ah the classic retort...'all you do is point fingers, where are the solutions.' this post isn't in reference to climate change but..
first: slowly decrease troop commitment in Iraq (I have a buddy over there and regardless of what the administration will say, we are not making any difference - only losing our grip as we try to train forces that are scared to fight more powerful militias)
second: balance the budget before you worry about banning online gambling. which leads to..
third: don't put items in the budget that you can't pay for (like somebody pointed out for me in another thread: the border fence)
fourth: elect somebody based on merit. when bush fucks up the domestic economy (1.2 trillion projected 2010 surplus to -800 billion projected deficit) as bad as he did from 2000-2004, he shouldn't be allowed back in office. oh wait - his opponent 'flip flopped.'
there are so many more...and in reference to the bold statement...it is SO much easier to sit on your ass and be oblivious to the world around you.
You really don't know if a difference can be made. Our country is full of yellow media and it is constantly spun to provide what the majority wants to hear. If more people approved of the war, you'd hear about the good things we may be doing there.
With regards to the economy, I know he spent more than he should have, however the economy IS a cycle. Clinton benefited extremely from the tech stock boom. Our economy's problems benefited greatly to the tech stock's crash. People invested alot more during Clinton's terms because everything seemed to be a sure thing, but everything had an extremely high P/E ratio and their were very low barriers to enter the market. The high profits the companies saw at first dwindled as soon as competition came around.
With regards to the troops, we can't just pull out. Look at places where we went to war in the past. We still have bases there and a large number of troops. Do you remember the world cup game in Germany where the US troops filled a large portion of the stadium.
The problem with politics is that everything we see as an effect we blame that politician in office now. We don't ultimately look at every cause. Causes that could have existed 20 years prior to now. People will blame Bush for Global Warming, but no president has really touched the issue for how long it has been a problem. Also what is the "tonnes per capita" I think that would be a truer number.