I am going to try to be objective as possible here. The media (centered in NY and L.A., two democratic strongholds) is very liberal. This is where everyone gets their news. What makes good news? Bad news. Good news doesn't really make 'good news.' The news, as we get it, is very distorted.
Bush should be held responsible for the situation in Iraq. So should his admistration, so should the Senate (which included John Kerry) that unanimously voted to go to war, the CIA, foreign countries from which we received bad intelligence.
The economy is fine. No matter how badly Democrats tell you it is, it is fine. I have an economics/business degree from college. This doesn't make me an authority on this but I have some sense what I'm talking about. The tech boom (NASDAQ) in the late Clinton Administration was so overspeculated and overhyped, I'm surprised we did not fall flatter on our faces. The DOW was over 11,000 and the NASDAQ over 5,000. The DOW was at 4,000 in 1995. People were throwing money away into these dot.coms that had no assets whatsoever but a web address.
So we started falling into a recession in 2001. Then 9/11. Boom! Tourism shot, travel/airline business decimated. Without major tax cuts and the promise of future personal and corporate tax cuts, investors would have been even more heavily discouraged. Thanks to tax cuts prospects and Greenspan cutting interest rates, we held our own for a while. Yes, this would eventually catch up to us, but it was necessary for the time being.
Never buy into this 50% of the tax cuts go to the top 1% of the nation's wealthiest. There is a little thing called the trickle-down theory which says tax cuts will result in more jobs for the middle class and lower classes. What good is raising taxes for the middle and lower classes with less jobs? All this Gore/Kerry rhetoric does is promote class warfare.
Technology, innovation is moving so fast, it is difficult for jobs to catch up. Unemployment is the same as it was in 1996. So, not bad.
Education has improved dramatically.
Health care, social security...well, those are a mess and have been a mess for a while and will be a mess no matter who is president.
I give this admistration an A- on the economy. Yes, jobs were lost. But, there have been so many factors over the past 4 years that have posed some of the biggest challenges ever for our economy. China opened up its world economy in 2000. So have India and Russia. That's 2 billion people right there. All of a sudden the world isn't as dependent on the U.S. anymore. This economic expansion drives up demand for oil. Oil prices go up. People bitch.
As far as Iraq, I am not pleased. We did well in Afghanistan in my opinion. We acted on poor intelligence. Mistakes are going to be made in any war. I wish Kerry would tell General Tommy Franks how poorly planned his war was instead of Bush because he probably had a lot more to do with that than Bush. Yes, it's a mess and it will be for a while. Only time will tell.
Terrorism- we're doing well I think. No more attacks here in the U.S. is good news to me. Ever since 9/11, terrorism has taken over the news- any news on that will never be good. UBL's latest videotape says it will target states that vote for Bush. He says they will be at peace with us if Bush is removed. Sure, UBL. I'll believe that one . What had Bush done in 2001 for us to deserve 9/11? Al-Qaeda wants Kerry to win.
Finally, this country is coming to a moral crossraods. So many people are apalled by Bush's moral bearings. I think a lot of these people in Hollywood and all of these rock starts have lost sight of the fact that half of this country is still religious. The good majority of these actors/ rock 'n rollers are not and they are trying to impose their liberal, traditionally amoral views and lifestyles through the media. It's backwards.
OK, I'll quit. Food for thought.