Pelosi and the statute of limitations on blame

It’s a big issue, one that we liberals (and everyone, for that matter) need to consider for both political and general reasons: just how long can we keep on blaming Bush for things? Nancy Pelosi was asked this very question, and her answer was pretty simple.

Asked if there was a statute of limitations on blaming Bush, Pelosi said: “Well, it runs out when the problems go away.

“He brought us to the brink of financial crisis, he brought us to the brink of deep recession, ignoring issues related to climate change,” said Pelosi (D-Calif.), who rattled off a number of problems she said Democrats inherited from Bush and are trying to fix.

This is the crux of the matter, and it’s a valid point. There’s a difference between simply shunting blame for everything to the Republican, and accurately pointing out that several of the situations we’re facing now are direct results of Bush policies. And it’s not like the left has been only blaming Bush for things, Clinton took a bit of a pounding for not doing more to stop the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 that had a big hand in causing the financial blowup.

And besides, let’s not forget how often the right seems to love blaming FD-motherfuckin-R for just about any economic woes we have these days. So it’s not like anyone has any room to talk in terms of playing the blame game.

Side note: I hate “the blame game”. Not the idea itself, but the phrase. It’s like “race card”, just a way for people to completely avoid the issue by giving it a negative name.


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