Someone claimed that (under Bush) unemployment was down from Clinton's time... All I can say to that is... "complete and utter bull crap" Ever since Bush took office, my family has been on one income. I know more people out of work NOW that I have ever seen. Clinton may have been personally repugnant, but he was an effective and intelligent leader for the country... Bush, whatever else can be said about him, is NOT particularly intelligent and he has not done ANYTHING effective for THIS country since taking office. Let's see what Bush's regime has done for the country... (as noted above, unemployment SUCKS) we have lost more US soldiers in the "war" in Iraq than in any event since Vietnam... whether the war is legal or not is irrelevant at this point, of course... we're over there. The point is, however, (legal or not) we should not be... it's not our soldiers' job to be the world police.... We're a democratic country. When men and women join the military, they give up the right, except in small ways, to complain about America's wars. The concept is that they defend us, and in return we exercise good judgment about what risks we send them into. This is sabotaged when opposing sending our troops into a pointless conflict becomes "disloyalty." We owe it to our fighting men and women to be sensible and make the decisions they cannot. When we abrogate that responsibility in the name of "patriotism" we are not being Citizens. I can't say for certain what we should do in Iraq, but I can say it needs to be the result of an informed and public debate, not the meanderings of an administration that has systematically bankrupted its best talent by punishing any opinion that did not reflect the pre-existing prejudices of its ideologues. what else... hmmm... personal liberty is at an all time low, not seen since the McCarthy era. All that has to be done to incarcerate someone and remove their constitutional rights is to SUGGEST that they might be involved in terrorism. No proof is needed. No warrants required by Bush's lackeys for wiretaps, etc. All-in-all a disgusting situation. Overall, I am distinctly UNimpressed with the republican-run country. Now, the Democrats have a tie with the Republicans, and 2 (mostly democratic) Independents to swing the votes... So... we'll see whether it's Business As Usual or if some much needed changes can be made in theTONE of the legislature and have been made in the POPULATION of the legislature. Remember: The US is NOT actually a democracy; we are a democratic republic. Democracy assumes that each and every citizen has a vote on issues. We don't. In order to have a vote, you first have to spend huge amounts of money and be elected... which then entitles you to do whatever you want as the "representative" of the people. Seriously, I would like to see a single congressman, democrat or republican who has ever been out of a job, looking for a way to make ends meet... The very nature of the system, unfrontuately, and the federal government has effectively removed the citizens' constitutionally guaranteed capability to remove said government from power.