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Adjusting for Inflation, Gas Prices are Lower now than at the Bush administration’s Peak

Who advised the Republican Party to argue that they should be put back in charge of the White House because gas prices are high?

Gas prices are undoubtedly high, but as the Washington Post documents, when you adjust for inflation the real cost of gasoline was higher in June 2008, when George W. Bush [...]

Rocky Anderson Compares Barack Obama To Gerald Ford

The comparison Rocky Anderson makes is apt: Like President Ford, Barack Obama helped the President who came before him evade legal responsibility for serious crimes that were committed in the White House. Just as Gerald ford let Richard Nixon off the hook, Barack Obama let George W. Bush off the hook. [...]

Elevated Means Something Again: Terrorist Threat Level Dropped to Zero

el·e·vat·ed adj. raised up, especially above the ground or above the normal level

- Random House Dictionary

el·e·vat·ed adj. the lowest terrorist threat level during the years of 2001-2010

- George W. Bush Administrative Dictionary

If we’re speaking English, an threat level that’s normal can’t be “elevated.” But during the years of the Bush administration, [...]

94th Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Keep Bush’s Surveillance-War Team and Call it Change

As Jake Tapper of ABC News points out, 3 out of 4 of President Barack Obama’s “new” 2011 team in charge of worldwide spying and war were leaders in President George W. Bush’s team conducting worldwide spying and war: David Petraeus, Ryan Crocker and John Allen.

“That’s not change! That’s more of the same!” — [...]

To Protest Obama continuation of Bush policies, Seize DC September 10

Citizens for Legitimate Government is not calling for Americans to come to the National Mall, walk around a bit, listen to speeches and go home. They are not organizing a protest with permits arranged by the National Park Service. On September 10 2011, CLG plans to Seize DC:

We protest “peacefully,” although not passively. We [...]

St. John’s Wort and I, Bent

As winter turned to spring a year ago, I looked at the flattened form of a St. John’s Wort bush I had planted the year before. Leafless and listless, it seemed utterly broken by the weight of the season’s snow. Looking at that plant laid so low, I was sure that I’d have to dig [...]

Oil Is Not My Addiction Of Choice

As addictions go, our addiction to oil isn’t even very satisfying. It’s nasty, vile, and polluting. We would do better to be addicted to chocolate, or to alcohol, or to old movies. [...]

Barack Obama is Braver in his Presidency than George W. Bush ever was

Read our articles on President Barack Obama and you’ll know that we don’t hold back in our criticisms. But there’s one aspect of his presidency that I admire. As Obama has appeared across the country over the past few weeks, he’s faced Americans who ask him difficult and critical questions. These questions aren’t scripted, and [...]

Barack Obama, the Quiet Dictator

In 2005, Irregular Times responded to the Bush administration’s plans for lifetime detention without criminal charges or trial, writing an essay calling George W. Bush “The Quiet Dictator”:

It was revealed this week that the Bush Administration is planning to keep people as prisoners for their entire lives, even though there is no evidence that [...]

Dick Durbin Reveals: Only 1 Senator Showed Up to Jay Bybee’s Confirmation Hearing

In a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois noted a small piece of history that is nevertheless important for understanding the path history has taken. Regarding the confirmation hearing of Jay Bybee in 2001, Dick Durbin noted:

We saw what happened when Mr. Bybee was head of the Office [...]

S. 2929 … What do Feingold and Whitehouse Know About Secret Executive Orders?

The Executive Order Integrity Act, S. 2929, isn’t the sort of bill that a member of Congress just up and decides to write on the spur of the moment. The bill, sponsored by Senator Russell Feingold and cosponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, requires the president to make formal notifications of executive orders and changes to [...]