Shinjo, all I'm saying is that all the above represent a shotgun approach to economic policy. Again, there was no unified plan. No NRA level "lets work together" commitment. You're almost completely focused in seeing things in binary ways. For example, no where in my post did I say something like the Cash for Clunkers was a failure. But, as a stand-alone program, it wasn't effective at all. It wasn't part of anything larger. It didn't promote any goals. It was basically an attempt at a short term bribe for those who were going to buy a car anyway, and actually ended up using resources that could have been used more effectively elsewhere. You say "Oh, here we go again with Solyndra, it's irrelevant..." but that was another huge boondoogle which ate up finite resources right in the middle of a economic downturn. It's a cumulative effect, of which the administration's habit of taking various things and throwing them up on the wall to see what would stick had the consequence of turning an 18 month recession into a 48 month+ one. It's something that every citizen in the US should be upset about because things could have been so much better. For example, as President, the buck stopped with Bush regarding the invasion of Iraq, no different than any President. The Bush administration had many, many obvious missteps with regards to how Iraq was handled. But do you imagine how stupid it would appear-how utterly and blindly partisan- it would be, if we were discussing the negative aspects of the former administration, and someone came in and said "Eh, here we go again with Iraq. It's completely irrelevant to the administration's foreign policy...." Except thats exactly what you continue to do now. The point is collectively, taken together, examples like CfC, Solyndra, Fast and Furious, all represent lack of overall plans to achieve any of the administration's own stated goals during its first term. And you're now seeing a political consequence of that. In short, you're still doing everything you can, including jumping through hoops of perception to give the administration a pass on anything negative, just so you can sit back and say "none of that matters, because it's really just the republicans fault." That's not how the division of powers, and the very executive branch itself exist within the government.