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Elementary school ends, but the Democrats fight on.
President Bush listens to questions during a 2007 press conference. His second term ends in January of next year.
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By Richard Amrhine
Rejected the science that points to the reality of global warming, ignored the nation's role in contributing to it, and failed to establish a cogent, environmentally sound energy plan that could serve as a blueprint for the world. His idea of energy conservation to sit back and see how high the price of gasoline can get before Americans noticeably reduce their fuel consumption.
Dismantled the worthy Republican ideal of fiscal conservatism by taking discretionary spending to record highs, and tossing tax cuts at corporate fat-cats like rice at giddy newlyweds.
Took divisive postures on social hot-button issues while ignoring an economy marked by excessive food and energy prices, rising unemployment, a housing crisis that hits the poor the hardest, and a quickly expanding wealth gap between rich and poor.
When I think about eight years in terms of my kids growing up, it has gone by in the blink of an eye. But when I think about the eight years of the Bush administration, molasses in January suggests a speed far too great.
Richard Amrhine is a writer and editor with The Free Lance-Star.