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2004 Reasons to Boot Bush
Latest Update (10/09/04): 1005 Reasons to Boot Bush
What are the reasons to boot Bush? Oh, let us count the ways:
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- The problem with Iraq is not simply that we went to war against the country. It's also that Bush pushed us into a war the American military was not yet equipped to fight. As John Kerry says, "The president made the decision as to when to send our troops to war, no one else. He decided the date. He decided that diplomacy was over. He decided to go forward. And on the date that they went into Iraq, they didn't have the armament on the Humvees, the armored doors, they didn't have the equipment they needed in some regards, and they didn't have the state-of-the-art body armor."
Had Bush cooled his heels for a month, life-saving equipment could have arrived in time. But no -- Bush had to have it when he wanted it, reality be damned. And Americans are dead because of it.
(Source: Boston Globe March 17, 2004)
- In Kansas, there were 7,500 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
- Have you ever noticed that George W. Bush seems most comfortable at his dude ranch in Crawford? Let's show him we care for his comfort by sending him there for good.
- Bush said it! "The true strength of America is found in the hearts and souls of people like Travis, people who are willing to love their neighbor, just like they would like to love themselves." (Source: Remarks by George W. Bush in Springfield, Missouri, February 9, 2004)
- George W. Bush in July 2003: "The United States will not waver from its commitment to the cause of democracy and human rights in Burma."
George W. Bush in March 2004: the official Bush campaign website sells clothing made in Burma, where child labor and sexual slavery are rampant and textile laborers earn 7 cents an hour.
In case you were wondering the official Kerry campaign website only sells goods made in the USA. (Source: Washington Post March 20, 2004)
- In the 2000 campgaign, Bush ridiculed Al Gore for suggesting that it was time to replace the internal combustion engine, and suggested that such a position was anti-business. Bush was too short-sighted to realize that in replacing the internal combusion engine with new technology, new businesses would be spawned. These new technologies would rely less on traditional fuels, providing further economic benefit to American businesses who are now stuck with the rising cost of fossil fuels. (Sources: USA Today April 3, 2000; Washington Post March 20, 2004)
- In Connecticut, there were 1,700 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. Perhaps if Saddam Hussein had taken their jobs, Bush might have done something about it. But as it is he has stood by and simply watched this deterioration take place. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
- The President of Poland is the latest world leader to come out publicly and say that he was misled by George W. Bush into going to war. As Aleksander Kwasniewski said, "That they deceived us about the weapons of mass destruction, that's true. We were taken for a ride." Decieving other world leaders is no way for the United States to conduct itself, and no way for the United States to strengthen its global leadership. Thanks for another mess, George. (Source: The Times of London, March 18, 2004)
- Bush Administration Special Counsel Scott Bloch has changed interpretation of the U.S. legal code so that all gay and lesbian federal workers have lost their protection against workplace discrimination. According to Bloch, government workers may be demoted or fired for being gay and lesbian. (Source: Gay365.com News Service, March 17, 2004)
- Bush said it! "The illiteracy level of our children are appalling." (Source: Remarks by George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., January 23, 2004)
- In Florida, there were 35,500 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. That's many times more than the vote margin Bush paid such close attention to four years ago. If only he would devote his attention to Florida's problems now. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
- Only George W. Bush would be so callous as to appoint James L. Connaughton, lobbyist for power companies and corporate polluters, to be the White House's senior environmental adviser. (Source: Mother Jones September 2003)
- In the 2000 campaign, George W. Bush said that Al Gore would have to explain his stances in the book he wrote, Earth in the Balance. Then Bush had to admit he'd never read Earth in the Balance. We've since learned the hazards of a presidency with policies based on unopened books. (Source: USA Today April 3, 2000)
- Bush said it! "Why don't you mentor a child how to read?" (Source: Remarks by George W. Bush in St. Louis, Missouri
In Missouri, there were 14,600 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. It's a cliche, but it's true: Missouri is in misery, and Bush isn't lifting a finger to get those families out of poverty. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Americans for the Arts, a non-profit organization charged with advancing the state of the humanities and arts in the United States, has praised John Kerry for his consistent support of the arts over the years during his time in the Senate, giving him a 100% rating. (Source: Americans for the Arts)
Former chief of UN weapons inpection Hans Blix says that in his estimation George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq has increased, not decreased, the threat from terrorists. (Source: Reuters March 19, 2004)
Mark Rey, appointed by George W. Bush to the position of Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment in the Department of Agriculture, spent the decades before his appointment acting as a lobbyist for the timber industry, paid by timber corporations to advocate expanded logging. Talk about foxes guarding the chicken coop...! (Source: Mother Jones September 2003)
In Maine, there were 4,000 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. That may not sound like much, but keep in mind that there aren't too many families in Maine to begin with. Maine is known for its stark beauty, but under Bush the living is getting starker, too. Don't worry, though: the Bushes' compound in Kennebunkport will always be secure. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
In the month after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush Administration cut a request for counter-terrorism funds from the FBI by two-thirds. (Source: Washington Post March 22, 2004)
Bush said it! "I want to remind you all that in order to fight and win the war, it requires an expenditure of money that is commiserate with keeping a promise to our troops to make sure that they're well paid, well trained, well equipped." We've suspected for some time that George W. Bush doesn't know the true meaning of commiseration, but this clinches it. (Source: George W. Bush's Press Conference of December 15, 2003)
Inept use of vocabulary aside, Bush's statement is substantively galling, given the massive problems in getting troops the pay they deserve. General Accounting Office Report GAO-04-89 of November 2003 (released a month before Bush's press conference) found that 93.5% of the members of six Army National Guard units mobilized to Iraq encountered problems getting paid. Of course, George W. Bush didn't mention that in his press conference. It's just one more example of how Bush's pushy agenda ends up leaving important details behind.
In Georgia, there were 27,300 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. Georgia can't say it's better off than it was four years ago. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Thomas Sansonetti, appointed by George W. Bush to the position of Assistant Attorney General for Environment and Natural Resources, has presided over the settlement of lawsuits that have generously allowed corporate access to our nationally-treasured wilderness for a variety purposes including mining. Surprise, surprise: Sansonetti's previous job was as a lobbyist for corporate mining interests. Isn't it time we said "enough is enough" to these corporate cronies in our government, and to the administration that put them there? (Source: Mother Jones September 2003)
Bush said it! "Reading is the basics for all learning." (Source: San Diego Union-Tribune September 14, 2000)
Bush's attack dogs at the Republican National Committee have dug up what they think is the ultimate dirt on John Kerry: he has a cousin who is... French! Do Bush and his cronies really want to argue that a man is unfit for the Presidency because of his family's ethnic heritage? Apparently, yes. (Source: Republican National Committee Briefing, "International Man of Mystery, March 8, 2004)
Why is it time to give Bush the boot? Because rather than allow the documentation of what Bill Clinton accomplished in office, the Bush Administration has chosen to simply delete references to Clinton from the website of the White House. Down the memory hole! (Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/error-404.html)
In Michigan, there were 27,900 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. I imagine Mr. Bush is hoping those newly poor families don't get out to vote in November 2004. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Bush said it! "We need an energy bill that encourages consumption." Bwah-huh? (Source: Remarks of George W. Bush in Trenton, New Jersey, September 23 2002)
Richard Clarke, a Reagan appointee and registered Republican who worked for the past four presidents, has reported that George W. Bush pressured him and other intelligence officials to create an official report linking Iraq and Al Qaeda. When Clarke's report clearly stated that Iraq had no relationship with Al Qaeda, he was told that his report had the "wrong answer" and that he should come back with a new report. Clarke says that all the intelligence Bush had told him that Iraq "did nothing to threaten us." Yet, Bush chose to ignore this intelligence. (Source: Richard Clarke, Against All Enemies)
Richard Clarke served as a first hand witness to the plans of George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld to invade Iraq, even without any reason to believe that Iraq posed any significant threat to the United States. According to Clarke, "The crisis was manufactured, and Bush political adviser Karl Rove was telling Republicans to 'run on the war." Apparently, the day after September 11, 2001, when it was already clear that Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks, Donald Rumsfeld proposed bombing Iraq instead of Afghanistan simply because Iraq had more targets that would be easy to bomb. Rumsfeld, supported by Bush, continued to push for an invasion of Iraq in spite of information from the CIA, FBI and Richard Clarke himself that Iraq had done nothing to contribute to any attacks against America. (Source: Richard Clarke, Against All Enemies)
A serious problem with the world view of the likes of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld is that they cannot distinguish between different sorts of threats in proximate parts of the world. Because of their simplistic way of thinking about the Middle East or the Muslim World as a singular entity, they took one threat from the Al Qaeda of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia (three religiously authoritarian regimes), another threat from Hussein of Iraq (a secular authoritarian regime), and assumed that the threats must somehow be linked. Because they could allow themselves to think of the world in a nuanced-enough way to allow for distinct levels and motivations of threat, they were unable to craft a nuanced foreign policy -- and disaster has resulted. Do we want to allow an overly simplistic administration to blunder its way into disaster again?
Richard Clarke's assessment of George W. Bush's record on national security? He says that George W. Bush "has made us less safe" and that "I think he's done a terrible job on the war on terrorism." (Source: Richard Clarke, Against All Enemies)
If you take careful notice, you'll discover that while the Bush Administration has dedicated great energy to the task of denigrating Richard Clarke's character, they have not demonstrated that what he is saying is false. That's Bush Administration policy: if you can't deny the message, shoot the messenger. (Source: White House Press Briefings: March 17 through March 24, 2004)
In Hawaii, there were 2,500 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. That's trouble in paradise. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
The folks at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania were diligent enough to root out the following:
Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman, Bush campaign spokesman Steve Schmidt, and Commerce Secretary Donald Evans have been sent out to the press to say things like "Senator Kerry . . . supported 350 tax increases over the course of his career" (Mehlman, on CNN March 12 2004), "This is a senator who has voted 350 times to raise taxes during the course of his career" (Mehlman, on CNN March 16 2004), "[Kerry] has voted to increase taxes some 350 times" (Evans, on CNN March 10 2004), and "John Kerry has voted for higher taxes 350 times" (Schmidt, quoted on MSNBC and FOX March 11 2004). George W. Bush himself is quoted as saying that Kerry "voted for tax increases 350 times" by the Associated Press.
At least they are all saying the same thing -- exactly the same thing, as a matter of fact. Or is it fact? It turns out that this list of "350 tax increases" includes votes against tax cuts on cigarettes, votes against tax cuts on polluters, and votes for tax cuts that were smaller tax cuts than what some other politicians had pushed for.
If these, in Bush World, count as "tax increases," then it's clear that Bush doesn't live in the same world as the rest of us. It's time to put an end to the unreality. (Source: "Bush campaign falsely accuses Kerry of voting 350 times for tax increases. Bush's own words mislead reporters.", FactCheck.org, March 23, 2004)
George W. Bush said it himself: "This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating." Well, if you can't handle it then step aside, man. Step aside. (Source: New York Daily News April 23, 2002)
PACs, or Political Action Committees, are the classic method by which special-interest money is funneled to a candidate. George W. Bush has raised 25 times as much from from PACs than John Kerry. John Kerry's fundraising is 99.8% PAC-free. (Sources: Federal Election Commission Data and the Center for Responsive Politics)
While America's farmers continue to struggle to make ends meet, they are looking for a viable alternative to the economically shaky leadership of the Bush Administration. According to the National Farmers Union, a group representing more than a quarter of a million farmers and ranchers from across the country, farmers need look no further than John Kerry. The NFU recognized Kerry for supporting farmers' issues in 90% of his relevant votes in 2002, 91% of the time in 2000, and 100% of the time in 1998. John Kerry has been a consistent friend to farmers; George W. Bush has been a persistent danger. (Source: National Farmers Union Voting Scorecards, 1998, 2000, 2002)
In Idaho, there were 9,800 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. The American ideal is that we should be better off as time goes by, but in Idaho more and more people are slipping beneath minimal standards of living. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Bush spokesman Terry Holt's reaction to John Kerry's military service? "I went to Vietnam, yadda, yadda, yadda..." (Source: Washington Post March 23, 2004)
Bush said it! "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." (Source: Remarks by George W. Bush in Townsend, Tennessee)
In the Spring of 2004, George W. Bush moved his campaign of "astroturf" (an unethical practice in which canned text is sent off to multiple newspapers under different names, none of which is the original author's) to new heights. As of March 24, 2004, the official Bush campaign website contained seven separate canned letters, each of which Bush encourages his followers to send on to a computerized, ready-made list of newspapers with the follower's name attached as author. This level of presidentially-sponsored plagiarism is historically unprecedented.
In case you were wondering, as of March 24, 2004 John Kerry's campaign website encourages followers to write letters to the editor, but instead of setting up an automated astroturf machine encourages people to read articles in the newspaper and craft original letters that specifically respond to the content of those articles.
That's the ethical difference between John Kerry and George W. Bush. George W. Bush will do whatever it takes to win. John Kerry makes sure it's done right. (Sources: Official campaign websites of John Kerry and George W. Bush, March 24, 2004)
In case you were wondering, among the seven canned letters George W. Bush asks his followers to send with their names as authors, there's one with a subject of the environment. But even that canned letter, written by the Bush campaign, cannot manage to mention even one environmentally-friendly Bush administration policy by name. The astroturf letter on the environment is the shortest of all seven by far, and that's pretty telling. (Source: Official campaign website of George W. Bush, March 24, 2004)
The Bush Administration spent over a hundred thousand dollars of taxpayers' money to hire a public relations firm to convince said taxpayers (that's us) that triple-logging the forests of the Sierra Nevada would be good for the forests of the Sierra Nevada. What a waste, to use citizens' own money to try to fool them. (Source: Associated Press March 10, 2004)
When the Bush Administration hired that public relations firm, two further goals were specified: to counter "an apparent atmosphere of mistrust and cynicism about the government's real intentions," and to counter the notion that the Bush Administration was acting "due to some hidden politically motivated agenda."
Problem is, when rumors started circulating about the Bush Administration's hiring of a public relations firm, the Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign filed a Freedom of Information Act claim to find out whether this was true.
And the Bush Administration denied it.
And that's why we have our current "atmosphere of mistrust and cynicism about the government's real intentions." (Source: Associated Press March 10, 2004)
In Indiana, there were 5,900 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. Is this what Bush means when he talks about "taking care of business?" (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Bush said it! "I, in the state of Texas, had heard a lot of discussion about a faith-based initiative eroding the important bridge between church and state." The truth leaks out in funny ways when the mike is turned on. (Source: Question and Answer Session with George W. Bush on January 29, 2001)
Before George W. Bush came to office, members of the military complained that they were being overdeployed, being stretched too thin. Since George W. Bush has taken office, the military has been stretched even thinner, to the point that many currently enlisted members of the military say they will not re-enlist for another term of service. As a consequence, the remaining members of the military can look forward to harder deployments as military resources are stretched even more thinly across the globe in Bush policy pursuits. (Source: Washington Post March 28, 2004)
How lame was the intelligence circus used to generate "evidence" for WMDs in Iraq? An investigation by the Los Angeles Times traced back the "evidence" for a supposed large array of trucks and railroad cars within which biological agents were supposedly produced. Ahmad Chalabi, who looked forward to entering post-Hussein leadership in Iraq, was asked to find evidence of such trucks and cars. Chalabi produced a "witness." The "witness" was the brother of one of Chalabi's aides. The evidence turned out, of course, to be bogus.
And this is why we went to war. Haven't we had enough of this kind of Three Stooges politics? (Source: Los Angeles Times March 28, 2004)
The Bush administration is not only itself divorced from reality: it's trying to shove a wedge between the rest of us and reality, too. In a February 20, 2004 memo to the National Park Service, the Bush Administration commands National Park Service employees not to refer to reduced services as being the consequence of budget cuts. Rather, the National Park Serice employees are to use the phrase "service level adjustment."
Bush's America: the land of "service level adjustment." (Source: Philadelphia Inquirer March 28, 2004)
In each year of George W. Bush's presidency, the number of personal bankruptcies broke previous records to new highs. You could say that George W. Bush is the personal bankruptcy president. (Source: American Bankrupcy Institute Data from 2001-2003)
Colin Powell calls the supposed existence of mobile biological weapons labs in Iraq "the most dramatic" piece of supposed evidence in his February 5, 2003 speech to the United Nations making a case for war. But now he says that supposed evidence was based on bad information. Wasn't it the duty of the Bush Administration to figure out whether its information was good or bad before dragging everyone off to war? (Source: Washington Post April 3, 2004)
Richard Clarke had the class to publicly apologize to the families of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks for not having done enough to prevent their deaths. Bush Administration officials say Clarke's public apology is "political bullshit."
What happened to the idea of personal accountability in the Bush Administration? (Source: Time Magazine March 28, 2004)
Bush Administration Solicitor Theodore Olson's contention: "The courts have no jurisdiction to evaluate or second-guess the conduct of the president and the military." Well, so much for checks and balances. (Source: The Seattle Times January 21, 2004)
When George W. Bush finally agreed to testify before the commission investigating the attacks of September 11, 2001, he agreed to go only if he didn't have to testify under oath, only if it wasn't in public, and -- here's the kicker -- only if he could bring his Vice President Dick Cheney along.
As Nancy Pelosi says, "I think it speaks to the lack of confidence that the administration has in the president going forth alone, period. It's embarrassing to the president of the United States that they won't let him go in without holding the hand of the vice president of the United States." (Source: Associated Press April 2, 2004)
Until they brought their complaint into the light of day and embarrassed the Bush Administration into relenting, the commission investigating the attacks of September 11, 2001 was stonewalled by the Bush Administration on their request for thousands of documents from the Clinton White House. The Bush Administration refused again and again to allow the commission to review these documents. What are they afraid of? Why won't they aid the commission? Is it not a top priority for the Bush Administration? (Source: New York Times April 3, 2004)
The Bush administration, which likes to portray itself as an administration of decisive action, was the slowest administration in forty years to fill the 520 top positions of its administration. (Source: New York Times April 3, 2004)
When David Letterman showed footage of a 13-year-old boy yawning while George W. Bush gave a speech, CNN told viewers the White House that the incident never occurred and the boy had been spliced into the video using artificial methods. Of course, it turns out that the video was genuine. Now the White House is controlling access to the 13-year-old boy. Is George W. Bush this thin-skinned? Is this sort of baloney press management what White House spends the day doing? (Source: Washington Post April 2, 2004)
In the first week of April 2004, American troops were getting killed in a fierce battle against both Sunni and Shiite Iraqis as those Iraqis occupied towns and mosques. George W. Bush, on the other hand, went to Charlotte, NC for a campaign fundraiser, then headed home to his dude ranch for a week. As the week ground on, dozens more American soldiers lost their lives. George W. Bush continued to relax at his ranch during the week, taking a break from his vacation to grant an interview with Ladies' Home Journal. (Sources: Chicago Tribune April 4, 2004; Associated Press April 8, 2004)
In yet another indication of the Bush Admininstration's lack of skill in maintaining an international coalition, Guatemala backed out of its promise to George W. Bush to send troops to Iraq. (Source: Associated Press April 5, 2004)
In still another indication of the fallout from the Bush Administration's use of blunt-force-injury diplomatic tactics, South Korea has announced it will not send the 1,300 troops to Iraq that it had previously committed to. Why? Because the Bush Administration changed the agreement, pushing for South Korea to engage in "offensive operations." Those troops were going to relieve the burden on American soldiers. Now they won't. We desperately need someone who can handle international relations in the White House. (Source: USA Today April 5, 2004)
Now that things are getting really sticky, the latest smear target of the Bush Administration is the 9/11 Commission. After Condoleeza Rice testified in private and not under oath in front of the 9/11 Commission in March of 2004, the White House complained that "only five members showed up." What they didn't mention was that the White House had sent a letter to the 9/11 Commission stipulating that only three members would be allowed to attend Rice's testimony. That means two members had to elbow their way in to the proceedings. That doesn't reflect poorly on the 9/11 commission -- it reflects awfully on the shut-it-down, whatever-it-takes, cover-it-up Bush Administration. (Source: USA Today April 6, 2004)
The General Accounting Office reports that more than 60% of U.S. corporations didn't pay any federal taxes in recent years.
I pay taxes. You pay taxes. Why don't corporations? And why hasn't George W. Bush done a single thing in his years in office to address this inequitable state of affairs? (Source: GAO Report to Congressional Requestors, Comparison of the Reported Tax Liabilities of Foreign- and U.S.-Controlled Corporations, 1996-2000, February 2004)
On March 29, 2004:
(Sources: Agence France-Presse March 29, 2004; United States Central Command News Release March 29, 2004)
- One American soldier is killed and another injured when a roadside bomb explodes under their vehicle.
- George W. Bush remarked to a reporter, "Don't tell anybody, but I'll be fishing tomorrow!" as he boarded a plane to his ranch for a week-long vacation.
George W. Bush's record-setting vacations in Crawford are just the beginning. If he wins another term, he plans to spend even more time on vacation there. (Source: U.S. News and World Report September 6, 2004)
The Bush administration must think we're all stupid to try this one: in a publicity campaign to try to convince Americans that logging the forests of the Sierra Nevada is the best way to save the forests of the Sierra Nevada, the Bush Administration has released a brochure that juxtaposes a photograph of Sierra Nevada forests in 1909 with Sierra Nevada forests in 1989. The goal: to show how the Sierra Nevada forest has become increasingly unhealthy.
Except that the photo in 1909 is of Montana. And the forest in that photo has just been logged. (Source: Associated Press April 13, 2004)
Why dump Bush? Because in the spring of 2004 the Children's Environmental Health Network gave George W. Bush an "F" on its report card for failing to protect children from environmental toxins. (Source: United Press International April 13, 2004)
George W. Bush's Attorney General, John Ashcroft, spent $8,000.00 in taxpayer money -- and to what end? To cover the chest of an aluminum statue in his press room so that when he was being interviewed by the press, no boobs would appear in newspaper photographs. We hate to break it to him, but there's one boob still uncovered... (Source: BBC News January 29, 2004)
In his April 13, 2004 prime-time news conference (only the third of his presidency!), George W. Bush said "Nobody likes to see dead people on their television screens. I don't." For George W. Bush, the horror of the war in Iraq is all about him and what he has to see on his TV screen. It didn't occur to Mr. Bush that the horror of war is about something other than what's on TV. And that's dangerous. (Source: April 13, 2004 news conference)
Despite being offered the opportunity a handful of times, George W. Bush refused to admit making any mistakes in his presidency. This is the sort of arrogance that gets a nation in deep trouble. (Source: April 13, 2004 news conference)
Despite being offered the opportunity a handful of times, George W. Bush refused to apologize to the American people for the failings of his administration. American presidents used to say "The Buck Stops Here." Clearly, under George W. Bush the Buck ends up somewhere else. (Source: April 13, 2004 news conference)
When asked to describe his biggest mistake as president since September 11, 2001, George W. Bush paused for a number of moments, stammered, looked at the ceiling, looked at the floor, and then said "I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, all the pressure of trying to come up with an answer. But it hasn't yet." Everybody knew George W. Bush was going to be asked this sort of question. And yet Mr. Bush didn't have an answer ready. At the very least, to come to such an important news conference unprepared shows a shocking lack of diligence that the nation cannot afford. (Source: April 13, 2004 news conference)
Another problem with George W. Bush's inability to describe a single failing in a nearly three-year period of his presidency is that it betrays a profound lack of self-reflection. Surely any president who was not profoundly shallow would have long, dark nights of the soul in which he reviewed his actions to date, tallied his mistakes and considered how to rectify them in the future. Most people report losing sleep in contemplation of a single hard day at their office jobs, yet George W. Bush has not been able to identify a single mistake of a two-war, job-loss presidency over the course of years? Inconceivable! A president who does not consider his mistakes cannot learn from them. George W. Bush has a lot to learn, but it doesn't look like he's doing the hard work necessary to even begin that process. (Source: April 13, 2004 news conference)
Bush's former counterterrorism coordinator Richard Clarke testified before Congress that, prior to 9/11, the president ignored Clark's pleas to take Al Qaeda seriously. Dick "Dick" Cheney defended Bush by claiming that Clarke "wasn't in the loop." (Source: AFP, 3/23/04)
Well, in retrospect, it looks like it was kinda stupid to keep your counterterrorism coordinator out of the loop on issues of, like, counterterrorism. Can we afford four more years of hilarious slapstick protection from these Keystone Cops?
John Dean, former White House Counsel to Richard Nixon, has called the Bush administration "more vicious than Tricky Dick." He ought to know. (Source: Salon.com, 3/3/04)
I don't know about you, but I already run into enough incompetent, arrogant little twits in the course of a day. I don't need to get home, turn on the news, and watch another one run my country into the ground.
Because the guy's not even a good liar. He's always got this dumbass smirk on his face when he's lying...no, wait a minute, he's got that smirk on his face all the time...but he's lying all the time...oh, holy hell!
So we don't have to page Kennebunkport with the message: "Mr. and Mrs. Bush, your son George has wandered into the White House and started fiddling with the federal government. Please come take him home before he makes a mess of America's future."
Speaking of Kennebunkport, on June 14, 2003, George W. Bush exulted "Good morning, everybody!" before a nice relaxing day playing golf with his dad. Then they went fishing. The next day, an American soldier died in Iraq. George W. Bush says he didn't have time to attend that funeral -- he says he was just too busy. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count; Associated Press June 14, 2003)
Why boot Bush? Because I'm just laughing too hard when I hear George W. Bush make the joke: "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be here somewhere." Ha, ha! Hey, how about "The credibility of the United States in the eyes of the international community must be around here somewhere." Hee, hee! Or, "Now where'd that dang Bill of Rights go?" Heh, heh! Or maybe, "I could have sworn the honor and dignity of the White House were right here...Nope, not here." Bwa haw haw! "My my, whatever have I done with that clean air and water we used to have?" Tee, hee, hee! "Say, whatever has become of all those uncounted dangling chads?" Guffaw, guffaw, eep! Stop it George, you're killing me!
1. Bush says "the consequences of failure in Iraq would be unthinkable" (Source: AFP, 4/14/04). Well, the guy's not much of a thinker, so how about this to chew on: Hubris that fails to consider the possibility of anything but an ideal outcome in any given situation does not make for good leadership.
In April of 2003, Bush told us that Iraq was on the fast track to peace, stability and Democracy. The Iraqis would welcome us as liberators, he said, and Iraq would be paying for its own reconstruction in no time. Anything else, for Bush, was unthinkable. He was wrong. Dead wrong.
Good leadership takes numerous contingencies into account, and includes backups plans for worst-case scenarios. Bush blew it on Iraq, big time.
Admittedly, there's something appealing about tenaciously optimistic people. But when their naively rosy scenarios end up costing me seven hundred of my countrymen (and women), they get less cute fast. Don't we need a president who can think more clearly, and for whom fewer things are "unthinkable"?
In the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush told us that he was "a uniter, not a divider." Well, turns out he was right. As we speak, Sunnis and Shiites are uniting in Iraq to kill Americans. Now that we know what he meant, let's not make the mistake of voting for it a second time.
We might not have gained a lot of hearts and minds in Iraq, but there sure are plenty of brains and guts all over the place.
George W. Bush has told the American people that "I plan on telling the American people that I've got a plan to win the war on terror." (Source: Reuters, 4/13/04) Whoa! Stop the presses. We have no less here than the execution of a plan to tell the American people that he plans to tell the American people that he has a plan to fight terrorism! That's all we get two and a half years after 9/11? Can't we do better than that?
The war in Iraq was supposed to make the Middle East safe for Americans.
But a year after the war, the Bush Administration issued a warning telling Americans to leave Saudi Arabia for their own safety. (Source: Associated Press April 15, 2004)
On June 17, 2003 George W. Bush attended a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. with special guest Ken Starr, gathering $3.5 million for his re-election campaign. On the same day, two American soldiers died in Iraq. Mr. Bush didn't have the time to attend their funerals. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
The commission on the attacks of September 11, 2001 reports: "Rice and Hadley told us that, before 9/11, they did not feel they had the job of handling domestic security." Condoleeza Rice is George W. Bush's National Security Adviser; Hadley is the Deputy National Security Adviser to the president. For the National Security Adviser and her deputy to assert that their jobs did not include concerns of national security simply boggles the mind. (Source: Chicago Sun-Times April 13, 2004)
An April 9, 2004 press release from the United States Department of the Treasury includes the following assertion in boldface type: "America has a choice: It can continue to grow the economy and create new jobs as the President's policies are doing; or it can raise taxes on American families and small businesses, hurting economic recovery and future job creation."
Citizens around the country complained that this kind of partisan campaign statement should not be released using taxpayer dollars. And they were right: it is in fact against the law for taxpayer dollars and government employees to be used for such a purpose. The Hatch Act forbids such activities.
When it was suggested to Treasury Department spokesman Rob Nichols that making such a statement was an improperly partisan action, Nichols responded, "That is nonsense, baseless and groundless."
Then a visitor to pandagon.net turned up a press release from the Republican National Committee, dated April 2, 2004. The press release includes the following assertion in boldface type: "America has a choice: It can continue to grow the economy and create new jobs as the President's polices are doing; or it can raise taxes on American families and small businesses, hurting economic recovery and future job creation."
So not only is the Bush Administration breaking the law to get their guy re-elected, they're lying to cover it up, too. We've seen this sort of "whatever it takes" ethics before. Come November 2004, we need not see it again. (Sources: U.S. Department of the Treasury April 9, 2004 press release; Republican National Committee April 2, 2004 press release; Associated Press April 10, 2004)
On June 20, 2003 George W. Bush attended a fundraiser on a Georgia plantation, raking in $2.25 million for his re-election campaign. The day before, an American soldier was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade. Mr. Bush had the time to hobnob with campaign contributors, but he didn't have the time to attend this soldier's funeral. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
On December 28, 2001, George W. Bush stood in front of a gaggle of reporters and told the American people that he had called together his top aides and generals -- Major General Gene Renuart, Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and CIA Director George Tenet -- to talk about the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
Now it has come out that the actual focus of the meeting was a briefing on plans for a war against Iraq.
Why does George W. Bush seem incapable of telling the American people the truth? (Source: Associated Press April 17, 2004)
It's so embarrassing to watch Republicans say things like: "No, really, Bush didn't lie! It was more like deception, I think. After all, technically a lot of bullets put together could collectively be a weapon of mass destruction, right? And when he said there was "no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised," he didn't technically say weapons of mass destruction. And "no doubt" could exist under the conditions that "someone has no doubt somewhere about this." So, see, Bush didn't lie -- really!"
Help end the embarrassment for the Republican party. Boot Bush in 2004.
How poor is George W. Bush's diplomatic acumen? His administration has been unable to convince Norway to keep its troops in Iraq, despite pleading with the Norwegians to do so. The Norwegian government has instead announced that it will withdraw its troops from Iraq in June 2004. As more and more nations pull out of Iraq, the fig leaf of "coalition" does a worse job of providing legitimacy to what is an American occupation. The more the occupation becomes Americanized, the harder it will be for the whole Iraq escapade to have a positive outcome. The Bush Administration's diplomatic ineptness plays a significant role in creating an Iraq quagmire. (Source: Reuters April 26, 2004)
On June 23, 2003, George W. Bush went to New York City for a fundraiser with a twist: if you could hand over $20,000 to Bush's re-election campaign, you'd get to have your picture taken with him. The next day, seven American soldiers were killed in Iraq. Mr. Bush had the time to pose with contributor after contributor, but he didn't take the time to attend a single one of these soldiers' funerals. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
David B. writes in with this reason to boot Bush: "I don't want Dick Cheney (oops, I meant George Bush) getting a chance to
select the next justice of the United States Supreme Court."
It's worse than that, David: with four justices above the age of 70, it's not just one justice that the next president may have the opportunity to appoint; it's enough to wildly swing the Supreme Court. That power is too much to put in George W. Bush's hands.
"Once you've got Baghdad, it's not clear what you do with it. It's not clear what kind of government you would put in place of the one that is currently there. ... How much credibility is that government going to have if it's set up by the United States military when it's there? ... I think to have American military forces engaged in a civil war inside Iraq would fit the definition of quagmire, and we have absolutely no desire to get bogged down in that fashion."
-- Dick Cheney, April 1991
(Source: United Press International, April 15 2004)
On June 27, 2003, George W. Bush attended not one but TWO fundraisers for his. Meanwhile in Iraq, an American soldier was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade. Mr. Bush had the time to hop off to two fundraisers that day, but he didn't take the time to attend that soldier's funeral. Bush's actions make his priorities clear. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
It turns out that the executive director of Dick Cheney's official task force on energy policy, who met with representatives of the energy industry(the names of whom are curiously being witheld from the public) behind closed doors, gained employment as a lobbyist months after leaving his government office.
Guess for whom he gained employment working as a lobbyist? That's right, for the energy industry. He was given over $300,000.00 in payments in 2003 alone for his pro-energy advocacy.
This revolving-door cronyism is sadly emblematic of the ethical rot at the core of the Bush Administration. It's time to root the rot out. (Source: Boston Globe April 25, 2004)
When determining whether wild salmon are worthy of federal protection, the Bush administration has decided to count fish raised in concrete-pool hatcheries as if they are wild. That's like counting stray dogs as part of the grey wolf population. (Source: Washington Post April 29, 2004)
On June 30, 2003, George W. Bush attended two fundraisers in Florida while Dick Cheney attended two fundraisers of his own. Bush and Cheney received $3.9 million for their campaigns in exchange for the privilege of visiting with them. Over the next six days, six soldiers would lose their lives in Iraq. Neither Bush nor Cheney attended any of their funerals. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
The Bush administration has assigned five times more Office of Foreign Assets Control agents to track down Cuban embargo violations than the number agents it has assigned to track down Osama bin Laden's terrorist financing. (Source: Associated Press April 29, 2004)
On July 3, 2003, George W. Bush enjoyed a full 18-hole round of golf. On the same day, as well over a hundred thousand American soldiers put their lives on the line, two Americans soldiers lost their lives. What with his golf game and all, he couldn't manage to fit those soldiers' funerals into his schedule. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, Press Gaggle with Ari Fleischer on Air Force One July 4, 2003,
On July 7, 2003, Dick Cheney traveled to Rumson, New Jersey for the purpose of gathering more campaign cash, $900,000 in all. The top fifteen donors present that night in Rumson earned a special roundtable session with Mr. Cheney. The same day, two American soldiers died serving their country in Iraq. Dick Cheney found the time to visit New Jersey for his top contributors, but he couldn't find the time to go to these soldiers' funerals. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
In yet another in a long string of broken promises, the Bush Administration broke its promise to troops in Iraq that no soldier would serve there for longer than a year. This is after the Bush Administration broke their promise to soldiers in Iraq that they would be able to go home at the end of the summer in 2003. The Bush Administration would be well-advised to stop making promises it cannot keep (Source: Associated Press April 20, 2004)
How diplomatically inept is George W. Bush? Even stalwart ally Australia has more than halved its troop strength in Iraq, despite Bush's pleas to do the contrary. George W. Bush is learning the hard way that when you lose your credibility, people stop listening. (Souce: Time Magazine, May 3, 2004)
On July 18, 2003, George W. Bush took time off to collect $4 million and rub shoulders with contributors at a campaign fundraiser in Dallas, Texas. That day, two American soldiers in Iraq lost their lives. Mr. Bush apparently didn't have the time to fit their funerals into his busy fundraising schedule. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
How out of touch is George W. Bush with his "foreign policy" (can you call war a policy?)? When asked in a news conference how many American soldiers were in Afghanistan, he replied that there were "a couple thousand troops involved in Afghanistan." The actual count as of March 2004 is approximately 13,500, with 2,000 more set to arrive in the next month. Either George W. Bush doesn't want the American people to know the truth about the extent of United States military deployment to Afghanistan, or he doesn't know about that extent himself. Neither possibility inspires confidence in Bush's presidency. (Sources: George W. Bush's press conference of March 23, 2004 and Washington Post March 14, 2004; USA Today April 16, 2004)
Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute outlines the libertarian logic for voting Kerry and other Democrats into office. Historically speaking, when one party controls Congress and the Presidency, there's no counter-force to stop unnecessary spending and unwise borrowing. The result: economy-sapping national debt. The answer: get a Democrat into the White House (and more Democrats into the Congress) to balance out the current Republican dominance. The result: a return to the healthy competition of ideas and aims, reducing pork-barrel spending and uncontrolled debt-fishing. (Source: Fortune Magazine May 3, 2004)
On July 19, 2003, George W. Bush took time off to socialize with fatcat contributors to his campaign in Houston, Texas. Contributors ponied up $3 million to Mr. Bush for the privilege of hanging out with him. That same day, an American soldier in Baghdad was killed in a volley of hostile fire. Apparently, that soldier's sacrifice wasn't a big enough contribution to merit Mr. Bush's attendance at his funeral. Or perhaps Mr. Bush had a hair appointment that day. Whatever the reason, Mr. Bush chose not to attend that soldier's funeral. He had other things to do. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
George W. Bush's sanctimony would be charming if it weren't accompanied by hypocrisy. In the fall of 2001, George W. Bush asserted that "We can't have leaks of classified information. It's not in our nation's interest." But in the same season, Bush brought two reporters into the Oval Office and repeatedly gave them classified information during an interview. Perhaps Mr. Bush should ask that he be investigated. (Sources: White House News Conference October 10, 2001 and Providence Journal April 10, 2002)
When it turned out that Ken Lay of Enron was not only a lying, thieving fraud, George W. Bush tried to distance himself from his big-time contributor, claiming that Lay "was a supporter of Ann Richards in my run in 1994." It only took a quick search of campaign records by a group called Texans for Public Justice to find that while Ann Richards received $12,500 from Lay and Enron in the 1994 race, George W. Bush raked in $146,500 from Lay and Enron. If George W. Bush can't even lie with competence, how can we expect him to execute the legitimate duties of the presidency with competence? (Source: Houston Chronicle January 11, 2002)
On the night of July 24, 2004, George W. Bush and his contributors shared a fine dinner at a campaign fundraiser in Dearborn, Michigan. Also in the news that day: four more American soldiers died in Iraq. Did George W. Bush take the time out of his busy fundraising parties to attend their funerals? What do you think? (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
A vital part of the Bush Administration's faith-based initiatives policy is the taxpayer-funded Compassion Capital Fund, which is designed to "help faith-based and community organizations increase their effectiveness." Indeed, it is the only Bush Administration effort that has specifically disclosed the recipients of faith-based funding. Although Jewish, Muslim, and other non-Christian religious organizations applied for Compassion Capital Fund funds from the Bush Administration, none were granted funding as of April 2004. (Sources: United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families website, Frontline, "The Jesus Factor," April 2004)
The Council on American-Islamic Relations reported a 70% jump in reports of anti-Muslim discrimination between 2002 and 2003. George W. Bush's Us-Them mentality, combined with his prosecution of wars against Muslim nations couched in the language of "crusade," have trickled down in a way that poisons open-mindedness and civility here at home (Source: Washington Post May 3, 2004)
It turns out that corporate contractors were giving orders to the soldiers who tortured Iraqi prisoners. Three corporate contractors are implicated in torture of Iraqi prisoners themselves, but cannot be prosecuted because they are subject to neither the Uniform Code of Military Justice nor the Iraqi legal code. Paul Bremer ensured the latter with an decree of his own. (Source: Los Angeles Times May 4, 2004)
This episode with corporate contractors illustrates the core problem with privatization efforts: when you give corporations lots of money to do what governments are supposed to do, and lessen the accountability under which they do it, you're going to get the worst a corporate contractor can get away with. George W. Bush and the Republicans are pushing this model of money for corporations without accountability on American soil -- and we can't let them get away with it.
