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2018-12-05 08:52 by Karl Denninger
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State funerals.

Meh.

The King is dead!  Long live the King?

I don't know.  "Bush 41" was pretty-much the last President who got what he had politically coming to him for lying to voters.  Read my lips: No new taxes will go down in infamy as the single sentence that doomed him.

Should it have?  Yes.

Should it have doomed those who followed?  Yes, but it didn't.

If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.

Health care (and insurance) costs will go down (they instead doubled or more in most cases.)

Meh.

I will say this much -- Bush was probably the last real President when it comes to white family values.  Married once, young, and stayed that way -- with class too.  There was never a question as to whether the Bushes did it for power, money, or other political games (cough-Hitlery-cough-Mooshelle-cough-cough-cough.)  Nor was there ever any question of anyone getting any sort of affirmative action, nor did the female half play games with the law and law firms.  Barbara preceded him in death, but not by much; perhaps he just knew it was time to join her.

There is plenty to argue with politically when it comes to 41.  Taking Colin Powell's advice not to kill them all after routing the invasion of Kuwait -- a war we had every right to be in, given that a friend of ours took tanks and soldiers over their border -- was, in my opinion, a big mistake.  It led to the Iraq quagmire and lots of American blood spilled years later when Bush-the-junior took "revenge" and cooked up a pot of lies to justify it too.  It would have all been avoided had 41 told Colin to stick his advice up his colon and simply blown every single man and piece of gear on the one road back to Iraq to Hell where they belonged.  Instead he let them go.

I despite the Bush "family dynasty" garbage with every fiber of my body.  It's crap and no more legitimate than the Kennedy clan.  That it kicked off not just a second President but a governor who tried to make it a third President after giving driver licenses to terrorists that killed 3,000 Americans ought to be enough depose the entire lot of them to somewhere like Somalia or pre-Clinton Rwanda. Jeb deserves a life prison sentence for that -- with Bubba-the-rapist as a cellmate. When the other two die they'll both get profanity-laced screeds on this page, assuming I'm still publishing here.

But as an individual man and couple with Barbara, like his politics or hate 'em, you can't argue with the result.

It's rare for me to issue Rest in Peace to a politician -- most get Rest in Pieces.

This guy's the exception but not for political reasons -- simply because he was the last President who actually gave a crap about nuclear families and lived what he preached.

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Never liked him or his family. I especially didn't like the way he forced himself on Ronald Reagan. Yeah, that's right, he wasn't Reagan's first choice.

I'm not getting into the long list of reasons why I wish he never survived the day when his plane was hit with enemy fire, but suffice to say I view him and his clan as enemies of the Constitution --- including the time he thought that quitting the NRA was "the right thing to do". I have no problem with people quitting the NRA for all the right reasons, but he didn't.

We live in Houston, and from time to time we have bumped into he and his family. Can't say they aren't nice white folks with outstanding manners and likeability. On their face the Bushes are indeed beautiful people. And for the lesser of two evils sake, I wish Daddy had beaten Bill Clinton for the same reason I supported Trump over the Witch.

Supporting a Bush over a Clinton, well, that doesn't mean I have to like a Bush or wish him well.

Read my lips: GTH (go to hell).

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Nice summary...agreed.
I was in grad school during GW1 and was pissed we didn't go in and level the place...i wasn't too popular in the program for that stance but f them...we screwed ourselves for years to come from that decision.

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Yep, "Read my lips" lost my vote. I couldn't vote for Slick Willy, so that was my first vote for a third-party candidate.

I can't say that I liked Bush 41, but I'll leave it at that for the moment. His wife Barbara was a class act.
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Unlike most of the rest of us who were alive at the time of the Kennedy assassination, Bush 41 could not remember where he was at that time. I was in a study hall in high school, and later went to my orthodontist, who had the radio on all the while he was working on me.

I have since realized that the assassination was a coup by the CIA and others. We know that Bush 41 was in Texas at the time, and also that he was a CIA operative. I wonder if he was involved? Now, we will never know. But perhaps I am just overly curious, and a conspiracy theorist...
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Speaking of nuclear families - I'm almost finished with a book called "Coming Apart" - by Charles Murray. I strongly recommend it. It helps me understand my country as it IS TODAY compared to how it WAS when I was young.

His thesis is that we're coming apart at the seams. Not racial seams, but CLASS seams. There's a chapter on "SuperZips" (Zip Codes where the elites live)that will blow your mind.

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can't forget his push for NAFTA, that's what brought us Ross Perot and in turn elected Clinton.
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Other than the Tax pledge he broke, the biggest mistake was the Gulf War. We never should have been there.

Irag's invasion of Kuwait was basically because of long standing disagreements between the countries. One being that Kuwait was using slant drilling to take oil out of Iraq. There were many other problems also.

I am linking a pretty good article on the background of the whole thing. Bottom line was that Bush Sr,. and Cheney ginned up a lot of lies and propaganda to justify that war.

https://billmoyers.com/2014/06/27/the-fi....
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The last of the WWII generation that believe our nation building successes in Germany and Japan could be repeated in the middle east has passed... RIP

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Meh - I can appreciate his accomplishments but I didn't vote to reelect him for a reason. I was on the Perot train. I could hear the giant sucking sound.

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