I was listening to one of my favorite news/talk programs, "Morning Joe" as I was checking email today and the folks on the show were having a discussion on the mistakes Obama has made and it led me to start thinking about how the last two administrations are pretty darn similar. Think about it:
Healthcare - Bush adds the prescription drug program which did nothing to control the price of drugs. Obama overhauls the health-care system - it does nothing to control costs.
Spending - Bush more than doubled the national debt from 5 trillion to over 10 trillion dollars. Obama is on his way to doing the same thing.
War - Bush took us to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama has doubled down in Afghanistan and has opened a new 'front' in Libya and 'secret' drone attacks in Yemen.
Taxes - Bush tax cuts. Obama extended them. Both exacerbating the debt issue
Patriot Act - Bush made it law, Obama extended it (with little fan-fare) a week or so ago.
GITMO - Bush started it, Obama is continuing with the our own little gulag system.
This is just a few examples off the top of my head. In the meantime corporations are making record profit. Let me say this again...RECORD PROFITS, while the middle class has seen no real wage increases in over 10 years...as a matter of fact, 'real earnings' for the middle class have declined.
What's going on here? IMHO, while the 'styles' of the two parties are drastically different, they're fundamentally really very similar. While the congress and the presidency may change every few years, one thing that does not change and that is the underlying power structure of lobbyists and Washington insiders.
And what do we, the citizens, do? The folks on the right call Obama a socialist, the folks on the left called Bush a fascist. While we're having this childish food-fight, the 'powers-that-be' continue to do what they do...which is make as much money as possible at the expense of our country and citizens.
The question is: Now what?