On August 8, 2003, George W. Bush went fishing. The same, two American soldiers died in Iraq. What with his busy schedule of fishing, he never got around to attending those soldiers' funerals. (Source: Iraq Coalition Body Count; Remarks by the President and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Press Availability, August 8, 2003)
On August 9, 2004, George W. Bush welcomed individuals who had raised at least $50,000 for his campaign to his ranch for a barbeque and social hour. The same day, two American soldiers died in Iraq. Bush didn't manage to attend their funerals. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
George W. Bush just can't handle unvarnished reality. Need evidence? Look no further than a "town hall meeting" he set up with residents of Niles, Michigan. The phrase "town hall meeting" suggests people who live in a town getting together in a hall to have a meeting. But George W. Bush only let pre-selected people who benefitted from his regressive tax policies, and who conveniently support his candidacy, speak. Is Bush of such a little mind that he cannot handle a real diversity of opinion? (Source: Associated Press May 3, 2004)
Fifty-three former United States diplomats have signed a letter sharply criticizing George W. Bush's Mideast policy as dangerously unbalanced, asserting that Bush has "placed US diplomats, civilians and military doing their jobs overseas in an untenable and even dangerous position." (Source: The Guardian May 4, 2004)
On August 11, 2004, George W. Bush took the day to travel to Denver and speak to an assembled crowd of well-off campaign contributors. That night, Mr. Bush raked in $1 million for his effort. The next day, four American sodliers died in Iraq. Bush didn't take the time to attend their funerals. Every life has its choices. It's clear where Mr. Bush's priorities lie. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
How downright nutty is a Republican Congress left unchecked by a Democratic President? Twenty-six Republican members of the House of Representatives have introduced a bill, H.R. 3920, entitled "To allow Congress to reverse the judgments of the United States Supreme Court." Read the text of the bill, and you'll see that's exactly what the bill is trying to do:
"SEC. 2. CONGRESSIONAL REVERSAL OF SUPREME COURT JUDGMENTS.
What happens if the Congress is able to decide that a law is Constitutional if it says it is? Well, then, the Congress can pass any law it wants to, regardless of whether it actually follows the Constitution or not.
The Congress may, if two thirds of each House agree, reverse a judgment of the United States Supreme Court--
(1) if that judgment is handed down after the date of the enactment of this Act; and
(2) to the extent that judgment concerns the constitutionality of an Act of Congress.
SEC. 3. PROCEDURE.
The procedure for reversing a judgment under section 2 shall be, as near as may be and consistent with the authority of each House of Congress to adopt its own rules of proceeding, the same as that used for considering whether or not to override a veto of legislation by the President."
This dangerous attempt at subverting constitutional government betrays the Republican Party's lack of faith in the U.S. Constitution as a guiding set of principles of liberty and democracy. Those who would subvert the Constitution must be checked, and George W. Bush is not the man to do it. It's time to get a Democrat back in the White House. (Source: Library of Congress, House Resolution 3920)
At the last minute, George W. Bush had to rename his bus tour in the first week of May from the "Winning the War on Terror Tour" to the "Yes, America Can Tour". That's the Bush presidency in a nutshell: backtracking from certainties to possibilities... then, sadly, to nothing at all. (Source: Los Angeles Times May 4, 2004)
By the way, that "Bus Tour" common-man business is a prop as well. Bush actually took airplane flights between his stops. (Source: Associated Press May 4, 2004)
On August 14, 2003, George W. Bush visited San Diego, where just a few months before he had declared that fighting was over in Iraq and paraded in a military suit in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner. Bush didn't visit the troops there, however. He had taken the day to visit with campaign contributors who were waiting with a million dollars for him. An American soldier died in the heat of Iraq that day while Bush partied. And Bush never bothered to go to that soldier's funeral. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
Timothy H. writes in: "Bush's ignorance of basic grammar and history is especially galling considering how much opportunity he had to educate himself. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover and Yale University where he majored in history. Bush's father was liaison to China and President of the United States. That George W. Bush was able to emerged from this highly enriched environment with an appalling ignorance of world affairs and an inability to express himself speaks volumes about the limited abilities of the man himself."
On August 19, 2003, George W. Bush played golf. The next day, two American soldiers were killed. George W. Bush says he didn't have time to attend their funerals, what with his busy schedule and all. (Source: Iraq Coalition Body Count; CNN August 19, 2003)
How lukewarm is George W. Bush's commitment to volunteering in the United States? The individual he chose in March 2004 to head Bush's volunteering oversight program (a coordinating council for the Peace Corps, Citizen Corps, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps) has some government experience -- as Laura Bush's, then George W. Bush's, correspondence director. At least she can write a great letter. (Source: USA Freedom Corps' Network of Service Newsletter, March 2004)
George W. Bush has mandated $50,000,000,000 in spending over the next five years to put an anti-missile system in remote Alaska to protect us against that ICBM-wielding superpower enemy of ours named...
oh, right, there isn't one. But at any rate, $50,000,000,000 in spending it is, because George W. Bush says it must be important. What else could we have done with that $50,000,000,000? Well, $50,000,000,000 could have:
The list could go on and on, but you get the idea. Who knows why George W. Bush is such a wasteful spender on unnecessary big-ticket projects; perhaps it's because he's never had to worry about money himself. Because such a careless man occupies the Oval Office, we're all the worse off for it, and we have to foot the bill. (Source: New York Times May 4, 2004)
- bought a brand-new Dell Laptop for every man, woman and child in Iraq, with $500 per person left over to spare;
- done the same for every family in the USA;
- built five hundred brand-spanking-new state-of-the-art $100 million schools across the United States;
- paid a year's salary at the generous level of $48,000 for an additional teacher for every 20 students aged 5-9, helping a generation to get a head start in school.
By the way, it's been found that the $50,000,000,000 anti-missile system doesn't even work. (Source: Reuters May 13, 2004)
On August 21, 2003, George W. Bush visited Portland, Oregon for yet another of his fundraisers. As thousands of protesters rallied outside, Bush engaged in the genteel activity of accepting money for the privilege of meeting with him. Bush's take that day: $1 million. Two American soldiers died in Iraq that day. Bush never went to those soldiers' funerals. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
George W. Bush did not watch Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld testify before Congress on May 7, 2004. Nevertheless, after Rumsfeld was done, Bush called him to tell him he had done a "really good job." We need a president who knows what he's talking about, who actually depends on knowledge of others' actions when coming to a conclusion about them. (Source: New York Times May 7, 2004)
On May 9, 2004, Reuters reported that hundreds of photos and live-action videos of the torture and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners exist and were being reviewed by the White House. If there are hundreds of pictures, imagine the number of undocumented "isolated incidents."
According to Reuters, the Pentagon doesn't want to release these photos to the public. (Source: Reuters May 9, 2004)
According to the same Reuters article, Dick Cheney says of Donald Rumsfeld that it's time to "get off his case."
Sorry, no. Some things, like stopping torture in America's name, are more important than not giving Donald Rumsfeld a hard time. If Dick Cheney can't recognize that, then he does not deserve to be Vice President. (Source: Reuters May 9, 2004)
Why give Bush the boot? Because now for every one ends-justify-the-means American who says "How can the Arabs criticize us, when they run their own torture rooms," there are ten Arabs who say "How can the Americans criticize us?" Once the moral high ground is lost, it cannot be regained without incredible sacrifice. This is another piece of the Bush Legacy.
On August 22, 2003, George W. Bush visited Seattle, Washington to take in an invitation-only pep rally to his psychological and monetary benefit. Bush's raked in $1.7 million that day. The next day, three events occurred. First, Dick Cheney charged $2,000 per person for the privilege of posing with him for a photograph. Second, two American soldiers died in Iraq. What with their busy fundraising schedules and all, neither Bush nor Cheney ever managed to make it to those soldiers' funerals. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale),
In the Bush Administration, incompetence is actually official: Bush's Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Abell's masters degree is from "Columbus College," an institution known as a "diploma mill" for its practice of giving out degrees for money. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Patricia Walker's bachelor's degree is from "Pacific Western," another diploma mill. George W. Bush put people with phony credentials in charge of military policy, and the world weeps. (Source: CBS News May 10, 2004)
How bogus is George W. Bush's commitment to intellectual excellence? Jennifer Carroll, member of Bush's Commission on Presidential Scholars, had to resign after it became apparent that she "graduated" from "Kensington University," another phony diploma mill operation. For Pete's sake! (Source: CBS News May 10, 2004)
According to Vice President Dick Cheney, "Don Rumsfeld is the best secretary of defense the United States has ever had." Given the debacles of Iraq, bin Laden and Guantanamo Bay, we can only react in fear that such a deluded individual is a heartbeat away from the presidency. The best way to keep Cheney from assuming the presidency is to kick George W. Bush out of the Oval Office. (Source: Reuters May 9, 2004)
On August 26, 2003, George W. Bush visited St. Paul, Minnesota to meet in person with his largest cash contributors before collecting $1,400,000 more in contributions to his campaign. The same day, an American soldier was killed in Iraq. George W. Bush didn't take the time to attend that soldier's funeral. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
While Bush is in office, men like James Inhofe of Oklahoma are in charge of the U.S. Senate. Men like James Inhofe of Oklahoma are using the Senate to defend the Bush Administration in the wake of the use of systematic torture in Iraq. How does a Bush partisan like Inhofe respond when he learns about the torture of Iraqis under an American administration? Where is Inhofe's outrage directed?
"I'm probably not the only one up at this table that is more outraged by the outrage than we are by the treatment."
"I'm also outraged by the press."
"I am also outraged that we have so many humanitarian do-gooders right now crawling all over these prisons, looking for human rights violations."
The outrage of Senator James Inhofe -- made powerful by the presidency of George W. Bush -- is directed toward the people who uncovered acts of torture, toward the press that let the American people see images of that torture, and toward the outrage that the American people feel against acts of torture. Take a good look at those remarks, because if George W. Bush and his Republican allies stay in power, they're a vision of America to come. If we want to see a different America, these men of power must be replaced. (Source: Transcript of Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing of May 11, 2004)
What a shame that our country has fallen so far. The latest sign: George W. Bush's defenders are resorting to pointing out that at least we're better than Saddam Hussein. Can't we aspire to a higher standard than that?
On September 5, 2003, George W. Bush traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for a gala $1,600,000 fundraiser and social session with some of the richest, most comfortable people in the United States. Over the previous five days, five American soldiers had lost their lives in Iraq. Taking a day off to go to a fundraiser was a priority; attending those soldiers' funerals wasn't on Bush's list of priorities. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
Why give Bush the boot in 2004? Because while Iraq disintegrates, the deficit mushrooms, scandals erupt, foreign leaders maintain their distance and citizens' confidence in American government withers, George W. Bush continues to sit in the Oval Office and do very little foreign or domestic policy work.
It is as if Bush is expecting things to work out as they did in his younger days, when his failing businesses would be bailed out by one of his daddy's rich pals. This time, people's lives are the cost being paid for Bush's folly.
When the Bush Administration announced in the spring of 2004 that it had provided $11.6 million for states to buy life-saving heart defibrilators, it neglected to mention that it had proposed cutting that money down to $2 million. Thanks to forward-thinking members of Congress, the defibrilators for heart-attack victims were preserved. If Bush is re-elected, we might not all be so lucky the next time he tries to push a dangerously callous budget through. (Source: New York Times May 19, 2004)
On May 13, 2004, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz conceded that the Bush Administration's rules of interrogation violated international law -- specifically, the Geneva Convention. (Source: Reuters May 13, 2004)
When George W. Bush's Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz brought a request for an additional $25 Billion in funds for the Iraq debacle, he neglected to include a provision for congressional oversight of the funds' use. That is, by the way, the Congress' constitutional mandate. When members of Congress pointed this out, Wolfowitz said he'd bring the proposal back to Bush for reworking. This begs the question: was the Bush Administration so incompetent as to not include provisions of Congressional oversight of their multi-billion-dollar spending, or were they simply dismissive of Congressional authority? Neither alternative is heartening. (Source: Reuters May 14, 2004)
On September 9, 2003, George W. Bush made time in his schedule for not one but two fundraisers in Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonvile, Florida. Bush spent the day hobnobbing with the rich and powerful while pocketing $3,000,000 for his benefit. That same day, an American soldier was killed in Iraq. George W. Bush didn't bother attending that soldier's funeral. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
The Catholic Bishop of Colorado Springs has decreed that in order for Catholics to continue to receive Communion, they cannot vote for John Kerry or any other candidate for office who supports stem-cell research or abortion rights. Don't you hate getting pushed around by puffed-up holier-than-thou zealots? November 2004 provides an opportunity to show you that you won't be bullied in the voting booth. (Source: Denver Post May 14, 2004)
The Republican Party Platform of 2000 read, "Our powerful economy gives America a unique chance to confront persistent challenges." They're right, it did. But they certainly won't be able to include that line in the Republican Party Platform of 2004. Bush had his chance to employ a powerful economy to positive ends, and he blew it. It's time for him to step off the national stage. (Source: 2000 Republican Party Platform)
The Republican Party Platform of 2000 read, "The rule of law, the very foundation for a free society, has been under assault, not only by criminals from the ground up, but also from the top down. An administration that lives by evasion, coverup, stonewalling, and duplicity has given us a totally discredited Department of Justice. The credibility of those who now manage the nation锟�6楼71隆猫76鈥�1陇70锟�6楼7671鈥�1陇70锟�6楼73隆搂隆搂76鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�671锟�0鈥�3篓篓70锟�6楼71隆猫76鈥�1陇70锟�6楼767671鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�671锟�0鈥�3篓篓70锟�6楼71隆猫76鈥�1陇70锟�6楼7673鈥�1陇70锟�6楼73锟�0鈥�3篓卢鈥�1陇70锟�6楼73锟�0鈥�3篓卢76鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�671锟�0鈥�3篓篓76锟�6楼71隆猫70鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�67671锟�6楼71隆猫70鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�673锟�0鈥�3隆矛锟�0鈥�3隆矛70锟�6楼71隆猫76鈥�1陇70锟�6楼7671鈥�1陇70锟�6楼73隆搂隆搂76鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�671锟�0鈥�3篓篓70锟�6楼71隆猫76鈥�1陇70锟�6楼76767671鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�671锟�0鈥�3篓篓76锟�6楼71隆猫70鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�67671锟�6楼71隆猫70鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�673锟�0鈥�3隆矛锟�0鈥�3隆矛70锟�6楼71隆猫76鈥�1陇70锟�6楼7671鈥�1陇70锟�6楼73隆搂隆搂76鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�671锟�0鈥�3篓篓70锟�6楼71隆猫76鈥�1陇70锟�6楼767673鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�671锟�0鈥�3篓篓70锟�6楼71隆猫76鈥�1陇70锟�6楼7673锟�6楼71隆猫70鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�673锟�0鈥�3隆矛鈥�1陇70隆颅1鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�671锟�0鈥�3篓篓70锟�6楼71隆猫76鈥�1陇70锟�6楼7673锟�6楼71隆猫70鈥�1陇76锟�0鈥�673锟�0鈥�3隆矛鈥�1陇70隆颅17s top law enforcement agency is tragically eroded." We couldn't agree more. Just cross out "2000," put in "2004," and they've got it about right. (Source: 2000 Republican Party Platform)
On September 15, 2003, George W. Bush dedicated his time to raising more money for himself and socializing with his patrons in Philadelphia. Bush gathered $1,400,000 for himself that day. That same day, two American soldiers died in Iraq. George W. Bush didn't dedicate any time to attending their funerals. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
In their 2000 platform, the Republican Party pledged that should George W. Bush be elected, "We will reopen Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House as a symbolic expression of our confidence in the restoration of the rule of law." Pennsylvania Avenue was never reopened. How confident can we be about the rule of law in the United States of America? (Source: 2000 Republican Party Platform)
"The duties of our day are different. But the values of our nation do not change. Let us reject the blinders of isolationism, just as we refuse the crown of empire. Let us not dominate others with our power or betray them with our indifference. And let us have an American foreign policy that reflects American character. The modesty of true strength. The humility of real greatness. This is the strong heart of America. And this will be the spirit of my administration." So said George W. Bush in a Simi Valley speech on November 19, 1999. It didn't quite work out that way, did it? (Source: George W. Bush, "A Distinctly American Internationalism," Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California, November 19, 1999)
"The arrogance, inconsistency, and unreliability of the administration's diplomacy have undermined American alliances, alienated friends, and emboldened our adversaries." That's what the Republican Party says in their party platform. Sure, they said it in 2000, but they were right. They just didn't know they were making a prediction. (Source: 2000 Republican Party Platform)
On September 30, 2003, George W. Bush spent his day attending two gala fundraisers -- for charity? for international peacekeeping? Of course not. The fundraisers George W. Bush attended, one in Chicago and one in Cincinnati, were for himself. And what a goodie bag Bush got to take home with him from those events: a warchest stashed with $5.3 million for himself. That same day, an American soldier lost his life in Iraq. The next day, three more died. Although George W. Bush had no problem taking a day off from the presidency to collect money from wealthy, beaming admireres at fancy functions, he decided he didn't have a few hours to spare to attend the funerals of these soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for his failed foreign policy. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
In May 2004, George W. Bush's Justice Department announced to great fanfare that they would allocate $47 million for a program to hiring of police officers at the local level. This money was already in the 2004 budget, and so of course it would be spent. What the Bush Administration didn't mention was that its new budget for 2005 proposed CUTTING that same program for hiring police officers by 87 PERCENT. (Source: New York Times May 19, 2004)
The International Brotherhood of Police Officers, which endorsed George W. Bush in the 2000 election, is endorsing John Kerry in the 2004 election. "After three and a half years of disappointing leadership under George Bush, we need to change course in November and elect a president with a real record of supporting police officers and a lifetime of standing with law enforcement," said David Holway, President of the Brotherhood of Police Offices. (Source: Associated Press May 14, 2004)
George W. Bush has helpfully explained why he doesn't read newspapers or even watch the nightly news on television: "I like to have a clear outlook. It can be a frustrating experience to pay attention to somebody's false opinion or somebody's characterisation, which simply isn't true." Yes, exposure to other points of view can pose a pesky problem for one's clarity. It might even change one's mind. Thank goodness Mr. Bush avoids that problem. (Source: Washington Times May 11, 2004)
Speaking of clarity, we do need to clarify the unfairly broad statement that George W. Bush doesn't read newspapers. You see, says White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, "He does not dwell on the newspaper, but he reads the sports page every day." The sports pages! Oh, well then. That's different. Thank goodness we have a president who's familiar with earned run averages in the American AND National Leagues. (Source: Washington Times May 11, 2004)
On October 15, 2003, George W. Bush travelled to California to collect more money -- $1,750,000 of it -- for himself at two separate events. The next day, an American soldier was killed in Iraq. That soldier sacrificed his life for George W. Bush's war, but George W. Bush couldn't be bothered to sacrifice a few hours to spare to his funeral. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
Although George W. Bush does not read articles in the newspaper, Laura Bush does. Good for you, Mrs. Bush! She tells her husband all about her opinion on the stories she thinks are important. "Frequently," says White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, "I find that his reaction kind of reflects Laura Bush's take." Do we have an independent thinker as a president? Er, nope. Feeling comfortable yet? (Source: Washington Times May 11, 2004)
Now Donald Rumsfeld has trotted himself out in front of the cameras to declare "I've stopped reading the newspapers." Exactly who in this White House exposes himself or herself to outside information and opposing viewpoints any more? OK, besides Laura Bush... (Source: Los Angeles Times May 13, 2004)
In an interview with the New York Times on January 14, 2001, George W. Bush claimed to know the reason for the California power crisis: "The California crunch really is the result of not enough power-generating plants and then not enough power to power the power of generating plants." Sure, Dubya tripped over his tongue when trying to get his sound bite out there. But he also was dead wrong. Enron was causing the crisis by restricting California's access to otherwise readily-available power.
Why did Bush make this claim when he obviously had no clue what he was talking about? By spouting the Enron line, Bush helped energy corporations extend their sham of a scam, costing energy consumers countless dollars in unnecessarily higher utility bills. (Sources: New York Times January 14, 2001; CBS News June 1, 2004)
White House legal counsel Alberto Gonzales wrote the following in a memo on the Geneva Convention in the light of Bush's War On Terror: "In my judgment, this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions."
When the lawyer in the White House suggests international law is obsolete, you know there's moral rot in the administration. (Source: Associated Press May 17, 2004)
On October 24, 2003, George W. Bush visited sunny Hawaii to get more money for himself. The scheme: if you give George W. Bush $20,000.00, you can pose for a photo with him. That day, three American soldiers were killed in Iraq. In George W. Bush's ethical universe, not one of those soldiers merited his attendance at their funeral. Mr. Bush had other priorities. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
Bush said it in a White House press conference on October 28: "Right now, I'm -- yes, no question, I'm going out to our friends and supporters and saying, would you mind contributing to the campaign for the year '04? To me, that's -- and that's a part of politics, no question about it. And as you know, these are open forums, you're able to come and listen to what I have to say."
If charging a large contribution as an admission ticket for a set of people who already support George W. Bush to gather in a room together so they can listen to what he has to say qualifies as an open forum, then I qualify as a monkey's uncle.
It's statements like these that make it clear: Bush wouldn't know democracy if it ran up to him with bells on and slapped him upside the head with a ballot box.
Secretary of State Colin Powell has revealed that "all the Principals" in the Bush Administration knew about the abuses in Abu Ghraib prison -- in the fall of 2003. The Administration just sat on the story. (Source: Associated Press May 17, 2004)
Pentagon officials have confirmed that the United States is planning to reduce its troop strength on the Korean peninsula by more than 10% so it can move soldiers to the active war zone of Iraq. Thanks to George W. Bush, important projects of military defense are taking a backseat to his war of choice, leaving millions more less safe from the nuclear North. (Source: Associated Press May 17, 2004)
In April of 2003, George W. Bush travelled to Canton, Ohio's Timken Co. to give a speech touting the benefits of his tax-cutting plan for companies like Timken.
In May of 2004, Timken Co. announced it would close three of its plants in Canton and lay off 1,300 workers. (Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer May 15, 2004)
On October 30, 2003, George W. Bush jetted around the country in pursuit of cash, visiting with only the richest, most giving citizens of Columbus, Ohio and San Antonio, Texas. On that day alone, Bush hauled in $2,650,000 for himself. The next day, another American soldier was killed in Iraq. Bush didn't bother himself with the duty of attending that soldier's funeral -- he says he just didn't have the time. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
How incapable is George W. Bush of accepting criticism? The one time in her life that his wife made a critical comment about one of his speeches, he drove his car into the wall of a garage. (Source: Reuters May 19, 2004)
Bush said it! "The legislature's job is to write law. It's the executive branch's job to interpret law." Sigh. (Source: New York Times November 23, 2000)
On April 9, 2004, George W. Bush invited the host of a fishing show on cable TV to go fishing with him on a pond in Crawford, Texas stocked full of fish just for him. This was the day seventeen American soldiers were killed in action in Iraq. Did Bush find time to go fishing? Yes, by all means. Did Bush find time for those soldiers' funerals? No, of course not. (Source: New York Times April 12, 2004)
On November 3, 2003, George W. Bush visited with his wealthiest supporters in Birmingham, Alabama, who sent him back to Washington, DC with $1,850,000 in campaign contributions. That same day, an American soldier died under hostile fire in Iraq. The day before, sixteen American soldiers were killed in Iraq. Did George W. Bush cease his fundraising activities to attend their funerals? Of course not. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
Why Boot Bush? Barb writes in: "Because Bush supporters think arrogance and bullying is a sign of strong leadership rather than sign of a weak character.
Bushies have no understanding that it takes more courage/character to
know when to walk away from a fight than to engage in one. Give me a Kenny Rogers 'Coward of the County' over a Bush any day!"
Barb hit the nail on the head with that one. To go to war is the simple answer. To seek peaceful solutions to problems takes patience, creativity and hard work. George W. Bush was too much of a coward to confront that challenge -- so he took the way out that was easiest for him and hardest for others.
When George W. Bush's Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson announced in 2004 that his department would award $11.7 million to help states provide health-insurance for poor Americans, he neglected to mention that George W. Bush had tried for three years to completely eliminate that program. Fortunately, in each of those three years Bush failed in his efforts to cut health insurance, thanks to progressive members of Congress. But can we afford to give Bush another chance at his scheme? (Source: New York Times May 19, 2004)
In April of 2004, Secretary Thompson publicly trumpeted the release of millions of dollars from a congressionally-mandated grant program to improve health care in rural areas as evidence of George W. Bush's compassionate priorities. What Thompson forgot to say was that George W. Bush's proposed budget for 2005 would cut that same program by 72 percent. (Source: New York Times May 19, 2004)
Also in the Spring of 2004, Secretary Thompson praised $16 million in congressionally-mandated funds the Bush Administration was releasing for the training of Black and Hispanic medical professionals. Secretary Thompson conveniently left out the fact that in his 2005 budget, George W. Bush proposes eliminating these funds entirely. (Source: New York Times May 19, 2004)
On November 7, 2003, George W. Bush took the day to travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where a room full of special friends threw him a party and sent him home with a goodie bag of $1,100,000 in cold, hard money. That same day, seven American soldiers died under hostile fire in Iraq. Bush didn't bother to attend their funerals -- that would have been too much work. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
Why Boot Bush? Because in the space of a year, he has taken the nation from asking questions like "Is pre-emptive war an ethical choice?" to questions like "Is that mud or shit covering the prisoner in that photo?"
George W. Bush likes to say he's on the side of small business owners. If that's true, why does his administration's 2006 budget proposal call for funding of the Small Business Administration to be cut? How exactly does that help small business owners? (Source: Washington Post May 27, 2004)
The Republican Party Platform of 2000 declared that "A new Republican administration will patiently rebuild an international coalition opposed to Saddam Hussein and committed to joint action." Um, yeah, right. Just strike the "patiently," "rebuild," "international," "coalition," and "joint" parts. (Source: 2000 Republican Party Platform)
On May 14, 2004, George W. Bush took time from his schedule of presidential duties to visit Bridgeton, Missouri for a fundraiser featuring Rolls-Royces on prominent display. To obtain the privilege of meeting with Bush, attendees were required to have funneled $25,000 to Bush, ensuring that only the most flush could get close to the president. The result: only 90 people in attendance brought $2.2 million in gift money for Bush. Bush was clearly pleased by this, exulting that "We have done extremely well with a few people. This is the way we like to do it in politics."
If this is not the way you like things to be done in politics, then George W. Bush is not your man. (Source: Washington Post May 15, 2004)
On the same day George W. Bush gathered his multi-million-dollar gifts from this Rolls-Royce crowd, four American soldiers lost their lives in Iraq. Mr. Bush is not planning on attending their funerals. (Source: Iraq Coalition Body Count)
George W. Bush keeps telling everybody he knows that character is important. So what kind of character does Bush have? When he was a kid, he put firecrackers in live frogs and blew them up for fun. (Source: New York Times May 21, 2000)
What's worse than abandoning your own daughter's college graduation to
take a bike ride? Abandoning you daughter's college graduation to take a
bike ride, and then falling off the bike. That's exactly what George W.
Bush did on May 22, and we can take that as a metaphor for his entire Presidency. Mr. Bush, if you can't ride the bicycle, get off.(Source: Reuters, May 23, 2004)
In the meantime that day, another American soldier was killed in an attack on a tank in Iraq. Bush won't be attending that soldier's funeral. Perhaps he'll be on another recreational bike ride. (Sources: Associated Press May 22, 2004, Iraq Coalition Body Count)
Remember in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, when investigators found out that the bomb was made of ammonium nitrate fertilizer? And everybody was like, well, we should keep a tighter lid on ammonium nitrate and/or modify it chemically so it's harder to make a bomb out of. Surely after 9/11, this became an even more urgent priority. Right?
Bzzzz! Wrong, thanks for playing. While they've moved quickly to establish systems to usher me behind a curtain, feel me up and peek in my shoes every time I want to fly somewhere (and presumably no longer say "hey, you two known Al Qaeda associates and your friends have fun on that plane with your box cutters. Sorry there's no air marshal on board--be good!"), they have done absolutely nothing to prevent a few nuts from mixing up tons of ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel (which yields an explosive half as strong as dynamite) in a barn someplace, trucking it into a city, and blowing it up.
Why has Bush's so-called "war on terror" not involved taking any steps whatsoever to prevent a repeat of the second worst terrorist attack in American history? Well, partly because Bush and his Keystone Cop administration are, collectively, dumber than bricks. But that's not the whole story. Seems farmers and fertilizer industry lobbyists are against controlling ammonium nitrate, because limitations would be too much of a hassle. (Source: USA Today May 10, 2004)
So let's get this straight: the same administration that has sent 800 Americans to die on a wild goose chase after weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has done nothing to prevent someone from easily creating a massive bomb right here in the United States, because some lobbyist for the super-powerful fertilizer industry thinks it would be a hassle? Where I'm from, we call that kind of political fertilizer bullshit. How's about we elect ourselves a government that's more willing to hassle a lobbyist to prevent another major terrorist attack on American soil, and less willing to pour hundreds of young American lives into a quagmire that protects us from fabricated threats?
George W. Bush cannot handle the give and take of real diplomacy, because George W. Bush cannot bear to listen to others. George W. Bush's "meeting" on May 14, 2004 with the foreign ministers of eight large industrialized nations consisted of walking into the room, giving a speech for eight minutes, taking no questions, and walking out the door. (Source: New York Times May 24, 2004)
Bush said it! "They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program." Well, um, it is. (Source: Chicago Sun-Times November 06, 2000)
George W. Bush likes to refer to himself as the Education President, but he sure has a funny way of showing it. I think an Education President wouldn't cut the budget for the Department of Education by $1.5 Billion, but that's just what Bush's 2006 budget proposal calls for. (Source: Washington Post May 27, 2004)
On November 10, 2003, George W. Bush took the day to travel to two fundraisers in South Carolina and Arkansas, where he basked in the applause of wealthy supporters of his campaign. Those wealthy supporters showed their thanks for Mr. Bush's attention with $2,100,000 in cold, hard campaign contributions. The next day, two American soldiers were killed in Iraq. Bush didn't manage to attend their funerals. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
You know that George W. Bush must be doing an awful job when prominent Republican politicians are criticizing him in an election year. Senator Lincoln Chafee has come out of the shadow of Mr. Bush to say, "The president talked about being humble when he was running for office, but the opposite seems to be true." (Source: New York Times May 24, 2004)
Until George W. Bush became president, the White House released an annual report entitled "Equal Pay Matters" that tracked changes in the pay gap between women and men in the United States. George W. Bush put an end to that publication. (Source: The Village Voice March 12, 2003)
They say that people who mistreat animals as children grow up to
become sadists as adults. Well, what about people who torment animals as
It turns out that George W. Bush is one of those sadistic adults who
derive pleasure from picking on animals. It's not just any animals that
Bush bothers either. Bush gets his jollies from picking on endangered
In just the latest in a series of attacks against endangered species,
George W. Bush is taking pot shots at the gray wolf, which once roamed
almost the entire continental United States, but now is restricted to a
few tiny scraps of land where small packs barely hang on. Now, after
decades of decline, a tiny number of gray wolves might be returning from
Canada to the great Northern Forest of New England.
Just as this small bit of progress is taking place, George W. Bush has
introduced an administrative act called the Wolf Rule, which would remove
protections from the endangered gray wolf. Under Bush's plan, gray wolves
could be slaughtered all over again, and their habitat could be destroyed
Picking on an endangered species of animal is like picking on the smallest
kid in your class at school. It's just plain mean. I don't want someone
this mean to be my president any longer.(Source, National Wildlife
Federation, May, 2004)
Bush said it! "I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans." (Source: New York Daily News September 20, 2000)
On November 13, 2003, George W. Bush took a trip to sunny Florida, where he hobnobbed with the rich and conservative at two fundraisers. No, these weren't fundraisers for kids with AIDS or for inner-city libraries or for body armour for the under-supplied troops. These were fundraisers for George W. Bush himself, and he used the day to good effect for himself, walking away with $2,560,000. Also that day, two American soldiers died in Iraq. Bush didn't go to their funerals. He had other priorities. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
Don't just watch what Bush says. Watch what he does. George W. Bush likes to pretend that he's on the side of American soldiers. But his 2006 budget proposal calls for cuts of $910 Million from Veterans' services. How dare George W. Bush accuse other people of being unpatriotic when he tries shady maneuvers like this. (Source: Washington Post May 27, 2004)
George W. Bush likes to call himself "compassionate." How is it that a compassionate man would go about trying to cut the funding for the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program? That's just what his 2006 budget proposal calls for. WIC, as it's popularly called, helps make sure that nursing mothers and growing kids have enough food so that the next generation doesn't grow up stunted.
Heck, you don't even have to be compassionate to support this program; any fool can realize that every dollar invested in helping children grow up without developmental delays from improper nutrition will lead to hundreds if not thousands of dollars in increased adult productivity, and will prevent hundreds if not thousands of dollars from being spent on taking care of sick and stunted adults. Even George W. Bush must know this. Cutting the Women, Infants and Children nutrition? That's not "compassionate," and it's not smart. It's stupid and mean. Let George W. Bush go be stupid and mean to waiters in Kennebunkport, but it's just not called for in our White House. (Source: Washington Post May 27, 2004)
Even in George W. Bush's supposed area of strength, domestic security (sorry, I just can't bear to use the phrase "Homeland Security" -- it's so Reich-like), his actions belie his words. Mr. Bush's budget plans for 2006 are to cut domestic security funding by $1 Billion. (Source: Washington Post May 27, 2004)
On November 25, 2003, George W. Bush went out west for two fundraisers in Phoenix and Las Vegas, socializing with wealthy Republican party types in exchange for $3,000,000. The next day, an American soldier died in Iraq. Bush didn't go to his funeral to honor his sacrifice. He had other obligations to fulfill. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
When George W. Bush visited Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 21, 2004, citizens of that city who were pro-Bush were permitted to stand on the curb and wave their supportive signs as Bush passed in his motorcade. Citizens of Baton Rouge who carried anti-Bush signs were roped off 100 feet away from the street behind an oak tree.
Ward Reilly, a veteran who attended that day, pointed out that security doesn't explain this action; any assassin with an IQ above 75 would simply carry a pro-Bush sign to the rally to get closer. So what is the reasonable explanation in this land of liberty? I'm still waiting to hear it. (Source: Baltimore Chronicle and Sentinel May 27, 2004)
Bush said it! "We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans." What does a presidential administration do, if not to plan and make decisions on behalf of Americans? We unfortunately got the answer to that question with the administration of George W. Bush. (Source: The Independent of London October 3, 2000)
Only under the administration of George W. Bush would a new prime minister of Iraq be selected who is best known for being funded by the CIA. (Source: New York Times May 28, 2004)
The Bush Administration delivered a multi-billion dollar contract for defense of our national borders to Accenture, a company called Andersen Consulting before its name was tarnished in ethics scandals. The irony: Accenture has used the leakiness of American borders to its advantage, relocating its corporate headquarters to Bermuda to avoid paying taxes in the United States.
Paying money to an ethically-challenged, tax-dodging megacorporation? All in a day's work for the Bush Administration. (Source: New York Times June 2, 2004)
On December 1, 2003, George W. Bush devoted his day to two fundraisers in two different states, devoting hours of travel time to spend yet more hours of face time, giving rich Americans the glow of meeting with him in exchange for $1,750,000. That day, an American soldier was killed in Iraq. Bush didn't devote a minute to attending that soldier's funeral. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
Even the mayor of Crawford, Texas thinks it's time for George W. Bush to go, saying "I don't see where I'm better off than I was four years ago. I don't see where the city is any better off." (Source: Dallas Morning News June 1, 2004)
Bush said it! "I do know I'm ready for the job. And, if not, that's just the way it goes." And that is just the way it went. (Source: Chicago Sun-Times August 22, 2000)
George W. Bush's campaign sent out an e-mail encouraging his supporters to use their religious congregations' infrastructure to distribute literature in support of Bush's re-election. But as part of the deal under which religious congregations don't have to pay any taxes, it is illegal for congregations to participate in partisan political activities. Law, schmaw? It's just another day in George W. Bush's America. (Source: New York Times June 3, 2004)
Whenever I flip on the television to watch a member of the Bush Administration responding to questions, I can't decide whether I'm being spoken to as if I am a dog ("Sit down. Shut Up. Good Dog. Here's a Biscuit.") or a child ("If you knew what we knew, you'd know that what we know to do is the right thing. You know? No, you don't. So sit down, shut up, and have a biscuit.").
Trust, trust, trust. The Bush Administration is always telling the American people to just trust them. As we've seen, when they're telling us to trust them we usually shouldn't.
