Thursday, November 04, 2004

W's SECOND TERM

Angela Winters

I have to say I haven't been watching too much news or reading too many blogs or websites for the past week. I'd just had enough of politics, but after a good rest, I'm venturing back online and finding some interesting articles about W's second term.

This ABC News story says Bush Claims Mandate for War, Tax Agenda. Hold on a second. Doesn't a mandate have a certain percentage qualification? Yes, he clearly won this election by a record large margin, but a mandate on war and taxes? IMHO, I think that the War In Iraq and the tax plan are not the reasons he won. I think he won for likeability, the war on terror and moral issues. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Also, I wonder if all those young voters who registered but didn't show up feel about this Reuters article. Republicans are pushing the Bush agenda in the second term. As a centrist, I'm in favor of some of Bush's policies, but last I checked, the college generation was majority pro-choice and pro-Affirmative Action, two laws the Supreme Court will be going after in the next four years. Bush will be able to appoint at least one new judge and we all know where he or she will stand on these issues. Maybe I've got the kids all wrong, but I expected these two issues, including the war, would bring them out in much higher numbers than they did.

What do you think?



17 Comments:

At 6:46 AM, Blogger Michael said...

I have to complete agree with on this one. I consider myself a centrist as well and the right-wing Bush policies scare the bejeezes out of me. Polls claim that 57% of people think Bush will try to unite the country in his 2nd term. He now has 4 years to push his policies and not answer for it because he doesn't have to run for re-election again. Abortion and affirmative action are going to be huge issues during the next four years. We can only hope the current Supreme court judges can hold on another 4 years.

 
At 8:01 AM, Blogger Rosebud said...

The test for Bush will be the AMT tax which will be effectively reducing and or eliminating all tax deductions for the next generation of tax payers. Currently targeted at 95K and above which is defined as rich folks but if you care to check it - a bunch of two income families meet the threshold and with inflation most all of the middle class will meet the AMT requirements in just a few years...there go your mortgage deductions, your dependant deductions, your health cost deductions. Not a pretty picture especially when you understand that a substantial part of the wealthy have passive income (capital gains) which are taxed at 20%. Interesting for all you young folks coming along.

 
At 8:20 AM, Blogger Ashley Mac said...

WHY?? This is all I ask. Why is it that me, a university student, with only 3 years of an eduaction, little knowledge of politics, and not as much wisdom as alot of Americans, can see that BUSH shouldn't have been re-elected? Besides that..Geroge W lost the debates, he lies, he is known for sayng stupid things. In one of the debates, he referred to the internet as the "internets". Most of the world hate him, and I am afriad for the safety and security of the world. America...do you think the country will be free and happy if he plummets into another WW?? We'll end up in another depression and I am afraid this time, damage will be so extensive....that we will not have much of a world left. When the world found out about him winning, I heard a huge, uniform sigh ripple throughout each country. WHY CAN'T AMERICANS see him for who he really is??????????????????????????????????

 
At 9:50 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Bush is already calling for MORE tax cuts, and at the same time Congress is requesting that the ceiling be lifted on the spending deficit. With the Bush House and Senate there is no holding them back now.

In 6 months or so when the dust settles from the election:

The war will be an incremental disaster (financially and humanely),

The economy will be going south at warp speed,

Interests rates will climb (and they will) increasing the debt payments further crippling domestic programs.

The country will be furthered divided.

Bush's rating will plummet to 40% or lower. But what satisfaction will that give us? It's just a matter of time -- months away.

Kerry was a terrible candidate, but...................

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Bush is already calling for MORE tax cuts, and at the same time Congress is requesting that the ceiling be lifted on the spending deficit. With the Bush House and Senate there is no holding them back now.

In 6 months or so when the dust settles from the election:

The war will be an incremental disaster (financially and humanely),

The economy will be going south at warp speed,

Interests rates will climb (and they will) increasing the debt payments further crippling domestic programs.

The country will be furthered divided.

Bush's rating will plummet to 40% or lower. But what satisfaction will that give us? It's just a matter of time -- months away.

The fact is that if 1.5% of the voters shifted to Kerry Bush would have lost the election -- and President Bush our Harvard MBA calls that a mandate?

Kerry was a terrible candidate, but...................

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger Remember Ryan said...

