Posted from the US
Watching the MSM (mainstream media) news it appears that Bush's ratings with the U.S. public are approaching an all-time low. Iraq continues to be a growing mess (all out civil war soon with U.S. troops acting as referees?), giving control of key ports to Arab governments, Katrina, Cheney's shotgun outing - how much worse can it get?
Is all of this Bush's fault? It is comforting to have a figurehead to blame for everything - and surely he has made some big fat mistakes and screwups. It also seems that he and his administration are pretty disconnected from the common wisdom on the street (typical upper management vs. the workers kind of stuff). However, it may also be that the fundamentals of the U.S. are broken, and that there is a larger scale problem to deal with:
- Manufacturing - when do we wake up and stop giving away production to Asia, and IT to India?
- Pride in American products - I was trying to buy and American car - and at the dealership the big push for me to pick up the new Saturn VUE was that is has the Honda engine.
- Overall international relations - we have had many countries rooting for our downfall for a while - how can we fix this?
- Major disconnects between Western culture and places like Iran - why is our PR so bad over there?
- What's the vision for the U.S. for the next 50 years? Are we going to become a second rate player to China, or are we going to retool ourselves (IBM style) and become relevant, with a different focus?
Yes, you could out a lot of blame on Bush, because he is in a seat to deal head on with many of these problems. But you could also blame the Republicans (hey guys, what happened to fiscal responsibility?), the Democrats (what's with the crazy guy from Vermont, and is the new Democrat an old Republican?), and the average American citizen (there is a major war on - does anyone care? What are you doing about it?).
Lots of stuff to fix.