If you'd actually have read the post I'd written, you might have seen something very close to the same thing, as well as some qualified praise of Bush senior. It's still there.
You seem to be in such a hurry to see me on one way that you blank out on evidence that doesn't support you opinion.
I gave you the choice of two Republican Presidents because; a) there was a Republican President in office at the time, and there had been for the entire term of office; and, 2) the President in office before that was Ronald Reagan, for eight years, who had handed him the economy that Republicans ever since had spoken of in plummy golden tones. The choice is even less ambiguous than the one presented now, isn't it?
The choice is presented by history. Once again, you've gotten out that old Republican six shooter to murder the messenger, so that you can pretend the news doesn't exist. For somebody who couldn't be interested in history, you were sure quick to bring up a lot of it during the last Bush administration, and use the finger-pointing technique that you so loathe now to take the heat off Bush junior.
You are perhaps telling me that I was foolish to take your references to past history seriously at that time? That you were only trying to change the subject to get away from dealing with the poverty of Bush's position at the time? Nevertheless, I attempted to answer most of those questions as best I could.
If you felt that material was interesting enough to bring up, including material about Hillary's health care initiatives in '92 and '93, I find your sudden shift in attitude about the material from 90-and '91 as ancient history to ring hollowly indeed.
I believe you probably defended Bush Senior's Jobless recovery during the '92 Presidential campaign with as much fervor as you are attacking this jobless recovery. I make no attempt to say Jobless recoveries are good or bad because I simply don't know. What I am interested in is how the two jobless recoveries are different, and in what we can learn by looking at the differences and the similarities between them. For all I know you may be correct in condemning the democrats on both occasions. What I want to know is what have we learned?
If Obama made a mistake here, exactly what is it?
If it's the same thing that Bush senior did, what makes Bush Senior's tactics a good one (and I think it was) and what makes Obama's tactic a bad one. I think it wasn't, but I want to learn about it. In order to do that we need to get beyond this partisan twaddle — and it is twaddle — and start thinking. Together.
Is that asking too much?
Sincerely, Bob Kaven
[This message has been edited by Bob K (10-18-2009 12:19 AM).]