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Wednesday Morning News Roundup

There are certain memes or themes that never seem to go away. One of the strongest seems to be that Democrats are soft on crime/terrorism. We can go back to Michael Dukakis being painted with Willie Horton. Currently, Republicans are using a variation on this theme by saying that President Barack Obama has skipped intelligence briefings. This is not true.

The number of uninsured Americans has declined in many states. This is good.

Housing market appears to be improving.

If, for some reason, you haven’t seen Mitt Romney’s “secret” video in which he is talking to fundraisers, the video can be found here.

Maxine Waters, Democrat from California, has been cleared of all ethics charges.

It looks like Paul Ryan is tryingto distance himself from Mitt Romney. I would take this with a grain of salt.

Historic slave records are being placed online. This is specific to records here in Western North Carolina.

North Carolina SAT scores continue to slide. This should be no surprise as we are investing less and less on education.

Bush 2008 – the numbers

From TP:

President Bush issued a statement yesterday in which he heralded New Year’s day as “an opportunity to remember the events of the past and look forward with hope to the year ahead.” But as Bush looks forward to leaving office, the nation is stuck with the results of many of the Bush administration’s failed policies.

To mark the passing of Bush’s last full year in office, ThinkProgress rounded up statistics on some of the most significant effects of Bush rule in 2008:

Number Of U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq: 322.
Number Of U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan: 151.
Number Of Jobs Lost: 1.9 million.
Number Of Banks Federal Government Now Owns Stock In: 206.
Number Of Uninsured Americans: 47.5 million.

Change In Housing Prices: declined 18 percent.
Change In Health Insurance Premiums: increased 5 percent.
Change In Number Of Delinquent Mortgages: increased 75 percent.
Change In Use Of Food Stamps: increased 17 percent.
Change In Dow Jones Industrial Average: declined 35 percent.
Change In Bush Approval Rating: declined 9 percent to 29 percent.

Paul Krugman noted recently that the Bush administration’s failings have often been obscured in the short-run because the White House was particularly effective at inventing an alternate reality that it then “impressed on the public.” In 2008, however, despite its repeated attempts to wish it away, the reality of its domestic policy failures caught up with Bush administration and the nation.

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