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June 01, 2005

Re: Failues

Concerning Jim's post on the President's failures, a few points:

- I whole-heartedly agree that the White House's immigration policy has thus far proven to be an unmitigated disaster. I realize that GWB is trying to be compassionate, but he's also being incredibly foolish. He stands to do great harm to his party, his country and his own legacy.

- On Darfur, Jay Nordlinger writes in the most recent issue of National Review that Americans can take comfort in the fact that their country is doing everything short of sending troops into the region. The situation in Darfur is not one that is conducive to massive troop movements, but we're doing what we can.

- Lastly, I've never been convinced that the bankruptcy bill was a bad thing. George Mason law professor Todd Zywicki certainly doesn't think so in this NRO piece from March. Quite frankly, I trust National Review more than I trust Dave Ramsey when it comes to this sort of thing.

Excluding immigration, I would argue that the President's greatest domestic blunder was the absurd enactment of steel tarriffs during his first term. A terrible decision.

Posted by Matt at June 1, 2005 11:15 AM

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I've read the two articles you cite, Matt, and I remain convinced that the bankruptcy bill is a bad piece of legislation that puts an enormous burden on people in financial peril, under the guise of dissauding those who would defraud the system. The means test is clunky; and the cost of filing will now be inpenetrable for many debtors. The credit card/banking industry is amazingly irresponsible regarding personal credit; they have no motivation to clean up there act now that their bill is law.

As for Durfar, I'm convinced we could save a lot of lives without mass troop movements. This should be a job for NATO, but the French are blocking it. What a surprise.

Posted by: Jim Jewell at June 1, 2005 06:44 PM