So, what do you think of the 900 BILLION stimulus package?Booty:
You are clearly looking at the world through very dirty Republican filters. There was an 8 year Republican administration during which they clearly knew we were headed for a collapse and they hoped and preyed it would not happen on their watch. Well, like everything else it blew up in their faces. Reestablishing laissez faire capitalism was far too important an ideology for them to give up. Withdrawing the regulators lead to such triumphs as contaminated food, massive fraud on government contracts, No control over para-military contractors, no accounting for billions that were lost track of by the Air Force, ad nauseum. The Wall Street debacle was just one more in a string of debacles that could have been avoided if there was an administration that was not asleep at the switch or deeply locked into ideology.
As far as a safer country, well at what cost? There is no such thing as freedom in a national security state. The state will continue to find reasons to sacrifice liberty in order to aggrandize its power. The Soviet Union was an example of a national security state run amok. I am one American that looks at alarm at direction my country has taken toward becoming another example.
I have been to Europe twice in the last year and a half--to France and Ireland. I was warmly treated by the citizens of both countries. Universally, there was a very high regards for Americans but a deep dislike of "W". I also found that to be true of people from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa I traveled with. They all were interested in all the potential US candidates, particularly in Obama.
In Ireland, we saw lots of Obama bumper stickers, but only one McCain sticker. The Irish treat politics as a national pass time and it is amazing how well informed the were of American politics. The up shot of all this --we being the laughing stock of Europe for electing Obama --NOT.