I like his Supreme Court Justice nominees. In fact, I like them a lot. I don’t think they’re quite what he thinks they are, but you take what you can get. (Bush likes to call them “strict constructionists”, as if he even knows what that is.)
Yeah, I should’ve been more specific. I was thinking Roberts and Alito-- especially Roberts (not to take anything away from Alito)
Miers was a bit if a clunker IMO, but not because of any of her political views. I don’t really care about that. She may have been qualified, but if she was it was only marginally so. She may have made a perfectly mediocre SCOTUS justice, but since she never made it to the confirmation process it’s hard to judge (pardon the pun).
This isn’t to overlook Bush’s horrendous spending policies, or his spurious justifications for going to war in Iraq, or his repeated erosion of civil rights… but you asked…
Sadly, it seems that between the Buchananites and the Democrats, Bush is about the only politican left who’s embracing free trade. He did the right thing in attempting to push through the ports deal. We lost a very key middle east ally in rejecting the ports deal and made ourselves even more of a laughingstock in the world.
I get what you’re saying, but let’s not go overboard. Bush is generally on the side of free trade, but he’s been known to pander to the protectionists with the best of them. Remember the steel tarrifs in his first term?
I do agree that he was on the right side of the DPW deal, but we’re far from having “lost” a key ally. The relationship might be damaged some, but it’ll survive. What concerns me most about this whole situation is how this mood of economic isolationism seems to be sweeping thru Congress. It’s as if they woke up yesterday and found that (gasp!) foreigners own assets in the US. something like 80% of the port terminal leases are owned by foreign interests. I supsect that the value of those leases just took a nosedive-- that’s what usually happens when demand for something dries up. Hopefully, this rush to shut out foreign investors will die as any legislation that gets proposed ends up being bogged down in it’s own inernal contradictions. Some astute aids to the Congresscritters will chime in with: “do you really want to tank industry “X” with this legislation, Senator?”