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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

John Kerry Takes the Gloves Off

Well! Things are finally getting back on track:

"George Bush’s record speaks for itself. 1.6 million lost jobs. The first president in 72 years to actually lose jobs on his watch. 8 million Americans are now looking for work. 45 million have no health insurance – 5 million more than the day he took office. 4.3 million Americans have slipped into poverty over the last four years – 1.3 million are children. The average family saw their income fall $1,500, while they saw the cost of health care, child care, gasoline, and tuition rise faster than ever before. 220,000 more Americans did not attend college last year for the simple reason that they could not afford it. This President turned a $5.6 trillion surplus into trillions of debt for our children.....

"At that convention in New York the other week, President Bush talked about his ownership society. Well Mr. President, when it comes to your record, we agree – you own it.

"Of course, the President would have us believe that his record is the result of bad luck, not bad decisions. That he’s faced the wrong circumstances, not made the wrong choices. In fact, this President has created more excuses than jobs. His is the Excuse Presidency: Never wrong, Never Responsible, Never to Blame. President Bush’s desk isn’t where the buck stops – it’s where the blame begins. He’s blamed just about everyone but himself and his administration for America’s economic problems. And if he’s missed you, don’t worry – he’s still got 48 days left until the election.

"He sure has a lot of excuses, but you know what? Of the last eleven presidents – many who faced war and recession – George Bush is the only one to actually lose jobs on his watch.

"We know the truth. George Bush’s failed record is the result of George Bush’s failed policies."

Couldn't have said it better myself, Senator. Thank you and keep up the good work.


Blogger Karol said...

How is this at all different from anything he's said thus far?

-Karol at alarmingnews.com

6:23 PM  
Blogger Joseph Marshall said...

Well Karol, GWB doesn't have a different record suddenly, does he? We have a nice slick commercial airing in Ohio right now about all the things George is GOING to do in the next four years. The commercial is really very good, actually, one of the best I've seen so far in the whole campaign.

But what's he been doing for the last four years? Taking lots of vacation time, actually, playing with straightening out somebody else's country rather than our own, and doing even that badly.

Can Kerry do better? Maybe. Though there are obviously no guarantees. Will George do better? I don't think so, and I don't see why anyone whose been paying attention would think so either.

Thanks for stopping by. It is a pleasure to be linked up with you on my blogroll, and to see your name among my comments.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: Joseph Marshall
RE: How Very Odd

One would think, based on this thread's lead-in piece, that the Republicans in Ohio, see item several doors up the hall from here, would be able to find SOME people who met their criteria at the "Opportunity Office".



4:33 PM  
Blogger Chuck Pelto said...

TO: Joseph Marshall
RE: Additional Thoughts

Back from gardening. Got seven ash seedlings from this years 'drop'. [Note: The seeds were so thick you'd have thought it was 'ticker-tape' confetti from some Green Party event.] Re-potted them from the single trough they'd started in, into seperate (but equal) containers. If they survive the transplanting, I'll put them in as future replacements for the 100+ year olds that were their parents in the parkway on the front and side of the house.

Re-reading this entry, I had some additional thoughts on the matter.

Just out of curiosity, what ARE the stats for employment at this time?

You see, as I've pointed out in a few other entries here today, politicians have a way of using a combination of the English language and our predilections to have us 'understand' what they want us to understand. [Note: This is opposed to 'statesmen' who use the English language to give us a better understanding of their vision.]

So Senator Kerry says, "George Bush’s record speaks for itself. 1.6 million lost jobs. The first president in 72 years to actually lose jobs on his watch."

I can understand jobs lost. I saw the dot-com bubble collapse from the high end of the hi-tech environment, but on solid ground, i.e., a database administrator in a baby bell organization.

Oddly enough, I was also reading a history of the South Seas bubble, c. 1780s, in England. The two were, for all intents and purposes, nearly identical in results. [Note: People never seem to learn. But then again, the schools really aren't doing that good a job at teaching history these days.]

At any rate....1.6 million jobs "lost".

My question is, how many gained? In other words, what is the net sum figure? Is it in the negative or in the positive. If the latter, then Senator Kerry is playing "politician" with the English language. On the other hand, if it is in the negative...is it the same level as he stated here? Is it 1.6 million jobs? Or is it less? Or is it more?

If "less", then, again, Senator Kerry is playing politics.

What is the net-sum value?

Or, to put it another way, why are all the guys I saw loss their jobs NOT in the "Opportunity Office" anymore? Why can't the Republican Party of Ohio find their canvasing team salted amongst those "bums" you mentioned?


[Figures don't lie, but liars figure.]

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO: Joseph Marshall
RE: Ahem. As I Was Saying....

585K Jobs Lost in Bush AdministrationI'd Suggest that you go smack the guy who gave you that 1.6M figure up aside the head and have him explain why the actual figure is about a third of that number you gave.


P.S. He took over the reins while the dot com bubble was still deflating, too.

5:58 PM  

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