Friday, October 14, 2005

Thirty Nine Percent

W's approval ratings FINALLY fell below 40%. FINALLY, W' approval rating has dropped to just 39%; only 2% of African Americans approve of W's job performance - the lowest of any U.S. President in history. FINALLY the 50.73% of the “popular votes” is realizing what the 48.27% already knew: this presidency is a sham.

And I am willing to wager that when this presidency finally ends, W will be ranked as one of the “Top 5 Worst Presidents”. Why? Well let’s examine what a president is judged upon:

1. Public Persuasion
2. Moral Authority
3. Relations with Congress
4. Crisis Leadership
5. International Relations
6. Vision/Setting Agenda
7. Economic Management
8. Administrative Skills
9. Pursued Equal Justice For All
10. Performance Within Context of Times

Let’s examine:

1. Public Persuasion: With an approval rating of 39%, I doubt highly that W is persuading very many people (outside of Texas or Congress) of anything. He is currently having a very difficult time persuading the public, and even members of his own camp, about his decision of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court, turning to a lawyer who has never been a judge to replace Sandra Day O'Connor and help reshape the nation's judiciary. However he DID manage to get re-elected, which does prove he has a line of bullshit that he can use when he needs it.

2. Moral Authority: We all know it was the evangelicals who got W re-elected. And while religion, specifically Christianity, has been the cornerstone of his term, he is really putting it out there with Miers again because he stated that she was chosen based on her religious beliefs.

3. Relations With Congress: It would not be surprising to see W distance himself from Congress very soon, given the recent scandals surrounding Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay
. With both houses of Congress being Republican-led and doing badly, not to mention the passing over of David Dreier for DeLay’s job just because he is gay, and with W dealing with the CIA leak scandal in his own Republican house, we might not be seeing any picnic lunches going on between Penn Ave and Capitol Hill. However he can still make them jump when he wants.

4. Crisis Leadership: New Orleans. Enough said, but “Brownie” did “good work”.

5. International Relations: W garnered the most sympathy ever for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history. W led the entire world into a war that did not have to happen based on lies and misleadership. Every country on the globe despises America. When Hurricane Katrina hit, a friend of mine in Australia told me that the sentiment there about the U.S. was “we figured that Americans had killed so many in Irag that you all were just getting what you deserved. Basically, we all just think ‘so what?’”

However, at least the Canadians still love us as evidenced by
, a web site devoted to Canadians who are willing to marry Americans who have been disaffected by W’s re-election.

6. Vision/Setting Agenda: What exactly IS W’s agenda? Is dismantling Social Security still on the table? How about altering the Constitution to recognize only man/woman marriages? It is more frightening when we NO LONGER hear about these things because this means that decisions are being made without anyone knowing about them. Something has diverted our attention from the coverage of these topics, yet these decisions are still being made with little or no report made to the American public. So much of this presidency has been accomplished on the down-low.

7. Economic Management: The outstanding public debt as of October 14, 2005 is $7,996,098,519,225.68.
With the current US population being 297,429,596, each citizen’s share of this debt is $26,884.00 (I’ll just charge mine.) The National Debt has continued to increase $1.63 million per day since September 30, 2004.

W invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week. He spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury. He shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history. He set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period. He set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period. He set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market. In his first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues every month.

8. Administrative Skills: True, W has surrounded himself with some smart people. But they are all “yes men”, lackeys and sycophants.

W began his career in the oil business in Midland, Texas, in 1975, buying an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after he sold all his stock. You could check his records on his skills, however all records of his tenure as governor of Texas are now in his father's library, sealed and unavailable for public view. Likewise, all records of SEC investigations into W’s insider trading and his bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view. Oh yeah, and all records or minutes from meetings that he or Dick Cheney attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review. So good luck with that.

9. Pursued Equal Justice For All: Yes, W has certainly done this for all Americans. Unless they are gay. Or black. Or not a Christian. Or not a millionaire.

10. Performance Within Context Of Times: This is still too early to tell really. The impact of his presidency might not be felt for years to come. The jury is still out. And with luck, the jury will be only 39 % Republican. However, my bet for the ranking in the bottom 5 still stands.