I am also a University student and I consider myself to be on top of politics. I can hold my own against the best of my ultra-radical-liberal professors. I'll agree that the expected "record" turn-out of young voters thanks to Sages of the political world like Puffy and Christina Aguiliera was somewhat of a let-down. But most college kids have much more on their mind than politics. I dare say most are uninformed. Actually, I would venture to say that the ones that claim to be informed will believe anything they hear to the effect that Bush is terrible. From Micheal Moore saying that he stole the election, which turned out to be false based on EVERY independent recount, to the fact that if Bush was re-elected he would outlaw sex all together (Choose or Lose). I think the American people are split, but the majority of them could see through the aloof, aristocratic, french Kerry and settled for the guy that although they may not agree with everything he thinks, they KNOW everything he thinks. Re-electing Bush a mistake? No. Why do we even WORRY about what the french and the germans think? They have their own agendas. They want America to have a weak president. Don't you see that? America is for Americans. Since I am one, I am proud of our president and I am sure doomsday is much more than 3 or 4 years away. Stop the nay-saying. This is pathetic. I learned in pre-school that whining is ineffectice and unattractive. Now that the election is over, do what you can to bring the country back together. We are one. And do NOT hope for another civil war... beacause in case you didn't check the red-blue election map... The South Rose Again. :)

 
At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what professor your holding your own against... perhaps they have just given up on you as a lost cause. Furthermore, what the heck are you talking about when it comes to Doomsday and "the South rising again"? Don't you know thats a tangent if there ever has been one. Besides nobody suggested a second civil war... Furthermore, you don't have to believe EVERYTHING that comes out of Michael Moore's mouth (like you said)... but I would like to hear you try to explain the video clip of Bush, from his own mouth, saying that the rich were his base and that they were the "haves and have mores". That certainly doesn't seem like a man concerned with the people.

Most of all, though, lets not blindly believe everything we hear. Much of what Bush says is self contradictory. He doesn't waffle you say? Well, did we go to war in Iraq because of WMDs (his initial claim) or to bring freedom to the Iraqi people (his second claim)? He respects rule of law you say? Not likely... the same man that declared himself president in the first term before a recount was completed, thereby forcing the Supreme Court to cover for him, derided the same judicial system's "activist judges". You say he is straight with the American people? He is the same man who says that partial birth abortions are "a brutal practice", yet cannot tell you in the third debate whether he would appoint a judge that would overturn Roe vs. Wade. Regardless of one's personal beliefs about abortion, you cannot tell me that the man didn't know what type of judge he would appoint.

Lastly, you ask us why we should care about what Germany (spelled with a capital G) and France (spelled with a capital F) think? The simple reason is that no country, no matter how powerful, can afford to conduct itself in a way that makes many enemies around the world. Implying that the U.S. can do what it pleases without care is an example of extreme, misguided hubris. Lest we forget the lessons of history, great countries and empires have suffered defeat in the past for overestimating their already great power.

I would strongly encourage you to open your mind and consider the irrefutable evidence that George W. Bush is not everything you made him out to be. While I voted for Kerry, I harboured no similar illusions of perfection. I was wary of Kerry, but less so than of Bush.

 
At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa! What's up with Ryan? He sure has an ego if I've ever seen one. I don't know about his politics, but I'm certain he believe we're all priviliged to listen to him. What a piece of work.

 
At 8:40 PM, Blogger Here and There said...

I think that the youth vote did turn out in significant numbers, but I'm not certain that it favored Kerry to Bush as strongly as it was made out to be. My estimate is that about 2 to 3 youth would vote Kerry for every 1 vote for Bush (in states that weren't solidly Bush). Those youth who supported Bush tended to cite his "strength" relative to Kerry's ineptness. Strong feelings of patriotism were closely associated with support for Bush.

Furthermore, I don't think there was much widespread concern about the war, and the reprecussions from his re-election. Either people bought into the image and message of Bush and were for him, or people looked at his actions and disagreed.

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger OfficerZenigata said...

W's mandate comes not from the vote for him as a president, but more from the vote for his party. With a 55 - 44 hold on the senate and a clear majority in the house, Bush can (and will) push whatever agenda he very well pleases.

I think there are enough Reagan Republicans who are unhappy with the neocon hijacking of the party. There are many prominent Republicans, such as Pat Buchanon, who fell that the Iraq war was a mistake. There are others such as Senator Luger (R- Indiana) who have criticized the administration's handling of the occupation. Many Republicans are very upset about the budget deficit.

Expect to see a lot of changes in the next four years.

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger CleverCynic said...

FYI- THEY ARE KIDS!!!!!!!!!! They get their politics from MTV and Michael Moore. They are impressionable and you prostituted them! We ALL start out that way. Man, if only 6 year olds were allowed to vote Nader would have won!

 
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