We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I think it is fair to blame Bush but not fair to only blame Bush. Congress was the organization that made it happen and a couple dozen semi-political special interest groups demanded it from congress. To this day there are still people who think: A.We attacked ourselves on 9/11, or B.Bush caused the hurricane to hit NOLA tokill black people. The blame should go to all who created this wasteful and oppressive organization.
Totally agree with you about the DHS. I was so disappointed in Bush when this happened. We did not need another huge federal bureaucracy. All they needed to do was force the agencies (FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.) to SHARE information and STOP being competitive. Could've been done with a new law or a change of guard at all these places with a new set of orders in hand.
(Also still steaming that Bush did not take the Republican majority he had for a short period of time to privatize social security and change the tax code to a simpler thing.)