Now the shoe is on the other foot. For years, Ahmad Chalabi beseeched the Bush Administration to trust him -- to trust his fake intelligence, to trust him with Saddam Hussein's secret files, to trust his confidence when being given secret information. Then it turned out that Chalabi was telling the United States lies while feeding intelligence to the Iranians. The Bush Administration, through its gullibility, allowed grevious damage to America's security to occur. (Source: St. Petersburg Times June 3, 2004)
On December 2, 2003, George W. Bush hopped on a plane to personally thank his benefactors for contributing $850,000.00 to his personal campaign for re-election. That day, three American soldiers lost their lives, paying the ultimate sacrifice for George W. Bush's vision of war in Iraq. Bush decided not to visit those funerals -- the deaths of these soldiers for Bush's sake didn't merit a trip. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
George W. Bush promised when he was running for president that he would fully fund a program called LIHEAP, a program to help poor people pay the cost of heating during the cold winter months. But George W. Bush's 2004 budget actually slashed funding for the LIHEAP program by 18 percent. By breaking this promise, Bush not only sacrificed his integrity, he changed policy to put poor people in danger during a bone-chillingly cold winter season. (Source: Boston Globe January 15, 2003)
In May of 2004, National Journal sought out the opinions of 12 economists known for their apolitical approach and distinguished in their fields. Asking them to grade George W. Bush for his approach to long-term fiscal policy, the economists gave Mr. Bush an average of D+, rating his performance as "somewhere between a catastrophe and a calamity." (Source: National Journal May 17, 2004)
In a speech on May 24, 2004, George W. Bush announced his solution for the problem of Americans torturing Iraqis in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison: he would demolish Abu Ghraib prison and build a new prison in its place. This "solution" is not a solution at all, for it assigns guilt to a building rather than to the behavior of people inside the building. The walls, bars and doors of Abu Ghraib did not engage torture: Americans sent there by George W. Bush did. Any real solution to the problem of Americans torturing Iraqis must address the behavior of individuals controlling the prison. Rather than tackle that politicially inconvenient issue, George W. Bush wants to knock down a few walls, put up new walls in their place, slap some paint on them, and call the issue resolved. (Source: Associated Press May 25, 2004)
If you think the Bush Administration's Orwellian Total Information Awareness program was cancelled, you're nominally correct. But substantively speaking, TIA has not only survived but proliferated under Bush's watch. The General Accounting Office has found that now more than one hundred programs exist in federal agencies to collect and analyze your personal information for pre-emptive purposes. (Source: New York Times May 27, 2004)
In a rare moment of lucidity, George W. Bush addressed his well-to-do audience at a dinner with the following words: "This is an impressive crowd: the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base." (Source: Al Smith Memorial Dinner, October 19, 2000)
Yet another promise broken by George W. Bush: When campaigning for election in 2000, George W. Bush pledged to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund at the level of $900 million a year mandated by the U.S. Congress. But George W. Bush's 2005 budget only provided $314 million. (Source: New York Times February 11, 2004)
On December 5, 2003, George W. Bush devoted his time to two fundraisers in two different states, spending a day he could have devoted to his official duties criss-crossing the country in order to personally thank a small number of rich Americans who had given him over a million dollars. Also that day, an American soldier was killed in Iraq. Bush didn't set aside any time to attend that soldier's funeral and give him the honor he was due. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
In 2000, George W. Bush promised to completely eliminate the $4.9 Billion backlog of maintenance orders at the National Park Service. In a declaration of National Park Week in April 2004, he still tauted that campaign promise. But in a report to Congress on September 27, 2003, the General Accounting Office estimates that the backlog of maintenance orders at the National Park Service has surpassed $5 Billion. (Sources: Presidential Proclamation of National Park Week, April 16, 2004; Statement of Barry T. Hill, Director Natural Resources and Environment, before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands, September 27, 2003)
In a report drafted for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in the final days before the invasion of Iraq, Bush Administration lawyers were tasked with developing justifications of the use of torture. The report rings with enabling passages such as "In order to respect the president's inherent constitutional authority to manage a military campaign . . . (the prohibition against torture) must be construed as inapplicable to interrogations undertaken pursuant to his commander-in chief authority." The parenthetical comment is in the original report.
Another bon mot in the Bush Administration document: "Sometimes the greater good for society will be accomplished by violating the literal language of the criminal law.... Without a clear statement otherwise, criminal statutes are not read as infringing on the president's ultimate authority." In other words, it's OK for the President to break the law.
Donald Rumsfeld classified the resulting document, which provided a specific list of defensible techniques, making the final version of the report unavailable to the American public until 2013.
Justify torture. Put the president above the law. Hide it from the public. Haven't we had enough of this sort of amoral leadership? (Source: Wall Street Journal June 7, 2004)
Even as we find more links in the chain going from the torture by Americans in Iraq, George W. Bush continues to say, "we followed the law". On the morning of June 12, 2004 we learn that Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez gave an order to allow American soldiers to abuse prisoners at Abu Ghraib whenever they wanted, using a list of techniques, even when prisoners were not suspected of any crime.
Where, oh where, did Sanchez get this list? Why, he got it from the prison at Guantanamo. Where, oh where, did the people in charge of prisoners at Guantanamo get the list? Why, they got it from the Bush Administration.
Few bad apples, my orchard! The decision to use torture came from Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and all the rest of that rotten crew. That's not following the law, Mr. Bush. The law clearly states that no one hired by the American government can use any kind of torture. Maybe it's time you spend time as a prisoner. (Source: Reuters June 12, 2004)
On December 11, 2003, George W. Bush spent time in Virginia rubbing elbows with the rich, powerful and conservative as they delivered another million dollars to his re-election campaign. Also that day, an American soldier was killed in Ramadi, Iraq by a car bomb. Bush had enough time to thank his fat-cat contributors for giving him money, but he apparently didn't have enough time to attend this soldier's funeral in thanks for his sacrifice. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
In yet more evidence that the Bush Administration can't handle the law, the General Accounting Office has concluded that the Bush Administration illegaly stretched definitions of a certain corporation's original contract in Iraq in order to award new funds to that corporation on a no-bid basis. That certain corporation: a subsidy of Dick Cheney's old firm, Halliburton. (Source: Reuters June 14, 2004)
A group of 26 former U.S. diplomats and military commanders, including both Republicans and Democrats, none of whom have prominently criticized George W. Bush before, have issued a joint statement calling for Bush to be removed from office in the November 2004 elections. According to these high-ranking officials, George W. Bush's term in office has endangered the United States, not protected it. (Source: Reuters June 14, 2004)
When the Bush Administration released its "Patterns of Global Terrorism" report on April 29, 2004, it made great political hay out of the report's conclusion that terrorist activity had declined in 2003 compared to 2002. The Bush Administration used the report's numbers to claim that it was progressing in the "War on Terror." The problem is, it turns out that terrorist activity actually increased from 2002 to 2003. The Bush Administration didn't get its count right in the first place.
If we can't trust the Bush Administration to keep account of trends in what it says is its number one policy priority, how can we trust the Bush Administration with anything? (Source: Los Angeles Times June 14, 2004)
On January 5, 2004 George W. Bush jetted to Missouri to spend time with the few, the proud, the filthy rich who managed to scrape together a whopping $2,800,000 for him. In the meantime that day, an American soldier died from injuries sustained under hostile fire in Iraq. George W. Bush didn't attend his funeral, because he says he just doesn't have the time. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
If America is safer from terrorists thanks to George W. Bush's war in Iraq, then why has Bush's Department of State recommended that for their safety, all Americans need to evacuate Saudi Arabia as quickly as possible? (Source: Associated Press June 14, 2004)
The number of people visiting food banks in Ohio has increased during each year of George W. Bush's administration. Also on the rise in Ohio is enrollment in the food stamp program. Eric Bost, tapped by George W. Bush to run federal food programs for the poor, says that the rise is "due to people taking the easy way out." Bost's attitude underlines the lack not only of compassion but of basic understanding in the Bush Administration of how hard it has become to get by. (Source: Associated Press June 6, 2004)
If the Bush Administration's war in Iraq is to successfully resolve itself into a world-sanctioned transition to real sovereignty, it is crucial that the military force in Iraq be expanded beyond the overwhelmingly American force currently in the country. After a year of unsuccessfully pursuing the "go-it-alone" strategy, George W. Bush tried his hand at persuading France and Germany to commit troops to Iraq during the G-8 summit in early June of 2004. But persuasion doesn't work when it follows blatant bullying, as Bush found out: France and Germany declined Bush's clumsy effort at diplomacy. The transition in Iraq will unfortunately be more dangerous as a result. We need a real diplomat in the White House, not someone who realizes its value too late. (Source: Bloomberg News June 15, 2004)
In a climate tolerant of authoritarian abuse, intelligence agents of the United States Army asserted the right (and succeeded in their effort earlier this year) to question students at the University of Texas who were asking "suspicious" questions at a conference there on Islamic law.
The response of any sane presidential administration would be to condemn such dangerous expansion of Army power into surveillance of and control over citizens' lives. Haven't there been enough brutal dictatorships to show us the folly of that path?
The Bush administration, of course, did not follow the path of sanity. Instead, it responded by slipping language into a Senate bill that would give Military Intelligence sweeping new authority to watch over and intervene in the lives of law-abiding citizens right here in the United States. (Source: Newsweek June 21, 2004)
How nuts is the Bush Administration? It has reclassified frozen french fries as "fresh vegetables" under the law. (Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel June 15, 2004)
Bush said it! "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." (Source: Ottawa Citizen March 9, 2000)
On January 8, 2004 George W. Bush crisscrossed the South in multiple fundraisers to pick up $2,500,000 in contributions to his campaign. While he gathered his dough, he stopped to smell the lettuce and spent some special time with those who give him so much money. While George W. Bush was having fun that day speaking to audiences made up of only those who like him already, collecting other people's money to use for his own benefit, nine members of the U.S. military were killed in Iraq. Although they died carrying out his wishes, George W. Bush has decided their sacrifice wasn't important enough to merit even a brief appearance at their funerals. His fatcat contributors, however, get loads of face time. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
John Kerry says that going to Mars (George W. Bush's underfunded big idea) is much less important than finding ways to affordably and reliably move payloads and people into low Earth orbit, where they can conduct inexpensive science, bolster communications infrastructure and build platforms for future exploration. And he's right. While Bush's space plan is largely symbolic and yields few long-term benefits, it requires a large budget. Kerry's space plan is focused on a number of achievable goals, each of which is budgetarily feasible and leads to the cumulation of knowledge and capability. While Bush has loudly proclaimed his intention to play space cowboy, John Kerry has quietly developed a solid and reasonable plan for making realistic progress. That's the kind of leadership we need both in space and on the ground. (Source: Space News June 16, 2004)
Mistakes are made during every presidency, although some presidents make more mistakes than others, as George W. Bush has so ineptly demonstrated. The key to America's growth has been the nation's courage to collectively recognize its own mistakes, learn from those mistakes, and commit to positive changes to ensure that such mistakes are prevented in the future.
George W. Bush might hypothetically be able to rescue the disaster of his presidency if he were to recognize the multitude of mistakes his administration has made by commission and omission and then dedicate himself to their rectification. But neither Bush nor any member of his administration (with the notably late exception of Colin Powell) has been willing to even take the first step of recognizing that mistakes have been made.
Yes, this is a personal failing of Bush and his cabinet members. But more importantly, it is a problem for the country. In order for us to move forward, we're going to have to come to terms with the gravity of our collective missteps. With their arrogant disconnection from reality, Bush and his advisors are holding us back in this regard. If they won't move beyond their own petty egos and take ownership of their problems, the least Bush and his advisors can do is step aside and get out of the way.
If you need more evidence that in the torture scandal, the rot went all the way to the top, mull over this:
It has now been revealed that Bush's Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, personally ordered a detainee to be hidden from visiting Red Cross inspectors investigating the treatment of prisoners, and to be taken off the official rolls.
Torture. Hide. Cover-up. Deny. Repeat. Aren't you tired of this kind of shell-game ethics? (Source: New York Times June 17, 2004)
When Bush Administration member Donald Rumsfeld admitted on June 17 that he had personally ordered a prisoner to be hidden from Red Cross inspectors, he in effect admitted that he had ordered an action that is in contravention of the Geneva Conventions, since such an action is a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions.
However, Rumsfeld offered the following testimony in a side remark to a Defense Department Official before the Senate -- under oath -- on May 13, 2004: "Any instructions that have been issued or anything that's been authorized by the department was checked by the lawyers in your shop, in the department, in the office of the Secretary of Defense, and deemed to be consistent with the Geneva Conventions."
So there you have it, folks. There are two alternatives: either the Bush Administration has hired lawyers for the Defense Department that are so incredibly inept that they cannot spot a clear violation of the Geneva Convention, or Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has lied to Congress under oath. Neither alternative inspires confidence, to say the least. (Sources: New York Times June 17, 2004; Online Newshour with Jim Lehrer May 13, 2004)
On January 15, 2004 George W. Bush crisscrossed the South again, devoting an extended luncheon and an extended dinner to those who had given him so much -- $2,300,000, to be exact. Over the next two days, four servicemembers of the U.S. military died in Iraq, following Bush's orders of deployment. George W. Bush decided he had time for those ritzy fundraisers, but that he didn't have time to attend the funerals of those who had lost their lives in his name. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
The Bush Administration is so slipshod in its approach to finding quality candidates for the federal bench that it nominated a man for the federal appeals court who practiced law in Utah without a license for four years, and who before that practiced law in Washington, DC without a license for another three years. (Source: Washington Post June 21, 2004)
For years now, the Bush Administration has defended its use of extra-Constitutional methods of torture against prisoners at its Guantanamo Bay facility by characterizing its prisoners there as high-level detainees guilty of the most serious crimes -- "the worst of a very bad lot," according to Vice President Dick Cheney.
In interviews, however, leading officials in the military, intelligence and police spheres have reported that "none of the detainees at the United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay ranked as leaders or senior operatives of Al Qaeda," and that at most no more that 4 percent of the detainees were members of Al Qaeda at all. (Source: New York Times June 21, 2004)
So, OK, George W. Bush's first justification of the war in Iraq -- that Hussein had big caches of Weapons of Mass Destruction -- turned out to be untrue. And so, OK, George W. Bush's second justification of the war in Iraq -- that Iraq and Al Qaeda were collaborators in a campaign of Terror -- also turned out to be untrue.
But hey, we still have George W. Bush's third justification of the war in Iraq -- that we'll turn Iraq into a shining example of Liberated Democracy and Human Rights for the rest of the Middle East to emulate -- right? Right?
Well, no. Bush's new puppet government in Iraq has announced that it is inclined to impose martial law and apply rules of a state of emergency in which the freedom of speech, the freedom of movement, the freedom of assembly and the freedom to engage in acts of peaceful dissent against the puppet government will be curtailed.
So now we'll have to wait to find out what George W. Bush's next justification for going to war will be. (Source: New York Times June 21, 2004)
George W. Bush claims that he has the support of the soldiers in Iraq. Why, then, were books by anti-Bush writer Michael Moore the most requested of all non-fiction titles through BooksForSoldiers.com, a service that helps soldiers in Iraq get reading material? (Source: Washington Observer-Reporter April 13, 2004)
In order to feed George W. Bush's appetite for war, American soldiers are being siphoned away from places like Europe and the Korean Peninsula where they play an important and largely non-violent role as a deterrent force against invasion or destabilization.
On top of that, soldiers who were promised that they would be able to go home from Iraq after six months had that promise revoked and replaced with a pledge to send them home after a year. But even that wasn't enough to fill George W. Bush's appetite for war, so that new pledge was revoked, too. Now soldiers are facing indefinite tours of duty, making continued sacrifice for an increasingly questionable foreign policy.
And so it is with America's military forces stretched thin like never before, with America's soldiers overdeployed, undersupplied and exhausted, that the Bush Administration has kicked 2,882 servicemembers out of the military for the offense of...being gay.
Well, that'll fix things! (Source: Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military)
On January 29, 2004 George W. Bush took a jaunt over to Greenwich, Connecticut to personally thank his financial backers for delivering $1.1 million in campaign funds. Two soldiers died that day as well, but as their coffins slipped quietly back to their final resting place in the United States under a media blackout, Bush decided not to bother attending their funerals. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
A top U.S. intelligence official is releasing a pseudonymously authored new book this month in which he reports that Al Qaeda is stronger since 2001, not weaker. The blame for this development, he writes, falls on the shoulders of the Bush Administration, which has moved its emphasis from combatting Al Qaeda to propping up a wobbly Iraq. And so you have it from a guy who is in the know. (Source: The Guardian June 19, 2004)
48 Nobel Prize-winning scientists have banded together to endorse John Kerry over George W. Bush in the 2004 election season. These leading scientists argue that "unlike previous administrations, Republican and Democratic alike, the Bush administration has ignored unbiased scientific advice in the policy-making that is so important to our collective welfare." And so you have it from more experts in their field. (Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer June 22, 2004)
George W. Bush's Attorney General John Ashcroft has such strong religious blinkers on that his treatment of security threats seems to be shaded by the religion of those engaged in the threat. Ashcroft has indefinitely detained one Muslim man without charges, access to a lawyer, or a right to a trial. This man, Jose Padilla, has been the subject of several high-profile news conferences declaring him to be a dangerous enough terrorist to deprive him of his consitutional rights as a citizen even though he had no destructive materials and not even a plan to figure out how to obtain any destructive materials.
Meanwhile, a conservative Christian white supremacist named William Joseph Krar was arrested in Noonday, Texas with 60 pipe bombs, other remote-controlled explosives and a cyanide bomb large enough "to kill everyone inside a 30,000 square foot building." Here's a terrorist with a plan and chemical weapons at the ready inside U.S. borders. Yet Ashcroft and his Justice Department have been mum about Krar, not uttering one public word about the case. And Krar kept his constitutional rights during his barely-covered trial.
What's with the double standard? (Sources: United Press International March 14, 2004; New York Times June 22, 2004)
Eight years is a long time. If George W. Bush's presidency is allowed to continue another four years, a significant portion of the American population won't be able to remember an America before the installation of Bush's Homeland. And that will make it much harder to repair the damage.
On February 26, 2004 George W. Bush headed to Louisville, Kentucky for a visit with the privileged few who scraped together $1.2 million as a tribute for Bush's re-election campaign. Two soldiers had been killed in Iraq the day before, but as their passing went unmarked by Mr. Bush as he declined to attend the funerals of these men who made a sacrifice beyond any valuation. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
The Bush Administration's Environmental Protection Agency has released public service television advertisements that mock the idea of using technology to make cars more fuel-efficient. (Source: New York Times June 25, 2004)
When Ronald Reagan died, George W. Bush declared a National Day of Mourning, a holiday in which all government services were shut down. Bush hasn't done the same for the hundreds and hundreds of American soldiers who have died carrying out his orders. Whose death matters more to George W. Bush? (Source: Presidential Proclamation of June 6, 2004)
When Ronald Reagan died, George W. Bush ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff for 30 days. 10 days more and the period would have assumed Biblical proportions. Yet as hundreds upon hundreds of American soldiers have died halfway around the world carrying out Mr. Bush's orders, he has issued no such gesture of respect for them. Whose death matters more to George W. Bush? (Source: Presidential Proclamation of June 6, 2004)
In the course of Ronald Reagan's funeral, his flag-draped casket was shuttled around the country so that as many people as possible could be invited to view the sight. Newsmagazines and newspapers were encouraged to prominently feature the image of Reagan's flag-draped coffin in their publications. Yet the Bush Administration not only won't accord returning soldiers' caskets the same honor, it has issued decrees to actively hide those caskets from the public's eyes. Whose death matters more to George W. Bush?
Lee Iacocca, the widely-respected former Chrysler Chief Executive Officer, appeared in television commercials supporting George W. Bush's bid for the White House in 2000. In the 1980s, he was a highly visible supporter of Ronald Reagan. In 2004, Lee Iacocca has announced the withdrawal of his support for George W. Bush, and the transfer of his support to John Kerry.
According to Iacocca, Kerry would make "one hell of a CEO." But Iacocca spent most of the time during his announcement criticizing the Bush Presidency: "The world is changing. Our country is changing. And we need a leader who understands that change that's taking place. And most important, we need a leader who will level with us about how we can adapt to that change and make things change for the better." (Source: Boston Globe June 25, 2004)
On March 3, 2004 George W. Bush jetted across the country to reach Los Angeles, California in time to eat lunch with the few and proud who managed to raise $800,000.00 for Bush's re-election campaign. The day before, an American soldier was killed in a grenade attack in Baghdad. That soldier, who at age 22 had a lifetime of joys taken from him in an instant, was not honored by Mr. Bush's presence at his funeral. As you can see, Mr. Bush had other priorities. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
Boot Bush because he's created an regime of fear that endangers soldiers in two ways. First, Bush puts soldiers in harm's way by sending them off in wars that are rushed and poorly planned. Then, Bush's pro-war propaganda creates an atmosphere of fear within the military, so that soldiers who oppose the war are afraid that they will be in danger if they reveal their opinions.
In one example of this double whammy of fear and danger that Bush exposes soldiers to, one soldier writes, "Two days ago one of my best friends lost both of his legs after an improvised explosive device (IED) hit his convoy. He got married right before he was deployed and did not even have time for a honeymoon. We are all sad after seeing him, and we all started asking ourselves again: How many more have to die? How many more have to lose limbs before we get out of this place?" The soldier concluded his letter by writing, "I will keep my name confidential for safety." No soldier should have to hide doubts about a war out of fear of reprisal, but that's what's happening under Commander-In-Chief Bush. (Source: Will They Ever Trust Us Again?, Michael Moore)
When was the last time you heard someone say "that's none of your business"? I imagine it's been a while. Since George W. Bush came to town, the concept of "none of your business" has faded away, replaced by the presumption that what you do is everybody's business, especially the business of the government. If you want the rest of this country to get their noses out of your business again, George W. Bush and his invasive administration have got to go.
Nabil al-Marabh, who was at one time #27 on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list, was held by U.S. authorities before Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered him deported to Syria after nearly two years of detention. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked John Ashcroft to explain why al-Marabh was deported rather than charged with a crime or even tried in a military tribunal. But Ashcroft refused to provide answers to Leahy.
Which is worse: that Ashcroft deported an actual terrorist after holding him nearly two years without charges while chasing phantom terrorists, or that Ashcroft is refusing to answer to the very members of Congress whose job it is to provide oversight? (Source: Associated Press June 30, 2004)
Members of the Bush Administration keep exhorting us to focus on numbers other than how many people are being killed in Iraq. Tell the story about what else is happening on the ground in Iraq, they say! Alright, then: in 2003, the Bush Administration's promised to engage in 2,300 construction projects. As of June 30, 2004, only 140 of those 2,300 projects had commenced. (Source: New York Times June 30, 2004)
George W. Bush's representative in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer the Third, pledged in the spring of 2004 that 50,000 Iraqis would have jobs working on reconstruction projects by the date of transfer, June 30, 2004. As of that date, only 20,000 Iraqis had such jobs. (Source: New York Times June 30, 2004)
George W. Bush's administration in Iraq promised that the capacity for electricity would reach 6,000 megawatts by June 30, 2004. According to the General Accounting Office, electrical capacity had reached only 4,200 megawatts by June, and most regions had not yet even reached levels of electrical service enjoyed before the war began. (Source: General Accounting Office Report: Rebuilding Iraq, June 2004)
By September 2004, the entire nation of Iraq was plagued by electrical blackouts as insurgents put more of the country's fragile infrastructure out of commission. When Bush chose to go to war, he pledged that we would improve Iraq. This is not an improvement. (Source: Associated Press September 14, 2004)
On March 4, 2004 George W. Bush dropped in on a fundraiser across the street from an amusement park in Santa Clara, California, picking up $700,000 in exchange for a bit of socializing with donors. Mr. Bush will take repeated trips to pick up cash money for himself, but he couldn't be troubled to take the time to attend the funeral of the soldier who died taking part in Bush's Middle East military operations the next day. The former matters enough to Mr. Bush to merit his attention. The latter does not. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
According to George W. Bush, the invasion and occupation of Iraq was going to liberate Iraqis. However, according to the soldiers who are on the ground in Iraq, the war has driven the Iraqis into deep poverty. One soldier writes, "This war was initiated by the few who would profit from it and not for its people. We, as the Coalition Forces, did not liberate these people; we drove them deeper into poverty." For equating poverty with liberation, George W. Bush deserves to be liberated from the White House. (Source: Will They Ever Trust Us Again?, Michael Moore)
Republican DeForest B. Soaries, whom George W. Bush appointed to chair the Federal Election Assistance Commission, has publicly called for the government to draw up plans to cancel or reschedule elections in the event of a terrorist strike against the United States. That's so typical of a Bush appointee: prioritize fear over the constitution and democracy. (Source: Associated Press June 25, 2004)
Of course, not long after Soaries made his public calls for the rescheduling of elections, it came out that George W. Bush's Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department are working together to determine how to go about rescheduling elections in the event that a terrorist strike were to take place in the United States. This is, of course, beyond stupid: what better way to invite an attack, for Pete's sake, than to advertise that a successful attack will be rewarded with the postponing of American democracy! Beyond that, it now appears to be the official Bush Administration position to let the terrorists win by turning an attack by a few violent losers into the crumbling of a cornerstone of democracy. (Source: Reuters July 11, 2004)
Why boot Bush? Because if I had a dollar for every lie he and his creepy
appointees told, I could buy my way into one of his $2000.00/a plate
fundraisers. Then maybe I could get a juicy no-bid contract, and give
sub-contracts to all my friends. Then THEY could sub-sub-contract out
to someone else, and the money would all trickle down. Yee-haw! The
If there's such a thing as the American dream, George W. Bush is turning it into a nightmare.
George W. Bush appointed and then reappointed W. David Hager to the Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee of the FDA. This is a man who not only opposes the morning-after pill, who not only refuses to place IUD contraceptive devices in women, but who also opposes contraception for unmarried women. Bush's functionaries in government are that extreme. (Sources: Associated Press July 1, 2004; Time Magazine October 5, 2002)
You know the Humane Society: they're the people trying to make things just a bit easier for the animals who live alongside people on the planet. They're the ones who help homeless kittens and puppies find homes. And they've given a 100% rating to John Kerry for his work in the Senate on animal welfare issues. Given George W. Bush's record on blowing up bullfrogs for fun, he just doesn't measure up on this issue. (Source: The Humane Scorecard)
You hear it time and again from Bush and his pundit pals: Those
darn Iraqis should be more grateful! They should be thanking the
Americans. Thank you, America, for supporting Saddam in the 1980's,
when a million people died in the Iran-Iraq war and Saddam gassed
whole villages of his own people to death. We are eternally grateful
that, in the aftermath of the first Gulf War, you encouraged the
Iraqi people to overthrow Saddam, then stood by and watched as
he slaughtered another hundred thousand Kurdish and Shiite
rebels. Thank you, America, for those sanctions and bombings
throughout the 1990's that killed another million Iraqis. Thanks a
million, America, for bombing us every time one of your politicians
got into hot water. We especially appreciate that "Operation Desert
Fox" bombing campaign that Clinton launched two hours before his
impeachment hearings were supposed to start. We're so grateful that
you took out our electricity and sewage treatment plants, leaving us
in the dark drinking filthy disease-infested water. Oh, and those
missiles that said "Happy Ramandan"? Nice touch! How thoughtful. And
last but not least, thank you for your ill-conceived post-invasion
occupation that seems to be getting us nowhere. Thank you, America,
from the bottom of our hearts! Bush wants the Iraqis to thank us for
all this? The man's deluded!
On March 8, 2004 George W. Bush went to Texas for the purpose of attending not one but two extended fundraisers in one day. Bush was rewarded with $3 million in campaign contributions for devoting time to stroking the egos of his financial backers. An American soldier deployed in Bush's Iraq War died that day, but Bush didn't attend his funeral. There was, after all, no cash incentive. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
When Bush said that the attacks of September 11, 2001 "changed everything", he acknowledged bin Laden's power to destroy our way of life. No president should ever allow a terrorist to have so much power over America. We could have stood firm and refused to change our way of life. We could have refused to comply with bin Laden's plan. Instead, Bush "changed everything" and gave bin Laden exactly what he wanted.
Now George W. Bush can add "Spammer" to his list of titles. Yes, George W. Bush has asked his followers to go to their churches, obtain church membership lists and turn them over to his campaign for political use. Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam. Did I mention spam? (Source: Reuters July 1, 2004)
While George W. Bush stands against women's right to choose what to do with their own bodies, John Kerry has made a firm, consistent pro-choice stand in the U.S. Senate, earning a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2003. John Kerry provides a positive alternative to George W. Bush on this issue. (Source: NARAL Pro-Choice America Voting Records, 2004)
The havoc George W. Bush has wrought on American soldiers by sending them off to his No Justifications War comes not only in the invisible stream of coffins arriving by plane under cover of news blackout. That havoc can also be seen in the large number of wounded (walking and not) coming home. According to the Department of Defense, between March 1, 2003 and June 12, 2004, more than five thousand soldiers were physically wounded in action. These soldiers' lives will be forever changed because George W. Bush couldn't wait.
The Bush Administration justified the unprovoked invasion and occupation of Iraq by saying that American soldiers would establish a shining new example of freedom in the Middle East that would the spread democratic ideals throughout the region. Nobody in the Bush Administration explained how soldiers could inspire Iraqis by killing them.
American soldiers were ordered to kill Iraqi civilians with the smallest excuse. One soldier in Bush's military quotes his platoon sergeant as telling him, "If you decide you want to kill a civilian that looks threatening, shoot him. I'd rather fill out paperwork than get one of my soldiers killed by some raghead."
For putting such a rotten version of a shining example on the ground in Iraq, George W. Bush deserves to lose his commission as Commander-In-Chief. (Source: Will They Ever Trust Us Again?)
Some wounds are not visible. According to a study carried out by the U.S. Army, one in five combat soldiers returning from Iraq suffers from a serious mental affliction. With over a hundred thousand soldiers in Iraq right now, you can do the math. (Source: Boston Globe June 30, 2004)
On March 11, 2004 George W. Bush entered a ritzy and exclusive hotel on Long Island to personally thank a small audience of donors who had put together a package of $1,600,000 for Bush to use in his campaign. On the same day that Mr. Bush and his benefactors enjoyed a nice meal and each other's company, two Americans were killed fighting Bush's war. Bush couldn't spare the time for their funerals. He had already expended his extra time attending to the needs of his campaign elite. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
Bush said it! "When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and you knew exactly who they were. It was us vs. them, and it was clear who them was. Today, we are not so sure who the they are, but we know they're there." That's George for you: always looking for a Them. (Source: Ottawa Citizen March 9, 2000)
Why boot George W. Bush? Because Bush is so dumb that when he looks at the Mideast "roadmap to peace," he thinks we're going in the right direction. It's a pity, but he doesn't realize he's holding it upside down.
On Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Bush and his crew just don't
get the difference between "Sorry. We were wrong" and "Well, we
thought we were right." Here's a hint: one is a genuine apology. The
other is being an arrogant little twit. Don't we need a president
with the class to give a genuine apology when it's called for?
You hear it all the time from Bush and his pundit buddies: we are in an ideologically-based war with fundamentalist Islam. Well, should we be?
In the mid-1990's, the greatest terrorist threat to the United States came from homegrown terrorists. From numerous abortion clinic bombings to the attack in Oklahoma City, we faced a string of terrorist attacks from extreme right-wing fanatics and fundamentalist Christians. People died then, too. But Clinton didn't declare an ideologically-based war against fundamentalist Christians or extreme right-wingers. Nor should he have.
Imagine for a moment that we had declared an ideological war on
right-wingers and fundamentalist Christians in the United States.
Would that have made things better? Or would we have unnecessarily
alienated millions of people and plunged America into a spiral of
violence with no end in sight?
The vast majority of Muslims, even those we call "fundamentalists,"
are not terrorists. Just like the vast majority of fundamentalist
Christians are not terrorists. We need a president who will fight
terrorism, not ideologies or religions. We need a president who knows
There's nothing worse than a rude Frenchman snickering at you... unless of course it's a rude Frenchman who's got a good point snickering at you.
When Bush invaded Iraq, he said it would become a model for the
whole Middle East. A year later, Iraq is a violent, lawless hellhole.
We can only hope it is NOT a model for the whole Middle East.
On March 25, 2004 George W. Bush visited the luxurious Park Plaza hotel in Boston, Massachussets for an exclusive meeting with donors to his campaign. The collective price of admission to this meeting with the president? $1.3 million. That same day, three Americans died in Iraq. Bush did not pay his respects at their funerals. You see, they hadn't contributed the required $2,000.00 to his campaign. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House for Sale)
On some accounts, one reason reverberates into many. We could give you hundreds of reasons to boot Bush: One for every American kid with a skinned
knee and no one to kiss it and make it better, alone because a parent died in Iraq.
We could name a thousand reasons: One for every Iraqi home destroyed as American soldiers dig in for an urban seige.
Five thousand reasons: One for every American soldier's muddy boot print on the floor of an Iraqi mosque.
Ten thousand reasons: One for every young widow's tear at home and abroad.
A hundred thousand reasons: One for every drop of American blood spilled onto Iraqi soil.
Five hundred thousand reasons: One for every unheard cry of an orphaned Iraqi child.
A million reasons: One for every teenager who curls her lip and narrows her eyes at the word "politics."
Ten million reasons: One for every American who has learned to only count American deaths as tragic.
Fifty million reasons: One for every time the word "homeland" replaces "country" in conversation.
A hundred million reasons: One for every shattered dream of peace and goodwill on Earth.
George W. Bush's tragic mismanagement of the war in Iraq is leading many soldiers to hate their own country. One such soldier writes, "I hate my commander in chief. I hate the very ground he walks on, and I pray (and I know I shouldn't) that he burns in hell for what he is doing to our country and the lives of soldiers and airmen and the lives of the innocent Iraqis. Now, for three years I can look forward to serving my country with a heavy heart. I will no longer be proud to salute the flag, and I couldn't care less when the 'Star Spangled Banner' plays. I will always have respect for those who have laid down their lives for us. But right now I hate everything the flag stands for because America put this asshole in office and now half of America still thinks he is the same man they thought he was."
This kind of hate is dangerous, especially when it is in the hearts of Americans trained in lethal combat techniques. America needs to learn more patience and tolerance and compassion, but Bush has inspired hatred in its place. (Source: Will They Ever Trust Us Again?, Michael Moore)
If we got rid of W, we could begin to enact sensible policies to prevent global arming.
Why boot Bush? Because there's a better alternative. John Kerry is fluent in two languages, French and English, while George W. Bush is scarcely fluent in one. Fluency in multiple languages is indicative not only of a strong work ethic, but also of the ability to think in multiple modes. The latter is a capacity sorely lacking in George W. Bush. (Source: Washington Post March 23, 2004)
On March 31, 2004 George W. Bush dropped by the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. for a fancy dinner with some of his biggest campaign donors, offering not only his personal thanks but God's blessing to those who had given him large sums of money. That same day, five Americans were killed in action in Malahma, Iraq. Bush did not bother offer either his respect or God's blessing at their funerals; he didn't even bother to attend them. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House News Release of March 31, 2004)
You know that video footage of people pulling down a statue of Saddam Hussein? The one Fox News ran for hours? The one that the White House crowed about, again and again and again? The one that they said showed the Iraqis were so happy to have us there?
Yeah, that one. Well, you know what? It turns out that an American Army Psychological Operations Team pulled down the statue, and some guy with a megaphone rounded up a handful of Iraqis to provide local color. (Source: Los Angeles Times July 3, 2004)
How lousy a job is George W. Bush doing? He's managed to raise the ire of old archconservative William F. Buckley! On the war, Buckley says that "Saddam Hussein wasn't the kind of extra-territorial menace that was assumed by the administration one year ago. If I knew then what I know now about what kind of situation we would be in, I would have opposed the war." And on the growth of big government interference in the lives of citizens during Bush's Administration? "It bothers me enormously. Should I growl?" (Source: New York Times June 29, 2004)
How desperately out of touch with the truth is George W. Bush? He authorized a campaign ad that criticizes John Kerry's book, "The New War," for never mentioning Al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden.
Well, gee, perhaps that had something to do with the fact that the book was written in 1997! (Source: georgewbush.com, July 3, 2004)
On April 5, 2004 George W. Bush rearranged his schedule just so he could travel to Charlotte, North Carolina for lunch. You see, he'd meant to thank some big-shot donors to his campaign back in February, but he couldn't make it because of the snow. But that didn't stop Mr. Bush! No, visiting personally with his contributors was so important that he set aside time to make the trip again, even though all hell was breaking loose in Iraq at the time. The day before, twelve American soldiers were killed in Iraq. That day, eight American soldiers were killed, and the next day, another twelve American soldiers were killed. You'd think Mr. Bush would have cancelled the lunch so he could spend a little extra time addressing the mess he helped to create. But no, now that the weather allowed it, he needed the time to stroke the egos of his contributors. Of course, Mr. Bush didn't feel he needed to attend the funerals of the dozens of Americans who were killed carrying out his orders. Why was that? Perhaps Mr. Bush needed to get his hair done. (Sources: Iraq Coalition Body Count, White House News Release of April 5, 2004)
With a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign for his work on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues since 1995, John Kerry simply provides a better alternative than George W. Bush on this issue. (Source: Human Rights Campaign Voting Scorecard
When the position of Bush's apologists is, "He never lied to the American people! He just deceived us," you know we're in trouble.
Think four more years under Bush wouldn't be so bad? Did you think the last four years would be this bad?
Bush is turning America into Mordor.
A riddle for those of you who remember the Urban Cowboy:
Q: Why does Bush have brown stuff on his nose every time he's met with his top fundraisers?
A: Because he's looking for love in all the wrong places.
Why boot George W. Bush? Because all the people who say that Iraq is another Vietnam are just plain wrong. There is no government with sufficient authority, not even an enemy government, to take over were we to withdraw from Iraq. We are the only force standing between disorder and outright anarchy. That makes Iraq worse than Vietnam.
Another way in which Iraq is not Vietnam: Ronald Dumbsfeld has admitted that the war in Iraq is not going as he "would have predicted." Was he wrong? Oh, he wouldn't say he was wrong about anything, or failed to plan
adequately, or anything like that, just that it's not going as he
"would have predicted." McNamara was full of B.S., but he never tried
to pull THIS kind of crap on the press.
Yet another way in which Iraq is not Vietnam: Lyndon Johnson may have exaggerated the threat of Vietnamese Communism to the United States, but it did actually exist. There were NO weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The "Iraqi threat" was fabricated out of whole cloth.
Still another way in which Iraq is not Vietnam. Johnson didn't go into Vietnam, find out there was no Communism there after all, then try to play it off as some kind of joke.
Another way in which Iraq is not Vietnam. Millions of Americans did not protest the Vietnam War BEFORE it started. The Bush Administration had the opportunity to listen, but hubris got in the way.
