Saturday, July 19, 2003

Bush Is Bullish On Economy

From the President's weekly radio message:

"The American economy is headed in the right direction, and we can be confident of better days ahead," Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address.

It needs to hurry up, don't you think? After all, the recession ended officially, we now know, in November, 2001, eight months after it officially started, in March, 2001. You remember, it was the Clinton recession then.

The 2001 recession was slightly shorter than the average of the nine other U.S. downturns since World War II, and it was also among the mildest in terms of lost economic output

So the months since November 2001 have to be considered this Bush administration's recovery, yes?

No wonder Incurious George is so optimistic.

When the Dems get beat up badly enough, maybe they'll find a way to make public financing of elections their issue, which is not as easy a move as you might think. There's a Supreme Court ruling to think their way around, and an understandable fear that if they take that issue and run with it, they'll find themselves in a position where they'll look like hypocrites, or be forced to unilaterally disarm.

Even so, what other way is there for citizens to get their democracy back?

EDITED: Reposted to replace what was a draft.