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Top Ten Achievements of W

Ten things the president got right.
by Fred Barnes

1. Jettisoned the Kyoto global warming treaty.
2. Enhanced interrogation of terrorists.
3. Rebuilt presidential authority.
4. Unswerving support for Israel.
5. No Child Left Behind.
6. American foreign policy focus on democracy around the world.
7. Medicare prescription drug benefit.
8. Naming John Roberts and Sam Alito to the US Supreme Court.
9. Strengthened relations with east Asian democracies (Japan, South Korea, Australia, India).
10. The Surge. Worked so well that Obama will be using the strategy in Afghanistan.


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Jan. 12th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
No Child Left Behind was an achievement? For who?
Jan. 12th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Everybody! According to Barnes, it gave us mandatory testing and accountability in education, and slightly more funding. It was co-sponsored by Ted Kennedy, and it's not completely embraced by conservatives or libertarians.
Jan. 12th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
It gave more accountability but not the funding for the mandate, particularly in lower-income communities.
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
Micah! If you knew how much is spent on education even in the poorest of school districts you would shit in your pants and wonder where all the money is going.
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
I'ma ware that it's quite a bit (i'm in policy school remember?) Throwing money at something that isn't working doesn't mean it's a good program.
Jan. 12th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
In Detroit the graduation rate is just above 21%.

That's a lot of kids left behind.
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:36 am (UTC)
The bureaucacy lives for the bureaucacy, not for the kids. Everybody understands this except Democrats.
Jan. 12th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Prescription drug benefit! Are you a fan of huge, expensive, socialist programs?

I would submit to you that #3 is debatable as well. Not sure of too many people who took W that seriously the last couple of years.
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
According to Barnes:

Bush's third achievement was the rebuilding of presidential authority, badly degraded in the era of Vietnam, Watergate, and Bill Clinton. He didn't hesitate to conduct wireless surveillance of terrorists without getting a federal judge's okay. He decided on his own how to treat terrorists and where they should be imprisoned. Those were legitimate decisions for which the president, as commander in chief, should feel no need to apologize.

Defending, all the way to the Supreme Court, Cheney's refusal to disclose to Congress the names of people he'd consulted on energy policy was also enormously important.

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