Bush's disastrous war in Iraq has given birth to a whole new culture of corruption. One truck driver working for military contractor Kellogg Brown and Root blows the whistle on this corruption as he writes, "Since I started this job several months ago, 100% (that's right, not 99%) of the workers I am aware of are inflating the hours they claim on their time sheets." Months have passed, and George W. Bush has still been unable to crack down on this corruption, even if he has tried. (Source: Will They Ever Trust Us Again, Michael Moore)
The little differences can tell us a lot: John Kerry's campaign website uses open-source technology, brought together by a large number of people working in cooperation for the sake of an idea rather than in pursuit of greed. George W. Bush's campaign website, on the other hand, relies on technology provided by the exclusive corporate giant Microsoft, even though its products have a history of bugginess and leaky security. (Source: New York Times July 5, 2004)
In an interview with the Telegraph Herald of Dubuque, John Kerry affirmed the following: "I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist ...who doesn't share it. We have separation of church and state in the United States of America." In a time when George W. Bush has been trying to impose his religious ideas on the rest of the country, this has been a crucial statement for Kerry to make. (Source: New York Times July 5, 2004)
If you want to know which candidate will best support the education of our children, who better to ask than the hard-working teachers who are in the classroom every day? According to the National Education Association, the nation's largest organization of teachers, John Kerry supported education in 100% of his votes in 2003. It doesn't take a math teacher to tell you that you can't do better than 100%. But perhaps someone should tell George W. Bush, who the NEA says has been engaging in "accounting gimmicks," "distorting reading scores," and slipping in budget cuts to schools during his administration. (Sources: National Education Association Legislative Center; National Education Association Press Center)
Some groups you don't want the support of. These include "English First," an advocacy group that not only wants to institute English as the official language of the United States, but also wants to outlaw election ballots in languages other than English. Who gave them the idea that keeping some of our citizens from voting was a good thing? Well, we can rest easy knowing that none of John Kerry's votes satisfied these bigots. That makes him a good alternative to George W. Bush, whom English First tepidly supports. (Source: English First Official Website)
I haven't been this excited about two efficient, sparkling Johns on the job since the plumber finished his work at my place last August.
When the bipartisan 9/11 commission concluded that there was no working relationship between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, Dick Cheney disputed their finding by saying that he knew of just such a working relationship, and that he probably had more information than the commission did. So the 9/11 commission asked Cheney to supply that super-secret information if he had it. Cheney didn't because he couldn't. The 9/11 commission has now officially concluded that Cheney had no extra information to support his claim.
Why is our vice president playing "bullshit" with the American people? (Source: Reuters July 7, 2004)
Bush said it! "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" (Source: Ottawa Citizen March 9, 2000)
When George W. Bush was passed a note by Condoleeza Rice informing him that the latest version of an Iraqi government had been installed, he scribbled back on top of that note the words "Let Freedom Reign."
"Let Freedom Reign." Where to begin? Well, first of all, the phrase is "Let Freedom Ring." If one had only heard the latter phrase, one might be forgiven for misinterpreting the words, but anyone who has read Dr. Martin Luther King's famous historic speeches (or who has even read a high-school American history textbook) should know otherwise. This is yet another piece of evidence for George W. Bush's aliteracy.
If, on the other hand, we assume that Bush really meant to write "Let Freedom Reign," then he must be a fool as well as ignorant. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, "reign" refers the dictatorial period of rule of a monarch, not to the period of governance of a free regime, which is referred to as a "term" or "government." Merriam-Webster tells us that a "reign" is "the time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority," or as a verb, means "to have superior or uncontrolled dominion." So is Bush meaning to refer to the new version of an Iraqi government as imperial or monarchical? Or is he simply ignorant of the meaning of the words he uses?
The kicker is that "freedom" describes the state of an individual or a people who are not under the thumb of the dominion of a monarchy or other regime of supreme authority. So what is Bush saying here? Let non-reigniness reign? Let freedom exercise the limiting of freedom? Freedom is slavery? Bwah-huh? (Source: Reuters June 28, 2004)
Under George W. Bush's administration, the Centers for Disease for Control has been forced to require all federally-funded HIV prevention programs to state the "lack of effectiveness of condom use" for preventing the spread of AIDS. What's next: Purple is Green Month? Drink Drano to Your Health Day? (Source: LA Weekly June 25, 2004)
How does Dick Cheney, the man behind George W. Bush, regard the American people's appropriate role in the democratic process? When he was giving a speech in Pennsylvania, a sympathetic crowd of Republicans applauded at the end of one of his speech's rote lines. Cheney looked up from the text of the speech he had been doggedly reading, glowered, and then growled, "You guys want to hear this speech or not?" before moving back to reading his prepared text.
We can do better than this sit-down, shut-up, listen-to-us and do-as-you're-told administration. (Source: New York Times July 8, 2004)
Why vote for Kerry and Edwards over Bush and Cheney? Kerry's got a reason: "We've got a better sense of what's happening to America -- and we've got better hair." OK, so the second part of that reason is a joke. But the first part is both important and true. (Source: Raleigh News and Observer July 8, 2004)
On July 7, 2004, George W. Bush took a trip to the ritziest neighborhood of Raleigh, North Carolina (conveniently skipping poorer neighborhoods) for an exclusive fundraiser at the home of a wealthy supporter. He took home a whopping $2.35 million dollars, a large reward for spending some hours conversing with the people who matter to him. Also on that day, two American soldiers lost their lives in Iraq. Mr. Bush had no plans to attend their funerals; opening gifts of cash is much more fun. (Sources: Raleigh News and Observer July 8, 2004; Iraq Coalition Casualty Count)
While the U.S. Army struggled from May of 2003 through the Summer of 2004 to to maintain order within its own ranks as it was stretched thinner and thinner by the Bush Administration in its operations under fire in Afghanistan and Iraq, George W. Bush has neglected to appoint a new Secretary of the Army, finally getting around to a nomination in July 2004. (Source: Associated Press July 8, 2004)
Katrina N. writes in: "Bush's "No Child Left Behind" law, once enacted and enforced, severely diminished our schools' ability to teach with learning as the end result. Instead what we have is teaching to pass a test. Children
don't go to school to pass a test; they go to learn. There is an important
difference between the two."
It turns out that three months of George W. Bush's military records -- the exact three months during which nobody can be found who saw George W. Bush showing up to serve in the National Guard -- have been irrevocably destroyed. It was all an inadvertant "accident" on the military's part, the White House says. Whoopsie! (Source: New York Times July 9, 2004)
Now, there are two possibilities here. The first is that it wasn't an accident, but it was rather an action taken on purpose. This would not be a surprise given the Bush Administration's shenanigans to date. And that brings us to our second possibility: that it actually was an accidental destruction. In this case, broad swaths of the American citizenry are just not going to believe the president when he says it was an accident, because he's deceived us so many times in the past. If we've really gotten to such a poisoned point with the Bush Administration, then it's time to clear the decks and let someone with credibility take Bush's place.
Brad Hastings, a soldier in Iraq, used to be a Republican, but not anymore. He writes, "I grew up as a Republican, but I will not be voting for Bush, that is for sure. One of the last things my father told be a few months before he passed away was that we are going to witness one of the most corrupt and brutal presidents America has ever seen. That stuck with me even before I came to Iraq. I have never been so disappointed in someone." Now, some people would say that it's about time that young Republicans become disillusioned. However, if you're a Republican yourself, George W. Bush's internal destruction GOP would be a darned good reason to vote against him in 2004. (Source: Will They Ever Trust Us Again?, Michael Moore)
In a gesture of respect, George W. Bush was invited to speak to the annual convention of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). Mr. Bush, in a gesture of disrespect sent through his spokespeople, declined the invitation, saying he had something more important to do that day. Bush is the first president since 1920 to miss a NAACP convention. What is George W. Bush's problem with black people? (Sources: Associated Press July 8, 2004; Bloomberg News July 9, 2004)
It's not just that George W. Bush is the first president since Herbert Hoover was in office not to speak to the NAACP convention. It's that, as Bush says in his own words, "I would describe my relationship with the current leadership as basically non-existent." Cozy relationship with Kenny-Boy. No relationship with the premier organization of black Americans. Hm. (Source: Chicago Tribune July 10, 2004)
George W. Bush's snub of the NAACP is particularly galling given the way that Bush depends upon huge numbers of African American soldiers to serve as moving targets in his war in Iraq. Bush insults not just the NAACP, but its many members who have been loyal Americans, like retired Air Force Major Robert Tormey, who says, "I was appalled to learn that PResident Bush refused to speak at the NAACP Convention this year. As a veteran, I find this sends a very disturbing message to the many minority soldiers in our military. The Pentagon estimates that Blacks make up about 20 percent of our forces. Many have already died in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting for our country. How must the families of these soliders feel when George W. Bush turns his back on one of our nation's leading civil rights organizations? Shame on you, Mr. President." George W. Bush demands that all of America "support the troops", but it looks like he's not interested in supporting them himself. (Source: The Crisis, September/October 2004.)
It would be bad enough that George W. Bush is the first president to maintain a non-existent relationship with the NAACP, but Bush also has managed during his years in office never to meet with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights even one time. The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights is the pre-eminent lobbying organization for black Americans, with a history of establishing contact with legislators and presidents stretching back more than fifty years. What's Bush's problem here? (Source: Louisiana Weekly June 21, 2004)
George W. Bush has also never met, not even once, with the National Organization of Women (NOW). Yes, they're feminists, and we all know George W. Bush has trouble with feminists. But a large portion of the American population would call themselves feminist, and while he is in office George W. Bush is supposed to act not out of concern for his comfort zone, but as the president of all Americans. All of us. Even the ones who disagree with him. Instead, he's shut us out. If you're not with him, it seems you must be against him in his mind, and therefore not worthy of recognition. What small behavior for a man occupying such a large office. (Source: Louisiana Weekly June 21, 2004)
The Senate Intelligence Committee issued its first of two reports on the use of intelligence by the Bush Administration in the leadup to war on July 9, 2004. Senator Jay Rockefeller summarized its findings by laying blame squarely on the Bush administration's doorstep: "There is simply no question that mistakes leading up to the war in Iraq rank among the most devastating losses and intelligence failures in the history of the nation. The fact is that the administration at all levels... used bad information to bolster its case for war. And we in Congress would not have authorized that war -- we would not have authorized that war with 75 votes if we knew what we know now." This is just one more authoritative voice giving proper name to the Bush episode with Iraq: Debacle. (Source: Washington Post July 9, 2004)
Moving on from summarizing the report's findings to discussing its conclusions about the effects of Bush's Iraq Debacle on America's standing in the world, Rockefeller continued, "Our credibility is diminished. Our standing in the world has never been lower. We have fostered a deep hatred of Americans in the Muslim world, and that will grow. As a direct consequence, our nation is more vulnerable today than ever before." If this is what a commission from the historically cautious body of the Senate concludes, you know we're in trouble. What makes this all sadder is that it didn't have to be this way if we had only proceeded cautiously, with all due care and skepticism. But that was not to be, since "caution," "care," and "skepticism" are not words to be associated with the Bush White House. (Source: Washington Post July 9, 2004)
After the International Court of Justice ruled that the new barrier separating Israelis and Palestinians violates international law and must be removed, the White House dismissed that ruling as irrelevant. That's disappointing but not surprising given the Bush Administration's "international law, schminternational law" approach to world affairs. (Source: Reuters July 9, 2004)
The Bush Administration does some pretty disgusting stuff, but nothing was more disgusting than Bush's new rule for factory farms that allows corporate farmers to take huge mountains of untreated animal shit and dump them wherever they want to, even if the shit leaks into streams or rivers that feed into human water supplies. You think that's water you're drinking? No, that's a load of bull shit. (Source: National Resources Defense Council, December 16, 2002)
The Union of Concerned Scientists has uncovered extensive evidence of the Bush Administration interfering in scientific studies, mandating skewed administrative and research interventions in the scientific process to result in findings or actions of benefit to the industrial groups that are contributing to Mr. Bush's re-election campaign.
In one such instance, J. Stephen Griles (a political appointeee to the Bush Administration's Department of the Interior) mandated that scientists preparing an environmental impact statement on mountaintop-removal mining were to "focus on centralizing and streamlining coal-mining permitting," and to cease consideration of environmentally beneficial changes to the mining practice. (Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, Scientific Integrity in Policy Making, July 2004)
Another instance of political meddling in the scientific process occured as the Bush administration made it clear it wanted to lump together fishery-raised salmon and wild salmon for purposes of establishing whether salmon should be protected under the Endangered Species Act. However, the National Research Council-approved Salmon Recovery Science Review Panel documented that there was a solid scientific basis for concluding that fishery-raised salmon and wild salmon were genetically distinct, and therefore should be counted separately for purposes of Endangered Species Act protection. The scientists constituting the Review Panel say that Bush Administration officials told them either to remove that conclusion from the report or to find their report shelved. The conclusion was subsequently removed. (Sources: Union of Concerned Scientists, Scientific Integrity in Policy Making, July 2004; Los Angeles Times March 26, 2004)
Another instance of political meddling in the scientific process by the Bush Administration came as real estate interests pushed for permission to develop critical areas of the Florida panther's habitat. The Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) scientific review panel found that the Bush Administration's Department of the Interior mandated several faulty assumptions in order to inflate the apparent number of breeding pairs of Florida panthers in the wild. For example, every reported panther -- including the very young and very old -- was counted as a member of a breeding pair. Although the review panel informed Bush Administration officials of the problem and recommended a change in the practice, Bush Administration officials repeatedly declined to do so, to real estate developers' benefit. (Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, Scientific Integrity in Policy Making, July 2004)
Yet another skewing of the data for political purposes: In 2003, the Bush Administration was court-ordered to designate critical habitat protection for the bull trout of the Pacific Northwest. In a report associated with that plan, economists working for the Fish and Wildlife Service enumerated the financial costs of enacting habitat protection and the financial benefits of doing so. The section of the report detailing financial costs of enacting the protection was kept in the final version of the report released by the Bush Administration; the section of the report detailing the financial benefits of enacting that protection was deleted. Fish and Wildlife Service officials reported that "the removal was a policy decision made at the Washington level; it did not come out of Denver or Portland." (Sources: Union of Concerned Scientists, Scientific Integrity in Policy Making, July 2004; The Missoulian April 15, 2004)
When William R. Miller, professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico, was interviewed by the Bush Administration for a position as a scientific advisor to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, he was asked whether he had voted for George W. Bush in the 2000 elections. After his response, Miller's appointment was cancelled. In another interview for a position at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Claire Stark was repeatedly asked by a staffer at the White House whether she had voted for George W. Bush. Dr. Stark repeatedly refused to answer, noting that the position she would take was scientific rather than political. But the White House interviewer continued to ask for Dr. Stark's confidential and irrelevant voting record. (Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, Scientific Integrity in Policy Making, July 2004)
When Nobel laureate in medicine Torsten Wiesel was nominated to serve on the advisory board of the Fogarty International Center at the NIH, Bush Administration officials reportedly rejected Wiesel because he had written too many letters to the New York Times that were criticial of George W. Bush. (Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, Scientific Integrity in Policy Making, July 2004)
In his eagerness to persuade the American people to support an unprovoked invasion of Iraq, George W. Bush created a dangerous propaganda machine that encouraged an attitude of ruthless violence among young Americans. One soldier, for example, admits that "I went to Iraq with thoughts of killing people who I thought were horrible. I was like, 'Fuck Iraq, fuck these people, I hope we kill thousands.' Why? I am not that kind of person. I believed my president." (Source: Will They Ever Trust Us Again?, Michael Moore)
George W. Bush loves to use pictures firefighters as props to hold up his flagging support. Everyone loves firefighters, the Bush team figures, so if Bush puts himself next to pictures of firefighters, maybe everyone will love him again, too. But what do real firefighters thing of George W. Bush?
The Florida Professional Firefighters organization has answered that question in its endorsement of John Kerry for president in 2004. The organization, which represents some nineteen thousand firefighters across the state of Florida, endorsed George W. Bush in 2000. But in 2004 these firefighters decided they'd had enough of a Bush presidency, and saw a better alternative in John Kerry.
What makes Kerry preferable to Bush? Listen to a firefighter himself. Bob Carver, president of the FPF, puts it like this: "There is no stronger voice on firefighter and Homeland Security issues than John Kerry, and we will work hard to help him win the state of Florida. Kerry has consistently championed legislation to provide our members with the right to collective bargaining and to improve funding and increase the number of America's firefighters, our training and to provide us with the equipment first responders need to serve the people of America in defense of our homeland in an emergency, natural disaster, or, God forbid, in the event of another terrorist attack." (Source: NewsMax July 14, 2004)
"Are you better off than you were four years ago?" is one important question to ask as you head off to the polls, but a more nuanced question to ask might be, "Who is better off than they were four years ago?" The answers to this question, and the lack of any plan to address the consequences of those answers, say a lot about the economic priorities of George W. Bush and his administration. So let's look at a series of occupations and (using publicly-available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) see how well or how poorly they've fared during the Bush years. We'll start from the highest-paid occupation on our list and move down to the economically lowliest. For each occupation, adjusting for inflation (since the value of a dollar in 2003 was only 93.6% the value of a dollar in 2000), we've listed the percent change in mean annual wages from the last full year of Bill Clinton's administration, 2000, to the last full year of George W. Bush's administration, 2003. Can you find the pattern?
Let's start off at the top. Chief executives' mean annual wages in 2003 were $140,580.00 (or $131,583 in the value of dollars from the year 2000). Even adjusting for inflation, those wages are 25.7% higher than in 2000. Of the thirty-three occupations for which we report wage changes, that's the greatest increase from 2000-2003. That the greatest increase in wages during the Bush years happened for the occupation already earning the largest wages to begin with tells us a lot about the ethics of this era.
In 2003, lawyers raked in the next-highest annual wage, at an average of $107,800. Adjusting for inflation, that makes a wage increase of 10.5% from 2000 to 2003.
From 2000-2003, marketing executives' mean annual wage increased from $75,320 to $92,190. Adjusted for inflation, that's a hefty increase of 14.5% during the Bush years.
In 2003, nuclear engineers earned a decent wage on average, at $85,520. Adjusting for inflation, however, nuclear engineers' salary only increased by 1.6%.
Moving back from a professional occupation to big business, advertising and promotions executives' mean annual wage increased by an inflation-adjusted 10.0% from 2000-2003. That's a very comfortable change.
Even taking inflation into account, the mean annual wage of public relations executives increased by 13.9% from 2000 to 2003.
As we move down the annual wage scale to middle-class annual wages, we should note that business executive occupations are no longer to be found. Instead, we have microbiologists making $57,190 in 2003, an inflation adjusted increase of just 0.9% from 2000. At least the microbiologists are doing a bit better in 2003 than in 2000, but not by a heckuva much.
Librarians, who earned an average of $45,520 in 2003, actually suffered a small decrease in wages of 0.3% during the Bush years when inflation is accounted for.
Electricians' annual wages, adjusted for inflation, declined by 2.2% from 2000-2003.
When inflation is accounted for, probation officers and other corrections treatment specialists lost 3.2% in annual wages from 2000-2003. As we move down the income scale, we're starting to see a lot of lines of work in which people are not better off than they were four years ago.
Kindergarten teachers, the ones who start our kids off on the right track, earned an average of $42,380 in 2003. That marks an inflation-adjusted decrease of 1.4% since 2000 -- and it's not as if the job got any easier.
Carpenters' annual wages, adjusted for inflation, declined by 1.5% from 2000 to 2003.
Mental health and substance-abuse social workers do the largely unnoticed job of helping people on the edge of despair keep their lives together. They don't earn much -- just $35,120 per year on average -- but they do an amazing job helping people heal and (not insigificantly) keeping them on the productive side of American society. Here's a rare ray of sunshine in this income range: from 2000 to 2003, the income of these social workers increased by 2.0%. But let's keep that in perspective: it's a pittance of an increase compared to the hefty new chunk taken home by already-rich business execs under Bush's watch.
Roofers' annual wages, adjusted for inflation, declined by 3.0% over the first three years of George W. Bush's administration.
Machinists annual wages, adjusted for inflation, actually rose between 2000 and 2003, but only by 0.4%. That's a $120 raise over a year: enough to go to the movies and get popcorn five times, but not enough to change a life significantly.
Home appliance repair workers, the ones who fix your fridge when the freon is on the fritz, saw their mean inflation-adjusted annual wage decline by 4.1% from 2000 to 2003. Ouch!
Locksmiths, who earned $30,540 on average in 2003, saw their annual average wage decline by 3.8% from 2000 to 2003.
Legislators at the national and state level, who only raked in an average of $31,490 during 2003 (oh, yes, the national legislators do MUCH better), bucked the trend and saw their wages increase by 6.6% from 2000-2003. It helps that most legislatures set their own pay.
Highway maintenance workers, who we may curse under our breath but who in the long run help us keep on truckin', found their wages increase, but only by 0.6%, from 2000-2003.
General construction laborers' annual inflation-adjusted wages decreased from 2000 to 2003 by 1.4%.
Butchers' inflation-adjusted wages declined by 1.0% from 2000 to 2003.
Upholsterers' inflation-adjusted wages have declined by 1.3% during the Bush years.
Bakers managed to eke out, on average, an annual inflation-adjusted wage increase of 0.5% from 2000-2003. That's better than losing wages, but it's nothing to bake a cake about.
Hairstylists' annual inflation-adjusted wages have gone down from 2000 to 2003 by 1.4%.
Groundskeepers did better trimming bushes than hairstylists did trimming bangs, with their wages going up over three years by 1.0% when inflation is accounted for. Bush supporters might pick this wage increase out as a successful example of trickle-down economics, since groundskeepers tend to work for people like corporate executives. But really, that 1.0% increase only amounts to a $16.41 pay increase per month. Compare that to the increase of $2,246.07 per month for the corporate executives who employ groundskeepers, and you'll see that there really isn't much trickling down at all... and groundskeepers are among those in the working class doing the best when it comes to wage change!
Bank tellers' wages, in the meantime, were stagnant, increasing by just 0.3% from 2000 to 2003 -- a whopping $4.98 per month.
Janitors' wages, at only $19,080 in 2000 to begin with, lost ground adjusting for inflation, grinding down to an average of $19,019 by 2003. Is that an economic success story?
Home health aides do dirty work and get paid dirt-cheap wages to do it: only an average of $18,110 per year in 2000. But those wages were worse by 2003, declining an average of 0.9% during those years of the Bush administration.
Cafeteria cooks really struck it rich from 2000 to 2003, getting an average inflation-adjusted raise of 0.3%, or $4.30 a month. Hey, that'll buy an extra cheeseburger now an then, but that's about it.
Child care workers took care of our kids while we rushed off to our jobs, but only got paid an average of $17,400 in 2003. That's an inflation-adjusted decrease of 0.4%.
Housekeepers clean up after the better-off who can stay in a hotel room or even hire a cleaner for their own house. But for all that messy work, they got paid just $16,399 per year on average. They did manage a 1.3% increase in wages, adjusting for inflation, over the years of 2000 to 2003 -- they got trickled on a bit, too. Let's hope that trend continues.
Waiters and waitresses' wages annual inflation-adjusted wages grew only by 0.1% from 2000 to 2003.
Finally, down at the bottom of our pay scale, are dishwashers, who in 2003 only made an average of $14,498. Their annual pay had declined since 2000 by 0.4%, making it even less rewarding to scrub off someone else's baked-on Alfredo.
So what's the overall picture here? Most wages stagnated or deteriorated from 2000 to 2003, with the lesser-paid occupations tending to fare worse and executive business types spectacularly bucking the trend with double-digit increases. Have you seen George W. Bush discuss this problem at great length? Where's the commission? Where's his outrage?
OK, so perhaps the wages of most regular, non-executive Americans have suffered during the first three Bush years, but surely they've done better during Bush's much-vaunted "recovery" -- right? Unfortunately, no. From 2003 to 2004, the income of non-supervisory workers in the United States rose by 1.7 percent in nominal dollars. But inflation roared at a faster pace; so, adjusted for inflation, in the past year the income of non-supervisory workers has actually fallen. (Source: New York Times July 6, 2004)
The Bush Administration is cutting by three-quarters the size of its delegation to the annual World AIDS scientific conference. As a result, a number of research reports will go unreleased and research training sessions will be cancelled. That's quite a way to go about fighting a global scourge and building cross-national ties. No, no, it's not. (Source: Washington Post, July 9, 2004)
George W. Bush keeps talking about "first responders" all the time in his speeches, hoping to get a positive vibe from the American people by association. We all deeply respect the people who save Americans' lives on a daily basis without fanfare or fuss, so it's understandable that Bush would like us to think that he has the support of such everyday heroes. But who do America's first responders really support? The International Association of EMTs and Paramedics has publicly declared its support for John Kerry in his run for president in 2004. (Source: CNN June 2, 2004)
How slipshod is the Bush Administration in its organization? It's missed another deadline -- this time for reporting on the size of the budget deficit. Such behavior is understandable on the part of a middle schooler doing a term-paper, but an administration with thousands upon thousands of employees should be able to do better than this. (Source: Reuters July 9, 2004)
In March of 2004, Edward Dalton returned to the United States after doing duty with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq. He's seen the Middle East firsthand, and he's seen George W. Bush's handiwork up close too. How does he compare the two? "I am more afraid of my government than I am of the Middle East and their leaders," he says. Inspiring this kind of fear is a dangerous political ploy, and has no place in American government. (Source: Will They Ever Trust Us Again?, Michael Moore)
In 1999, George W. Bush asserted that "it makes no sense for assault weapons to be around our society," and promised to keep the current assault weapons ban in place. But with the ban expiring in only a few months' time, Bush has made no move to uphold the ban, and has instead sat by as Republican lawmakers maneuver to keep the assualt weapons ban from being extended. (Source: International Herald Tribune June 29, 2004)
With George W. Bush in the White House, we've had to revise a common phrase of inspiration to read, "Anyone who is the grandson of a Senator, the son of a President and who is born wealthy can grow up to be President!" Funny, that just doesn't roll off the tongue so well.
The man who has reaped such benefit from nepotism apparently thought it would be a good idea to spread that nepotism around a bit, giving aide and comfort to the families of his inner circle. Colin Powell's son? Bush gave him the chair of the Federal Communications Commission. Dick Cheney's son-in-law? Bush named him Deputy Attorney General. Mitch Daniels' sister? Bush named her Assistant Attorney General. Scott McClellan's brother? Bush named him to the Council of Economic Advisers. Ken Mehlman's brother? Bush named him to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
Keeping it all in the families is no stretch for George W. Bush. Rather, it reflects the attitude in which he has bathed for a half-century: the right people from good, loyal families are fit to rule. Everyone else's role is to stare from the outside, passively and adoringly. (Source: Hearst Newspapers August 17, 2001)
John Kerry was born to a family of money and privilege. George W. Bush was born to a family of money and privilege. Neither are to be blamed or commended for their lucky happenstance. But what did the two men do with their situation? George W. Bush spent decades with his eyes firmly fixed on his navel, drinking and bumbling about between jobs, depending time and again on his dad and his dad's friends to bail him out when he got in trouble. John Kerry, on the other hand, quickly came to understand that with privilege comes responsibility. From a young age through his entire life, he has devoted himself to using the advantages of his childhood privilege in public service: as a volunteer for service in Vietnam, in youthful yet stirring testimony before Congress, in his work as a public prosecutor, in his service to the Commonwealth of Massachussets, and then in his years before the Senate. John Kerry embraces responsibility, to our benefit. George W. Bush evades it, to our detriment.
George W. Bush: "We want to whip them in Iraq." That's a poor choice of words, isn't it, from a man whose legal team wrote memos condoning torture methods used in Abu Ghraib? (Source: Times-Shamrock July 10, 2004)
On July 10, 2004, George W. Bush took a trip out to Kutztown, Pennsylvania to participate in what he calls an "Ask The President Event." Sounds populist, doesn't it? Everyday citizens get to ask the President to talk about what they think is important! Glory be, that's democracy! What a democratic guy that George W. Bush is...
Except no, not really. You only got to "Ask The President" if you were a Bush supporter. Heck, you only got to see George W. Bush if you already supported him. When they found out one of the legitimate ticket-holders inside the event supported John Kerry, they even made her leave.
That's George W. Bush for you: the Potemkin President. He can only handle interacting with people who support what he's doing. No wonder he's so out of touch with reality. (Source: Times-Shamrock July 10, 2004)
Speaking of questions, when reporters dared to ask George W. Bush at a media briefing about his relationship to Ken "Kenny Boy" Lay of Enron fame, Mr. Bush stomped off the stage, ending the media briefing, rather than answer the questions. They're legitimate questions to ask, but Bush just can't handle being questioned. (Source: Daily Telegraph July 10, 2004)
It's not like the above-mentioned occurrence of ticket-ripping exclusion is an aberration, either. When Bush visited Springfield, Missouri in early August, a number of individuals had tickets to see him, the office-holder of the presidency, speak. Some with tickets supported Bush's candidacy. Some did not. Those who did not had their tickets torn up in their faces and were turned away at the door. In Bush's America, only his supporters have the right to hear him speak. All others are ineligible to receive the gift of his golden tongue. (Source: Springfield News-Leader August 3, 2004.)
If you wanted to hear Dick Cheney speak in New Mexico this summer, you had to sign the following statement first: "I, (full name) ... do herby endorse George W. Bush for re-election of the United States." If they're going to exclude dissenters from coming into view of their government servants, they might at least get the "hereby" part right! (Source: The New Yorker August 30, 2004)
In contrast to the Potemkin events above, John Kerry went out of his way to invite undecided voters and give them a forum to ask him questions about his candidacy. John Kerry can handle democracy. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney can't. (Source: PoliticsNH.com August 17, 2004)
When John Edwards, running for Vice President on the ticket against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, stopped in for dinner in Raleigh, North Carolina on July 10, 2004, he and his companions left an "extraordinary" large tip. George W. Bush, on the other hand, is pegged as having left rotten tips multiple times on the indispensable tipping database Bitter Waitress. They say the best window into one's character is the manner in which one treats those of less power or prestige than oneself. What does this say about the character of George W. Bush? What does it say about the character of John Edwards? (Sources: Raleigh News and Observer July 12, 2004; bitterwaitress.com)
Emily, who makes coffee drinks at an independent bookstore in Durham, North Carolina, reports that in South Dakota and Iowa, the places where she grew up, George W. Bush's rhetoric on terrorists infiltrating the "heartland" has gotten people scared beyond reasonable proportion. "I get frisked every time I fly out of Sioux Falls, and people boarding the planes keep talking about looking at other passengers and trying to figure out who might be a terrorist. They should know that the chance of a terrorist attack in South Dakota of all places is incredibly small. But Bush's speeches have them all riled up, to the point that people are getting edgy and bitter in their conversations with one another. I don't like the way that Bush's rhetoric is poisoning the way we see one another in the country."
The Republicans claim that it's necessary to vote for Bush in order to make the soldiers in Iraq feel supported, but even on this measure, George W. Bush fails. Soldiers are led to become disillusioned in their work when they see their fellow soldiers sent on a fool's errand, as they were with the invasion and occupation of Iraq. National Guardsman Brett Sholtis writes, "President Bush must be seen for what he is: someone who has taken a meritorious institution composed of people who have signed a contract to serve their country, and has employed them for his own pursuits. He should be seen as a traitor to the ideals of honor and integrity. He should be seen as a traitor to all soldiers who trusted that their sacrifice would be worth something to their families and loved ones, rather than a death to serve the financial and political pursuits of one man." (Source: Will They Ever Trust Us Again?, Michael Moore)
George W. Bush likes to say he's a man for small government. But if that's true, why is he using the government to interfere in Americans' lives? The Bush administration has ruled that Cuban-Americans may not visit their relatives in Cuba more than once every three years, and even then for only two weeks. Since when is it George W. Bush's business how Americans choose to visit members of their own family? (Source: Houston Chronicle July 10, 2004)
How poor are George W. Bush's diplomatic skills? Mr. Bush couldn't persuade the Philippines to keep its peacekeepers in Iraq; they have been withdrawn. George W. Bush's failure to persuade Filipino leaders to keep the troops in Iraq will make it that much more difficult for the American troops left holding the bag there. (Source: Associated Press July 19, 2004)
When George W. Bush carried out his war against Iraq, he promised the American people that it would make the world safer from terrorism. In one of many signs that this hasn't come to pass, the New York Times has instituted a new "Attacks and Abductions" section of its newspaper.
In his Senate votes in 2003, John Kerry voted in a manner that the ultra-right-wing Christian Coalition approved 0 percent of the time. This is the organization steered by Pat Robertson, who spent years curing people's hemmorhoids on television, who said that Florida hurricanes were the fault of the gays, and who said that September 11 was the fault of the atheists. Well, it's a good sign that John Kerry has drawn the ire of Robertson and his ilk -- if Robertson doesn't like Kerry, there must be a lot for reasonable people to like about the man. Meanwhile, George W. Bush regularly earns the congratulations of the Christian Coalition, and that's downright scary. (Source: Christian Coalition Pressroom)
Bush said it! "We want anybody who can find work to be able to find work." George W. Bush: he's the definitionally-true president. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle August 8, 2004)
The Bush Administration has made it a habit to spend its time publicly advocating for policy changes that almost nobody thinks has a chance of coming to pass. In the spring and summer of 2004, George W. Bush took the time almost every day remark on the importance of a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. But those who took the time to do a count on Capitol Hill knew that the votes weren't there to pass a constitutional amendment. George W. Bush speechifies about the keeping words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, but he knows that the arbiter of that decision is the Supreme Court, not the President of the United States.
Why, when the Bush Administration could be spending time working on issues over which it could actually exercise some change, is it wasting its time pontificating about issues over which it has no control?
One issue the Bush Administration should be expending a great deal of energy on, but just isn't, is the decline of democracy in Russia. As Vlad Putin shuts down opposition voices in the media and extends his control over various branches of the Russian economy, George W. Bush should be doing everything he can to encourage movement in the other direction. But democracy be darned: George W. Bush has looked Vlad Putin in the eye and decided that old Pootie-Poot (as Bush calls him) has a good "soul." So Bush allows Russia to continue its dangerous decline. (Source: BBC News May 23, 2002)
Even when a political horse is dead, George W. Bush won't stop beating it. When his constitutional amendment against marriages failed in the Senate, the amendment was assured failure. The sensible thing to do would be to move on to other policy priorities. But instead Bush asked the House to take out time from addressing substantive policy matters to engage in floor debate and voting on the amendment. George W. Bush seems to enjoy getting the government to waste its time rather than actually letting it do something productive. Only an entitled, pampered, and spoiled child of privilege would let government fritter away its energy on inconsequential rhetorical matters while serious problems line up around the block waiting to be addressed. (Source: Associated Press July 15, 2004)
On July 12, 2004, George W. Bush uttered the following defense of his war of choice against Iraq:
"We removed a declared enemy of America who had the capability of producing weapons of mass murder and could have passed that capability to terrorists bent on acquiring them."Let's take that sentence apart. First of all, good grammar, Mr. President. It's nice to see you try on that account.
But more substantively, notice how far George W. Bush has come in one short year. It used to be that Bush claimed Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Then Bush claimed that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction programs. Then Bush claimed that Hussein had weapons of mass destruction related programs. Now Bush claims that Hussein had the capability of producing weapons of mass destruction.
The capability. Is that enough to go to war? Intelligence experts have now pretty much agreed that Hussein did not have the capability to produce nuclear weapons (as Bush claimed he did -- another slip of the truth), so we'll have to assume Bush meant that Hussein had the capability of producing chemical or biological weapons.
I hate to break it to Mr. Bush, but just about any country who employs a PhD-level microbiologist has the capability of producing biological weapons, as our own nation's domestic anthrax scare of 2001 demonstrated. And as the Sarin attacks in the Tokyo subway demonstrate, even an esoteric religious cult has the capability of producing chemical weapons.
So if the capability of producing chemical or biological weapons is the essential criterion for going to war against a country, then by Mr. Bush's standard we're going to be sending our troops to countless unfriendly nations around the globe for some time now.
Unless, that is, George W. Bush is not leveling with the American people. Hmmm. Could that be what's going on here? Hmmm. (Source: Associated Press July 12, 2004)
On July 12, 2004, George W. Bush declared his administration's intention to open up 58 million acres of wild, roadless land owned by the American people (one third of the remaining American wilderness) to private business development. Doesn't this man get the point that once our wilderness is gone, it's gone? Some things are worth protecting in the long term. But George W. Bush seems incapable of thinking in the long term. (Source: Associated Press July 12, 2004)
According to the New York Times (July 4, 2004), in early 2003 George W. Bush released prisoners from the detention center Guantanamo Bay as part of a deal to secure support of some of the involved nations for the looming war against Iraq.
If, as the Bush Administration claims, these are terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay, then what is George W. Bush doing releasing terrorists to pursue his political agenda? The alternative, of course, is that a number of the detainees are not terrorists at all, but are rather political pawns being used in callous fashion by the Bush Administration. Neither alternative warms the heart.
In a July 2004 speech, George W. Bush spit out the following words: "The culture of America is changing from one that has said 'If it feels good, do it, and if you've got a problem, blame somebody else' to a culture in which each of us understands we are responsible for the decisions we make in life."
That is, of course, why George W. Bush has allowed the Central Intelligence Agency to take the blame for his factually-inaccurate push for war. That's also why he's refused to apologize for the mistakes of his war against Iraq. That must also be why he hasn't attended a single funeral of the hundreds upon hundreds of American soldiers who have died in his name.
George W. Bush's Secretary of State, Colin Powell, pales in comparison to his predecessors when it comes to visiting with other world leaders. Powell's three predecessors travelled on average 45 percent more than Powell. Bush's top diplomat just isn't making the rounds like he needs to, especially given the international blunders by his boss that he has to clean up after. This is another indication of the dangerously increasing isolation of the Bush Administration (and therefore, unfortunately, America) from the rest of the world. (Source: Washington Post July 14, 2004)
Well, what kind of a guy are we talking about when we discuss George W. Bush? When George W. Bush was president of his fraternity, brand-new pledges were branded with a blazing hot iron after being kicked for hours. The guy for whom this was tricksy fun grew up (or rather, didn't) to be president. Scary enough? (Sources: Associated Press July 14, 2004; Yale Alumni Magazine February 2001; New York Times April 7, 1999)
The American Foreign Service Association, the mission of which is to provide a professional community and look out for the interests of America's foreign diplomatic workers, rated John Kerry's votes as agreeing with its mission 88 percent of the time in the last year it rated , ranking Kerry as one of the top Senate supporters of the diplomatic corps. (Source: Wytheville Enterprise June 27, 2004)
Bush said it! "My job is to, like, think beyond the immediate." Yes, it is. We all wish he would, like, do that every once in a while. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle August 8, 2004)
As Commander-In-Chief, George W. Bush has proved to be such a pathetic leader that he has been identified by many soldiers as their prime enemy. Allison Duncan, who joined the Air Force and was a Republican before the Iraq war, realized that she had been duped, and wrote, "To vote for him would be to forswear the oath I took to uphold and defend the Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic. I find myself close to tears when I realize I voted for the man I now see as the Domestic Nemesis we now face." Bush has so poorly defined America's military enemies that much of the military now regards him as an enemy. (Source: Will They Ever Trust Us Again?, Michael Moore)
George W. Bush has played a shell game with middle class taxes by withdrawing federal support from states and local municipalities. The effect is that, because of Mr. Bush's policies, state taxes and property taxes are on the rise. Meanwhile, Bush's rich friends pay less and less. John Kerry will repeal the special tax giveaways to the rich while preserving the middle class tax cuts at the federal level. That's another reason to give Bush the boot and let John Kerry come in to clean up Bush's mess. (Source: Bloomberg News June 23, 2004)
John Kerry has the maturity that Mr. Bush lacks, and will use that maturity to repair the international relations that we have. Kerry won't just sit there and be passive, like Bush has. He'll use active diplomacy. That means that Kerry will talk with foreign leaders even when he doesn't need them to do something for him. Kerry will not resort to taunts and put-downs when things don't go his way. Instead, Kerry will offer the positive incentive of true partnership.
