Since taking office<br><br>Jobs: net job loss<br>Poverty: 1.3 million people slip into poverty<br>Health Care: 245,000 more people without it<br><br>Those are three huge problems, but let's look at George W. Bush's policy solutions.<br><br>For the combined jobs and poverty picture, Bush is proposing Congress make the tax cuts permanent. It is worth noting that the tax cuts do absolutely nothing for people without jobs and in poverty. For rising health care costs and more people without coverage, Bush is proposing health care savings accounts and tort reform. It's worth noting that the Congressional Budget Office found that tort reform did not conclusively lower medical costs when implemented in states and health care savings accounts will not possibly benefit anyone making under the median wage, where most people are loosing benefits.<br><br>These are non-solutions, and they are the cornerstones of the Bush re-election strategy.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey<br>
Well as usual I don't support Bush but bashing him is too easy so I prefer to play devil's advocate (sort to speak).<br><br>Jobs: net job loss <br>True, but with the dot com/tech stock bubble burst of 2000 that was inevatible.<br><br>Poverty: 1.3 million people slip into poverty <br>And how many of them slipped over the border first?<br><br>Health Care: 245,000 more people without it<br>And what should be done? A health care system like Canada? That only works if you have a country at your border that will give you the surgery you need (like emergency bypass surgery) when you need it.<br><br>
(Devil's advocate always makes for lively discussion.)<br><br>Jobs... You are right about the tech boom, but less than half of the total jobs lose have been tech-related, and the IT world has been loosing jobs steadily since the bust originally happened. I think the tech bust had a detrimental affect on Bush's job record, but it can't be blamed for ineffective public policy.<br><br>Poverty... Ah, the Jim Oberweis argument. (He ran in Illinois on a strictly anti-immigration policy and lost his nomination bid to Jack Ryan, who begat Alan Keyes. What a disaster.) The employment surveys showed people slipping into poverty from the working class. So undocumented immigrants would not be counted.<br><br>Health Care... The health care industry has had it pretty easy for the last few years. Insurance companies have been deregulated out of any responsibility to keep their premiums tied to risk pools. Pharmaceutical firms have been increasing their margins two and three fold. We don't need a health care system like in Canada, at least not yet. What we do need is to make our system work for us again. That means putting competitive pressure back on the drug companies and insurance providers. Drug makers can't do their job without big government grants, how about bargaining on those? Insurance companies can't screw doctors with high malpractice premiums if we make them use that money for the risk pool instead of brokerage investments.<br><br>-- Charlie Alpha Roger Yankee Whiskey<br>
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