Bush worst President ever?

Naw.  Let’s see he got tax cuts through Congress 3 or 4 times.  The rich are getting richer.  He tried to kill Social Security.  Um.  No Child Left Behind had a great name but really didn’t help either the children or the scholls or the teachers.  He environmental policy is laughable.  Let’s not forget Iraq.  In Afghanistan we are pulling defeat from the jaws of victory.  Maybe he is.

Let’s remember that The Rolling Stone had a huge article (May 2006) which was written by Historians which argued that he may be the worst ever.  Therefore, this article for WaPo, which is written by a Historian should be no surprise. 

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From WaPo OpEd:

Ever since 1948, when Harvard professor Arthur Schlesinger Sr. asked 55 historians to rank U.S. presidents on a scale from “great” to “failure,” such polls have been a favorite pastime for those of us who study the American past.

Changes in presidential rankings reflect shifts in how we view history. When the first poll was taken, the Reconstruction era that followed the Civil War was regarded as a time of corruption and misgovernment caused by granting black men the right to vote. As a result, President Andrew Johnson, a fervent white supremacist who opposed efforts to extend basic rights to former slaves, was rated “near great.” Today, by contrast, scholars consider Reconstruction a flawed but noble attempt to build an interracial democracy from the ashes of slavery — and Johnson a flat failure.

More often, however, the rankings display a remarkable year-to-year uniformity. Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Franklin D. Roosevelt always figure in the “great” category. Most presidents are ranked “average” or, to put it less charitably, mediocre. Johnson, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Richard M. Nixon occupy the bottom rung, and now President Bush is a leading contender to join them. A look at history, as well as Bush’s policies, explains why. Continue reading

The Errington Thompson Show – Interview with Congressman Elect Ellison

I have really talked up this interview because I believe that Keith Ellison is a special politician.  Yes, yes, he is the first Muslim in Congress.  That is not what makes him special.  He understands what Americans need.  Education, Fair Trade, Healthcare, Increasing the Minimum Wage and Hope.  This is an excellent interview (if I do say so myself).  I look forward to seeing what this freshman Congressman will do.  After listening to this interview if you are excited to see what this man can do I need to check your pulse.

The Spy who died (and pointed a finger at Moscow)

From CNN.com:

The number of sites contaminated in the Russian spy radiation alert has doubled to around 12 and is likely to rise again, British Home Secretary John Reid said.

He also disclosed that a fourth jetliner — three British Airways planes had been named the previous day — had also been caught up in the scare.

That Russian aircraft was later given a clean bill of health for traces of alpha radiation — the type emitted by polonium 210, the deadly radioactive element with which former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned.

Meanwhile Russian doctors said they had identified no natural cause for an ailment afflicting Yegor Gaidar, architect of Russia’s market reforms, Gaidar’s spokesman said on Thursday.

Gaidar, 50, became violently ill and was rushed to a hospital in Ireland, but was improving in a Moscow hospital Thursday.

Also on Thursday a coroner formally opened an inquest into the poisoning of Litvinenko, who died on November 23 after falling ill more than three weeks earlier. It was quickly adjourned so police could continue their investigation, but three pathologists were expected to participate in an autopsy Friday at Royal London Hospital.  more

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This is a weird story.  I’m not sure what to make of it.