"The Bush Clean Air Act actually produced dirtier air than was allowed under Clinton. The Bush Clean Water Act meant dirtier water. The first campaign promise he broke in 2001 was his promise to lower CO2 emissions. He spent seven years deriding climate change as voodoo science, only admitting the severity of the problem on his way out the door. Under his leadership, the U.S. went from a world leader on this front to a poster child for bad climate policy."
Please give empirical evidence or some factual explanation of how these two acts produced dirtier air and dirtier water. I would like to know more. As far as being a poster child for bad climate policy, how am I worse off because of it?
"From this Bush Doctrine has come policy decisions to allow torture, to hold prisoners in Guantanamo without trial or due process, to allow the federal government to wiretap citizens' phone conversations without oversight or constraint."
How many people have been tortured and how were they tortured? What is your recommendation for dealing with the enemy combatants held at GITMO? How many innocent US citizens have been wiretapped while having phone conversations with innocent foreigners? And again, how are we worse off? On the positive side, we are better off because these policies as part of an overarching strategy have prevented additional terrorist attacks on US soil since 9/11. I suspect that after today, when Obama gets his first real security briefing, he will have a very different perspective on foreign policy and you may find that his foreign policy positions during the primaries will fall by the wayside when he's the one forced to make the decisions.
"Bush policies, pushed by Dick Cheney, have also undermined the separation of powers delineated in the U.S. Constitution, with the executive branch of government usurping the constitutional responsibilities of the Congress."
Which responsibilities have been usurped and how? I have a copy of the Constitution here right now. I would like to know which powers have moved from Article I to Article II.
"There are many, many more examples of policies, both foreign and domestic, that the next president will have to deal with in trying to correct the mess Bush and Cheney are leaving behind. Most Americans, both Democratic and Republican, are glad to see an end to the Bush Administration and the misguided policies they spawned."
And again, this is a generality and an opinion. Not a single fact in that paragraph. Actually, I'm not sure we could find a fact in the whole post. What is the mess? Why are "most Americans" glad to see Bush go? As I said before, they've been repeatedly told that Bush is bad, but they cannot express why.
I guess I should give up. Bush is stupid. Cheney is evil. America is the bad guy. We need Obama to help improve our image in the world so that everyone will like us and stop trying to punish us for all the terrible things we've done. The Iraqis and the Middle East would be much better off if we had left Saddam in power. Then the Iranians wouldn't want to eliminate Isreal, North Korea wouldn't be developing nuclear weapons, Russia wouldn't be rattling sabers and China wouldn't be the next big threat. All of this is due to eight years of failed Bush policies. I sure hope the next four can fix it all.