Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Bush Decade

Time's verdict on the `00s, in a story from November:
At exactly two minutes after midnight on Jan. 1, 2000, an alarm sounded at a nuclear power plant in Onagawa, Japan. Government officials and computer scientists around the globe held their breath. Was this the beginning of a massive Y2K computer meltdown? Actually, no. It was an isolated event, one of a handful of glitches to occur (including the failure of 500 slot machines at two racetracks in Delaware) as the sun rose on the new decade. The dreaded millennial meltdown never happened.

Instead, it was the American Dream that was about to dim. Bookended by 9/11 at the start and a financial wipeout at the end, the first 10 years of this century will very likely go down as the most dispiriting and disillusioning decade Americans have lived through in the post–World War II era. We're still weeks away from the end of '09, but it's not too early to pass judgment. Call it the Decade from Hell, or the Reckoning, or the Decade of Broken Dreams, or the Lost Decade. Call it whatever you want — just give thanks that it is nearly over.
I thought the 1970s sucked pretty bad, but that was a golden decade compared to the one wrought largely by George W. Bush, a decade where the Republican doctrine of "hooray for the rich and fuck everyone else" was on full display. Time's story goes on:
For the average working stiff, it was a pretty lousy 10 years. The median household income in 2000 was $52,500. Last year (the most recent year available) it was $50,303. And given that the unemployment rate has climbed to 10.2%, income will almost certainly drop again this year. Low-income Americans fared even worse. In 2000, 11.3% of Americans were living below the poverty line. By 2008, that number had risen to 13.2%. Meanwhile, the percentage of Americans without health insurance increased from 13.7% to 15.4%
Bu you can bet your ass that the Republicans think that this decade was just peachy, if you disregard the collapse of the economy, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the functional collapse of our government. Since the decade was a good one for the rich, the heart and soul of the GOP, they may have a point. But for those of us who make less than one of Bush's peeps, it was a pretty tough decade.



zdogk9 said...

t least we didn't have disco

Anonymous said...

But at least the part of the 70's when some of us were in college there was a debate about what LBJ brought to domestic policy. I remember some heady times that faded. Nothing like that in the OO's.

Comrade Misfit said...

I'll take disco over hip-hop, genre that is about as musical as the dulcet tones of a car crusher.

Marc said...

And remember about the percentages listed in the story - the population has grown with each year, so that means that the total number of Americans unemployed/underemployed and/or without insurance has risen. Percentages don't have the impact of hard numbers.