We can trust that John Kerry will keep his eye on the ball. When it comes to dealing with the likes of Saddam Hussein, John Kerry will have the intelligence not to sacrifice a thousand American lives (and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi lives) in the pursuit of someone who does not threaten the United States. When it comes to the likes of Osama Bin Laden, John Kerry will not abandon the hunt in order to wage wars elsewhere, as Bush did. This trust in John Kerry is based in a life-long record of consistency, one that Bush can't even come close to. Kerry has decades of public service, which means he knows how to follow through, stay the right course, and stop wasting time and energy on sideshow pursuits.
For his nominating convention, John Kerry is using unprecedented environmental standards, from the use of electricity from renewable sources to hybrid-technology transportation to locally-grown food to recycled paper and low-paper-use organizational systems right down to biodegradable balloons and confetti. When Kerry talks about the environment, his Boston convention shows he's also walking the walk. That's such a relief after nearly four years of a Bush who talks one way while walking the other. (Source: Associated Press July 8, 2004)
It was an odd location for George W. Bush to make his big announcement. No television cameras were present. Yet, as Mr. Bush walked into the offices of the Lapp Electric Service plant in Smoketown, Pennsylvania, he must have known that his words would be reported around the world.
There, waiting to talk to Mr. Bush, was a group of about 60 local Amish, one of whom had made a quilt for the visiting President. Mr. Bush shook a few hands, tried on a straw hat, and then made his announcement to the small crowd.
"God speaks through me," he said. (We're not making this up. This story was first reported in the local papers, including the Intelligencer Journal and the Lancaster New Era, on July 16, 2004.)
God speaks through George W. Bush? Gosh. That sounds crazy. That sounds like the President of the United States, the most powerful human being on the Earth, the man who commands the greatest stockpile of nuclear missiles and other weapons of mass destruction ever created, believes that he is a prophet chosen by God to represent all that is good and right in the Universe. When George W. Bush says, "God speaks through me," it sounds as if George W. Bush really believes that whatever words happen to come out of his mouth are the words of God himself.
It's official: George W. Bush will only take a two-week vacation in 2004, not the full-month vacation he took in 2001, again in 2002 and yet again in 2003. No, this year he pledges to be on the job for two weeks of the month.
What state of world or domestic affairs demands that George W. Bush work like he has never worked before, and limit his summer vacation from four weeks to two weeks? Is it some need for extra diplomacy? Is Mr. Bush going to work extra hard to help Americans generate new jobs? Is the man possibly going to work on reducing his record deficit?
Of course not. When we say that Bush pledges to stay on the job for two extra weeks of August 2004, we don't mean the job of being the President of the United States! Don't be silly! Bush is still going to take his vacation from that job. No, he'll be spending the extra time trying to get himself re-elected.
That's right: Bush hasn't bothered to cancel his annual vacation to deal with terrorists' threats, a crashing economy, record deficits, looming health-care disasters or any other problem that faces Americans. He only grudgingly cuts back his vacation time to look after his own personal fate.
The only thing that will get George W. Bush off his own ass is looking after his own ass. What a typical silver-spooned, blue-blooded, spoiled rich kid attitude! (Source: International Herald-Tribune July 19, 2004)
From his inauguration until August 9, 2001, George W. Bush vacationed 54 days in Crawford, 38 days at Camp David and 4 days at his parents' place at Kennebunkport. That makes for 42% of a presidency on vacation. And we all know what happened the following month. (Source: The Guardian of London August 9, 2001)
George W. Bush nominated, and his Republican-controlled Senate confirmed, J. Leon Holmes to a federal judgeship. Holmes has written that in marriage "the woman is to place herself under the authority of the man," and has also written that conceptions from rape occur "as often as it snows in Miami." Holmes is not only morally regressive, he's just plain wrong: approximately twenty thousand rape victims become pregnant in the United States every year. That Bush would nominate such an ignorant and odious man not only shows how morally bankrupt Bush is, but also demonstrates how little he cares for the well-being of the men and women who will find themselves under the controlling whim of J. Leon Holmes. (Source: Brattleboro Reformer July 20, 2004)
Energy Star is a program that encourages businesses to conserve energy and gives consumers information they need to buy more energy-efficient appliances, preserving environmental resources and saving billions of dollars that would have gone into wasteful energy use. And the cost of the billions of dollars of savings to the taxpayer only runs in the millions of dollars, meaning that the Energy Star program in effect more than pays for itself -- to the tune of $70 saved for every $1 spent. Wonderful!
You know what I'm going to say next, don't you? That's right: the Bush Administration cut funding to the program, resulting in the cancellation of Energy Star programs. (Source: Associated Press August 30, 2003)
John Ashcroft's Department of Justice is so desperate to make it appear that the Bush Administration is prevailing against terrorists that it has classified 35 criminal cases in Iowa as blows in the War on Terrorism. The problem: most of the defendents in these cases were charged with simple crimes like fraud (omitting mention of prior drug arrests on employment forms) or theft (of baby formula!), served a few months in jail, and then were released. Judges involved in the cases said they were not terrorist-related at all. (Source: Associated Press July 19, 2004)
How extreme is George W. Bush on degrading the environment? Russell E. Train, who headed the Environmental Protection Agency under two Republican administrations in the 1970s, and who organized to elect George H.W. Bush, has publicly stated his opposition to Bush's re-election. Says Train, "It's almost as if the motto of the administration in power today in Washington is not environmental protection, but polluter protection. I find this deeply disturbing." (Source: Associated Press July 20, 2004)
Because George W. Bush's war of choice has drawn members of the National Guard overseas, they are no longer at home to perform their traditional function of helping states cope with emergency situations. Republican Governor Dick Kempthorne of Idaho says that with so many members of the Idaho National Guard drawn overseas, he's worried about his state's capacity to fight wildfires this summer. Governor Ted Kulongoski of Oregon is worrying about the same thing. This is another way we're weakend on the home front because George W. Bush couldn't wait to run off and play war with other people's lives. (Source: New York Times July 20, 2004)
Soldiers wish that George W. Bush would himself join in the war that he started, but Bush refuses to do any actual fighting himself. One soldier with the Army's special forces complains, "Instead of grabbing an old war flag out of storage and taking it to the front lines to lead his men (I'm quite sure that the commander in chief could do that if he chose to) in this most important war, he stayed at home and sent a bunch of sons and daughters of the working class." The soldiers in Iraq know that George W. Bush is afraid to go where they go, and they resent him for it. Yet, George W. Bush whips up militaristic propaganda to support his political agenda. Bush is trying to have it both ways, pretending to be tough yet making decisions like a wimp, and his split personality is costing Americans life and limb. (Source: Will They Ever Trust Us Again?, Michael Moore)
George W. Bush loves to go on and on about how about how the Bible is his source of morality, and how it's important for Biblical standards of morality to be protected by the government. That is, after all, why Bush says he pushed so hard for an amendment to the Constitution to keep gay people from getting married. It's puzzling, then, why George W. Bush hasn't pushed for other moral standards clearly spelled out in the Bible to be enacted in law.
Let's take, for instance, usury: the lending of money at high rates. The Bible clearly states that usury is a major-league sin:
Leviticus 25: 35-36
In recent years, the United States has been beset by the proliferation of predatory lending operations that offer desperate people short-term "payday loans" to tide them over for a week or two, but that charge huge interest rates for the "favor."
And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.
But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right... And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment; He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man, hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he sh all surely live, saith the Lord GOD.
Exodus 22: 25
If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.
Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury.
Matthew 21: 12-13
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Of course, George W. Bush being the upstanding Biblical man that he is, you'd think he'd be doing something to combat the sin of usury. But you'd be wrong. He's signed two proclamations declaring "National Consumer Protection Week," but those proclamations don't do anything but encourage Americans in words to be careful when they go about getting usurious loans. No new laws, no new bills, no executive orders, nothing. Outside of those two empty declarations naming a symbolic week, there's not even a single mention of "payday loan" operations in any speech, press conference or document coming from the White House.
Biblical sins that benefit rich corporations while crushing the lives of the dispossessed are not, apparently, George W. Bush's concern. The private acts of consenting adults must be regulated first. (Source: www.whitehouse.gov)
It's not as though nothing can be done to end the scourge of usurious lending. John Kerry has developed a specific policy agenda for cracking down on predatory lending operations. This is just one more way in which John Kerry makes a better choice for president than George W. Bush (Source: Washington Post August 28, 2004)
The latest time-waster George W. Bush's Republican-controlled Congress is considering: another amendment to the Constitution, this time to ban the burning of American flags. Do you see anyone on your street corner burning flags? Is there some kind of rampant flag-burning movement sweeping across Wisconsin or something? I don't think so. But while Bush's Republicans are wasting their time playing amendment games (knowing all the while that there's no chance of the amendment being passed), Americans are going without jobs, without health care, without information about energy security, without full funding for education initiatives, and with another soldier dying in some foreign entanglement every day. Will Bush's Republicans address these matters? No, of course not -- they're too busy keeping people from burning flags!
When will Bush and the Republicans get real? When pigs fly? It's time to get somebody else in charge who is willing to do the heavy lifting needed to get our country back on track. (Source: Reuters July 20, 2004)
Well, guess what George W. Bush, the self-declared "war president," who prides himself on consistency and accuses his opponent of "flip-flopping," says now? "Nobody wants to be the 'war president,'" he says, "I want to be the 'peace president.'" (Source: Associated Press July 21, 2004)
Funny thing, but back when that mess he got us into in Iraq was still popular, he was pleased as punch to be the "war president."
Mr. Bush, you may have dodged serving in Vietnam, but you're no peacenik. And we're no fools.
Bush Appointee Michael Powell, head of the Federal Communications Commission, failed to appear in a hearing scheduled for him to listen to public concerns about the concentration of media in the United States. Powell cited a "scheduling conflict." Clearly, something matters more to this powerful member of the Bush Administration than attending his own meetings, or listening to the public. How sadly typical. (Source: Broadcasting and Cable July 21, 2004)
According to veteran Jim Rassmann, six men including himself served with John Kerry on his swift boat. One is dead. The other five support John Kerry's candidacy. There's a strong endorsement from men who know the candidate well.
As for the men who served with Bush in a war zone, ... oh, right. (Source: Associated Press August 5, 2004)
Bush said it! "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
Finally, the man is honest with the nation. (Source: Associated Press August 5, 2004)
The Republican administration of New York City that is ushering George W. Bush and his conventioneers around the city are making special room, giving the approximately 50,000 Bush supporters free reign in Central Park. The National Organization of Women petitioned to use Central Park for a demonstration of 50,000 people against Bush's candidacy. They were turned down -- because 50,000 progressives would "hurt the grass."
Is this the America you cherish? Well, it's Bush's America now. (Source: July 28, 2004)
Republican Party officials have been requiring Americans to sign oaths of loyalty to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney before they are allowed to attend events at which Bush appears.
The President of the United States is supposed to serve all the people of this nation, not just Republicans. (Source: NPR, August 9, 2004)
The man George W. Bush picked to be the next head of the Central Intelligence Agency said publicly of himself "I couldn't get a job with CIA today. I am not qualified." That'll inspire confidence! (Source: Reuters August 11, 2004)
At the World Stupidity Awards of 2004, George W. Bush won the highest honor, the Stupidest Man of the Year Award. (Source: Canadian Press July 24, 2004)
To top it off, George W. Bush won in a second category as well: the Stupidity Award for Reckless Endangerment of the Planet. These people at the World Stupidity Awards certainly know stupidity when they see it. (Source: Canadian Press July 24, 2004)
But wait, there's more! In the category of Stupidity for Reckless Endangerment of the Planet, George W. Bush is a return winner, having won in 2003 as well. That's right, he's a returning champion of stupid-headedness!(Source: Canadian Press July 24, 2004)
That's not all, friends! George W. Bush's entire administration won accolades for having achieved the Stupidest Government of the Year. They couldn't have managed without working together as a team to mount the peak of stupidity and plant their hefty flag there. (Source: Canadian Press July 24, 2004)
And finally, in his record sweep of the World Stupidity Awards, George W. Bush beat out Britney Spears ("I Do") and Jessica Simpson ("Why Does Chicken of the Sea taste like tuna? Is it chicken or tuna?") to win the Stupidest Statement of the Year, for his most un-excellent turn of speech: "combat operations have ended in Iraq." (Source: Canadian Press July 24, 2004)
The sad thing is that Bush's triumph at the World Stupidity Awards may mark the only time in his presidency in which he has managed to unite the world in a common agreement on anything.
Creating an eerie pattern, the Bush Administration has exposed the identity of another person working secretly as an agent of the United States government. This time the Bush Administration identified a former Al Quaida agent who had been captured and turned and was working with Americans to gather information about the activities of the terrorist organization. The Bush Administration actually leaked the identity, and then confirmed to the media it a second time when asked.
Now that this agent's identity has been exposed to the entire world, he cannot be used to gather any more information about Al Quaida's plans to attack the United States or other countries. This bungle is yet another example of how George W. Bush's clumsy arrogance does more damage to America's efforts to thwart terrorist attacks than good. (Source: Reuters August 9, 2004)
Earlier this year, George W. Bush promised that millions and millions of new jobs would be created by Election Day 2004. So, how many jobs were created in, say, July 2004? 33,000. Multiply that by twelve, and you don't get millions and millions. In fact, you don't even get enough to keep pace with the number of people entering the workforce. In terms of the percent of people looking for work who are employed, there was a decrease in July. Another promise broken by Mr. Bush? We're no longer surprised. (Source: New York Times, August 7, 2004)
Gordon Skene, an audio archivist who has compiled records on an entire century of presidential history, says of George W. Bush, "This man is leading us completely straight to hell in a handbasket." For someone with such perspective to make a statement this strong, you know we're in trouble. (Source: Irregular Times, August 2004)
This year, under George W. Bush's supposed "tax relief", the richest one percent of Americans got an average giveaway of $78,460. The folks in the middle class got just $1,090. That means that the richest of the rich got 7,800 percent more than the hardworking American families that Bush claims to represent. This huge difference shows where Bush's true loyalties lie: In funneling money to the Republican elite. (Source: Congressional Budget Office, August 13, 2004)
How do economists describe the extra burden that George W. Bush is putting on working Americans? Well, William Gale, a tax analyst at the Brookings Institution, says, "It's not just that lower-income people are getting smaller benefits. It's also that these tax cuts will eventually have to be paid for with either spending cuts or tax increases, and those are likely to be less progressive than the taxes they are paying now." Bush's economic legacy: Higher taxes for working Americans, combined with reduced government services, all to pay for special subsidies to the rich. (Source: New York Times, August 13, 2004)
John Kerry would reverse Bush's corrupt big cash giveaways of taxpayers' money to the wealthiest fat cats in America. Kerry's plan is to roll back Bush's special giveaways for Americans who make over $200,000 per year. Given that Bush has also given the United States of America record budget deficits, this move is the most compassionate way to make America's economy truly strong again. (Source: New York Times, August 13, 2004)
How does John Kerry plan to use the savings that would come from eliminating Bush's special welfare programs for the rich? Some of it would be used to reduce the deficit, but the rest would be used to fund a new national health care plan. What's Bush's plan for national health care? You guessed it: Bush says we don't need any. (Source: New York Times, August 13, 2004)
The Bush Administration gets a big chunk of editorial support from a conservative newspaper called The Washington Times. In addition to declaring that George W. Bush is the best choice for President in 2004, The Washington Times recently held a special ceremony to proclaim "that Reverend Sun Myung Moon is none other than humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord and True Parent." We judge the Bush Administration by the kooky company it keeps. (Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, July 26, 2004)
Sometimes, the Bush Administration's attacks on the environment seem kind of abstract. The attacks take place through policies that encourage damage to the environment. Other times, however, the attacks by the Bush Administration upon the environment are quite literal. In 2002, the Bush Administration decided to allow a huge diversion of water in the Upper Klamath Basin in order to satisfy the interests of big commercial agriculture operations. As a result, 33,000 fish, including huge numbers of coho and chinook salmon, were killed. This was the largest fish kill in history, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service admits that the Bush Administration's decision was directly responsible for it. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle, November 19, 2003)
George W. Bush talks tough, but when it comes to really getting tough, Bush disintegrates into a confusing pattern of chest-beating and shameless begging. First, the Bush Administration kicks the United Nations in the shins, and later Bush comes back pleading for help. First, Bush says that his war on terror can be judged by whether Osama Bin Laden is captured or killed, then Bush pulls almost all of the resources away from the hunt for Bin Laden. First, Bush's top military advisers shout that the Shiite rebellion in Iraq will "absolutely not be tolerated", then engages in a series of negotiations alternating with gun battles that lasts for months on end. When it comes to making war, George W. Bush ain't nothing but a waffle.
How well is Bush's war in the Middle East going? Well, almost a year and a half after Bush declared "Mission Accomplished", he has announced that the United States will be withdrawing approximately 70,000 troops from elsewhere in the world so that he can send them to fight in his crusades in Iraq and Afghanistan, where war continues. It seems that Bush plans on the war going on for quite some time, but he is running out of soldiers to fight for him. Where will he search for new soldiers next? (New York Times, August 15, 2004)
In the week before George W. Bush's appearance at the Republican National Convention, his war in Afghanistan continued to unravel at the seams. Throughout Western Afghanistan, the Taliban fought against the American-appointed government, threatening national elections. US military leaders in Afghanistan said that they were "very concerned", but did not send any assistance to help fight the Taliban, choosing to watch and worry instead. (Source: USA Today, August 14, 2004)
George W. Bush's Vice President, Dick Cheney, mocked John Kerry for saying "I believe I can fight a more effective, more thoughtful, more strategic, more proactive, more sensitive war on terror." In particular, Dick Cheney told his supporters that a "sensitive war on terror" was an awful idea.
But what does it mean to conduct policy in a "sensitive" fashion? To be sensitive means literally to use one's senses, to acutely perceive one's environment when deciding upon a course of action. The whole problem with the Bush Administration is that it dedicated so little energy and time to noticing what actually was going on, instead barrelling into a deadly quagmire with its eyes firmly shut. We know who paid the price. (Source: Washington Post August 20, 2004)
The Democrats in Congress have developed a "pay as you go" enforcement system for the federal government's budget. This system would require that tax cuts and spending items be paid fore without increasing the budget deficit. The Republicans in Congress have no such system, and have no plans to develop one. George W. Bush supports them in this lack of accountability, and even encourages them when he asks for big increases in spending and big revenue decreases at the same time. It almost seems that the Republicans are trying to bankrupt the United States of America. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
$8,800,000,000.00 in U.S. funds given to Iraqi authorities by Bush's Coalition Provisional Authority cannot be accounted for. That's $8.8 Billion. More sloppiness from a decidedly "insensitive" administration. (Source: Reuters August 19, 2004)
Even Republican representatives like Doug Bereuter now conclude that George W. Bush's decision to go to war against Iraq involved "a massive failure or misinterpretation of intelligence concerning the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs" in which "inadequate or questionable elements of intelligence and sources of intelligence were used to justify military action." Bereuter concludes that George W. Bush made a horrible mistake: "I believe that launching the preemptive military action was not justified... all things being considered, it was a mistake to launch that military action, especially without a broad and engaged international coalition. The cost in casualties is already large and growing, and the immediate and long-term financial costs are incredible. Our country's reputation around the world has never been lower and our alliances are weakened. From the beginning of the conflict it was doubtful that we for long would be seen as liberators, but instead increasingly as an occupying force. Now we are immersed in a dangerous, costly mess and there is no easy and quick way to end our responsibilities in Iraq without creating bigger future problems in the region and, in general, in the Muslim world."
When even Bush's partisan allies are pronouncing Bush's major foreign policy action to be a gigantic blunder, you know something's gone very, very wrong. (Source: Remarks of U.S. Rep. Doug Bereuter, August 19, 2004)
As this year's Republican National Convention approaches, and Americans are being killed in Iraq almost every day, John Ashcroft has sent his FBI goons... to Missouri. Actually, FBI agents have been sent all over the country to intimidate anti-war protesters. Ashcroft won't speak on the subject himself, but he says that these people may be terrorists.
Is there any actualy evidence that they're terrorists? Well, no, other than the fact that they plan to take part in protests outside the Republican National Convention in New York City last week.
The FBI has sent its agents to follow anti-war activists for days. These FBI agents are then sent to the homes of peaceful anti-war, anti-Bush protesters and asked whether they intend to take part in violent acts against the Republicans. Then they're asked if they know of any peaceniks who are planning to commit violent acts against the Republicans. Then they're warned that lying to an FBI agent is against the law. Then the FBI agents leave.
Now see, if I were a terrorist, and an FBI agent asked me if I was planning an attack, I would say "NO!" John Ashcroft and his FBI henchmen know that this is the case too, of course. These kinds of questionings are used as a warning, not as a tool of true interrogation of suspects.
It sure looks like the FBI being used by the Bush Administration to stifle people who oppose the re-election of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. FBI spokesman Joe Parris denies that's what's happening, though, and justifies the harassment of anti-bush, anti-war activists by saying that, "Criminal behavior isn't covered by the First Amendment."
Criminal behavior? What criminal behavior has taken place? Well, none.
However, with the Patriot Act, John Askicroft and George W. Bush have taken the power to treat non-criminals as if they had committed a crime - based on the claim that even law-abiding citizens could commit serious crimes some time in the future. So, according to the Bush Administration, because everybody is a potential criminal, everybody can be treated like a criminal, and they're constitutional rights don't apply.
So, the very people who are planning protests against Bush's violence are identified by the FBI as potential terrorists who must bear the brunt of an official FBI investigation. So far, the FBI investigation includes infiltration of anti-Bush activist networks to find out private details about online organizing and fundraising.
Anti-Bush online organizing and fundraising are now signs of terrorist plots?
Heck, I've got a warning for the FBI! Interview me! You never know - I might lead a Martian invasion of New Mexico someday! (Source: New York Times August 15, 2004)
Bush said it! "The tactics of our -- as you know, we don't have relationships with Iran. I mean, that's -- ever since the late '70s, we have no contacts with them, and we've totally sanctioned them. In other words, there's no sanctions." (Source: Remarks of George W. Bush August 9, 2004, from whitehouse.gov)
The Democrats in the United States Congress have a plan to restore small business loans and job training programs that were cut from the federal budget by George W. Bush and the Republicans in Congress. George W. Bush refuses to consider these efforts to help entrepreneurs and Americans eager to get back to work. As such, George W. Bush and the Republican elite are promoting a culture of laziness and business stagnation in America. John Kerry and the Democrats have a plan to get America back to work, and we say that it's worth a shot. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
The majority of Americans live within ten miles of polluted water. Boot Bush this Election Day because if our American water is so polluted, we'll never be able to wash off that dirty feeling that another four years under Bush. (Source: Sierra Club)
Under Bush's watch, how over-reaching and draconian have restrictions on Americans' freedom of movement become?
United States Senator Edward Kennedy has been denied permission to fly to his home state of Massachussets five times. The reason? A secret Bush administration document listed him as a potential terrorist.
Senator Kennedy had to use his personal clout to get Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on the phone in order to gain clearance to travel. Then he had to call Ridge again. And again. It took three weeks before Kennedy's prohibition on travel was lifted by the Bush Administration.
If this is the experience of a powerful man at the hands of Bush's government, how can the rest of us expect to fare? When Bush is in the White House, fear your government. (Source: Associated Press August 19, 2004)
It's not just Senator Kennedy who has been denied permission to board a plane because a secret Bush Administration file lists him as a terrorist. The same happened to U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia -- thirty-five times. Other John Lewises across the country -- including a Dr. John Lewis of Camden, Maine -- have had the same experience. Isn't this ridiculous? Isn't this preposterous? Unfortunately, under George W. Bush one thing this isn't is surprising. (Washington Post August 21, 2004)
In May of 2004, George W. Bush pledged to deliver five major speeches, one a week, in which he would deliver a bold new outline for Iraq's future. Mr. Bush got around to making one, but none of the others followed. If this guy can't manage to maintain his commitment to make speeches, how can we expect him to maintain his commitment to actually do anything? (Source: The New Yorker August 30, 2004)
Retired U.S. Air Force General Merrill A. McPeak endorsed George W. Bush in his 2000 run for President. But this year, General McPeak has rejected Bush and is endorsing John Kerry instead. According to McPeak, Kerry "has the strength and common sense we need in a commander in chief. And, something more: a real strategy to make America safer." McPeak knows about national defense. McPeak endorses John Kerry. (Source: Associated Press August 20, 2004)
In Nevada, there were 12,600 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
George W. Bush has allowed the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada to be blocked, protecting the record profits of pharmaceutical corporations. John Kerry has pledged to allow Americans to get their prescription drugs from Canada. Bush protects corporate interests, Kerry looks out for people's interests. Pretty clear choice there, no? (Source: New York Times August 12, 2004)
George W. Bush can't bring himself to condemn attacks on John Kerry's war heroism, even after the claims of the outfit behind the attacks has been thoroughly discredited. Insiders at the White House are saying they won't condemn the attacks because they think they work, meaning make Kerry look bad.
Isn't it time that we had a president more interested in the truth, and less interested in having his enemies look bad at the expense of the truth? (Source: Berkshire Eagle August 24, 2004)
To try to somehow make John Kerry's war heroism look like a bad thing, the Bush campaign is getting people like Bob Dole to go on television and say things like Kerry "never bled that I know of." Well, of course he wouldn't know. He wasn't there. Kerry's crewmate Del Sandusky was there, and he piped right back: "I was there when he got wounded. I saw the blood. I don't care what Dole said." (Source: Associated Press August 23, 2004)
Benjamin Ginsberg, George W. Bush's re-election campaign lawyer, has been advising the group called "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" that has been issuing scurrilous and unsupported allegations against John Kerry.
Campaign law clearly states that Bush's re-election campaign cannot coordinate in any way with groups like SBVFT. (Source: Associated Press August 24, 2004)
The largest convention protest in more than 30 years takes place in New York City, with roughly a quarter of a million people coming together to register their opposition to George W. Bush. While it's nice that so many people are coming together for something, it's telling that no presidency in the past 30 years has provoked such large-scale revulsion. (Source: USA Today August 22, 2004)
George W. Bush has dedicated his administration to the crucial task of renaming cabinet secretaries and reorganizing old agencies into new bureaucratic departments. Meanwhile, 64% of border agents say they aren't being given the tools, training and support they need to do their job correctly. (Source: Washington Post August 24, 2004)
In Mississippi, the poverty rate was 8.5 percent higher in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office.
But Bush doesn't seem to notice; perhaps he's too busy playing T-ball on the White House lawn. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Sheryl Crow, Crosby Stills and Nash, Bruce Springsteen, REM, Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Keb' Mo', the Dixie Chicks, Babyface, James Taylor, the Dave Matthews Band and John Mellencamp are among the musicians heading out on a national tour to help raise a message of opposition to George W. Bush.
The best the Bush campaign can muster, on the other hand, is the 70s band FogHat. Foghat. (Source: U.S. News and World Report August 30, 2004)
If John Kerry were President, he would work with the Democrats in Congress, who have already written a budget plan that would extend unemployment benefits for American workers who have been forced out of their jobs by the Republican economic disaster. George W. Bush refuses to cooperate. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
Bush said it! "Tribal sovereignty means that it's sovereign. You're a -- you've been given sovereignty and you're viewed as a sovereign entity." This is the man to whose brain we have entrusted the stewardship of the most powerful nation on the planet? Help! (Source: The New Yorker August 30, 2004)
In the District of Columbia the poverty rate was 12 percent larger in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. While George W. Bush focuses on pressing national policy demands like the use of steroids by professional athletes, our nation's capital is slipping quickly into deprivation. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
How out of the mainstream is George W. Bush? Even Dick Cheney has publicly concluded that George W. Bush is wrong to support a federal amendment to the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. But Bush blithely blunders on, heedless to voices of reason even from inside his own party. (Source: Reuters August 24, 2004)
If you sat down to play Monopoly with a member of the Bush Administration, you'd have to repeatedly slap their hands as they attempted to slide new "Chance" and "Community Chest" cards onto the board, trying to stack the deck in their favor.
If you sat down to play poker with any major figure in the Bush Administration, you'd win hands down. They're all so transparent when they're bluffing, aren't they? The problem is, we're not playing poker. We're playing international relations.
In New Mexico, the poverty rate was 3.2 percent higher in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. New Mexico can do better than a slow backtrack in well-being, but George W. Bush seems satisfied with the way things are. Are you satisfied?
(Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
For the entire spring and summer of 2004, George W. Bush has refused to engage in a series of monthly debates with John Kerry. As the summer came to a close, John Kerry tried to make up for Bush's lapse, inviting Bush to a series of weekly debates continuing up until the election. George W. Bush is refusing to attend.
If truth and justice are on your side, you should have nothing to lose from an airing of your positions. If you have something to hide or to be ashamed of, debates should be avoided at all costs. We know where George W. Bush lies. (Source: Associated Press August 26, 2004)
Do you enjoy the expansion of the English language under George W. Bush to accomodate such gems of his as "misunderestimate" and "subliminable"? Well, why leave it up to Mr. Bush alone? In the loose, imprecise spirit of the Bush Era, we can come up with new words of out very own. The language should expand to fit the new leadership values of the 21st Century: shitforbrainism, smirkingloserness, chickenhawkdeserterness,
boozingmommasboyism, dumbasscoyboywannabeness, increcibleboneheadjerkism,
spinelesscorporatewhoreness, and absolutelyworstpresidenteverness.
During George W. Bush's first year in office, 2.4 million people in America lost their health insurance. George W. Bush's policy about this problem? Do nothing. (Source: The Independent September 3, 2004)
In 2003 alone, 1.4 million more people lost their health insurance under George W. Bush. George W. Bush isn't doing anything about it. And his response the day this news came out? Silence. (Source: Washington Post August 28, 2004)
Compared to the Democrats' federal budget plans, the Republican budget plan takes 9.8 billion dollars away from education and training programs. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
In 2003 alone, 1.3 million more Americans fell into poverty under George W. Bush. America is supposed to be a land in which every new generation is wealthier than the generation before. Under George W. Bush, that positive trend has reversed. George W. Bush isn't doing anything to stem this new wave of poverty. His response the day this news came out? Silence. (Source: Washington Post August 28, 2004)
What is the moral worldview of the Republican delegates who gathered in New York City to nominate George W. Bush as their champion? According to Leonardo Alcivar, spokesman for the Bush convention, "Our delegates understand the old adage, do unto others as they do unto you."
We'll take Alcivar's word for it that "do unto others as they do unto you" is an accurate representation of the ethical perspective of the central circle of Bush conventioneers. Unfortunately, that phrase is not an accurate quotation of the old adage known as the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule actually reads "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
The difference between the Golden Rule and the Republican Rule is not trivial. As Alcivar articulated it, human action in a society should be organized according to payback: if someone slaps you upside the head, you should slap them right back (lest you think this was a misquote or a slip of the tongue, Alcivar mentioned the Republican version of the adage as a way of letting reporters know that whatever anti-Bush demonstrators might dish out, conventioneers might be inclined to dish right back). The Golden Rule, on the other hand, asserts that if we act toward others not as they act toward us but as we wish they would act toward us, the standard of conduct in a society will come to resemble our wishes.
The Golden Rule is instructive, self-sacrificing, with a vision for the long term that offers a strategy for improvement in the way we deal with each other as individuals, groups and nations. The Republican Rule is vindictive, self-guarding, short-sighted and offers no hope for improvement in the way people, groups and nations interact with one another. George W. Bush stands for the Republican Rule, not the Golden Rule. And that's another reason to give Bush the Boot in 2004. (Source: New York Times August 31, 2004)
Alcivar's misconstrual of the Golden Rule establishes another troubling tendency among Bush's core of supporters at the convention: apparently, they enjoy referring to the Bible more than they enjoy reading it.
The Golden Rule is clearly enshrined in the New Testament of the Bible, in two places:
(Matthew 7:12 RSV) "So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets."
Do we have to quote the Bible to the ostentatious Bible-thumpers? Apparently we do. The Bush conventioneers that Alcivar refers to aren't nearly as Biblical as they say they are -- and we certainly don't need another four years of self-righteous ignorance masquerading as piety.
(Luke 6:31 RSV) "And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them."
In Kentucky, the poverty rate was 6.1 percent higher in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. Apparently, being in a "red state" doesn't mean that you'll do well under Bush. Kentucky is slipping further into poverty and Bush isn't doing anything to stop it. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
The Bush Campaign arranged for Arnold Schwarzenegger to appear before Bush's nominating convention to utter the following profound sentiment: that "those critics who are pessimistic about our economy" are "girlie men."
Well first of all, they're called statisticians, not girlie men. And second of all, "girlie men" is at best a synonym for "men who are like women" and at worst "faggots."
So this is what the Bush-Cheney campaign has to offer? That people who worry about the economy are either men who are like women (apparently to the Republicans it is a problem to be like a woman) or faggots?
Spare us four more years of this "moral uplift." Boot Bush in 2004. (Source: Associated Press September 1, 2004)
A European who spent some time in the United States as a student and calls himself "a friend of all conscious Americans" writes in to us: "I cannot believe how torn the world is since some fanatic Crusaders have ruled your country. America lost most of its fans.
Have you ever thought about how many hospitals, schools, streets etc. in the poor countries of the third world could have been built with the money of just one bomb dropped over Iraq? The USA could have tried to act Christian and could have made friends instead of starting an unjustified war and making thousands of people either dead or enemies. Not only the US, but the whole world, is an unsafe and uncomfortably threatened place due to Bush and his administration. He is really dangerous. It's a pity that only Americans can make him lose his job because he is polluting the whole world."
The Bush Administration was only willing to allocate $3 million for the 9/11 commission to do its work, but was willing to allocate $50 million for the commission investigating the loss of the space shuttle Columbia. Priorities? (Source: The Independent September 3, 2004)
Under the Bush Administration's watch, both military and civilian branches of government are suffering from a shortage of translators of Arabic. Yet six translators of Arabic have been dismissed from the military because they were gay. Priorities? (Source: CBS News November 14, 2002)
George W. Bush yells, hollers, screams and pants up a storm about "Homeland Security." He went to war with a nation that was not a threat over "Homeland Security." His administration cuts civil liberties in the name of "Homeland Security." Yet George W. Bush allocated no money for port security in 2003. Priorities? (Source: The Independent September 3, 2004)
The Bush Administration plans to raise Medicare premiums by a whopping 17.5% in 2005. The cowards announced this plan in a news conference on the Friday afternoon before Labor Day, hoping that nobody would notice. (Source: Washington Post September 4, 2004)
In Alabama, there were 17,800 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. Bush's solution? Tax cuts for the rich. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
On September 5, 2004, George W. Bush took time off from campaigning (for which he's taking time off from his presidential duties) to take a nice, long bike ride. The same day, two American soldiers were killed by hostile fire in Iraq, and the next day, seven more were killed by a car bomb. Bush doesn't plan to take off any time to go to their funerals. (Sources: Associated Press September 5, 2004 and Associated Press September 6, 2004)
George W. Bush's faulty financial management of the federal government has resulted in a shortfall of over 3 billion dollars for funding of the Pell grant program that helps working Americans get the education they need to stay competitive in the Republican-inspired global labor market, in which jobs are outsourced overseas at the drop of a hat. Hey, maybe George W. Bush felt that a college education was nothing more than an excuse to get drunk, but for a lot of American kids who weren't born with big trust funds, a college education means an awful lot. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
It hasn't been widely covered by the press, but in August of 2002 George W. Bush's Attorney General, John Ashcroft, disclosed a Bush Administration plan in which United States citizens would be declared "enemy combatants," stripped of their constitutional rights, denied access to courts, and jailed indefinitely in special camps -- all without a trial, the right to dispute the Bush Administration's action, or even any charges.
The U.S. Constitution forbids such actions, of course, but that isn't stopping the Bush administration. And that's why we have to stop the Bush administration ourselves come this November. Now is the time to ask: when will they come for you? (Source: Los Angeles Times August 14, 2002)
In Alaska, there were 1,900 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. What happened to the compassion in compassionate conservatism? (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
It wasn't just immoral for the Bush Administration to condone interrogation techniques that have been characterized as torturous. It also just plain didn't work. Since media pressure forced the Bush Administration to end the use of "physical coercion" (a nice term for torture) in interrogation in Iraq, interrogators have gained 50% more high-value intelligence from interrogation than they did when they were using "coercion." (Source: New York Times September 7, 2004)
Before he landed on an aircraft carrier in the spring of 2003, prematurely declaring an end to combat under a "Mission Accomplished" banner, George W. Bush took pains to prepare for the landing, even going to the White House pool for survival training in case of a water landing.
George W. Bush takes great pains to safeguard his own personal safety and well-being. If only he had dedicated that much care to planning for the safety and well-being of American troops in Iraq, if only he had dedicated that much care to planning for economic contingencies when crafting his gigantic tax cuts, if only he had dedicated that much care to interpreting intelligence data with an unbiased eye, this country wouldn't be in such a pickle.(Source: New York Times September 7, 2004)
In Arizona, there were 15,400 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. What would it take for Bush to pay attention to these families in poverty? Would the parents in those families have to be gay? (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
In his speech at the Republican National Convention in 2004, George W. Bush said that "we must strengthen Social Security by allowing younger workers to save some of their taxes in a personal account, a nest egg you can call your own, and government can never take away."
