly Bush's attacks on civil rights by way of the Patriot Act and his ominous penchant for "enhanced interrogation techniques", but one of Obama's shortcomings is his failure to back away more dramatically from such policies. As rollmops noted, Guantanamo is still open and the Patriot Act was just renewed. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/25/AR2011022505562.html

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-02-2009
Mon, 03-07-2011 - 6:52pm

Well, America is sick of the Obama malaise, drunken spending,

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 04-09-2006
Mon, 03-07-2011 - 9:00pm
High taxes? I've been a payer of federal taxes for decades and mine have never been lower. I also remember back to the days when the government wasn't "stifling the private sector" with regulations...the air was polluted, the rivers were sewers, the rain was acid. Oh, those were the good old days for sure!
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Registered: 03-02-2009
Mon, 03-07-2011 - 11:29pm

High taxes? I've been a payer of federal taxes for decades and mine have never been lower.

Thank you George Bush!

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 04-09-2006
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 3:43pm
You seem to be saying that to the right, fiscal responsibility and environmental stewardship are some kind of crime.
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Registered: 03-02-2009
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 10:41pm

No, not at all.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 04-09-2006
Wed, 03-09-2011 - 11:38am
It was a Republican president who started two wars he didn't intend to pay for.
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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 12:57pm
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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 7:39pm
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