Originally posted by elTwitcho
I was actually wondering that too. I mean, if any president has managed to piss off the entire known universe, it'd have to be Bush. I mean really, you'd figure at least one of the 6 billion people in the world who think he's an arse would have access to a rifle and the desire to use it...
Because most of the idiots opposed to him are pro-guntrol(AKA gun-fearing wussies) and wouldn't know how to operate one if their life depended on it.
Secondly, and this isn't pointed at elTwitcho... it's just a general statement- when was the last time the national debt affected anybody on these boards in the least? I don't remember hearing anyone say, "Oops, sorry guys, I'm late for helping pay off the national debt! I'll be back later!!"
The national debt is just that... our nation's debt to ourselves and other countries. Face it- it's never gonna be paid off, at least not in our lifetimes, so why worry about it?
Third, the economy is doing fairly well considering the circumstances. Yes, it's still pretty difficult to find jobs for some, but it'll get better... it's not like they'll be jobless for eternity
Fourth, to reiterate... the constant clapping is merely tradition during the State of the Union address, to show support for each statement and back one's political party... as you may very well have noticed, the democratic side of Congress wasn't as enthusiastic. That doesn't even necessarily mean some democrats don't agree with what the President is saying(although it was obvious that fat-arse Ed Kennedy didn't), they just normally choose to remain publicly loyal to their political party.
Fifth, a few people mentioned the various proposals to Congress to spend money on, for instance, the ex-prisoners fund and commented that it was such a large amount of money, etc...
In reply, the amount he proposed was fairly small in comparison to the budget they have to work with. While a few million or even a few billion dollars seems like an outrageous amount for the various proposed plans, consider this(as seen on AOL):the simple fact that Americans are getting fat supposedly costs the U.S. 75 BILLION dollars. Does that affect you at all? Not really. So don't freak out when they propose seemingly lavish proposals for different interests.
I'd also like to add that I believe the ex-prisoner proposal to be a very good one. As Bush stated last night, around 600,000 inmates will be released this year, and when inmates are released into society they feel very unsafe and uncomfortable being thrust out into the real world again, and much like a scared teenager, will do anything to be able to come home to the safety of mommy and daddy again. In other words, if former inmates don't find jobs or a place to fit in soon after their release, they are much more likely to commit more crimes just to be sent back to prison where they feel much safer.
An argument I've heard against this is, "Why do we need a program to rehabilitate ex-prisoners when prison was supposed to be their rehab? If it didn't work, why can't we just keep em in longer?" Like I said, the program isn't about rehab and neither is their commission of a crime upon being released from prison. It's not that they didn't learn their lesson or couldn't help it- it's that they're scared and unaccustomed to the real world and will resort to crime to put them back in a place where they feel secure again.
All in all, I'm all for President Bush, despite some mistakes he may have made. Why? Because his agenda and moral standards are good. He stands for abstinence, pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-faith, pro-sanctity of marriage, and pro-freedom, among a multitude of other things, which is far more than can be said about any Democratic candidates, many of which forfeited their values to the Democratic party.