As Harvard lecturer Joseph J. Stern points out, workers already have in Social Security a nest egg government can never take away. Social Security payments are guaranteed under our current system.
So what's George W. Bush saying? That he's going to take away traditional Social Security from American workers? That certainly seems to be the implication. (Source: New York Times September 7, 2004)
As much as the Republicans run around chanting "Support Our Troops" and wearing yellow ribbons, it's the Democrats who are really providing support to people who have served in the military. Over the next 5 years, the Democratic plan for the federal government budget provides 6.6 billion dollars more for veterans programs than the Republican plan does. Compared to the Democrats, George W. Bush and his Republican followers are sending young Americans out to risk their lives in battle, and then cutting them off at the knees when they come back home. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
What was George W. Bush doing while people like John Kerry were getting shot at in Vietnam? After a Senate campaign (one he got a job for as a favor from friends of his dad) ended in a loss, George W. Bush got drunk, pissed on a car and swore at police officers. This class act is your president. (Source: Salon.com September 2, 2004)
In Colorado, there were 24,500 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. That's homeland insecurity for you, but Bush hasn't done anything to solve this problem. He's too busy taking trips on his bike. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
There's a new allegation out there that George W. Bush was snorting lines of cocaine at Camp David when his papa was president. Who knows if this story will turn out to be true, but after he says something like the following, you've got to wonder:
"Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." (Sources: Boston Herald September 7, 2004 and Associated Press September 7, 2004)
On Saturday, September 4, George W. Bush finally let slip what his $87 Billion appropriation was for: "body parts and ammunition and fuel." For once, Bush got it right: body parts, bullet casings and oil are about all we're going to bring back from Iraq. (Source: Los Angeles Times September 7, 2004)
When it comes down to the numbers, what is the difference between George W. Bush and the Democratic opposition when it comes to the environment? Compared to the Democratic plan to protect the environment, George W. Bush and his Republican army of conservative politicians would rip out 17 billion dollars worth of environmental protection over the next five years. That's not just a blow to the environment, it's a blow to the economy as well, which benefits greatly from environmentally-friendly programs to increase efficiency. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
In Louisiana, there were 9,500 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. Bush accuses others of being pessimistic about the state of the economy, but with numbers like these it's hard to remain cheery. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Jean-Dominique Bunel, coordinator for non-governmental aid organizations in Iraq, has gone on record to announce that most of these aid organizations will leave Iraq in order to avoid the waves of killings and kidnappings plaguing Baghdad. It will be that much harder for Iraq to pull out of its current state of chaos with relief workers gone. This circumstance could have been avoided had the Bush Administration dedicated its energy to planning for the aftermath of a war against Iraq. It's too late now, but we can at least make sure that the Bush Administration isn't around for another four years of damage by neglect. (Source: Reuters September 8, 2004)
On September 7, 2004, two announcements were made. Not only did his ill-conceived Iraq War kill its 1,000th American soldier, but Bush proved that he could throw away taxpayers' money at a record pace too. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office George W. Bush has given the United States the largest budget deficit ever in 2004: over 422 billion dollars.
That means that for 2004 alone, Bush's government spent 422 billion dollars more than it brought in.
There's a connection between Bush's loss of American dollars and American lives, of course - the same Iraq War that has killed over 1,000 Americans is also a major cause of this year's record budget deficit (although, to be fair, Bush's program of special tax giveaways to corporations and super-rich campaign contributors takes a lot of the blame too).
The really appalling thing is that Bush's political party controls all three branches of the federal government right now. So, if Bush really wanted to stop shoving his expenses off onto our nation's children, he could do it. Bush does want to avoid indebting our children, right? (Source: Associated Press September 8, 2004)
In his latest pledge, George W. Bush promised that if he were re-elected, he'd cut his record deficit in half in five years (remember when he promised there'd never be a deficit in the first place?). But the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has analyzed Bush's plan and has concluded that even if American troops are somehow miraculously no longer needed in either Afghanistan or Iraq, and even if Bush doesn't make his tax cuts for the rich permanent as he consistently says he is going to do, Bush will not be able to keep his promise to cut the deficit unless he drastically raised taxes or drastically slashed spending. Bush, of course, plans to do neither. So what's the secret plan involve, Mr. Bush: fairy dust? (Source: New York Times September 8, 2004)
If George W. Bush makes his tax cuts for the rich permanent as he says he wants to do, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says the national debt will rise by $3.6 trillion dollars. How can Bush hate our children and our children's children so much to give them this legacy of crushing debt? (Source: New York Times September 24, 2004)
In Massachusetts, there were 7,900 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Bush Administration Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's latest line of defense against criticism on torture at Abu Ghraib:
"Does it rank up there with chopping someone's head off on television? It doesn't."
Is that what America stands for now? At least we don't chop your head off? I think we can reach for a higher standard than this. (Source: Associated Press September 10, 2004)
With George W. Bush raising ire in widespread fashion, people are coming out of the woodwork to declare their opposition to the Bush Presidency. Or, in one case, coming out of the woods. I'm talking about Birders United to Defeat Bush.
It takes all kinds in this struggle, and as the group points out, if just a few hundred Republican bird watching enthusiasts had voted in accordance with their interests, George W. Bush would have been nothing but a footnote in history. When even the normally reserved birding community breaks out in anti-Bush organizing, it's time to sit up and listen to the call.
In Minnesota, there were 8,800 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
On September 11, 2004, Secretary of State Colin Powell admitted that the Bush Administration "failed" to acquire accurate intelligence about Iraq's military capabilities before ordering an invasion of Iraq. Yet, Secretary Powell says that invading Iraq when and how the Bush Administration did it was still "the right thing."
An administration that is willing to rush young Americans into battle without knowing what the enemy's capabilities are does not deserve a second chance to get it right. (Source: Bloomberg News, September 12, 2004)
The Democrats have put forward a plan to fully fund health coverage for disabled children under the Family Opportunity Act. George W. Bush refuses to cooperate, demanding that the Democrats stop trying to help the parents of children with disabilities. Can you get any meaner than that? (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
In 2000, George W. Bush promised to be "A uniter, not a divider." Well, we've talked about how Bush's current policies have divided Americans. Apparently, for someone as ambitious as Mr. Bush, such division is not enough.
By lying about his own Vietnam record even as he accuses John Kerry of not being enough of a Vietnam War hero, George W. Bush has purposefully opened up the old wounds of the Vietnam War for the sake of his own political benefit. It is certainly worth a quick examination of presidential candidates' war records, but to use these old records as the primary issue in a presidential campaign is irresponsible, and divisive.
Vietnam matters, but we regard it as history. George W. Bush perceives the Vietnam War as part of current events. No wonder Bush has led Americans to become so divided.
In Nebraska, there were 7,700 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
One of the best reasons to vote to boot Bush out of office is to prove Ralph Nader wrong. Nader, the man who told the Green Party to shove it, then went back begging the Greens to be their candidate, then took huge Republican checks in order to run against John Kerry, says that the Nader for President campaign won't damage the effort to get Bush out of the White House because Kerry is "headed for defeat" anyway. Let's not be accomplices in Nader's kooky plan to change American politics by helping the progressive voice lose over and over again. It's time to put his nonsense to an end. (Source: Politics1, September 12, 2004)
The Bush Administration, famous for its bumbling failures in human intelligence, has most recently failed by sending FBI agents and police officers to investigate whether Quakers there were planning terrorist attacks against Republicans. The problem? Quakers are avowedly and consistently pacifists. They won't even fight legally in the US military, much less concoct terrorist plots. (Source: The New Standard, August 26, 2004)
Not only was the massive FBI harassment of peaceful protesters illegal, it was completely unnecessary. John Ashcroft and other Bush Administration officials claimed that the harassment was necessary because anti-war and anti-Republican activists could be planning "terrorist" attacks against the Republican National Convention. Well, over half a million people showed up in New York City to protest against the Republicans, and not one of those protesters attempted to engage in any terrorist attacks. The closest thing to terrorism was a big bicycle ride in Manhattan. The fact that George W. Bush is willing to send out FBI agents to prevent his opponents from riding bicycles shows that the Bush Administration is deeply out of touch with the real security needs of the American people.
It looks like the harassment of peaceful anti-Republican activists by FBI agents sent out across by John Ashcroft will continue in the future. When Sarah Bardwell, a Colorado Quaker, refused to answer FBI agents' questions about her plans to take part in legal protests, she was warned that the FBI would be "forced to take more intrusive efforts in the future".
Forced? What exactly is forcing the FBI to intrude more and more into the lives of law-abiding Americans? Well, more and more law-abiding Americans are becoming critical of the Bush Administration's radical social agenda, and they're speaking up. If George W. Bush gets another 4 years in office, you can look forward to an increase in "more intrusive efforts" by the FBI against ordinary Americans. (Source: The New Standard, August 26, 2004)
George W. Bush's unflinching support of John Ashcroft's crusade against progressive Americans is frighteningly reminiscent of the dark days of J. Edgar Hoover's iron-fisted administration of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization dedicated to the protection of Americans' constitutional freedoms, says, "The FBI's intimidation and interrogation of peaceful protesters brings back eerie echoes of the days of J. Edgar Hoover. Resources and funds established to fight terrorism should not be misused to target innocent Americans who have done nothing more than engage in lawful protest and dissent." (Source: The New Standard, August 26, 2004)
The FBI agents that were sent to harass peaceful, law-abiding Americans could have been used for genuine security purposes, like investigating genuine terrorist threats. George W. Bush seems more interested in tilting at windmills than taking care of America's real needs. Using government resources for his personal political benefit instead of the common good is especially shameful in these unstable times.
George W. Bush and his cadre of conservative Republicans in the U.S. Congress are trying to let funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program expire, hoping that no one will notice that this vital health insurance program for America's kids will be getting a 1.15 billion dollar cut. Memo to Bush: We noticed, and we're not sitting still while you rip off America's kids in order to fund big tax favors for corporations and your wealthy political donors. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
In New Hampshire, there were 6,000 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
It isn't just the American nation that George W. Bush has divided along political lines. It seems that everywhere that Bush goes, he divides people into opposing groups. Crawford, Texas, for example, is where Bush decided to set up a special private dude ranch for himself in 1999. Robert Campbell, the mayor of Crawford, says that, "People's perception is that Crawford is very conservative, but the truth is before George Bush came down here, nobody worried about political affiliation." Now, people in Crawford are divided along political lines, and anti-Bush residents feel so persecuted that they're afraid to speak up. (Source: Fort Worth Weekly, August 25, 2004)
George W. Bush encourages Americans to follow his opinions without bothering to investigate the truth for themselves. One example of this dangerous embrace of ignorance comes from the town that hosts Bush's dude ranch: Crawford, Texas. Dorothy Spanos, a Crawford resident, proudly states, "If we don't respect our president, you can't expect other nations to respect him, either. That's why I didn't like the movie Fahrenheit 9/11, even though I didn't see it, because I heard it was very disrespectful of President Bush, and I feel like that is anti-American." Not liking things that we haven't even seen seems to be the Republican way. (Source: Fort Worth Weekly, August 25, 2004)
How radical is the hatred of peace activists among Bush supporters? When a group of local activists tried to donate food to needy people through churches in Crawford, Texas, some of the churches refused because they didn't want to be associated with Americans who oppose Bush's policies. Refusing help to people in need for the sake of Republican solidarity is just plain mean, but it's the kind of action that George W. Bush's term as President has inspired. (Source: Fort Worth Weekly, August 25, 2004)
In New Jersey, there were 19,400 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Bush's Defense Donald Rumsfeld and National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice knew about the use of torture by American soldiers in the prisons of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2002, and were briefed again in 2003. (Source: Chain of Command: The Road From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib, by Seymour Hersh)
When Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleeza Rice found out about the use of torture by American soldiers in the prisons of Guantanamo Bay, they held meetings to discuss the matter, but then just let the issue drop, doing nothing to stop the torture. (Source: Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib, by Seymour Hersh)
When it became known that Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleeza Rice knew about the torture of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, and let it continue, George W. Bush did nothing to punish Rumsfeld and Rice. Instead, the Bush Administration decided to use the power of the Pentagon bureaucracy to attack the work of Seymour Hersh, the journalist who exposed Rumsfeld and Rice's role in the continuing torture. Blaming the messenger is not the kind of behavior that befits the President of the United States. (Source: Houston Chronicle, August 13, 2004)
Back when there were first concerns about the torture of prisoners by American soldiers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, George W. Bush assured the American people that the prisoners were being treated humanely, even given periods of "recreation". What happened during some of those so-called recreation periods? Prisoners were put in straitjackets, with hoods over their heads, and left out in the tropical sun for long periods of time, to bake. That the Bush Administration calls this kind of thing "recreation" reveals a dangerously sadistic streak in George W. Bush's personality. (Source: Chain of Command: The Road From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib, by Seymour Hersh)
According a CIA analyst who issued a report to Rumsfeld and Condoleeza Rice, American soldiers refused to let prisoners in Guantanamo Bay out of their cages for such long periods of time that prisoners were found dazed, lying in their own shit. (Source: Chain of Command: The Road From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib, by Seymour Hersh)
George W. Bush himself signed off on the creation of a secret unit that the Bush Administration still refuses to acknowledge. Bush gave this secret unit the permission to capture, roughly interrogate, and kill people the Bush Administration identified as "high value" enemies. Secret assassination and torture squads are things we heard about in Pinochet's regime in Chile. That Bush is now associating such things with the United States of America should be a source of deep shame. (Source: Chain of Command: The Road From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib, by Seymour Hersh)
In New York, there were 7,400 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
George W. Bush came up with the idea of paying for special tax giveaways to wealthy Americans and big corporations by cutting over one billion dollars in funding for public health programs that help keep average working Americans from becoming seriously ill. The Democrats are trying to block Bush's big cut to public health, but they won't be able to succeed as long as Bush remains parked at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. (That's the White House, for those of you who don't write letter to the President very often.) (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
George W. Bush is apparently so gung ho on the Republican Party's new gay-bashing platform that he thinks that anyone who doesn't want to go along is insane. When Republican Congressman Charles Bass asked Bush to stop pushing for a constitutional amendment to make same-sex marriage illegal, Bass says that Bush "looked at me like I was crazy." (Source: Houston Voice, September 10, 2004)
The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force cites George W. Bush's "across-the-board opposition to any form of legal equality for gay people" as their reason for naming Bush the "most anti-gay" President of the United States in history. (Source: Houston Voice, September 10, 2004)
In North Carolina, there were 35,500 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
In his new book, "Intelligence Matters", Senator Bob Graham states that the FBI had an informant who was in close contact with two of the September 11 hijackers, even renting out rooms to them. Yet, the Bush Administration refused to allow Congress to question this informant, preferring to keep the informant's information secret. There is no national security reason for keeping this information secret any longer, as the September 11, 2001 attacks have already taken place. This is just one example of George W. Bush using his power to interfere with the full investigation of the attacks. If he were an ordinary citizen, Bush would be charged with obstruction of justice. (Source: CounterPunch, September 11, 2004)
George W. Bush and the Republicans keep on screeching about how, unless everybody votes Republican, we're all gonna die as a result of attacks by evildoer terrorist squads. Why is it, then, that when compared to the Democrats' plan for national security, George W. Bush's budget cuts over 5 billion dollars in security funding over the next five years? Either there's a threat or there isn't. For creating the hype but then failing to follow through, George W. Bush deserves a special award for Washington wafflers, along with an all-expenses paid one way trip back to his dude ranch in Crawford, Texas. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
Donald Rumsfeld's nonchalant response to news of widespread looting in Iraq? "Stuff happens." This was the man in charge, for Pete's sake! If Rumsfeld had bothered to attend to that preventable situation at the time, the current state of the Iraq quagmire would not be so dire. (Source: CNN September 12, 2004)
In North Carolina, 153,600 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
On September 13, 2004 Vladimir Putin announced
that Russia's regional governors would be appointed rather than
elected, and that candidates could only run for election to the Duma
(Russia's parliament) if they were affiliated with one of the national
parties, which Putin controls. The latter move would prevent half of
the current membership of the Duma from legally running for election.
In short, Putin announced the closing down of Russia's democratic experiment.
You'd think that a democracy-loving American government would have a
problem with this development. But George W. Bush made no remarks
whatsoever on the subject that day or the next. And when asked about
developments in Russia on September 14, Dick Cheney declined to make
any statement disparaging Russia's move away from democracy, other
than to say that "President Putin and President Bush have a good
Our nation and the world deserve more than an administration that
stands mutely by as democracy slips away. (Sources: New York Times
September 14, 2004; Remarks of Vice President in Ottumwa, Iowa on
September 14, 2004)
George W. Bush and his Republican followers keep on talking about how they're going to cut the federal budget deficit in half, but the plain fact is that they have no plan for actually doing it. Big talk and empty promises are all that Bush and the Republicans have to offer on the deficit. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
In Alabama, 50,000 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Pop quiz: How much of the 1 trillion Social Security lockbox that is projected from 2005 and 2009 are George W. Bush and the Republican elite planning on spending? Answer: They plan to spend all of it, leaving the next generation without any of the Social Security benefits that they have worked a lifetime for. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
George W. Bush has been such an awful president that even Republicans like Brady Van Matre have decided not to give Bush their votes. Van Matre says, "I voted for George Bush because I thought he would be good for the economy. He's been bad for the economy. I'm still a Republican, you know. I still don't think the Republican party is a bad party, but there is no way I'll vote for George Bush."(Source: The Daily Camera, September 10, 2004)
Lee Buttrill, a former Marine sergeant, believes that Bush betrayed him and other soldiers when Bush sent them off to fight for the sake of the financial interest of oil companies. "We were given these ideas that there were weapons of mass destruction. It was just a lie. That wasn't a proper use of American troops. It wasn't a proper use of my life, or my friends' lives, or the Marines who I've seen die around me."
Buttrill used to be a Republican, and voted for Bush in 2000. Since Bush sent him off to fight in Iraq, Buttrill decided to become a Democrat, and refuses to vote for Bush. "I want to reach out to people in the military and let them know that just because they are in the military, they don't have to vote Republican. They don't have to vote for the current president just because they are in the military," Buttrill says. (Source: The Daily Camera, September 10, 2004)
George W. Bush has gone so far to abandon American cities that even elected Republican officials like David Cantrill have had enough. "As an elected official of a major city, I have witnessed this administration's absolute indifference toward our cities and their populations, particularly the poor," he writes. "Next month will mark the seventh year since the federal government adjusted the minimum wage, which represents the second longest period in history without an adjustment. At the same time, the Bush administration has slashed the federal government's financial commitment to the Workforce Investment Act, which is intended to help the unemployed and underemployed access educational opportunities needed to obtain meaningful employment." When even Republican elected officials admit that Bush's treatment of America cities has been neglectful, you know that things are getting very bad. (Source: The Houston Voice, August 27, 2004)
In Ohio, there were 34,100 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
In response to George W. Bush's diplomatic efforts, Iran has decided to go ahead with its plans to enrich 37 tons of yellowcake uranium. That's enough uranium to create five nuclear weapon. This is just one more incident that proves that the Bush Administration is wholly incompetent when it comes to vital efforts at diplomacy. This failure makes the world a more dangerous place to live. Thanks for nothing, George. (Source: Reuters, September 13, 2004)
George W. Bush was more than happy to do a favor for the National Rifle Association when the NRA asked him to let the Assault Weapons Ban expire. What Bush didn't tell anyone is that Al Qaeda training manuals instructed Al Quaida members that they should go to the United States, where they would easily be able to get lots of assault weapons. Bush's decision to allow more assault weapons out on America's streets makes us more vulnerable to violent fanatic groups, both from within and without our borders. (Source: Voice of America, September 13, 2004)
Alan Greenspan, a conservative Republican, has noted that if George W. Bush had not made a program of special tax favors that go overwhelmingly to corporations and very wealthy Americans, Social Security and Medicare would have been financially secure for the next 75 years. Now, thanks to Bush's big gifts to big business and America's fat cat class, the Republicans are proposing big cuts to Medicare and Social Security. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
The opposition to George W. Bush is helping Americans to get out and meet their neighbors. Lynn Davidson, a volunteer with the League of Conservation Voters, explains the social benefits of working to boot Bush: "On a good night... I'll knock on maybe 75 doors, maybe I'll talk to 35 people." People meeting people: Good. Voting for Bush: Bad. (Source, League of Conservation Voters, September 14, 2004 )
In Ohio, 171,000 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
George W. Bush appears to have some strange preoccupations. One of Bush's obsessions is with caves, and people hiding in them. Bush thinks about caves and the people who hide in them so much that he has decided that it's a central part of his job to tell everyone about the cave hiding people. To a bunch of people in South Bend, Indiana, Bush said "They hide in caves. See, this is a different kind of war, and part of my responsibilities as your President is to remind people about the realities that we face in America. One of the realities is that these people hide in caves. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
A group called The Angry Left suggests that voting for the Bush/Cheney ticket would be a good alternative for people who find that Satan just isn't evil enough. Gosh, that's strong language, but yes, that would be a good reason to boot Bush. (Source: The Houston Voice, September 10, 2004)
A year and a half after the invasion of Iraq, American military spokespeople have stopped even trying to claim that we are "turning the corner" to the resolution of the conflict. The ongoing chaos is so great that in two days alone in September 2004, 130 Iraqis were killed, including a car bombing that killed 47 people in one blow. (Source: NPR News, September 14, 2004)
In Oklahoma, there were 12,300 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Boot Bush on Election Day because he has modeled his policies on the rule of Yertle the Turtle.
Even as the tax burden for working Americans goes up, George W. Bush is reducing government services. The Republican budget for 2005 provides ten and a half billion dollars less than the amount necessary to maintain the basic domestic government services that have existed in 2004 - and even those were poorly funded. What do you call it when you're asked to pay more and get less in return? I call it a rip-off. For ripping-off the American people, let's send George W. Bush a big boot along with our tax returns this year. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
Air conditioners make the air feel more soothing, but they're typically so inefficient that they also significantly contribute to air pollution by gobbling up electricity. Yet, almost as soon as George W. Bush took office back in 2001, he ordered the Energy Department to delay enforcing efficiency standards for air conditioners. Those standards had already been approved - Bush just ordered his folks in the Energy Department to give a green light to big businesses even when the standards were broken. (Source: Sierra, September/October 2004)
Delays, delays and more delays! In another purposeful bureaucratic delay taken just days after polluting air conditioning manufacturers were let off the hook, the Bush Administration announced that it would put wetlands protection from big mining and development interests on the shelf. (Source: Sierra, September/October 2004)
In Oklahoma, 21,000 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
I don't know if my vocal chords can take screaming "Aaaarrrgh!" for four more years.
The Bush Administration's obsession with harassing its political opponents filters down to small town Republicans across America. In Auburn, New York, at the annual TomatoFest, Republicans convinced festival organizers to try to force the Democratic Party booth and a booth rented by the Cayuga Coalition for Peace to stop criticizing President Bush. Was the problem political speech at a public festival? No, the Cayuga Coalition for Peace's booth was right next to a booth rented by the Republican Party, and another rented by the local Conservative Party, both of which were the focus of some quite severe liberal-bashing. At the urging of Republicans visiting TomatoFest, the peace activists and the Democrats were harassed by festival organizers, while the Republicans and Conservatives were left alone. This kind of tactic is inspired by Bush's own attempts to stifle dissent. (Source: Syracuse Post-Standard, September 12, 2004)
Mr. Bush ought to pay more attention to what he catches when he goes fishing. Bush likes to take a lot of time away from his duties as President to do some recreational fishing. Among the fish that he's caught is the striped bass.
Now, why is Mr. Bush able to catch a striped bass? He can catch the fish for fun because of the work of fishery observers, who make sure that big commercial fishing operations stop the practice of catching and then discarding huge amounts of striped bass in order to get a small number of the more financially lucrative cod, haddock and flounder. Just a few years ago, striped bass were at record low levels. Thanks to fishery observers and other conservation efforts, the striped bass have made a modest recovery in their population.
Although these fishery observers have ensured that pleasure boating folks like Bush have the opportunity to play at Old Man and the Sea and catch striped bass for fun, when Bush goes back to Washington D.C., he shows nothing but ingratitude. Bush has asked Congress to cut the funding for fishery observers in 2005. (Source: Splash, Summer 2004)
In Oregon, 42,200 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
At the end of 2001, George W. Bush declared, "All in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me." I'm sure he meant to add, "...other than those big attacks that happened on September 11, just three months ago." How neglectful of him to mention that. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
George W. Bush wants to make abstinence-only sex education the standard for all schools in the United States, and to take away all teenage access to contraceptives. Bush helped to put such standards into place in Texas. How well have they worked there? Texas is tied with Mississippi for the highest rate of teenage pregnancy. (Source: Houston Voice, September 10, 2004)
What's the problem with the kind of abstinence-only sex education that George W. Bush loves so much? Why does it lead to higher rates of teenage pregnancy? Well, according to the Protect Our Kids Campaign, which is fighting against abstinence-only sex education in Texas, the textbooks used in Bush's kind of sex education classes include information that is just plain untrue. Texas physician Gordon Crofoot agrees, saying that the textbooks are "factually and scientifically incorrect".
When it comes to the education of America's teenagers, Bush doesn't seem to care about the details of facts and science. That's another reason for American parents to get smart and vote to boot Bush. (Source: Houston Voice, September 10, 2004)
In their efforts to quench the thirst of big corporations, Republicans are leaving America's community infrastructure high and dry. In the plan contained in the 2005 Republican federal budget, community and regional development programs are cut by 1.6 billion dollars over the next five years. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
In Pennsylvania, there were 13,100 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
The man who voted against a holiday to honor Martin Luther King is
now our Vice President. (Source: Slate October 6, 2004)
In its first year in office alone, the Bush Administration ripped 500 million dollars out of the budget of the EPA, thus giving corporate polluters a helping hand in their efforts to evade the laws that keep America clean. (Source: Sierra, September/October, 2004)
It's not just backpacking secular liberals who oppose Bush Administration plans to allow corporations to fill the air with more pollutants under the ironically named "Clear Skies" initiative. On April 22, 2004, an open "Christian-to-Christian" letter was sent to George W. Bush by nearly 100 American religious leaders. The letter included the following language: "In a spirit of shared faith and respect, we feel called to express grave moral concern about your "Clear Skies" initiative - which we believe is the Administration's continuous effort to weaken critical environmental standards that protect God's creation... The private use of creation's bounty must serve the needs of all God's children. Yet we are concerned that powerful corporate interests have had disproportionate influence in shaping and reaping benefits from a clean air program which should serve the common good." (Source: Sierra, September/October, 2004)
Number of Americans who had their heads chopped off by Iraqis during the Clinton Administration: 0
Number of Americans who have had their heads chopped off by Iraqis during the new Bush Administration: ...aw heck, there have been so many I've lost count!
Bush says that invading Iraq made the world a more secure place. Well, so long as no one chops off your head, I guess.
In Pennsylvania, 121,600 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Republicans are not just distorting scientific findings to suit their political needs, they're also cutting funding for important scientific programs. Compared to the Democratic plan for investment in scientific research, the Republicans cut nearly 5 billion dollars of scientific studies, stifling the quest for knowledge and leaving the empty space open for inaccurate corporate public relations programs. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
By the fall of 2004, it had gotten so bad in Iraq that the Bush Administration sought to take $3.46 billion it had promised to spend on rebuilding Iraq's water, power and other infrastructure, and use it elsewhere. Extra money, according to the Bush Administration, was needed for security, so improved access to electricity and water for Iraqis would just have to wait.
Choices like this facing American policymakers in Iraq are difficult, with no alternative being good, but only some alternatives being slightly less worse. It's a shame that the United States is faced with such quandaries, and that Iraqis are faced with the negative outcomes of such quandaries. It's an outrage that such quandaries exist because an arrogant man in Washington decided he had to have a war, yet neglected to ensure that those pesky little things called details were attended to. Outcomes like this are the mark of a piss-poor administration. We can do better. (Source: Reuters September 13, 2004)
Bush administration quotes, July 2003:
- "I don't do quagmires."
- "There's no question but that in those regions where pockets of dead-enders are trying to reconstitute, General Franks and his team are rooting them out. In short, the coalition is making good progress."
Bush administration quotes, September 2004:
- "This insurgency isn't going to go away."
- "There will undoubtedly be violence up until the elections and probably even during the elections."
(Sources: Reuters September 13, 2004; Department of Defense Press Briefings July 2003)
In Rhode Island, 13,600 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
As a result of the Republicans' huge additions to the national debt, Americans will pay a total of 2.3 trillion dollars of taxes over the next five years that will go toward nothing but paying off the old Republican debts. By 2009, the burden will be 7 thousand dollars per year for a the typical American family of four. This money could otherwise have gone towards public education or health care, but instead it goes down the drain. That's the worst kind of government waste we can think of, and it's George W. Bush's fault. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
Five widows of men killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 have taken the joint, public step of rejecting the candidacy of George W. Bush and endorsing John Kerry instead. They have committed to "speaking from the heart, and speaking from our conscience" their conclusion that John Kerry will make this nation safer than George W. Bush has. (Source: Associated Press September 13, 2004)
In August and September of 2004, George W. Bush was so distracted from his presidential duties that he neglected to put in a full day at the White House for 44 days straight. Whoopsie! (Source: Associated Press September 14, 2004)
George W. Bush's Republicans have consistently followed a plan to prevent minorities from voting from the 2000 election all the way up to the 2004 election. In 2003, for example, people in neighborhoods with large minority populations were met by Republican Party operatives when they tried to vote. The Republican operatives were dressed in suits with official insignia, carrying clip boards and wearing ear pieces, as if they were election officials. They were not election officials, but they told minority voters that they would have to meet extra identification requirements if they wanted to vote. As a result, large numbers of minority voters were turned away from the polls, and the Philadelphia district attorney's office got almost 100 complaints about the racist abuse. Such race-based harassment is what the Republican Party, and George W. Bush, stand for. (Source: The Crisis, September/October 2004)
In South Carolina, 70,000 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
George W. Bush: Foreign policy genius who has a clear plan for America's role in the world? Um, no. Less than three years before Vladmir Putin destroyed democracy in Russia and reinstalled a Soviet-style one-party dictatorship with himself at the top, George W. Bush predicted that Russia and the United States were "in the midst of a transformationed relationship that will yield peace and progress." Never mind Bush's garbled language. I want to know exactly what it is about Russia's new dictatorship that George W. Bush regards as "progress". Of course, one might be generous and conclude that Bush never had any clue about what Putin was up to in Russia. What a comforting thought. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
At the beginning of George W. Bush's occupation of the White House, the federal debt was projected to be almost eliminated by 2008. Now, with years of Republican budgets, the federal debt is projected to be 5.6 trillion dollars in 2008. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
Remember how the Bush Administration told us its medicare bill would cost $400 Billion, while it turned out that it was hiding the true cost of over $500 Billion from not only the American public but the United States Congress? Well, just wait -- it gets better.
Now it turns out that the Bush Administration has been hiding a finding that in 2006, a typical 65-year-old will be spending 37% of his or her Social Security income on Medicare -- a steep rise from this year's 20%. The Bush Administration not only can't handle the truth, it can't handle you knowing the truth. (Source: Washington Post September 15, 2004)
In South Dakota, 4,900 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
The vice president for conservation programs at Trout Unlimited reflects the anger among hunters and fishermen at the Bush Administration's negligent treatment of habitat needs when he says, "What's happening now on public lands is forcing sportsmen to organize... This is a constituency that is slow to anger, but the administration is starting to see a backlash. The "Sportsmen for Bush" bumper stickers... might be pretty scarce in 2004." (Source: Sierra, September/October, 2004)
After 20 years of government service, Christopher Buckheit, former director of the Environmental Protection Agency's air-enforcement division, resigned in at the end of 2003. Explaining why he did so, Buckheit says, "This administration has decided to put the economic interests of the coal-fired power plants ahead of the public interests in reducing air pollution... If we were still enforcing the Clean Air Act the way it should be enforced, I would still be there." (Source: Sierra, September/October, 2004)
More than two years ago, George W. Bush claimed victory over the Taliban in Afghanistan. Even now, the Taliban are still well organized and fighting hard in the war for control over Afghanistan. In just one recent four day period, there were nearly-successful assassination attempts against the American-installed president and vice-president of Afghanistan. (Source: Syracuse Post Standard, September 21, 2004)
In Tennessee, 36,400 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Under George W. Bush's economic leadership, America's industries have grown flacid. From January 1993 to January 2001, America's industrial production grew at a rate of 43 percent. In George W. Bush's time in office, industrial production in the United States has flatlined, with a tiny rise of just three tenths of one percent. These doldrums make George W. Bush the Lethargy President. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
Just two months before he began his invasion of Iraq, George W. Bush inadvertently revealed his public relations strategy when he asked, "How much time do we need to see clearly that he's not disarming?" The answer, of course, is that the American people could have seen very clearly that Saddam Hussein was not disarming - because he did not have any weapons of mass destruction at all - in just a few more weeks for the weapons inspectors to do their work. You see, you can't disarm if you don't have any arms. Given the lack of evidence the Bush Administration had for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, this problem must have worried them, so they chose to go ahead with their war before the American people could become aware of this little conundrum. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
Beer commercial synopsis of the Bush Administration: Less Working, Sleeps Great.
Chicken joke synopsis of the Bush Administration: Why did the chickenhawk increase our debt? To make our government smaller!
In Tennessee, there were 6,200 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Don't like our debt burden under Bush? Just wait -- there's more to come! Policy experts independent of both the Bush campaign and the Kerry campaign have estimated that George W. Bush's campaign proposals for tax cuts and spending in his second term will sap the U.S. Treasury an additional $3 Billion. Oh, excuse me, did I write $3 Billion? That's a typo, folks. The correct figure is $3 Trillion. That's $3,000,000,000,000.00. If that were a diner bill, we'd need to be leaving a $450 Billion tip. Bush and his family won't be the ones repaying that debt; they've got the tax cuts and the tax loopholes to avoid it. It'll be you and me and our kids who shoulder that burden. (Source: Washington Post September 14, 2004)
Why do Bush supporters like the current first family? According to Bush delegate Trudi Dickert, "Laura Bush is the most elegant first lady we've ever had... a Southern lady in many ways. She knows her place."
Four more years of a first lady who "knows her place?" The damage will be too great to a generation of girls and young women searching for a strong role model of powerful women who do more than smile and stand by their men. (Source: Reuters September 1, 2004)
In Texas, 266,000 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Do you remember that photo-op back in November 2003 when George W. Bush was photographed sharing a turkey with adoring soldiers? It turned out that turkey was plastic. But now a soldier shares the screening process for members of the military to get into the room with Bush. Soldiers had to fill out a questionnaire with the question "Do you support the president?" Soldiers who answered "yes" were granted entry, giving Bush a conveniently managed backdrop of strong support. Soldiers who answered "no" were denied entry and given meager MREs to eat on Thanksgiving Day. This is just one more dispatch from Potemkin America. (Source: Dr. Redwood Interviews, 2004)
Think that George W. Bush and the Republicans are good for business? Wrong. Although Bush spends a lot of time giving big favors to corporate executives, Bush's term in office has seen the withering of American business investment. During Clinton's terms in office, real business investment increased at an annual rate of 9.3 percent. During George W. Bush's time in office, real business investment has fallen at an annual rate of 2.2 percent. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
How thinly are our nation's defenses stretched? The nonpartisan General Accounting Office warns that even with involuntary mobilizations, the United States faces the prospect of running out of National Guard and Reserve troops. Is that a way to keep our country safe? We'd better hope that no actual threat comes along, because we're sapped by George W. Bush's war of choice. (Source: Agence France Presse September 16, 2004)
In Texas, there were 72,300 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Careful, cautious Kofi Annan has come out and said it: the US war against Iraq was illegal. (Source: BBC News September 16, 2004)
Bush supporters are such classy, informed morally upright, admirable people. Take, for instance, Sean Feeney in his letter to us:
Fucking democrats you suck. with your anti-gun laws it will be us, the assult wepon holders that save your ass if kerry gets elected and he invites every god damned sand nigger to come over here, but ill let them kill your sorry asses.
Clearly, Bush must be a great man to attract the likes of Sean Feeney to his camp.
Um, wait, excuse me, sorry, no. Actually, no.
In Utah, 17,400 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Loucia writes: "The Bush Administration moral compass declares itself to have an undeviating good-evil orientation. But then they respond with a Machiavellian logic in which even the means - no matter if they violate international law and ignore human rights - justifies the end." Sheesh: if they're going to be Machiavellian, at least they could be consistent about it!
The Paralyzed Veterans of America describes the negative impact of the Republican budget for 2005 as follows: "The budget resolution does not provide adequate funding for veterans' health care to meet the needs of sick and disabled veterans seeking care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system." (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
The American Veterans organization (AMVETS) calls George W. Bush's "chronic under-funding" of veterans' health care "intolerable". (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
Promotion of home ownership is a central part of Bush's standard campaign speech, but Bush actually has not provided funding to housing programs, and has cut voucher programs designed to help people become first time home owners. (Source: The Crisis, September/October 2004)
In Vermont, 7,000 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
George W. Bush says that he's pro-life, and that he wants to protect the life of all human beings. Yet, Bush is pushing policies that would increase the amount of coal that is burned to supply Americans with electricity. A moral discrepancy comes from the fact that the pollution from coal-burning power plants causes 24,000 premature deaths every year. So, when Bush says that he's pro-life, does he not include the lives of the Americans who have to breathe the polluted air that his pro-corporation policies create? (Source: Sierra, September/October, 2004)
Now here's a bizarre risk-benefit calculation for you: Four hundred thousand acres of public land could be affected by the Bush Administration's effort to open up Montana's Rocky Mountain Front to drilling for natural gas. Yet, the maximum amount of recoverable gas that could be obtained from these public lands would only fulfill 6.3 days of America's demand for energy. (Source: Sierra, September/October, 2004)
Utah Congressman Jim Matheson, whose father died of cancer as a result of above-ground nuclear testing in the American southwest, comments, "A moratorium on nuclear weapons testing was instituted in 1992. However, recent funding decisions made by Congress, including additional money for nuclear weapons test readiness, indicate that testing may resume in the future. Given the lengthy history of testing and the thousands of people in Utah and across the nation who died from radiation related cancers and illness, the possible resumption of testing should be an issue of national concern."
