Gulper Eel: I figure b-b-b-b-b-but-Bush has about another 18 months of shelf life, tops.
Senescent Dawn: Too early to tell on Obama yet.
Gulper Eel: That's super special, subby, but the American Electorate has plenty of time to change its mind between now and the time when there's some actual American electoratin' happening.I figure b-b-b-b-b-but-Bush has about another 18 months of shelf life, tops.
Crosshair: Correct on the former, incorrect on the latter. The Glass-Steagall Act was largely repealed under Clinton's watch and a largely GOP congress. Though Congress did pass it with veto proof majorities, Clinton could have had some backbone and vetoed it, thus absolving himself of any future blame. Some congressman are less likely to vote for a piece of legislation if it means overriding a veto.There was some weak attempts by the GOP in congress to tighten things up under Bush II once some realized that perhaps that wasn't a good idea, but the Dems were able to squash it and Bush ignored it. So basically, it's Congresses fault, not the presidents. Though there is plenty of blame for Clinton/Bush for either signing the law, or not doing enough to encourage congress to tighten things up.
lajimi: Was the economy in the crapper BEFORE the election? Hmmmm
Scrophulous Barking Duck: Bush and Clinton both share some of the blame for massive deregulation of the financial industry. There is also plenty of blame available for bankers, Wall Street, and those who lionized their greed and gave control of the US government to the very wealthy, so they could rape us all.
Bored Horde: If only there were some process that operated on a municipal, state and federal level that would allow you to select leaders who wouldn't screw you over...
I_Am_Weasel: Society as a whole should shoulder a good portion of blame.
GAT_00: Since that worked so well the first time, Repbs saw it necessary to remove the rest of it as well.
DamnYankees: Put those farkers in jail.
DamnYankees: The longer we get away from Bush's presidency, the worse it looks. I get madder each time I think about. I mean - he failed at basically everything. Not just failure, but stunning failure. If you go down a list of "stuff the President should do", he seriously farked us over in all of it.
I_Am_Weasel: Sure. Be critical. But what other presidents could have pulled something like this off?
t3knomanser: I_Am_Weasel: Sure. Be critical. But what other presidents could have pulled something like this off?Is it just me, or did they throw some makeup on Chevy Chase for the last panel there.
Bored Horde: He looks like he's motorboating in that last picture
Occam's Chainsaw: Senescent Dawn: Too early to tell on Obama yet.Mostly because it's impossible to have a legacy when you haven't even had a presidency yet. 70/1461 days of his potential first term, or ~5%, and people are already talking legacy. Talk about blowing your load before she's even gotten her pants off...
Occam's Chainsaw: Gulper Eel: I figure b-b-b-b-b-but-Bush has about another 18 months of shelf life, tops.I dunno... in the last 12 months, I've heard but-Clintons by the dozens, but-GHWBs, but-Reagans, but-Carters, but-Nixons, but-FDRs, a but-Wilson or two, and even a piss-poor but-Lincoln.
Senescent Dawn: I seem to recall a story from a couple of years ago, telling how the Bush administration apparently filed suit to prevent individual states from enforcing their own anti-predatory lending laws. That raises my "They knew it was coming and wanted to kick the turd down the road to the next administration" hackles.
GAT_00: You forgot how the first part was repealed by Reagan's GOP Congress, causing the S&P loan crisis. Since that worked so well the first time, Repbs saw it necessary to remove the rest of it as well. Greenspan didn't help either by pointlessly and idiotically holding interest rates so low.
Occam's Chainsaw: So what you're saying is that the executive branch is in no way culpable for a continued period of lax oversight on their watch, even though they ostensibly should've had both houses of Congress to back any play they chose to make?
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