Politics & Media
Dec 23, 2009, 11:27AM

Top ten worst things about the Bush decade

"Bush-Cheney were not simply purveyors of wrong-headed ideas. They were the agents of the one percent, and their policies make perfect sense if seen as attempts to advance the interests of this narrow class of persons."

By spring of 2000, Texas governor George W. Bush was wrapping up the Republican nomination for president, and he went on to dominate the rest of the decade. If Dickens proclaimed of the 1790s revolutionary era in France that it was the best of times and the worst of times, the reactionary Bush era was just the worst of times. I declare it the decade of the American oligarchs.

  • One of the hysterics of the left speaks out. Was this decade worse, at least in recent memory, than the 1970s? That was a time, as Juan Cole surely remembers, that the Vietnam War was sucking up money and lives (both American and Vietnamese); the economy was wretched, under Nixon, Ford and Carter; Watergate was by far the worst political scandal of the 20th century; and class/cultural warfare was far more prevalent than today.

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