In 2003, under the leadership of George W. Bush, the Republicans in Congress repealed the ban on the research and development of new nuclear weapons. The Republicans also gave millions of dollars to efforts to research new ways to develop a new generation of nuclear weapons that would be even more efficient killing machines. The Republican legislation also provided funds to get a site in Nevada ready to host a new round of nuclear weapons detonations. Bush and the Republicans don't seem to think that the resumed explosion of nuclear weapons within the United States is a big deal. We do, and we're betting you do too. (Source: HouseDemocrats.gov)
Under the leadership of Utah Congressman Jim Matheson, Democrats in Congress have introduced the Safety for Americans from Nuclear Weapons Testing Act. If passed, this act would require thorough reviews of the environmental, safety and health impacts of nuclear testing before the Bush Administration would be allowed to explode nuclear weapons on American soil. Unfortunately, the Bush Administration has directed the Republicans in Congress to block the Safety for Americans from Nuclear Weapons Testing Act, clearing the path for the detonation of nuclear weapons within American borders without congressional approval, and without input from the public. For resurrecting the insanity of the nuclear arms race, George W. Bush ought to be ashamed of himself. (Source: HouseDemocrats.gov)
In Virginia, 60,600 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
In February of 2004, Mike Leavitt, George W. Bush's head of the Environmental Protection Agency, ordered regulators to end rules against the most environmentally destructive method of cooling turbines in America's power plants. The order was given in defiance of the advice of the experts employed by the Environmental Protection Agency, who proposed a workable alternative. (Source: Environmental News Network, February 18, 2004)
When it comes to giving a hand to people who are having a hard time, George W. Bush angrily demands accountability. In this way, Bush uses the concept of accountability to excuse the government not taking care of its responsibilities. However, when Bush is asked to be accountable himself, he's nowhere to be seen. For example, Bush has demanded that climate change theories be backed up with evidence. However, whenever evidence for global climate change has been collected and presented to the White House, Bush has simply pretended that it doesn't exist. For this outrageous unaccountability alone, Bush deserves the boot.
What was Bush's reaction when it was discovered that he had been in possession of a secret report declaring Iraq to be sliding in the direction of civil war? "I'm pleased with the progress," Bush says. It's bad enough that Bush pretended that the Iraq war was going well when he knew he wasn't. It's even worse, now that Bush is still pretending that the Iraq war is going well, even though he knows that the American public knows differently since the National Intelligence Estimate was leaked. It's the difference between lying, and lying shamelessly. Bush is now clearly lying without any sense of shame. (Source: CNN, September 19, 2004)
Under the Republican plan for environmental protection, the federal government will spend less on environmental protection in 2009 than it spent in 2004, even as the impacts of global climate change increase. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
Mark Zandi, chief economist at Economy.com, describes the economic situation of the United States by saying, "The economy has come close to a standstill." So, George W. Bush's special tax favors for the rich were supposed to get the economy moving again, and yet the economy is close to a standstill. It looks like those special favors Bush handed out were given for reasons other than the improvement of the economy. (Source: Associated Press, August 7, 2004)
In Washington State, 134,800 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
When speaking to campaign audiences, George W. Bush has made the claim more than ten times that Abu Nidal was the terrorist who hijacked the Achille Lauro and killed Leon Klinghoffer in the 1980s. Actually, no. Abu Nidal attacked a Jewish synagogue in Istanbul and airports in Rome and Vienna in the 1980s. It was Abul Abbas who hijacked the Achille Lauro and killed Leon Klinghoffer.
Abu, Abul, who cares? Details like that matter if you actually want to understand what's going on in the Middle East. These two were members of two distinctly different organizations doing different things. When George W. Bush not only slips up but makes the same mistake over ten times without checking his facts, it's just one more indication that we have a man in the oval office who has no idea what he's talking about. (Source: Associated Press September 21, 2004)
Michael Bishop, a voter from rural New York state, is right when he describes America under George W. Bush as follows: "It's as if power has been usurped, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." George W. Bush is closer than any other politician in history to achieving absolute power. The vastness of the resulting corruption is terrifying. (Source: Irregular Times interview, September 18, 2004)
Michael Bishop also says that Bush wins this election, he's going to "swear like a trooper for a day and a half." If you oppose obscene language, then you've got another reason to boot Bush. (Source: Irregular Times interview, September 18, 2004)
Another upstate New Yorker, Jennifer Wapinski-Mooradian, says that if Bush gets re-elected, she will "weep". Don't make Jennifer cry. Vote against Bush. (Source: Irregular Times interview, September 18, 2004)
In Lesotho, the people are facing a drought driven by climate change, bringing malnutrition and famine. Lesotho Chief Bernard Letsie describes the plight of his people, saying, "There is no water. I tell my people we must pray. Maybe God will give us rain." So far the prayer isn't working, but, then again, George W. Bush isn't doing anything about the problem, in spite of being the most powerful human being on Earth. (Source: Amnesty Now, Fall 2004)
In West Virginia, 15,500 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
In 2004, the Supreme Court had to force the Bush Administration to allow prisoners held and tortured at the American base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to merely petition the United States judicial system to consider whether their imprisonment is justified according to American law. As a result, the Bush Administration was forced to release several prisoners when it became clear that there was no real evidence that they were guilty of any crimes.
Despicably, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote an opinion insisting that the Bush Administration has the right to withhold the reach of American laws from its prisoners if it wants to. If just two more justices had voted with Justice Scalia, then there would be no one to stop the Bush Administration from imprisoning and torturing anyone it wanted, without any judicial supervision. With just two more votes, the totalitarian vision of Justice Scalia and George W. Bush would have won out. In the next four years, it is expected that two Supreme Court Justices at a minimum will resign and will have their vacancies filled. If George W. Bush wins re-election, he'll have the chance to put two more extremist judges like Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court bench - and America will change forever. (Source: People for the American Way)
When Americans were asked, "If more people around the world say they have been feeling worse about the United States, how much is this a problem for the US?" 70% said it was "a lot" or "somewhat" of a problem. And this 70% is right: when the rest of the world consider
the United States in unfavorable terms, it will be much more difficult for the United States to get by.
So what's the score? How have citizens of other countries been feeling about the United States since George W. Bush took charge? Well, in Norway, 74% of those responding to a poll say that Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes
September 8, 2004)
Bush's Attorney General, John Ashcroft, says that holding corporations responsible for humans rights violations threatens America's "important foreign policy interests". If that's not cruel, I don't know what is. (Source: Asheville Global Report, May 19, 2003)
The problem of George W. Bush's use of depleted uranium ammunition in his wars is bad enough, but what's less known is that under Bush, the American military is using the even more radioactive non-depleted uranium in its weaponry. This was the finding of the Uranium Medical Research Center, and independent group of scientists from the United States and Canada. Such weaponry keeps on killing long after it has hit its initial target, killing over years and years through nuclear radiation. (Source: Syracuse New Times, September 15-22, 2004)
In Wisconsin, 77,200 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
George W. Bush goes on and on about how he wants to make the rest of America more like Texas. Well, the fact is that the majority of Texans live in areas that do not meet Federal standards for ozone pollution. Houston, Texas has the worst ozone pollution in the entire nation. So what, does that mean that Bush wants the rest of America to be inhaling more ozone? (Source: Texas Environmental Profiles, Texas Center for Policy Studies and Environmental Defense, 2004)
In the year that George W. Bush ended his time as governor, Texas (no, not California, and not New York) was the number one highest source of carbon dioxide air pollution in the entire United States of America. So, when George W. Bush suggests that he wants to make the rest of the United States of America, we can assume that he wants to make America dirty, dirty, dirty. I'm no clean freak, but Bush's standards of clean air are unacceptably low. (Source: Environmental Protection Agency Emissions Scorecard, 2001)
The air pollution in Texas is so bad that visitors to Big Bend National Park can no longer see the great views that the area was once known for. The air is just too filled with smog. What did George W. Bush do to stop the problem when he was governor of Texas? Precisely nothing. (Source: Texas Environmental Profiles, Texas Center for Policy Studies and Environmental Defense, 2004)
Another strange Texas success story from the land of George W. Bush: Texas is the number one top source of hazardous waste in the entire United States. Back in 1999, when George W. Bush was governor of Texas, his state produced almost 15,000 tons of hazardous waste. The next biggest producer of hazardous waste, Louisiana, didn't even produce one third that amount. When Bush talks about the "Texas Miracle", he almost never admits that his so-called miracle state produces more foul, poisonous substances than anywhere else in North America. If that's what Bush calls success, then I'd rather not go along with his plans for America. (Source: Environmental Protection Agency National Biennial RCRA Hazardous Waste Report, June 2001)
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have done plenty as President and Vice President to foul America's drinking waters. What's less known is that their history of attacks goes back well before their occupation of the White House. When Dick Cheney was in up on Capitol Hill, he was one of just 21 in Congress to vote against the Safe Drinking Water Act. What is it that Bush and Cheney have against people drinking a nice, cool, clean glass of water? Is it a psychological condition? (Source: The Daily Mirror, October 8, 2004)
In Wisconsin, there were 25,200 more families in poverty in 2003 than when George W. Bush took office. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Think that there's no real difference between the Republicans and the Democrats? Look at what the two parties are doing with respect to providing clean drinking water for American families. The Democrats have proposed increasing support for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds. The Republicans, on the other hand, are trying to cut these funds for clean drinking water by 822 million dollars. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
In Mexico, 78% of respondents say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. Our neighbor to the south has come to disdain us. (Source: University of Maryland Progam on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has declared that the freedoms that most Americans take for granted "go way beyond what the Constitution requires," and suggests that these freedoms should be taken away when they are inconvenient to the power of the President of the United States. Scalia promotes a new American order in which constitutional rights are "ratcheted right down to the constitutional minimum" until George W. Bush decides that the War on Terror is over. George W. Bush wants to place more conservative justices just like Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, and if he gets another 4-year term in office, it's almost certain that he'll have the chance to do just that. (Source: People for the American Way)
Increasingly, it is becoming difficult for Republican moderates to abide by George W. Bush's reactionary insistence that climate change is a mere illusion that has been unproved by science. Republican Senator John McCain, for example, says, "The facts are there. We have to educate our fellow citizens about climate change and the danger it poses to the world."
Here we have a prominent, moderate Republican directly contradicting the leader of his own political party. George W. Bush threatens to split the Republican party in two, extremists against moderates. So, if you're a Republican, that's an awfully good reason to vote against George W. Bush. (Source: BusinessWeek, August 16, 2004)
In a very telling slip of the tongue, George W. Bush told an audience at the Whiteface Mountain Lodge in Wilmington, New York that, "Clear Skies legislation, when passed by Congress, will significantly reduce smog and mercury admissions." That's a telling slip, because the Clear Skies bill favored by George W. Bush would actually allow the nation's biggest polluters to pump even more poisons into the air, all the while claiming that doing so is part of an effort to protect clean air. When it comes to the environment, George W. Bush is all about reducing admissions. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
In Alaska, 11,100 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Global warming is already having an impact on New England's lobster industry. The lobster catch, which used to be huge along the coastlines of New York and Massachusetts, has collapses in those states, where increased water temperatures has caused acid to build up in local lobsters' blood, causing widespread disease and death. (Source: Sierra Atlantic, Fall 2004)
On September 24, 2004, George W. Bush declared that border relations between Canada and Mexico have never been better. Since that time, geographically-aware Americans have been asking Mr. Bush to show them what borders are shared by Canada and Mexico. So far, Bush has not taken up the challenge. No President of the United States should have such incredible fantasies about the shape of the world as those held by George W. Bush. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
Grover Norquist, one of the most powerful of this generation's extremist conservative activists, did not know that his voice was being recorded when he made the following comments about Republican governor of Ohio Bob Taft: "We have to hold Ohio. Okay, we have an idiot, stupid, corrupt, dumb, rotten, Republican governor in the state, who has been busy looting the state and raising taxes... and his state is the only state in the nation that's lost jobs and isn't recovering because he's been beating the economy to death in the state. But he is not on the ballot. George Bush is on the ballot... It's not helpful. He should be taken out and horsewhipped."
Gosh. When even a loyal Republican activist like Grover Norquist thinks that Ohio Governor Robert Taft is so worthless and corrupt, what are the rest of us to think?
It does not speak well of Bush's national Republican Party that the best Republican they can find to lead the state of Ohio is someone they admit to be a "rotten" "idiot". (Source: Politics1, September 17, 2004)
In Brazil, 66% of respondents say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. Brazil is a huge nation of more than 180 million people. What they think of us matters, whether we like it or not. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
A staff attorney named Melissa Merkel chose to resign rather than to continue working under George W. Bush in the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement division. Merkel specialized in the area of enforcing environmental standards on factory farms, but found that the Bush Administration was too reluctant to prosecute industrial farms who violated the law. She believes that this reluctance was due to an unusual influence of the livestock industry within the Bush Administration. (Source: Chicago Tribune, 5/16/2004)
Under George W. Bush, there are currently 136,000 confirmed but unaddressed cases in which leaking petroleum and MTBE are contaminating groundwater and drinking water supplies. Bush cut the budget of the program that is supposed to address these leaks and has no plans to restore funding. The Democratic budget would fully restore funding and take care of these leaks before more Americans get sick. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
In Arizona, 52,300 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
When it comes to schoolchildren, George W. Bush goes ballistic about "standards", and insists that everyone comply with his demands. However, when it comes to the corporate polluters who poison America's air with coal-burning power plants, Bush throws standards out the window. In fact, Bush wants to give special exemptions from pollution controls to each and every coal-fired power plant in the country. (Source: Sierra, September/October, 2004)
Earlier we noted that George W. Bush has a drunk driving conviction. What we did not mention is that Bush's choice for Vice President, Dick Cheney, has two. That's right: Dick Cheney has been arrested twice for driving drunk. (The Daily Mirror, October 8, 2004)
How seriously does George W. Bush consider the economic problems of working Americans? One indication of the callous disregard Bush has for working people is the comment he made about the economy in 2002, contrasting his own view with the economic analysis of Fed. Chairman Alan Greenspan: "He uses the word 'soft spot'. I use the word 'bumping along'." At the time of this statement, Bush's economic policies had caused millions of American jobs to be lost. That Bush can observe such a disaster and still say that the economy is "bumping along" is reason enough for American voters to give Bush the boot on Election Day. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
71% of respondents in the Netherlands say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. November 2004 is our opportunity to let the Dutch know Bush doesn't speak or act for us. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
Under George W. Bush, the Environmental Protection Agency has been desperate to convince Americans that it is still getting tough on polluters. Thus, it was very proud of itself when it claimed that it increased its enforcement of environmental law. The only problem with this claim is that it was completely bogus. In order to inflate its enforcement statistics, Bush's EPA added narcotics busts and counter-terrorism efforts to the environmental enforcement rolls. Busting a pot smoker doesn't count as environmental enforcement, and neither does arresting Islamic radicals. In truth, the EPA's enforcement of environmental law has decreased while Bush has been in office. (Source: Sacramento Bee, July 16, 2003)
In Arkansas, 16,800 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Trustworthy Leader Who?
That's what I've been asking myself for the last three and a half years.
The Republican Party led by George W. Bush has become the party of homogenization. They favor homogenization of milk? No, they favor the homogenization of the American people, seeking to use the power of government to compel all Americans to fit into the cultural standards of 1950s suburbia. Sterling Osgood, a voter from Marcellus, New York, complains of this Republican agenda of homogenization, saying "Thirty years ago, the Republican Party was the party of Teddy Roosevelt, favoring rugged individualism and keeping government out of our lives. Today, the party favors using government to homogenize our society across a broad range of social issues, and has hijacked the American people's desire to live and let live. (Source: Syracuse Post Standard, September 21, 2004)
The Democrats in Congress are trying to provide full funding to help states clean up and develop properties that are rendered useless by environmental contamination. George W. Bush and the Republicans in Congress are blocking their efforts. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
In California, 459,200 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
The NAACP has been following John Kerry's voting record since he came to the United States Senate in 1984. They've given Kerry an 'A' grade for his consistent support of civil rights legislation. That's the kind of President America needs, not one who coddles racists like Senator Trent Lott. (Source: The Crisis, September/October 2004)
George W. Bush is for open and equal access to government, he says. Is that why he appointed a lobbyist for the timber industry to take a key post in the United States Forest Service? That would be a generous interpretation. It looks more as if Bush is giving special preferential access to the large corporations that make money by destroying the forests on America's public lands. (Source: Sierra, September/October, 2004)
Sue Niederer didn't get any gold star when her son was killed as a soldier in Bush's war in Iraq. Instead, when the 55 year-old mother from Hopewell, New Jersey tried to talk to Laura Bush about her son's death, she got handcuffed and arrested. In George W. Bush's America, it's a crime for the families of dead soldiers to speak up and question whether the deaths of their loved ones were worth it. For hauling grieving mothers off to jail, Bush deserves to find a big boot in his bed the morning after Election Day. (Source: Syracuse Post Standard, September 21, 2004)
As bad as George W. Bush has been for the environment, America needs more than a President who will merely not make his bad mistakes. John Kerry is a real alternative to George W. Bush who not only will end Bush's mistakes, but has a strong record of promoting environmental progress. Thus, we know that we're not just giving up the certain problems of Bush for the uncertain problems of a new president. We know that if we boot Bush, we're going to get something much better, and just in time. (Source: Sierra Atlantic, Fall 2004)
In Colorado, 75,300 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
George W. Bush and Vladmir Putin seem to have the same basic idea for defeating terrorism: Bomb, shoot, and just plain blast anything or anyone who gets in the way. Unfortunately, that includes an awful lot of innocent bystanders. Bush agrees with Putin that all that's necessary to create peace is get get as tough as possible, however, if Bush would examine Russia's experience with terrorism under Putin, he might change his mind. Robert Albright, from Oswego, New York, makes this point when he says, "I would think the despicable school attack in Russia would prove that force alone will not defeat terrorism. The Russians and Mr. Putin have killed hundreds, maybe thousands of terrorists and innocent people in their attempt to stop terrorism and put down the insurgents in Chechnya, and they still have not made Russia safer." It frightens us that Bush seems to be heading down the same path by which Putin has brought Russia to disaster. It frightens us even more that Bush is unwilling to even consider re-examining his plans. (Source: Syracuse Post Standard, September 21, 2004)
67% of respondents in Spain say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. That's one more country turning its favor away from us, thanks to Bush's arrogance. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
29 Republicans in the House of Representatives signed a letter opposing the cuts that George W. Bush made to Medicaid. George W. Bush refused to listen to the voice of reason from within his own political party. It's a shame that Bush doesn't have the same deaf ears when it comes to big favors for corporate executives. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
Stephen Roach, chief economist for financial services company Morgan Stanley, describes the Bush Administration's economic performance as follows: "There can be no mistaking the reality check of this summer's disappointing data. This recovery now looks more mythical than ever." Mr. Roach is no pointy-headed liberal. When he calls the economic recovery "mythical", it's worth listening. (Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 10, 2004)
In Connecticut, 51,100 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Lately, it seems I can't pass a newsstand without a magazine cover
featuring George W. and Laura Bush. You've seen them: George W. is
consistently dressed in a casual blue-collared shirt without a tie,
and Laura's got a cotton outfit that covers her ankles and wrists with
a nice set of pearls. They're sitting in a moderate-sized living room
with nice but not expensive furniture, or they're standing in front of
a split-rail fence with a red barn in the background and a field of
lush green grass. Regular folks. Why, it looks like they might
invite you over for a pot-luck or ask to borrow your waffle iron. And
I sure bet that Laura's handy in the kitchen!
Of course, George W. and Laura Bush live lives nothing like
this. They spend their days in pressed suits, with servants fixing
their clothes, preparing their hair, making their food and changing
their linens. They don't invite regular people over for pot-lucks;
they go to high-rolling fundraising luncheons with America's
wealthiest at exclusive clubs. And, hon, I've got to be frank: as
much as the nice magazine picture makes it look as if it were so, they
aren't going to ring your doorbell to ask to borrow your waffle iron.
They've got trust funds for that sort of thing.
But let's be honest: they look so comfortable and at home in
those photographs, not out of their league like when they're playing
the part of president and first lady. So let's help them out by
sending them from the White House so they can use their multi-million
dollar funds to play down-home dress-up in retirement.
Evaluating the Bush Administration from an elemental level, it's clear that the Republicans occupying the White House are seriously out of balance. With George W. Bush, there isn't much earth, wind or water. It's all just fire, fire fire! For the sake of elemental balance, we need to boot Bush out of the White House on Election Day.
When Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, thinks about how to reduce crime, she's got a long term vision. "The criminal justice system is not where you reduce crime," she says. "You do that with schools, the economy, and social services." Think about this now: What areas do George W. Bush's policies undermine most harshly? That's right: Schools, the economy, and social services. It looks like, thanks to George W. Bush, we have a future of increased crime to look forward to. (Source: Time Out New York, August 5-12, 2004)
Even in tiny Delaware, 8,800 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
George W. Bush's Republican friends in Congress are trying to cut millions of dollars in funding from cardiovascular research programs, even though heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. That makes Bush the Pro-Death President. (Source: Fact Sheets for House Consideration of the 2005 Budget, House Budget Committee, Democratic Caucus, March 23, 2004)
When asked to choose between Medicaid and subsidies to Halliburton, George W. Bush and the Republicans chose Halliburton. U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky comments, "The House Republican budget is indefensible. As they always do, Republicans followed the lead of President Bush and passed a budget that goes after the poor, the homeless, and the elderly. Republicans value more tax cuts for the rich over meeting the needs of senior citizens, working families, the unemployed and most Americans. Republicans slash Medicaid and Section 8 vouchers so they can pay for missile defense, subsidies to Halliburton and tax cuts for the wealthy." (Source: Office of Representative Jan Schakowsky, March 25, 2004)
George W. Bush and the Republicans invoke the attacks of September 11, 2001 at every chance they get, encouraging Americans not to ever stop thinking about the attacks. Bush the leadership of the Republican party insist that they are the best choice to keep America safe, and who can contradict them?
Well, there are plenty of people who contradict the Republican claim to ownership of the legacy of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Key among them is a group of women turned into widows by the attacks. Led by Kristen Breitweiser, this group says that George W. Bush has failed at the task of making America safer, and endorses John Kerry as Bush's replacement. Breitweiser explains, "I don't feel President Bush has done everything he could do to make us safer since 9-11. I've personally spent the last three years fighting to try to fix the problems that plague our intelligence apparatus, so we would not be so vulnerable to Al Quaeda. And during the three years, our largest adversary was the administration. Because of that, I can't in good conscience vote for President Bush. The second largest reason is the war in Iraq. We have lost more than a thousand soldiers in Iraq. Thousands have been woulded. Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11. The net result is that we are more vulnerable to terrorism." Why boot Bush? Because Kristen Breitweiser's insights have been hard earned. (Source: Newsweek, September 27, 2004)
A very personal reason to boot Bush: My wife is pregnant, and I don't want to have to think about George W. Bush's second term in office every time I think of my child's birthday.
In the District of Columbia, 10,000 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
George W. Bush claims that he's going to be able to lead the nation into a new generation of alternative energy. This claim looks suspiciously similar to the cow patties found on Bush's dude ranch when one considers that Texas is the biggest overall consumer of petroleum, natural gas, coal and electricity. Where's the alternative energy in that? It's just a tiny fraction of one percent, with oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear energy leading the path to the dirty, contaminated past. With Bush, all energy leads back to old ways of doing things. In Texas, it's not just the fuels that are fossils - the entire scheme of energy production is wickedly out of date as well. Bush seems to think that what's good for Texas is good for America, and that's a clear sign that what's good for Bush is bad for America. (Source: Environmental Protection Agency Emissions Scorecard, 2001)
George W. Bush's radical rejection of science is causing him to become alienated from even traditional Republican allies, such as the business community. Conservative magazine BusinessWeek writes, "The growing consensus among scientists and governments is that we can - and must - do something... Researchers... have pondered the evidence and concluded that the earth is warming, that humans are probably the cause, and that the threat is real enough to warrant an immediate response." If George W. Bush cannot even count on the business community to back up his policies, how can he be an effective executive for the United States? (Source: BusinessWeek, August 16, 2004)
On January 16, 2003, George W. Bush informed an audience in Scranton, Pennsylvania that, "...while one of us can't do everything to help heal the hurt of America, each of us can do something to help make somebody's life in your community a better place." When a President of the United States speaks, Americans ought to be able to understand what the heck he's trying to talk about. For wasting the time of the good people of Scranton with this kind of babble, we say that this Election Day is a good time to give Bush the boot. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
61% of respondents in Sweden say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. The more xenophobic amongst us may ask why we should care what the Swedes think of us. The more reflective amongst us may note that that's a hubristic attitude typical of a world power that isn't aware of its imminent decline. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
In Florida, 181,900 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
In the last year of George W. Bush's administration atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, have risen at record-breaking levels. (Source: Sierra Atlantic, Fall 2004)
Boot Bush because he presumes to speak for all evangelical Christians, when in fact, he does not. Chris Beers from Durham, North Carolina complains, "As an evangelical Christian, I am deeply disturbed by my fellow evangelicals' uncritical embrace of President Bush and the Republican Party... If we read Scripture without the help of right-wind ideology, we see that Jesus was much more concerned about caring for the poor than about banning gay marriage or abortion. In accepting an amputated Gospel that involves only our own personal relationship with God, we have compromised our ability to critique both political parties." Boot Bush because Bush encourages religious Americans to reject the sensible kind of balance offered by evangelicals like Chris Beers. (Source: Newsweek, September 27, 2004)
Prominent Oregonian Republican Politicians Clay Myers and Bill Rutherford, former Secretary of State and State Treasurer respectively, have announced that they cannot in good conscience vote to elect George W. Bush in 2004. As Myers puts it, "Mainstream Republicans believe in fiscal responsibility, internationalism, environmental protection, the rights of women, and putting middle-class families ahead of big business lobbyists. Moderate
Republicans should not be asked to swallow the right-wing policies of George W. Bush." (Source: The Bend Bugle September 1, 2004)
In Georgia, 126,800 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Since George W. Bush has taken office, it's become increasingly difficult for average working Americans to own their own homes. Home prices have risen 24 percent since 2001, far outstripping wages, which have actually fallen, when adjusted for inflation. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 25, 2004)
In George W. Bush's America, the rich are getting richer even while the rest of America continues to struggle to make ends meet. Between 2003 and 2004, the number of billionaires in America jumped from 262 to 313. At the same time, income for average Americans fell, and the number of Americans who cannot find work in their fields increased. As President, Bush has helped the rich get even more money by forcing the rest of us to work harder or suffer in poverty. (Source: Associated Press, September 25, 2004)
George W. Bush's leadership relies on secrecy and deception. Unfortunately, his example has spread down to the level of state government as well. For example, when Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, tried to get a copy of legislation of anti-terrorism legislation under consideration after the attacks of September 11, 2001, she was told that she would not be allowed to see it. In fact, the New York State legislature refused to allow any private citizens to know what the legislation actually was. At all levels - local, state and national - American freedoms are under attack, and another four years of George W. Bush in the White House will seal their fate. (Source: Time Out New York, August 5-12, 2004)
In Idaho, 9,100 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Senator John Kerry supports H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to examine the impact of the institution of slavery and make recommendations for appropriate remedies, introduced by Representative John Conyers. George W. Bush refuses to even talk about supporting the bill. For trying to keep people from talking about America's history of slavery, Bush deserves a big boot. (Source: The Crisis, September/October 2004)
66% of Italians say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. We could say it's just those weird Italians, and who should listen to them? We could say that, but it would really be Bush talking. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
George W. Bush is the kind of leader who doesn't bother with the details. One example of this flaw was provided by Bush on January 6, 2003, when he referred to the new Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, the most powerful Democrat in Congress next to Senator Tom Daschle, as "Congressman Pelosi". Well, see, the problem with that was that "Congressman" Pelosi is a woman. One clue was Representative Pelosi's first name: Nancy - but Bush hadn't bothered to learn that. Many other clues were offered by the country's newspapers, for which Representative Pelosi's election as Minority Leader had been front page news, given that she is the first woman ever to have gained that position. Of course, George W. Bush doesn't bother to read newspapers. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
In Illinois, 193,400 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Scientists report that, with Antarctic ice shelves dissolving, the Antarctic glaciers that they held back are descending into the oceans at a much faster rate than had been anticipated. That means that global climate change is causing sea levels to rise faster than expected. So, coastal flooding and erratic weather will be getting much worse, sooner than scientists had thought. What is George W. Bush doing about it? Nothing. In fact, Bush's policies to encourage pollution are likely to make the underlying problem of greenhouse gases even worse. (Source: NPR News, September 23, 2004)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), controlled by the Bush Administration, promised the American people that it would release information about which cars and trucks have the worst histories of involvement in the death or injury of passengers. Why? The NHTSA has decided to cave in to pressure from tire manufacturers.
George W. Bush refuses to lift a finger to get the information released, and so American drivers will continue to be in the dark about whether their own vehicles are unsafe. Sally Greenberg of the Consumers Union accuses the government of "opting for secrecy in the area of vehicle safety." Greenberg challenges the Bush Administration to open the records for public view, saying, "The more the government decides to keep data under lock and key, the more they put the public at risk."
Putting the public at risk for the sake of corporate lobbyists is the way that Bush prefers to have things run at the NHTSA, and for that, Bush deserves a big boot on Election Day. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 24, 2004)
In Indiana, 119,400 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Under the leadership of George W. Bush, in the Allegheny National Forest, which Calvin Coolidge promised in 1923 would be "reserved and set apart as a public forest reservation", only 2 percent of the land is actually set apart from logging, oil drilling, and drilling for natural gas. The forest management plan for the Allegheny National Forest is due to be revised within the next two years. If George W. Bush continues to be President of the United States, the U.S. Forest Service will almost certainly continue to push for the industrial degredation of the Allegheny National Forest. Under John Kerry, there is a real chance to re-establish a more balanced plan for the forest's management. (Source: Sierra Atlantic, Fall 2004)
64% of respondents in the United Kingdom say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. We're supposed to have a special relationship with the Brits, and they feel this way about us? Thanks, George. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
By refusing to take action on global climate change, George W. Bush is creating a future economic disaster for the United States. Bush is also neglecting to take the opportunity to use the challenge of climate change to catalyze economic growth right now. Business analysts agree that fighting climate change now will bring great economic benefits, such as technological innovation and increased efficiency. When Bush pretends that nothing needs to be done about climate change, he ignores the collective wisdom of America's business leaders. (Source: BusinessWeek, August 16, 2004)
In Iowa, 18,400 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
As a part of the presidential campaign of 2004, two vehicles are driving around the country to spread two very different political messages. The Republicans are driving a lumbering 80,000 pound truck, spewing huge amounts of poison into the air as it moves down the road under the control of a paid driver. The other car is a small, swift, agile hybrid car driven by volunteers from the Sierra Student Coalition. These two vehicles represent two visions for America. Bush's vision for America promotes the interests of big powerhouses motivated by the pursuit of money, and spreading poison into the environment along the way. The resistance to Bush, on the other hand, believes in grassroots action that involves people who are motivated by deep ethical principles, for the good of all Americans. I know which vision I'll pick on Election Day. (Source: Sierra, September/October 2004)
George W. Bush's Republican elite is constantly preaching about the need for fiscal responsibility. However, Bush refuses to practice fiscal responsibility himself. When Bush's bill including huge tax giveaways for big corporations was pushed through Congress, the Republican leadership made sure that there were no provisions to offset the cost through cuts in spending. Given that half of the Pentagon's budget is unaccounted for, there are plenty of opportunities to cut waste, but Bush won't do it. For refusing to practice what he preaches, Bush deserves a knee-high boot out of Washington, D.C. (Source: Associated Press, September 24, 2004)
Ayad Allawi, George W. Bush's puppet ruler of Iraq agrees with Donald Rumsfeld that it's a good idea to hold elections, even when huge portions of the Iraqi people will not be able to participate. When transplants the idea of disenfranchising voters from Florida to Iraq, he shouldn't be surprised that so many Americans want to prevent him from causing trouble for four more years. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 24, 2004)
In Kansas, 39,500 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
60% of respondents in the Czech Republic say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. How embarrassing. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
In September, 2004, British civilian Kenneth Bigley was captured by Iraqi militants and threatened with decapitation. Although some people in the Iraqi puppet government tried to help Bigley by releasing a prisoner of their own who had already been judged not to be a security threat, the American rulers of Iraq stopped this release from taking place. Paul Bigley, brother of the British man threatened with having his head cut off, angrily denounced the American obstruction, saying of the attempted prisoner exchange, "That was a shadow of light in a big, long, dark, damp, filthy, cold tunnel. Now this has been sabotaged."
If one of George W. Bush's children was held hostage in Iraq, Bush would negotiate. Bush wouldn't do a thing to save Kenneth Bigley, though. For this sadistic double standard, Bush deserves to four years of quiet time in a corner in his dude ranch in Crawford, Texas. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 24, 2004)
George W. Bush is such a lousy leader that he can't even get his tough guy lines right. He threatens, and he blusters, and he stumbles, and then he threatens some more, and then only after he trips over his own shoelaces a couple times does he actually launch his attack. For example, in January of 2003, months before he actually invaded Iraq, Bush declared that the invasion would take place in "a matter of weeks, not months'. Confusing the enemy through irrational behavior and a series of empty threats is not the most appealing strategy for an American president to adopt. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
In Kentucky, 35,000 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Acid rain created as a result of pollution released by coal-burning plants in the Midwest have already sterilized half of the lakes in New York's Adirondack Mountains. Under Bush's plan to increase the role of coal in America's energy system, this sterilization of the Northeast's greatest wilderness will continue to expand. (Source: Sierra Atlantic, Fall 2004)
Alton Brink, a resident of Troy, Michigan, has 28 years of experience working with information technology, but is struggling to find work in his field. In the time that George W. Bush has been in office, the firm that once employed him has shrunk from 200 employees to only 50 workers. Bush says that the economy is on the "upswing" because people like Mr. Brink can now go get new jobs working as cashiers in stores like Wal-Mart. We cannot afford another four years of this kind of "upswing". (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 24, 2004)
People on the ground in Iraq are increasingly reporting that the American military appears to be preparing to remain in control of Iraq for the sake of control of Iraq's precious oil. For example, Raid Ibraham, who lives in southern Baghdad, says, "The Americans keep attacking the cities, not to keep the security situation stable, but so they can stay in Iraq and control the oil." George W. Bush would have us believe that Bill O'Reilly, an American conservative pundit who has never been to Iraq, knows what's going on in Iraq better than Iraqi Raid Ibraham. For discounting the feelings of Iraqis about what's being done to their country, in favor of the rants of Fox News television personalities, Bush ought to be served cold porridge, and given the boot on Election Day. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 25, 2004)
In Louisiana, 27,600 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
In Turkey, twice as many respondents say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States than the number of respondents who say Bush has made them feel better about America. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
Short of being President of the United States, the highest office that a politician can aspire to is a seat in the United States Senate. It takes a lot of hard work to become a US Senator, and a lot of political connections as well. Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee is a veteran Republican who has earned the loyalty and respect of Republicans throughout his home state of Rhode Island and across America. It's a sure sign of George W. Bush's extremism, then, when even a prominent Republican like Senator Lincoln Chafee decides that he cannot in good conscience vote for George W. Bush.
Earlier in the year, Chafee openly criticized Bush's lack of humility. Now, Chafee is in open revolt. Not only has Senator Chafee decided that he will refuse the invitation to become the co-chairman of the Bush campaign in Rhode Island, Chafee has declared that he will not even vote for Bush. Instead, Chafee says that he'll write in the name of another Republican when he fills in a ballot on election day. That's right - even Republicans are joining the Anybody But Bush camp.(Source: Associated Press, September 21, 2004)
In Maine, 14,300 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Operating under Bush's guidance, House Republicans passed a bill on September 23, 2004 that would prohibit the Supreme Court from ruling on any issue associated with the Pledge of Allegiance. Putting the particular issue aside for a moment, what's really scary about
this bill is that it attempts to dismantle the separation of powers, the system of checks and balances that preserves our democratic system. In order to get what they want in the short term, Bush and the Republicans seem willing to gut our democracy in the long term.
(Source: Associated Press September 24, 2004)
Even as American security officials deported Cat Stevens for nothing more than having an Islamic name, top security officials themselves feel the right to smuggle weapons onto airplanes with impunity. John Miller, the head of the counterterrorism bureau for the Los Angeles police department, was caught trying to bring a loaded handgun onto a flight headed for New York City. For setting up a security apparatus filled with people who regard themselves as above the law, George W. Bush ought to be given a new job on Election Day, 2004: Ex-president. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 24, 2004)
Have you noticed that neither Bush nor Cheney use the words "honor and integrity" anymore?
The Content Analysis Team in the US Forest Service is supposed to review letters from the public about issues related to the administration of public lands. However, the Bush Administration has ordered the Content Analysis Team to simply ignore many of the letters that are sent in by the public. (Source: High Country News, April 26, 2004)
In Maryland, 42,800 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
The Bush Administration's war against a clean environment has provoked moderate Republicans into revolt. In the spring of 2004, Republican and former congressional representative Pete McCloskey wrote, "I'd like to think that moderate Republicans can recapture control of the Grand Old Party and once again work in concert with Democrats, the Greens, and everybody else to save this old Earth before it's too late." George W. Bush is doing everything in its power to stop reasonable Republicans like Pete McCloskey. (Source: Sierra, September/October 2004)
If we have another four years of say-anything, facts-be-damned Bush, they'll have to take a pen, find all the volumes of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations in the nation's libraries, and reverse the wording for the entry that says "Actions speak louder than words."
In Russia, three times as many respondents say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States than the number of respondents who say Bush has made them feel better about America. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
Even executives in major energy companies are coming to agree that global climate change is a serious problem that needs to be addressed now. For example, John W. Rowe, chairman and CEO of Exelon Corporation, a huge energy company, says, "We accept that the science on global warming is overwhelming. There should be mandatory carbon constraints." By continuing to ignore the problem of global climate change, George W. Bush not only puts himself on the extreme right wing of the Republican Party, he also aligns himself with the most extreme fringe of energy executives. That's a mighty weird bunch. (Source: Business Week, August 16, 2004)
In Massachusetts, 132,500 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
One reason to boot Bush would be to honor the request of a soldier who was killed in Bush's reckless war in Iraq. On March 14, 2003, Michael Pedersen wrote a letter to his mother in which he asked, "What in the world is wrong with George "TRYING TO BE LIKE HIS DAD" Bush? He got us out here for nothing what so ever. I am so furious right now momma. I really hope they do not re-elect that fool." (Source: Will They Ever Trust Us Again, Michael Moore)
In November of 2003, the Republicans in Congress and the Bush Administration demanded that Democrats remove a plan to require utility companies to increase their use of clean energy sources such as wind and solar power. (Source: New York Times, November 15, 2004)
When mainstream news sources like Newsweek refer to reforms proposed by the 9-11 Commission as "on a fast track to nowhere", they don't leave very much work to do for the progressive media. That's a good thing, because the progressive media has been working overtime to make up for the conservative bias in the mainstream press ever since George W. Bush took office.
