Let's look at the past 20 years or so. Yes, there were mistakes, but after eight years of the Democratic Clinton presidency, it left us with a surplus in employment. People had jobs.
On the other hand, Republican George W. Bush left us with the largest federal deficit since the end of World War II, and an unemployment rate averaging 10 percent. This administration made so many mistakes that it quickly becomes overwhelming to try to calculate them. We are simply blindsided by the enormity of its wrong calls. So, to name the most egregious:
There was the illegitimate war based on lies, which was willfully embarked upon against all of our own intelligence and in which thousands of our noblest young men and women were killed or tragically wounded, and over $1 trillion of our tax payer dollars were squandered. Then there was the underplayed fact that Iraq had nothing to do with our 9-11 tragedy.
Well it did give Vice President Dick Cheney's former corporation, Halliburton, the opportunity for obscene profiteering in the rebuilding of Baghdad and supplying of the military on no-bid contracts. Halliburton, Blackwater and others of their ilk became insanely rich on our tax dollars.
Another Republican strategy is taking away the power of the people by using the media, which is more and more corporate-owned, to confuse us with spin, lies and sloganeering. They have developed the most sophisticated spin machine in history to manipulate us into voting against our best interests.
Do you really want to lose Social Security? Are you happy with the outsourcing of American jobs so that millions of our citizens are jobless and homeless? Are you OK with turning our country over to corporate control, thereby becoming a "Republicorps" and no longer a democracy? We're almost there already.
At least take the power of your vote.