Bush Legacy Redux

Although President Bush pushed for his expansion of executive power, wars, record spending, and was anti-civil rights and privacy, we let him do this ["In Bush's Farewell, a Self-Portrait of Decisiveness With Few Apologies," usnews.com].

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Although President Bush pushed for his expansion of executive power, wars, record spending, and was anti-civil rights and privacy, we let him do this ["In Bush's Farewell, a Self-Portrait of Decisiveness With Few Apologies," usnews.com]. By being complacent and grumbling under our breaths, we allowed this country to be taken in a horrible direction. No matter who the leader is, the government is still only possible by the people. Take responsibility for letting politicians do what they have done. It's not all their fault.

Comment by Chris of IL

President Bush has been vilified for mistakes that were made during his term, since they were made "on his watch." But these criticisms are usually made by people who don't have all the facts and all the options the president must choose from. Sometimes the options are bad, worse, and worse, at best. I am immensely proud to be one of President Bush's most ardent supporters. Thank you, Mr. President: "On your watch" you kept us safe through seven years of potential violence and horror from terrorists around the world. Because of you and our God, [Osama] bin Laden is exiled and doomed to exist in a cave somewhere, trying to pretend he is still viable. We'd better hope and pray that our new president does half as well. (God bless aim also!) Goodbye, Mr. President. I wish you well and hope and pray that God will continue to keep you in the palm of his hand.

Comment by Paul Lopez of CA

George Bush says he put the country first. I say the proof is in the pudding. His policies and decisions with respect to the economy, government, and foreign affairs are directly responsible for the mess that surrounds us. He grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth and was unable to rise above this problem in terms of viewing the way the majority actually live. Trickle down characterizes his view of what the average American should be thankful for, while the privileged make the laws and ensure that their pockets are lined. His legacy is one of wrong wars, massive government spending leading to incredible deficits, 401(k)'s deflated on the order of 50 percent, further declines in education, unprotected borders and ports despite hostile action against our country both militarily and economically, etc.

Comment by Gordon Leeuwrik of VA

Those who hate President Bush really have no idea of what the real world is about. Hating him for the economy is plain ignorant. The economy cycle usually is based off bills and policies enacted eight to 10 years prior, and the budget is controlled by Congress. Hating him for Katrina for a "lack of response" when it was up to the governor and mayor to ask for what they needed is placing the blame in the wrong direction. As far as the wars are concerned; if I remember correctly, the press and the American public were all for it. Now people are all claiming they were never for it.

Comment by Ken Neu of NC

Healthy Practice: Read the Fine Print

The only reason I would be inclined to drink a beverage called VitaminWater would be as a health-conscious person looking for an alternative to the normal set of soft drinks ["VitaminWater Health-Claim Lesson: Read Labels," usnews.com]. Clearly, this is the audience they are marketing to, and only when I read the fine print does it disclose that I have been misled. I don't consider myself stupid but rather the object of an intentionally deceptive marketing practice.

Comment by George White of MA

I'd be willing to bet that most consumers do not take the time to exercise proper logic when reading the health claims featured on the front of a bottle of VitaminWater and making value judgments about the product. Thank you, Katherine [Hobson], for addressing the points that the typical consumer would be led to believe.

Comment by Kay of IL

The article is correct. It is another attempt to stretch the truth. Unfortunately, no, the general public doesn't often check into the ingredients very closely. Products such as this count on that. I have a friend who swears by VitaminWater but when cornered had to admit he didn't know this information.

Comment by David Burns of OR

Sure, VitaminWater may not be "healthy," and anyone looking for a health drink should have the sense to look closely at the nutrition facts. The real nutritional values of the drink are clearly labeled and are in no way "deceptive," as the Center for Science in the Public Interest claims. One can describe the claims on VitaminWater as pure marketing. Will drinking VitaminWater give you "the ability to fight cancer"? Definitely not, and anyone who believes these "deceptive" claims deserves to be duped of every penny spent on this "health drink." The CSPI is merely fighting ghosts that simply don't exist.

Comment by Matt of TX

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