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Old 04-05-2006, 08:15 PM   #16
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i liked when he said the most important thing for us to do after 9/11 was go to the mall and spend our money like usual. i also like multi-billion dollar trade deficits with china. that's all i can think of at this time.
On the basis, presumably, of Marxist theory regarding periodic crises of capitalism, and the argument that eventually a major crisis would lead to its demise?
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No offence, financeguy, but why should the US president's (be he bush, clinton or freaking reagan) position on northern Ireland be of any interest to anyone? Yes there is an Irish community in the states but I'd say it's pretty diffuse as it is in Australia... imagine the Australian PM having a public statement to make about Nth Irish Troubles(!)

Yes, the Irish-American community is diffuse but elements of it are politicised, have influential lobby groups, etc.

Also, the US is the weathiest and most influential country in the world, so the policy of the US Presidency (not President) in relation to how it chooses to interact with other countries are indeed of interest.
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I think the Bush Administration has been a failure all around, actually.

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On the basis, presumably, of Marxist theory regarding periodic crises of capitalism, and the argument that eventually a major crisis would lead to its demise?
actually i'm just being an asshole.
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Ok my personal opinion is that the Bush administration has no particular agenda beyond enriching the people who helped elect them. No wild conspiracies, just returning a favour. There are the 'New American Century' set of course, but I think Iraq was their moment to be mugged by reality.

Also I think any judgement on the Bush administration should be kept fairly separate from the personage of George W. Bush, as I see no evidence that he plays more than a figurehead role anyway. George Bush may well think that Bono is 'right on' with his goals for Africa, but I'm more interested in what the Congress agrees to sign off on.
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Yes, the Irish-American community is diffuse but elements of it are politicised, have influential lobby groups, etc.

Also, the US is the weathiest and most influential country in the world, so the policy of the US Presidency (not President) in relation to how it chooses to interact with other countries are indeed of interest.
Again, no offence, but are you comfortable with that? I don't truly think the US presidency has a decisive influence on domestic affairs in Northern Ireland, but if it did... that's not actually necessarily such a great thing is it? The US presidency does not have to live in Northern Ireland. Furthermore its power and influence is a historical phenomenon that will pass into the ether just as surely as the mighty British Empire is now beyond living memory.
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Thank you very much for this thread.

I totally support President Bush on everything he is doing to fight the war on terror.
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yeah guys, lets get down with the war on terror. Do let's.
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Old 04-06-2006, 07:12 AM   #24
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I agree with education reform: school choice, homeschooling, charter schools, magnet schools (not No Child Left Behind generally, though). I am not anti public school per se, either.

Bush signed a small act that extends the late night light later into the Fall and brings it earlier into the Spring.

Living in the eastern part of the Central Time Zone, this is important. In the winter, it gets dark at like 4 or 5pm for us. By February, it was getting light in the morning by 5am.

Good idea for a thread. That took a lot for me to think of something. I generally dislike Bush more than a terminal disease.

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