ARE WE ANY BETTER OFF.

I stopped at Jimmy Carter. A man of morals but who did not know one thing about being president. If I remember right he had an awful time with Congress.He had several things going against him. The oil embargo, Fights with Congress on how to stimulate the economy[ sound familiar] and his last year the Iranian hostage situation. All were big negatives.For the oil embargo he made the double nickle mandatory every where. Biggest uproar was the truckers of course. But too his credit it did save oil and gas, saved lives by slowing people down and we all got used to it. I think we should have stayed with it myself. Gas might be cheaper now and the 35 years since then we might not have any need for ME oil. Yes I drive 65 and faster sometimes but I try to drive no more than 65 to save a gallon of gas a tank full.
Next came Reagan. I lived through him but I am still not sure if he was a good president or not. He had us in several small police actions that may or not helped in world peace. 2 of them was Grenada and Panama. He picked his fights well and got us in and out in a hurry. His trickle down theory took a long time to take effect if it did at all. The first 3 years was a bad time economic wise for the US. His latter years were better. Trickle down will work if the the top isn’t greedy. But if anyone near the top gets greedy and say I want more then the whole theory is blown. We have some very greedy people leading the corporations today. That can be said for any time the last 250 years.He did nothing but made president when the hostages were set free. He opened up the speed limits but also opened up the oil fields here in the US.Heaven for bid he gave them tax breaks. George H. Bush came next but He didn’t last long. He was in Charge during the Gulf war.Swift and fast again but he left Hussein in power. Big mistake.
Next was Willie Clinton. I will never respect the man because he destroyed so many innocent lives and still nobody did anything to stop him. His impeachment was a farce because they still let him be president. His economics were sound but like most Democrats he spent too much and wasted even more. That doesn’t sound like he was sound but he didn’t ever go over board on anything. He knew when to quit. Going to stop here but the next 2 presidents have a lot to fill up space with.

GOING DOWN HILL FAST.

I am 61 years old. My mind says no but the body says yes. Being born in 1953 I think was a big blessing. W W 2 was trying to be left behind. The economy was good and people felt good about be a US citizen. Yes the Korean conflict was happening but it seemed too have little affect on what was happening at home. After Truman came Ike and the world was good. Now I was not even born when Ike first became president so my perception could be wrong on several things. School prayer was in effect, as was the Pledge of Allegiance still being said. Short hair for the guys, Hats for the men, Pony tails for the girls, and stay at home mothers. People were glad to be patriots. Was everything perfect in the world of course not. But those things going on I think still helped the American spirit.In the mid to late 60’s things began to change. The Beatles and the British invasion now on all the radio stations. Hard or acid rock was coming into being, drugs were being tried by a lot of young people. And the Viet Nam war was getting bigger. People were beginning to question authority. I was raised to respect the people in charge and stay out of trouble. This wasn’t happening across the US. Now that I can look back with 20/20 hindsight, a lot of the government was corrupt and we were fighting a no win war. It wasn’t that we couldn’t win but we were never meant to win an all out war. Johnson and his New Deal was being put in place, food stamps for the poor and needy and poverty was supposed to be on the way out. Next came NIXON, and the war continued, casualties piled up. His biggest accomplishments if you want to call them that was Detente and the opening up a relationship with communist China. Neither brought peace any where but only lies going back and forth. Well Nixon got his due and was impeached. Before I go any further let say because of an atheist, in 1963 school prayer was taken out of schools. Before the hippies drugs and counter culture came along. Ten years later Roe vs Wade came about. Government was hated and every one felt all of Congress and the White House was corrupt. Not all were or are now but sometimes it feels that way. The Supreme Court was the biggest enemy again but few eyes saw or ears heard. Ford finished up the rest of Nixon’s term. Next was Carter. He for me is a difficult man to figure out. He is from the South, born again Christian, and wasn’t part of the corrupt society of Washington D.C. Going to stop here for now. Be back soon and have the big finish.