I admit it -- I am a sore loser. I don't like to lose at anything and I do take it personal. I do not like to lose in things that I cannot even control. I do not coach the Miami Dolphins, nor do I play quarterback, yet when they lose on Sunday's it still gets me in a bad mood -- admittedly not as bad as it used to be. This Presidential election is no different than say a Dolphin football game.
When McCain conceded, I admit I was upset and bitter for two days. Not because I didn't expect it, but because there is so much at stake for the future of my family (and our country), and 67 million Americans were duped by a brand...a singular word by the name of Change. President-elect Obama has been a Junior Senator in the United States of America since only 2005. And he has spent the last 1-1/2 years campaigning for President. What has he done? Simply -- nothing. Yet, he is now the President-elect and no one can still tell me why this is so. Because of Change? What Change? Oh....because of Bush.
I am sick and tired, and tired and sick, of Bush getting the blame for...well, everything. It's Bush's fault when...
- the Dolphins lose
- it rains, even though the meteorologist says it was supposed to be a sunny day
- the embargo in Cuba doesn't work (well it didn't work for Clinton either!)
- the steak you ordered was overcooked
- your server took to long to bring your food
- your mother-in-law is a pain in the ass
- etc., etc., etc.
People say, "well the last 8 years have been (insert expletive here)...". Really?! Well, help me understand why exactly? Iraq? Well, seems like the surge has worked and we will be out by 2010 and a democratically-elected government will be running the country. Next. The economy? The economy -- really?! Oh, I love that one. Let me remind you of the following...
In December 2006, after six years of Bush and the last month before the Democrats took over both houses of the national legislature, a snapshot of our economy looked like this.
- Unemployment stood at 4.4%.
- Real GDP growth over the previous four years (under a Republican President, House and Senate) averaged 3% per year.
- A gallon of regular gasoline cost $2.30.
- The S&P 500 stock index stood at 1418, or 84% above its post-911 low and more than 7% higher than when Bush took office.
- Every year of Bush's Presidency, real (inflation-adjusted) disposable income per person went up. By the end of 2006, the average person was making 9% more in real terms than before Bush became President.
"These two entities, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not facing any kind of financial crisis. The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing." Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
That feels better now...it is out of my system.