>I promised myself I wouldn’t do it, I said it was fruitless, it doesn’t do any good, but I couldn’t help myself. Tonight at work I got drawn into a political discussion at work. A coworker was going on about what a horrible President George Bush has been and how she can’t wait for the change that Obama will bring. I commented how interesting it was that Obama says there is going to be change, and yet all of the people he’s picking for posts are Clinton people (including Hillary). She said it can’t be worse than what we’ve had under Bush, and how he’s the worst President we’ve ever had. I asked her why she felt this way. She responded by saying that under the Clintons, her wallet “was fat and happy,” and now it is really bad.
I asked her how exactly this was George Bush’s fault. She said, “It’s this stupid war he got us into under false pretenses.” And (to quote a joke I read recently) that’s when the fight started. I made the following points:
1. Wars do not cause economic downturns, they promote growth. Granted, this is something that has been debated over and over again. Of course, she took the opposite view: wars cause a burden of debt on the economy.
2. Millions of Iraqi’s would disagree with you that this war was stupid or useless. They now have freedom. “And who’s paying for their freedom,” she rhetorically asked me. “Why should we have to pay for their freedom? Shouldn’t they at least give us some free oil or something?” This is an idea that I am not totally opposed to. But if we take one drop of oil from Iraq, the liberals (excuse me, progressives) will shout, “SEE! The war was for oil!!”
3. George Bush didn’t cause the current economic crisis, it was caused by Fannie and Freddie. She then asked why Bush didn’t say anything about it. I informed her that he had. She claimed to listen to his weekly radio addresses faithfully, and she has “never heard it.” In 20 seconds I found a list on the internet of all the times the White House has warned people about the instability and need for reform regarding these sub prime mortgages in general, and the problems with Fannie and Freddie specifically. She retorted with, “Well he didn’t warn about that until may of this year.” She totally ignored the twenty-some other warnings dating back to 2002.
We ended the conversation with her comment of “Bush is the worst president ever.” I then said, “you won’t listen to reason, so we’ve come to this: no he’s not.” And she said, “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”