Cleanup at Checkout

It’s been a few months (about half a year or so) since I last posted here.

In that timeframe, some decent people passed away, greedy American mortgage lenders managed to collapse the world’s economies, I was laid off, and a black man became the President of the United States.

You’d think I’d have mentioned a few of these.  I didn’t, though — mostly because I couldn’t think of anything to say that millions of others didn’t.  And the laid-off thing?  Cry me a river; things’re tough all over.

The good news?  George Bush is out of office.  The bad?  America will never recover from his legacy:

(the list below was compiled at Reddit, a site of some interest)

  • Misleading us, saying Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction”
  • Breaking the Geneva Conventions by using torture
  • Telling the 45 million uninsured Americans to just go to the emergency room
  • Repeated implying a connection between Saddam and 9/11, ignoring clear contrary evidence
  • Failing to respond to Hurricane Katrina
  • Launching a war that’s killed 4,150 Americans and wounded more than 30, 000
  • Challenging Iraqi insurgents to attack U.S. troops: “Bring ’em on”
  • Granting no-bid contracts to Halliburton in Iraq
  • Hiring an unqualified crony to run FEMA
  • Praising crony’s performance: “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job”
  • Neglecting reconstruction of New Orleans’ homes and levees Promising American troops would be greeted as liberators
  • Declaring “Mission Accomplished” and later blaming the banner on troops
  • Cherry-picking facts about WMDs in Iraq, then blaming the CIA
  • Promising the Iraq war would lower gas prices
  • Claiming the Iraqi insurgency was in its “last throes” in 2005
  • Allowing Osama Bin Laden to escape
  • Launching a war that’s killed countless Iraqi civilians
  • Using Terri Schiavo for political gain
  • Attempting to alter Constitution to allow discrimination against gay people
  • Wiretapping our phones without court order
  • Stealing the 2000 election (remember Katherine Harris, voter purges, and the Supreme Court?)
  • Ignoring, then concealing the pre-9/11 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”
  • Enforcing abstinence-only programs in public schools
  • Rejecting the Kyoto Treaty to stop climate change
  • Giving tax cuts to the rich while spending record amounts
  • Failing seniors with the costly Medicare prescription drug benefit
  • Swiftboating John Kerry
  • Outing CIA agent Valerie Plame to retaliate for truth about Iraq’s WMDs
  • Spending $341 million a day in Iraq (Iraq has a budget surplus)
  • Neglecting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center
  • Allowing Afghanistan to fall into chaos, with the Taliban and al Qaeda regaining control
  • Holding prisoners without trial at Guantanamo Bay
  • Covering up torture at Abu Ghraib
  • Turning a budget surplus into massive budget deficit
  • Letting more than a million homes go into foreclosure—the highest rate ever recorded
  • Holding secret meetings with Exxon Mobil, Conoco, Shell, and BP to set energy policy
  • Letting gas prices double while resisting fuel efficiency and clean energy
  • Setting the record for most days on vacation (1020 days, or more than one-third of his entire eight years!) by any president in U.S. history

Please feel free to copy any or all of the above and spread it around. [Source: Reddit]