I would like to address the relationship of a President to any fluctuation in the economy/stock market. Budgetary changes and economic policy modifications can NOT impact the market or economy in the period of time catmando is referencing. It takes years for these new policies to have any meaningful impact on the economy or market. The market may have a short term rally or decline, but sustained expansion and growth like we saw in the 90's after a significant amount of time has lapsed during which the economy has had time to adjust and capitalize on those changes. So to accuse GWB of being the reason for the markets decline especially so soon after his taking office is absolutely REDICULOUS! Furthermore, crediting Clinton with creating the expansion and irrational inflation in stock prices is equally foolish. Each needs to be taken in its own context. I certainly do not agree with catmando's political views, but he is surely entitled to them, even if they are a misguided j/k. I also think tannedfat was just trying to have a little fun with you and it got taken to catastrophic proportions.