  1. I read a book that was essays on every president up to Clinton. And even some of the crappier ones (or less productive ones you might say) turned out to look not so bad when you view their presidencies in a historical context. (Ok, not Hoover.) I fear that Mr. Bush won't fare so kindly in 100 years. He'll be the Hoover of our generation.

  2. JT - Technically he is already a Hoover, because he sucks. Ok, lame. But cute.


  3. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Lots shared here. Some I concur with and some NOT. I don't think republican or democrat signifies the success of any presidency. Actually I'm neutral at this end. They have all brought their own scandals,skeletons, flaws into it in some manner. While some haven't been so obvious at the time of the presidency, its amazing to learn what transpired after the fact (guess my thoughts shift to Kennedy).

    It never ceases to amaze me how other countries view us, ourselves included in the reverse roll, during time of crisis. I always get angered when I see comments such as those mentioned in your "International Relations" section. To have people across the world saying ''Americans have killed so many in Iraq that you were all just getting what you deserved (in the Katrina aftermath)'' is extremely sad, and in many ways hypocritical. This country's people part with a lot to help others in need though ,perhaps, admittedly could give more. But the idea of helping one another exceeds economic boundaries and should be reciprocated by others, even if in a small way. Hell we have gay people in the military fighting for our liberties, whether for right or wrong reasons. I don't think any sane person relishes killing another human being.

    I could as easily say that Australians have always had a bit of a rogue streak in them, dating back to the very foundation of its country. But then I would be making a rather presumptious statement about every Australian living there today.

    Enough -


  4. Tony, have you ever thought of writing your own blog since your comments sometimes go into greater detail?

  5. >>>>>>>>>>>
    A blog.... probably would if I could get it set up on my Mac Powerbook. Having problems with the browser set up that eBlog needs and at the moment I have no time until the next semester break frees me up.

    In the meantime...................


  6. Hey Dop: A political conservative, I have to agree that W is failing in many areas. I could take issue with a couple you listed, but the fiscal irresponsibility of the Administration is a major problem, as is securing the borders.

    As for the human rights issues, remember human rights are listed in the Preamble to the Constitution and supported in the Bill of Rights. In light of those documents, W can't be considered an enemy of rights.

    Finally, W is a liberal; I never cease to be amazed at the hatred his fellow liberals express. Just some thoughts!

  7. Thank you for commenting but I have to disagree. Yes, inalienable rights are listed in our two prized documents. But that is not stopping him from pursuing the segregation of gays from those statements. I DO have the right to the pursuit of happiness, but W tells me that my happiness will never include being married to the man I love.

    Second, I can't accept that W is a liberal. Our country has not moved forward in the last 7 years. He is filling the SCOTUS with conservative people (not even judges) who will not advance the national law based on times. If W is a liberal, I may have to change my affiliation.

  8. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Dop, this is getting good. I'm not the only one with long comments. Can't be helped when something strikes a cord with someone, even if you don't agree. Wouldn't you agree with this? Got to be prepared.

    To tag something on to what anonymous 2 said. While nothing would be better than to see equality throughout all levels of US society, I often wonder if it will come about. Seems so close but... One might even wonder how the moral fibers of our society would be effected as well.

    Think of who actually set our nation in motion at its birth. It was established by Puritans. Puritans were a religious sect looking to break away from the Church of England because they felt it had strayed so far off course. They were strict followers. How could the Constitution have not been established without some of that not in mind (even though we always make an argument of separation of Church and State). I think in part they envisioned a moral society with freedoms and that they never envisioned how complicated matters would become in the future. We have grown more sophisticated.

    The real issue is whether American society as a whole will ever accept being gay as 'morally right', in its entirety, or perhaps more focused on the element of a person marrying another person of the same sex (and the elements often associated with being partnered).

    Mind you these are just thoughts and not necessarily all my views.


  9. Tony: "Sophisticated" or lost a moral compass? There is a libertarian side of me that wants to minimize governmental involvement in one's personal life.
    On the other hand, I hold to the traditional definition of marriage and desire to protect that institution!

    It seems IMHO that we have really lost our moral compass as a nation,
    Leaving the gay issues aside, what about honesty, decency, dependability, etc? A few more thoughts...I appreciate the lack of rancor on this blog.