“Yeah, let's go after those nasty foreigners. I must have been them what caused that there crash. We know it could not have been all-American institutions like Goldman Sachs or Merryl Lynch who lied about mortgages or CDOs.
Good for W. By declining, he is saying: "Hey, it's Obama's watch now." George knows this day is not about him.
Sadly, there will be other politicians who know this too, but will nevertheless try to use it for political gain.
Tragically for America, there will be many politicians who do not know that this day is not about them.
Successful males do well in middle age, since wealth and power are aphrodisiac to many women.
Successful females less, so: wealth works, power doesn't. It s particularly unbalanced for folks who have learned to expect things to be done their own way: in men it's called being demanding, in women it's called nagging.
Basically this problem was created by legislators cheating the pension funds that they, themselves, approved. (There are legal reasons why this does not count as criminal fraud, but I admit that I do not understand them.)
They "kicked the can down the road" so that someone's kids could pay for it.
Now the bill is coming due, so let's guess: do the legislators take the blame - or do they try to pin it on someone else?
You've heard of "Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells"? Well, I live in Holland Park and I've Had It. Up to here! An old curmudgeon, I rant and rave about things I read, see or hear in the News. Frequently sarcastic, irreverent and libertarian; often wrong - but never uncertain.