Bob, I can't tell if you are referring to Denise or yourself. There will come a time shortly when you can't just poke fingers at the past and say, "It's not Obama's fault!" Actually, that day is here.
I don't think I remember a time when you were able to give a a limit on the time when you were willing to stop blaming FDR. Kennedy you were actually gracious about, and I thank you for that. LBJ still came in for occasional less than admiring comment, despite the civil rights bill. Carter came in for more than excoriation at your hands, not only for activities during his administration but for activities widely admired throughout the rest of the world during the years since his retirement. I believe you may have actually called President Clinton "President Clinton" once or twice during our conversations about the man. I confess, I remember either 'Clinton" or the more frequent and more deliberately insulting "slick willie," a reference that uses a trope that substitutes the part for the whole. In this case a deliberate and vulgar anatomical reference for a President of The United States
I have done my best to avoid speaking of even President Nixon in this fashion, the man who actually did the things that other presidents since have only been accused of doing.
At the drop of a hat, you have shown yourself willing to blame President Clinton for many of the things that it seems clear that President Bush bore responsibility for well into President Bush's second administration with proof evading even the most subtle theorizing of Niels Bohr's Uncertainty Principle...
With your Republican affiliation, of course, — the party whose grip on both science and logic remains sketchy, the party for whom Sarah Palin remains the center of hope and direction, and the party whose major spokesman heaped savage scorn and rage upon law breakers and drug addicts until his arrest for oxycontin use made him understand that draconian measures were not really the right way to proceed against people with his particular set of problems — I can't imagine that you'd see any irony or even contradiction in this.
I would imagine that "the day is here" when the Democrats aren't trying to clean up the problems that the Republicans have quite possibly on purpose created. I believe I mentioned David Stockman above. Not before. And certainly not while there appears to be a causal chain between the Republican actions and the following economic catastrophe, both predictable and, ahem, predicted. I told you, if you remember, that the longer we waited to start paying back the debts we were running up the more nasty the solution would look.
Your response, if I remember correctly, was "what problems? It's all in your mind!"
Welcome to Bob's world, smartie pants. You could have made it much simpler a year or two ago, but you were in denial. You could make it reasonably simple now, though certainly painful, but you're still in denial. You can probably manage to put it off longer, too. Your party recommends it, as it has right along, and you're nodding like one of those bobble headed dashboard figures as the Republican Party powers that be drive you down the highway. I guess you figure they have to be right eventually, on the stopped clock being right twice a day theory. I figure they had their shot with the first bailout bill. I didn't like it, but I thought that was right. Maybe I'm wrong this time. I've got to tell you, I sure hope so.
Sincerely, Bob Kaven