I remember three things from high school and college (but just three):
1. It was really, REALLY easy to fail.
2. Anyone could fail. Getting good grades was harder.
3. It was easier to maintain a 'B' average than it was to recover after slacking off and getting that 'C', 'D' or 'F'.
This came to mind because of all the grief that President Obama is getting about the economy and unemployment. The Republicans have all adopted the talking points that include "This economy is on Obama's watch now. Can't blame Bush any more!"
Obama has been president for less than two years. Bush had a full eight years to take us into record deficits after being handed a balanced budget by Clinton.
To belabor the point: Clinton handed Bush an economic "A+", who then turned it into an "F" that he handed to Obama. Now, everyone is pissed off that we're not back to at least a 'B' in 18 months.
(Quick history lesson: At this exact same moment during Reagan's first term, the economy was experiencing... wait for it... the worst recession since the Great Depression. Republicans seem to think that things worked out pretty good for the Gipper.)
While I don't think it does the president or his spokespeople any good to keep blaming Bush, I do think that any rational-thinking citizen should reflect on how completely Bush/Cheney f*cked this country.
But given that the news media, pundits and indeed most of us have the attention span of four-years-olds, there will probably be a bloodletting in the November elections. Just keep in mind that in November 2008, we were fed up with Bush and the Republicans, and voted for Obama. Now Obama is screwing the pooch. At this rate, if things aren't fixed by Valentine's Day 2011, the Tea Party will start impeachment procedures (because the Tea Party has ALL the answers.)
Suggestion: Before you go to the voting booth, do some history homework, pause and think. And remember who brought us to where we are today.