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Old 11-28-2001, 08:59 PM   #16
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This actually had nothing to do with a Republican/Democrat president. We went through the longest sustained econimc growth-- coincidentally under his presidency-- because of the dot-com business in the late '90s.
Actually, sharky, it DID have a lot to do with it.

If you remember, during his political career, Democratic President Bill Clinton's V.P., Al Gore, took the initiative of inventing the internet. Therefore, he and Clinton were responsible for the dotcoms. They prospered until all of the Republican/conservative U2 fans elected people to Congress who wished to ban dotcoms, just to rain on Clinton & Gore's parade.

And now since Gore didn't win and bring the internet and dotcoms back, our economy is an a fast downspiral, from which we will never recover until we elect a Democratic President.

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Old 11-28-2001, 09:10 PM   #17
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If you remember, during his political career, Democratic President Bill Clinton's V.P., Al Gore, took the initiative of inventing the internet.
Get a copy of the Rolling Stone with Britney Spears on the cover (hopefully the most recent). One of the main articles goes into how the press made that statement up. It's an interesting article, at least, on how the media can make things up or take things out of context, and the public will be duped into believing it is true.

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Old 11-28-2001, 09:24 PM   #18
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Q: How many women with PMS does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A: One. ONE!! And do you know WHY it only takes ONE? Because no one else in this house knows HOW to change a light bulb. They don't even know the bulb is BURNED OUT. They would sit in this house in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it OUT. And once they figured it out they wouldn't be able to find the light bulbs despite the fact that they've been in the SAME CUPBOARD for the past SEVENTEEN YEARS. But if they did, by some miracle, actually find the light bulbs, TWO DAYS LATER the chair that they dragged from two rooms over to stand on to change the STUPID light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!! AND UNDERNEATH IT WOULD BE THE CRUMPLED WRAPPER THE STUPID @*!#$% LIGHT BULBS CAME IN! WHY?! BECAUSE NO ONE IN THIS HOUSE EVER CARRIES OUT THE GARBAGE!! IT'S A WONDER WE HAVEN'T ALL SUFFOCATED FROM THE PILES OF GARBAGE THAT ARE 12 FEET DEEP THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HOUSE. THE HOUSE!! IT WOULD TAKE AN ARMY TO CLEAN THIS...

I'm sorry...what did you ask me?
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I blame two people for this recession, one more than the other.

1.) Alan Greenspan, in the summer of 2000 he kept on spiking up interest rates for no reason what so ever. He said it was to fight inflation but experts say that there was no inflation to fight and in the fall of 2000 when things started to drop he avoided the problem and let it run into the next year before he took action. By then it was too far down and people on Wall Street lost confidence in him and have ever since.

2.) Bill Clinton, for some reason this guy decided to take a vacation for his second term and spent one of out every 3 days campaigning for money for some various reason. Clinton knew Opec was going to cut how much oil it produced but still did not warn any one about it and secondly, he never addressed the economic slow down he was seeing at the end of 200 at all. He just basically ignored it and was busy trying to secure his legacy. I think the President should at least say about these things even when a good economy was what got him the popularity he had. But he didn't, he just ignored it.

Greenspan is the main guy to blame, Clinton gets some credit to it too. Bush came into office and was already given the weakening economy so he didn't start it. But I will say Bush in his first months at office really didn't aggressively go after the problem of the economy which was easily the biggest problem in the country at the time and now with the war he won't need to have to deal with it really, how he looks in the future and his chances of being reelected are going to be decided with how he performs in this war. Bush better hope this war brings the economy back up because if he doesn't it will hurt him. But the war will ultimately determine how bush will be looked at in the years to come and you must remember that some of the greatest presidents were really not very popular, that is, until war broke out. George Washington was hardly known for his bravery and courage before the American Revolution which put him as the first president of the USA. Abraham Lincoln was not even close to being a popular president, his views basically divided the country and he barely won the presidency to begin with and FDR was known for the failure that was his New Deal until WW2 broke out. So economy plays a back seat now and so it really doesn't matter in the long run but I will still be watching it.

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Nice objective explanation, Sharky! Thanks!
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Get a copy of the Rolling Stone with Britney Spears on the cover (hopefully the most recent). One of the main articles goes into how the press made that statement up. It's an interesting article, at least, on how the media can make things up or take things out of context, and the public will be duped into believing it is true.

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The article also mentions what a bad job Gore's press people did at trying to get the truth out. You can't print a rebuttle when a campaign official doesn't give you a rebuttle.

As for Greenspan-- first, he may be the head of the Federal Reserve Board but the board has to make the decision to raise or lower interest rates. Its not just a Greenspan decision. However, most people barely understand how the general economy works much less how the Federal Reserve works. So the media latches on to Greenspan even though he's not the only one making decisions. And it could be worse-- the European Union's bank hasn't been cutting rates at all and that region is going in to a recession as well. By not cutting rates, they could be hurting the economies in Europe even more.
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The article also mentions what a bad job Gore's press people did at trying to get the truth out. You can't print a rebuttle when a campaign official doesn't give you a rebuttle.
Oh I am aware of this too. I have always criticized Democrats of being too spineless, particularly since Republicans have no qualms about heading straight for the jugular in campaigns.

Al Gore blew it in too many capacities, but what is done is done, I guess, and the best one can do is learn from these tactical blunders for the future.

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