Be that as it may, any politician who lets needed reforms go nowhere deserves to be let go. (Source: Newsweek, September 27, 2004)
Former Maine Governor Angus King, an independent who voted for George W. Bush in the 2000 election, has announced that in 2004 he cannot in good conscience vote for Bush again. In his announcement, he focused especially on Bush's fiscal irresponsibility: "To be building deficits at the same time we're facing known deficits in Social Security and Medicare I think is irresponsible. Our generation is buying things that we want and passing the bill on to the next generation. That's wrong. It's irresponsible. And I think it verges on being immoral."
This year, King's vote goes to John Kerry. (Source: Portland, Maine
Press Herald September 22, 2004)
In Michigan, 187,800 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
At the end of 2003, George W. Bush and the Republicans in Congress announced that they would give 20 billion dollars in gifts to big energy corporations. In 2004, we again have record budget deficits. Bush and the Washington D.C. Republican elite apparently believe that it's more important to reward big campaign contributions from the energy industry than to save America's children from a future of crushing debt. (Source: New York Times, November 15, 2003)
The man who voted against Head Start for underprivileged kids is
now our Vice President. (Source: Slate October 6, 2004)
On September 23, 20024, with encouragement from the Bush Administration, Republicans in both houses of Congress passed legislation that will add 145,900,000,000 dollars to the national debt. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 24, 2004)
In Argentina, 65% of respondents say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. One country here, another country there, and pretty soon the world is turned against us. This is not a good development. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
The only thing more tacky than a bunch of people who are angry all the time is a bunch of powerful people who are angry all the time. That's why Stephanie Dray from Owings Mills, Maryland writes, "The Republican National Convention was the most negative I've seen. Republicans control all three branches of government, so why are they so angry?" Dray's comment inspires us to realize this reason to boot Bush: George W. Bush is a tantrum without a cause. (Source: Newsweek, September 27, 2004)
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that the pacific fisher, a rare relative of the otter, is in danger of extinction. However, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has also concluded that it cannot add the pacific fisher to the list of officially threatened and endangered species. The reason has nothing to do with science. Rather, the reason that the pacific fisher is not getting the protection it needs is that the Bush Administration has cut the budget of the the US Fish and Wildlife Service in order to pay for special tax giveaways to big corporations. (Source: Associated Press, April 9, 2004)
In Minnesota, 54,700 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Every now and then, George W. Bush seems to get lost in a kind of transcendental state, where he loses touch with reality, and splices ideas together in a way that confuses us mere unenlightened folk. For example, on August 29, 2002, Bush declared, "If you don't have any ambitions, the minimum wage job isn't going to get you to where you want to get." See, now, most of us would presume that someone without ambitions does not, by definition, want to get anything at all. Not Bush - somehow he's decided that the unambitious need real help fulfilling their passionate aspirations.
That's all groovy and weird enough, but Bush's declarations about how pathetic a minimum wage job is seem even more otherworldly when one considers that Bush himself has presided over an economy so week that real wages for working Americans have gone down, and huge numbers of well-paying jobs have been replaced by minimum wage jobs. The Bush's transcendental jobs plan: Complain about how tiny the minimum wage is, and then let it get even worse. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
George W. Bush's anti-environmentalist policies are based upon the insane idea that protecting Americans from poisons is a sign of weakness. As Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, puts it, Bush's "environmental policy is based upon the belief that only wimps worry about mercury in fish, kids getting asthma from smog, or fires burning in rural communities. (Source: Sierra, September/October 2004)
81% of respondents in France say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. Love the French, or no, we've got to work with them. And Bush's actions have made them downright ornery toward us. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
In Mississippi, 28,000 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
In response to reports that the American military is killing high numbers of innocent civilians in Iraq, U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Steve Boylen claimed that it was all the Iraqis' fault, because Iraqi rebels are living in residential areas. "As long as they continue to do that, they are putting the residents at risk."
Okay - to understand Boylen's argument, let's imagine that Russia invades the United States, and some Americans take up arms in rebellion against the Russian occupying force. According to Lieutenant Colonel Steve Boylen, the Russians would then have the right to firebomb all the neighborhoods where the American rebels lived, killing American residents even if they were not involved in the rebellion.
The frightening thing is that the Bush Administration agrees with Boylen's argument. George W. Bush is setting a dangerous example for other world leaders, one that will prove deadly to Americans if the United States is ever subjected to a Bush-style invasion. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 25, 2004)
Scary American Lieutenant Colonel Steve Boylen also says that American firebombings of Iraqi neighborhooods are "extremely precise". Now, in just one province of Iraq, in the last four months alone, 115 children under the age of 12 have been killed as the result of these American attacks. If the American bombings were indeed "extremely precise", then we must conclude that the American military has been given orders to precisely target Iraqi children. The only alternative explanation is that Lieutenant Colonel Boylen is lying through his teeth. Neither option reflects well upon the character of George W. Bush's war against Iraq. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 25, 2004)
To try to get out the vote for George W. Bush, the Republican
National Committee has sent out literature claiming that Democrats
want to pass laws to ban the Bible. Not only is this ridiculously
desperate, it's also simply untrue. But truth doesn't seem to matter.
This is yet one more instance in which George W. Bush and his
Republican National Committee apparatchiks seem to be willing to say
anything, do anything, to get what they want. That's not right. You
might even say that's not Biblical. (Source: New York Times September 24, 2004)
In September 2004, Republicans in Congress passed a bill that was supposed to extend tax cuts to the middle class. But what did the Republicans do to the bill? They filled it up with huge tax giveaways to big corporations. Then, the Republicans took away the tax cuts from 4 million working families. That's just plain cruel. George W. Bush says that he'll sign the legislation into law. Shame on him. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 24, 2004)
In Missouri, 54,400 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
What kind of man did George W. Bush choose to be leader of the EPA? The family of Bush's choice, Michael Leavitt, owned a fish farm in Utah that, through improper environmental procedures, introduced a new deadly disease into the wild, resulting in the devastation of Utah's wild trout populations. When Leavitt found out that a state enforcement officer was planning on penalizing the farm, Leavitt used his power as governor to have the man fired. What Leavitt did to Utah, he's planning on doing to the entire United States. That's how bad Bush's choice is. (Source: Sierra Atlantic, Fall 2004)
George W. Bush's avoidance of direct contact with voters and reporters sets a very bad example for Republican politicians. Unfortunately, all across America, Republican politicians are following Bush's bad example. For example, on September 20, 2004, a debate that had been scheduled for over a month was quickly undermined when the two Republicans running to represent Central New York's 49th Senate district decided that they could not face their Democratic Challenger, Democrat Dave Valesky. The two Republicans, Thomas Dadey and Nancy Larraine Hoffman, just never showed up to the debate. Spokespeople for Hoffman, the Republican incumbent, said that she was unable to attend because she was attending the opera.
That's about how Republicans, from the local level way on up to state politics, work, isn't it? They're more than happy to attend special events with their friends in the economic elite, but they scuttle away scared when it's time to actually deal with the people they're supposed to represent.
Dave Valesky did his part at the debate, taking questions directly from audience members. Good for you, Mr. Valesky, for getting out to meet the people when the Republicans in your area have better things to do. (Source: Syracuse Post Standard, September 21, 2004)
In Iowa, two voters are so eager to get Bush out of office that they have made history by casting the first votes of the 2004 presidential election - for John Kerry. Their absentee ballots were brought into the Polk County office of elections at 8:00 in the morning on September 23, 2004. Such enthusiasm shows the passion with which Americans feel the need to defend their peaceful, freedom-loving way of life against four more years of attacks by Bush. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 24, 2004)
Even in conservative Poland, only 15% of respondents in say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel better about the United States. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
In Nebraska, 18,000 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
Look, Charles K. Giffard, the Chairman of Bank of America, is hardly a pinko socialist -- which is what the radical right would like you to believe you have to be to support John Kerry over George W. Bush. Giffard is the sort of stolid business guy that popular stereotypes might suggest would be in George W. Bush's pocket.
But Giffard begs to differ. As the chair of a bank whose business spans the globe, Giffard understands that in order for the United States -- and yes, U.S. business -- to prosper, the United States must be recognized as a partner that can be trusted, that can be relied upon to do the right thing. In order for that to happen, Charles K. Giffard believes we need John Kerry, not George W. Bush, in the White House: "I have known John Kerry for 20 years, and he
understands that me must work cooperatively with other countries if we are to effectively fight terror or systematically encourage the investment in free enterprise around the world." (Sources: St. Petersburg Times August 5, 2004)
In their mission to protect the Republican National Convention from peaceful protesters, the New York City Police used unnecessary force against the protesters, arrested them, and then denied the protesters medical treatment. It appears that the Bush Administration's maltreatment of prisoners in its overseas wars is leaking back as an influence on police practices here in the United States. (Source: Associated Press, September 17, 2004)
George W. Bush has let corporate fishing of the Earth's oceans get so far out of control that the cod could be completely extinct in just 15 years if the giant trawlers are not brought back into sustainable practices. What's Bush proposed to do about the problem? Precisely nothing. Cod catch quotas under the Bush Administration's supervision are 100,000 tons above a sustainable level. (Source: Sierra, September/October 2004)
On January 31, 2002, George W. Bush told a crowd in Atlanta, Georgia that, "We'll prevail because we're a fabulous nation, and we're a fabulous nation because we're a nation of fabulous people." No man who can use the word "fabulous" so many times in a single sentence has any business running around trying to keep equal rights away from same-sex couples. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
On September 23, 2004, under the direction of the Bush White House, the Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent the Supreme Court from ruling on the constitutionality of efforts to establish government endorsement of religion. For leading this effort to impose a theocratic government upon the United States of America, George W. Bush deserves a long, long vacation. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 24, 2004)
In Nevada, 25,100 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
American soldiers agree: George W. Bush sent them into harm's way without any clear vision of what the war would really be about. Army Specialist Nathan Swink, a native of Quincy, Illinois, says "There's no clear definition of why we came here. First they said they have WMD and nuclear weapons, then it was to get Saddam Hussein out of office, and then to rebuild Iraq. I want to fight for my nation and for my family, to protect the United States against enemies foreign and domestic, not to protect Iraqi civilians or deal with Sadr's militia." One more reason to boot Bush: Help Specialist Swink get back home safely. (Source: Christian Science Monitor, September 21, 2004)
Seymour Hersh, veteran journalist and author of Chain of Command, a book about the Bush Administration's involvement in the torture of prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, writes, "The roots of the Abu Ghraib scandal lie not in the criminal inclinations of a few Army reservists, but in the reliance of George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld on secret operations and the use of coercion - and eye-for-an-eye retribution - in fighting terrorism." George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld, who claim to be devout Christians, apparently have not yet heard of the New Testament of the Bible, which says that the time for eye-for-an-eye retribution is over. That was 2,000 years ago. Both for being 2,000 years out of date and for getting their own religion so terribly screwed up, Bush and Rumsfeld deserve a big boot to get them both out of the White House for good. (Source: Seymour Hersh, Chain of Command: From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib)
It's one matter to arrest peaceful protesters who haven't committed a crime. Unfortunately, the New York City Police went even farther than that in their work for the Republican National Convention in Manhattan. The New York City Police, under the direction of their Republican mayor, arrested huge groups of innocent people, twenty percent of whom were not even protesters. These massive arrests were inspired by George W. Bush's long history of favoring security at the expense of freedom. (Source: Associated Press, September 17, 2004)
76% of the American public believes that the U.S. should
participate in the International Criminal Court. On this issue,
George W. Bush disagrees with 71% of the American people, while John
Kerry's support of the ICC is representative of the American people.
(Source: Program on International Policy Attitudes, "The Hall of
Mirrors," October 1, 2004)
In Kazakhstan, only 9% of respondents say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel better about the United States. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
How out of touch has the Bush Administration been with regards to Iraq? Let's listen to prominent Bush adviser Richard Perle, speaking on September 22, 2003: "We're doing better than people think. And a year from now, I'll be very surprised if there is not some grand square in Baghdad that is named after President Bush. There is no doubt that, with the exception of a very small number of people close to a vicious regime, the people of Iraq have been liberated and they understand that they've been liberated. And it is getting easier every day for Iraqis to express that sense of liberation."
A year later, there is no Grand Bush Square in Baghdad. No one goes to the squares, for fear of being kidnapped. And violence continues to escalate. We all harbor fantasies; the mark of wisdom is to recognize them as such. The Bush administration mistook its fantasy for reality, and while it continues to spin its alternative reality from the safety of the podium, thousands of people on the ground are paying the price. (Source: American Enterprise Institute transcript of speech by Richard Perle, Luncheon Keynote Speaker of September 22, 2003).
Four years of failure by the Bush Administration to even attempt peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis - if that isn't a good reason to turn Bush out of office, I don't know what is.
When the Bush Administration repealed the new source review provision of the Clean Air Act, it didn't just make a lot of environmentalists mad. According to the National Academy of Sciences, the move doomed approximately 30,000 to a premature death every year. (Source: Sierra Atlantic, Fall 2004)
In New Hampshire, 20,400 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
The United States military admits that it keeps information on the numbers of people it kills in Iraq, including the number of Iraqi civilians it has killed. Yet, the military refuses to tell the American people just what these numbers are. The military won't even tell Congress what these numbers are. So, we're forced to get information from the Iraqi Ministry of Health.
The last time I checked, the military was still supposed to be under the control of the American people's democratically elected civilian government. The U.S. military's ability to keep secrets not related to national security leads me to wonder if the military has not become an independent rogue force. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 25, 2004)
Do you really need another reason to boot Bush out of office on Election Day in 2004? Okay, how about this one: Killing innocent people is wrong. Oh, it's not just liberals who say that Bush's military is killing innocent Iraqis. Soldiers themselves talk quite a bit about all the killing of civilians that's going on. Take, for example, the word of the Marine infantryman stationed in Ramadi who told a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, "We shouldn't be here. There was no reason for invading this country in the first place. We just came here and killed a lot of innocent people. I don't enjoy killing women and children, it's not my thing." Now, the only way you could hear this and still vote for Bush is if you decided that American soldiers are just a big bunch of liars. That wouldn't be very supportive of you, now would it? (Source: Christian Science Monitor, September 21, 2004)
83% of respondents in Germany say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. Germany is a major ally, but its citizens are moving away from us. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
When touchy-feely politics gets combined with smash-and-bomb politics, it can get really scary. That's the effect that George W. Bush achieved when he said in a speech, "People say, 'How can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil?' You can do so by mentoring a child, by going into a shut-in's house and say, 'I love you'." If this is Bush's plan to win his war against evildoers, I'm kind of worried. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
In a 2004 survey of American public, 66% agreed that "when dealing
with international problems, the U.S. should be more willing to make
decisions within the United Nations even if this means that the United
States will sometimes have to go along with a policy that is not its
first choice." George W. Bush disagrees with 66% of the American
people. John Kerry reflects the multilateralist American majority.
(Source: Program on International Policy Attitudes, "The Hall of
Mirrors," October 1, 2004)
In New Jersey, 116,500 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
With all of the failures in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, not a single person in the Pentagon's leadership has been held accountable by George W. Bush. When lives are on the line, accountability is a must, but Bush seems too busy attending fundraisers with corporate executives to bother. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 24, 2004)
On August 15, 2001, George W. Bush said to a gathering of people in Albuquerque, New Mexico, "The suicide bombings have increased. There's too many of them." We'd love to ask Mr. Bush what the right amount of suicide bombings is, but we just can't get through his Secret Service agents. (Source: Presidential Misspeak: The Very Curious Language of George W. Bush, 2004.)
In Zimbabwe, 62% of respondents say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. Citizens of Zimbabwe already have enough to worry about, for goodness' sake. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy
Attitudes September 8, 2004)
Is Bush pro-business? No, not really. He's pro-executive, but he doesn't look out for the long-term health of business. One sign of this negligence is Bush's complete lack of attention to the projected economic impact of global climate change. Munich Re-Insurance, the world's largest property insurance company, estimates that the annual damage caused by global warming will reach 300 billion dollars within 20 years. (Source: Amnesty Now, Fall 2004)
The violent chaos resulting from Bush's invasion of Iraq is now so bad that even Republican politicians are calling on the Bush Administration to be more honest with the American people, so that a serious effort at solving the problem can be made. On September 19, 2004, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina lectured George W. Bush about the government's dishonesty, saying "We do not need to paint a rosy scenario for the American people." Even more disturbing, however, is Senator Graham's idea of a cure: Send more Americans to Iraq, to dig the hole even deeper. (Source: Christian Science Monitor, September 22, 2004)
Another Republican Senator, Richard Lugar of Indiana, accuses the Bush Administration of "incompetence" in Iraq. A president called incompetent by his own political party does not deserve a second chance, especially when his incompetence has resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 Americans. (Associated Press, September 20, 2004)
87% of the American people think the United States should
participate in the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which would prohibit
nuclear weapon tests around the world. George W. Bush disagrees with
87% of the American people on this issue. John Kerry stands with the
vast majority. (Source: Program on International Policy Attitudes,
"The Hall of Mirrors," October 1, 2004)
In Kenya, 56% of respondents say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. No, Kenya can't invade us or cripple our economy, but its judgment of the United States is a microcosm of the macrocosm. (Source: University of
Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
The Christian Science Monitor quotes an American soldier in Iraq as saying, "9 out of 10 of the people I talk to, it wouldn't matter who ran against Bush - they'd vote for them, people are so fed up with Iraq, and fed up with Bush." Another soldier agrees, saying "Nobody I know wants Bush. This whole war was based on lies." So there you have it. If you want to "support our troops", vote the way they will, and give Bush the boot. (Source: Christian Science Monitor, September 21, 2004)
The Bush Administration is attempting to remove language from
contracts with workers in the Social Security Administration that
protects workers from being fired because they are gay. Why, given
the numerous problems of significant consequence that are plaguing our
country, is the Bush Administration devoting special energy to the
project of firing workers for being gay? (Source: The Advocate
September 23, 2004)
George W. Bush blames "terrorists" for destroying Iraq, but the plain fact is that attacks by the American military have killed twice as many Iraqis as have attacks by insurgents resisting the American occupation. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 25, 2004)
In Uruguay, 51% of respondents say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. Another nation sours on us, thanks to George's inept hubris. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
All across America, Republican politicians are following the bad example of George W. Bush as they use their political power to punish Democratic voters. For example, in New York State, Republican Governor George Pataki paid for part of his special tax giveaways to rich New Yorkers by savagely cutting funding for public libraries across New York State. Then, Republican legislators in the New York State Assembly put together a plan to restore funding for libraries, but only in districts where voters supported Republican candidates. Libraries in Democratic-leaning areas of New York State were told to go to hell. This is only one of the many ways that the Republican elite have launched a war against librarians, and that's just plain weird. (Source: Syracuse Post-Standard, September 23, 2004)
In New York, 185,300 more people were unemployed in 2003 than in 2000. (Source: American Community Surveys of 2000 and 2003)
The Bush Administration uses the high number of Americans killed in 2001 by Al Quaida to justify its invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to do with Al Quaida. Well, in just four months, the American occupation of Iraq has resulted in the deaths of 3,487 Iraqis - hundreds more than were killed by Al Quaida in America. By George W. Bush's logic, the Iraqi government would now have the justification necessary to invade and occupy Cuba. Whether we can survive four more years of this kind of logic is doubtful. (Source: Detroit Free Press, September 25, 2004)
Think that global warming would just make your winters easier? Think again. Even just slight global warming will bring about food shortages that result in starvation. Just an increase of global temperature by half of one degree will cause a decrease of 20 to 40 percent of rice yields in Southeast Asia and a decrease of India's wheat harvest by 20 percent. What's George W. Bush doing about this threat? Nothing. Letting people starve - that's nasty. (Source: Amnesty Now, Fall 2004)
In order to push its pro-pollution energy plan through, the Bush Administration joined forces with the Alliance for Energy and Economic Group, a pro-pollution lobbying group made up of members who paid 5,000 dollars each to join and swore an oath promising to support the Bush/Cheney energy plan without reservation. Within two months, the group raised one million dollars with which to lobby members of Congress. The President of the United States should never ally himself with groups like this that push for the endangerment of the American people. (Source: Sierra Atlantic, Fall 2004)
80% of the American people supports United States participation in
the Ottawa Convention, which would ban the use of land mines. George
W. Bush stands against 80% of the American people on this issue. John
Kerry stands with the vast majority. (Source: Program on
International Policy Attitudes, "The Hall of Mirrors," October 1,
In Canada, 71% of respondents say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. Our neighbor to the north has come to disdain us. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
While George W. Bush is afraid to even mention the word "environment" in his re-election campaign, John Kerry has a specific plan to create a national task force on toxic substances in the environment. This task force would identify the most serious threats and develop further plans to address those threats. George W. Bush refuses to create such a task force. (Source: Sierra Atlantic, Fall 2004)
Q. What do you call a wolf with no eyes, no ears and a huge mouth?
A. Mr. President.
Jim Sinegal knows business. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Costco, Sinegal has years of experience in navigating the waters of competition and trying to keep an operation afloat in the hard times. Jim Sinegal has endorsed John Kerry. In Sinegal's words,
"From record deficits to exploding health care costs, the Bush administration's policies have undermined the strength of the American economy and made American businesses less competitive. We need real leadership in the White House that understands the crippling effect health care costs are having on business and most importantly, has a plan to deal with it. That's what John Kerry will be able to do for our nation and that's why I am supporting him for President." (Sources: St. Petersburg Times August 5, 2004; johnkerry.com)
52% of respondents in Japan say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States, while only 9% say that Bush's policies have made them feel better about the United States. Disdain reigns in the East as well as the West. (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
In September 2004, the Bush Administration announced it would tap into an emergency fund of $25 Billion in order to continue to fund Mr. Bush's increasingly expensive war of choice in Iraq.
You don't tap into "emergency" funds unless you're in an emergency, right? I mean, that's why they're called emergencies. Yet Bush said, the same day that he asked for "emergency" funds, that there was "progress being made" in Iraq. So which is it?
I think we know the answer to that question. We simply need to look at past Bush Administration words on the matter, as when Paul Wolfowitz asserted to Congress that "we are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon."
Riiiiiiight. To understand the Bush Administration, ignore what its figures say. Watch what they do. (Sources: Reuters September 21, 2004; Remarks by George W. Bush at the Waldorf-Astoria, September 21, 2004)
Whenever George W. Bush is criticized for his choice to go to war unprepared, ill-equipped, under-informed, under-funded, with an ill-defined enemy, with a lack of an exit strategy, and with an ever-shifting set of justifications, he trots out the following phrase:
"If [Name of critic] had their way, Saddam Hussein would still be in Baghdad!"
Most of our professional politicians are too timid to say this, but Bush's statement relies on the assumption that anything would be better than Saddam Hussein still being in Baghdad. But someone needs to tell Mr. Bush that the war in Iraq hasn't all been about Saddam Hussein. Someone needs to tell Mr. Bush about the other costs of the war. Someone needs to stand up to Mr. Bush and tell him something like, "We have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure."
Well, now: in September of 2004, John Kerry displayed his backbone and did just that in a series of high-profile speeches. George W. Bush should not be dumped just because he is terminally clueless. George W. Bush should be dumped because the alternative gets it. (Source: New York Times September 21, 2004)
Only 29% of the American public favors increases in military spending, yet George W. Bush continues to push for more military spending. Even just statistically speaking, Bush is out on the fringe. (Source: Program on International Policy Attitudes, "The Hall of Mirrors," October 1, 2004)
A full 72% of respondents in China say that on balance Bush's policies have made them feel worse about the United States. But hey, what does the opinion of a billion people with nuclear weapons matter? (Source: University of Maryland Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
George W. Bush isn't doing the hard work of even keeping the few countries that sent forces to Iraq from leaving Iraq. By the end of September 2004, all the members of New Zealand's Army that were in Iraq returned home, and there is no plan to send reinforcements in their place. United States armed forces are increasingly standing alone, and that's downright dangerous. Bush can't be bothered to try to even slow these losses. (Source: New Zealand Herald September 23, 2004)
When we say the Bush Administration doesn't have an exit strategy for their war of choice in Iraq, we need to clarify. What we really mean is that the Bush Administration doesn't have a non-idiotic exit strategy for their war of choice in Iraq.
What's the Bush Administration plan? Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld articulated it on September 14, 2004: "At some point the Iraqis will get tired of getting killed".
Hmmm. They'll get tired of getting killed. Is that it? Well, if we pull our heads out of our navels and look around the word for hope of people getting tired of being killed as a way of ending a conflict, what do we see? Northern Ireland (time frame: decades). Israel and the Palestinians (time frame: decades and ongoing). The French and the English (time frame: centuries). The Europeans and the Muslims (time frame: centuries and unhappily now recurring).
If Donald Rumsfeld really believes that the conflict in Iraq will end because "at some point the Iraqis will get tired of getting killed," then he's an ignorant student of history, a blithering idiot, or both. (Source: Remarks of Donald Rumsfeld at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri September 14, 2004)
If Republicans thought that cutting veterans' benefits was the right thing to do, you'd think that they would make these cuts in the open, with pride. Instead, the Republicans sneak these cuts through. The Republicans in Congress, with support of George W. Bush, cut veterans' benefits between midnight and 6:00 AM on a Friday morning, so that they could be sure that the story would be buried in the Saturday morning newspapers, the least read newspapers of the week. If Republicans are going to betray the people they support, they ought to at least not try to cover it up. For going along with the Republicans' plans to sneak unpopular legislation through Congress, George W. Bush deserves a boot in brown paper wrapping delivered to him on Election Day. (Source: American Prospect, September 20, 2004)
George W. Bush is so inept at maintaining an international coalition that even British forces in Iraq are being cut back by a third, leaving a greater burden than ever on American soldiers. (Source: New York Times September 23, 2004)
75% of the American people believe we should either not build a
missile system at all, or that we should not build a missile defense
system until enough research has been completed to build system that
has been proven to be effective. George W. Bush stands with the few
Americans who believe that a missile defense system should be built
now, even if it hasn't been shown to work. John Kerry stands with the
overwhelming majority of Americans who believe it's prudent to wait.
(Source: Program on International Policy Attitudes, "The Hall of
Mirrors," October 1, 2004)
United Press International asked intelligence chiefs in five European countries that participated in the intervention in Iraq for their opinion of the Bush strategy. They acknowledged that large areas of Iraq are out of control, and they agreed that Bush's strategy never could have worked. 5 out of 5 intelligence chiefs agree: the Bush administration didn't know what it was doing. (Source: United Press International September 15, 2004)
Thousands have died in Iraq as a consequence of George W. Bush's policy decision and indecision, and what does the Bush apparatus do about it? Criticize John Kerry for windsurfing! While they fiddle, Baghdad burns. (Source: Los Angeles Times September 23, 2004)
George W. Bush says that the finding of the National Intelligence Estimate is "just guessing," but that he knows things in Iraq are going well. The experts are guessing, but Bush knows what he knows? What arrogance. (Source: Associated Press September 22, 2004)
Since George W. Bush came to office and implemented his tax schemes, the corporations that have made the greatest gains in profit are actually paying less in taxes than they were before. What happened to the idea of corporations paying their fair share? It's gone out the window, along with so many other ideas of fairness and justice, in the past three years. (Source: New York Times September 23, 2004)
In September 2004, George W. Bush and the Congress put poor children's health at risk, threatening to remove $1 Billion in funding for grants to states children's health. Where would the money taken from child health programs go? Why, to faith-based programs. What sick priorities -- literally. (Source: USA Today September 24, 2004)
In a news conference with the man he appointed to be the head of
Iraq, Iyad Allawi, George W. Bush was asked, "Do you believe, given
the situation on the ground and Fallujah and other northern cities in
the Sunni triangle, that elections are possible in four months?" His
response: "I do, because the prime minister told me they are. He's
interested in moving this country forward. And you heard his
statement. And I believe him."
Bush should have learned from the entire debacle that got us
into the war in Iraq that you should never believe something because
someone tells you it is true. He should have learned that one should
especially not believe something because someone who has an interest
in telling you it is true tells you it is true. Especially when one
is president, the standard must be higher. Bush is a gullible man who
doesn't subscribe to a high standard of proof, which is another reason
for him to leave office as soon as possible. (Source: Associated
Press September 23, 2004)
Months after all claims of a link between the Osama Bin Laden's organization and Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime had been finally and conclusively debunked, Vice President Dick Cheney is still telling Americans that Bin Laden and Sadam Hussein in cohoots. For example, on September 9, 2004, Cheney told an audience in Cincinnati that Saddam Hussein "provided safe harbor and sanctuary as well for Al Qaida." On September 10, 2004, in Wisconsin, Cheney said, "the Al Qaida organization had a relationship with the Iraqis".
The September 11th Commission has long since proven that there is "no credible evidence" that Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq was working with Al Quaida. It's become clear that Dick Cheney is determined to keep lying to the American people as long as he has the opportunity to do so. The only way to stop Cheney's lies is to give him and George W. Bush both one big boot on Election Day. (Source: Bush Administration's Misstatement of the Day, U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, September 13, 2004)
Why boot Bush on Election Day in 2004? Under Bush's leadership, your share of the national debt has risen to 24,000 dollars. If you can afford to pay off that 24,000 dollars by Election Day, then all means vote for Bush. If you're like most Americans and do not have tens of thousands of dollars to spare, then the smart choice is to cast your vote to stop your debt from getting even bigger under a second term for Bush/Cheney. (Sources: U.S. Treasury Department and Census Bureau)
In a survey of members of the Bush Administration, only 32% were
able to correctly identify the position of the majority of Americans
on the subject of the International Criminal Court. The Bush
Administration is clearly out of touch. (Source: Program on
International Policy Attitudes, "The Hall of Mirrors," October 1,
Across America, pension plans are underfunded by 400 million dollars. What's George W. Bush's solution to this problem? He wants to cut Social Security benefits, of course! (Source: Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation)
In late September of 2004, George W. Bush told the American public
that nearly a hundred thousand "fully trained and equipped" police,
soldiers and security officers were active in Iraq, making the country
a safer place. But it turns out that the actual number of trained
police, soldiers and security officers in Iraq at that time was only a
paltry 22,700. What a shame that Americans cannot trust their
president to tell the simple truth. (Source: Reuters September 26,
Does Bush learn from his mistakes? In his first debate with John
Kerry on September 30 2004, George W. Bush refused to correct his
error, instead repeating it:
"Let me first tell you that the best way for Iraq to be safe
and secure is for Iraqi citizens to be trained to do the job. And
that's what we're doing. We've got 100,000 trained now."
It was wrong when he said it earlier in that week, and it was
wrong when he said it in the debate. We need a president who learns
from his mistakes. George W. Bush doesn't even seem to recognize
them. (Source: Transcript of John Kerry / George W. Bush Debate of
September 30, 2004)
Lest you think Mr. Bush simply misspoke, minutes later he repeated
"There are 100,000 troops trained, police, guard, special
units, border patrol. "
Bush didn't merely slip up: it appears he wrote a glaring
factual error, off by an entire order of magnitude, into his talking
points. Well, either he wrote it or his handlers wrote it. Which is
the worse possibility: that he knowingly rattled off and repeated
facts he knew weren't true (they call that a "lie" where I come from),
or that he rattled off talking points that he knew nothing about the
veracity of, prepared by a handler who knew they weren't true?
Neither possibility is heartening. (Source: Transcript of John Kerry /
George W. Bush Debate of September 30, 2004)
Well over a year since the invasion of Iraq, Only 9% of the police
force there has completed its basic course of training. How can we
hope to leave the country in better shape -- or even simply leave the
country -- when its security situation is in such tatters? Can't we
do better than this? (Source: Reuters September 26, 2004)
$232 million in funds has been set aside for the Iraqi electoral
commission to do its work. But with only four months to go until
George W. Bush says elections are to occur, only the commission has
actually received only $7 million to do its job. How many times do we
have to screw up in Iraq because we didn't take the time to prepare?
I'm sorry, I shouldn't say "we." I should say "George W. Bush," since
the buck stops there. While he takes off from Washington for weeks to
practice his debating style, prospects for democracy dim. (Source:
Reuters September 26, 2004)
According to the timeline for democratic elections in Iraq, by
early October 2004 voter registration materials were to be fully
distributed across the country. Yet by that time even lists of
eligible citizens to whom materials would be distributed were not
compiled. Policy execution that screams "democracy, schemocracy" is
no way to bring freedom to Iraq. (Source: Reuters September 26,
George W. Bush claimed in late September of 2004 that $9 billion
would be spent on reconstruction contracts in the short term. But
both Republican and Democratic experts say that even in a best-case
scenario, those funds would not be spent until the end of 2005. Is
George W. Bush lying to the American people, or does he simply have no
idea what he's talking about.? (Source: Reuters September 26,
A group called Americans United to Preserve Marriage is releasing a television advertisement in October that supports George W. Bush by calling John Kerry a "liberal". Of course, the word "liberal" means someone who supports freedom. If Americans United to Preserve Marriage denounces liberals, they're denouncing freedom as well. When he has anti-freedom groups like Americans United to Preserve Marriage supporting his campaign, Bush ought to distance himself from their efforts, but he's not. Thus, George W. Bush has declared himself the anti-freedom candidate as well. (Source: U.S. News and World Report, October 4, 2004)
In a survey of members of the Bush Administration, 59% were unable
to correctly identify the position of the majority of Americans
regarding the Kyoto protocal. How can the Bush Administration claim
to represent the American people when it is clearly clueless about us?
(Source: Program on International Policy Attitudes, "The Hall of
Mirrors," October 1, 2004)
Global warming won't just give you more of a chance to get a suntan. Global warming is draining energy out of the global economy. In 1999, for example, 40 billion dollars was lost to damage driven by global warming. George W. Bush is doing nothing about it. He prefers to confront issues like flag-burning, which is being done by precisely nobody. (Source: Amnesty Now, Fall 2004)
Eric B. writes in with this reason: "Even when Dubya was in his
thirties, you wouldn't want to let him drive a car home after a party.
Now we want him to run the country for another four years?"
That pro-Bush group, Americans United to Preserve Marriage, was actually founded in order to stop people from getting married. The group's name is just an elaborate ruse intended to sidestep the group's shadowy intentions. George W. Bush has willingly associated himself and his campaign with the group's dishonesty. (Source: U.S. News and World Report, October 4, 2004)
By September 2004, even Secretary of State Colin Powell was
admitting that the situation in Iraq was "getting worse." (Source:
Chicago Tribune Septmber 27, 2004)
George W. Bush says that this election is about "values". Okay, well the Democratic Party has identified six core values that center its efforts in government: Prosperity, National Security, Fairness, Opportunity, Community, and Accountability. What exactly is George W. Bush's problem with these values? He refuses to say. (Source: New Partnership for America's Future, Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives)
George W. Bush's own political party is so weak in Illinois that it was forced to find a candidate for U.S. Senate all the way over in Maryland. That candidate, Alan Keyes, called gays and lesbians "selfish hedonists". What he didn't tell anyone is that his own daughter is a lesbian herself, and works for his campaign. This kind of hypocrisy, with two sets of standards for one's own family and for everybody else is typical of the Republican Party, and George W. Bush is a part of the problem. (Source: Politics1.com, September 28, 2004)
In a survey of members of the Bush Administration, only 25% were
able to correctly identify the preferences of the majority of
Americans regarding the United States' involvement with the United
Nations in foreign policy determination. They just don't listen, do
they? (Source: Program on International Policy Attitudes, "The Hall
of Mirrors," October 1, 2004)
Who does George W. Bush count as among his allies in the media? Prime among them is Ann Coulter, who said of women this September, "We're not that bright." Calling women ditzes: Just one more part of Bush's vision for America. (Source: Media Matters, September 24, 2004)
What with the disaster of Iraq, and the fumbled disintegration of Afghanistan, we figured that even the Bush Administration would be unable to seriously consider starting any new wars. We were wrong.
Newsweek reports that the hardliners in the Bush Administration are regaining their power, and ordering the Pentagon to develop plans for invasions of Iran and Syria. Get out your map now, and look at what would be the result: American occupation of a huge stretch of hostile territory, from west to east going through Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. Who the heck said that Bush wasn't interested in building up an empire? (Source: Newsweek, October 4, 2004)
When it came to Bush's war of choice against Iraq, it wasn't just
the anti-war left that was warning him about the dire consequences of
a war. The expert National Intelligence Council warned Bush, two
months before he started that war, that a war against Iraq would
increase support for radical Islamic movements, would result in a
starkly divided Iraqi society, and would spawn a violent resistance.
Bush was warned, but he either paid no attention to these expert
warnings or actively chose not to abide by them. (Source: New York Times September 28, 2004)
For some time now, if an American has wanted to catch a glimpse of
George W. Bush, she or he has had to sign a political loyalty oath
first. Lately, Bush has added another requirement: to get within
shouting distance of Bush, you have to work for hours on his
campaign's phone bank first. What happened to the notion that a
president works for all of America's people, and not the other way
around? (Source: New York Times September 28, 2004)
2000: Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney is not Vice President of the
United States at this time. Halliburton ranks as the 22nd largest military
contractor for the United States government.
2003: Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney is now Vice President of the
United States, although he continues to accrue personal payments from
Halliburton. Thanks to the awarding of no-bid, no-competition
contracts to Halliburton from, hmmmm, the United States
government, Halliburton now ranks as the 7th largest military
contractor for the United States government.
Is there a connection here? (Source: New York Times September
In a survey of members of the Bush Administration, 71% chose
incorrectly when asked to identify the position of the majority of
Americans on United States involvement in United Nations peacekeeping
operations. How hard do you have to work to be so consistently
clueless? No wonder Mr. Bush looked tired at the debate; persistent
ignorance is hard work. (Source: Program on International Policy
Attitudes, "The Hall of Mirrors," October 1, 2004)
Suspicious coincidences: The Toshiba Corporation has received permission to put a big nuclear power plant right on the Yukon River in Alaska, next to a tiny village of just 700 people. Toshiba's lobbyist, Andrew Lundquist, was formerly the executive director of Vice President Dick Cheney's secret energy task force. That task force created a plan that would allow let corporations like Toshiba off the hook if nuclear power plants like the one that's being build on the Yukon River had meltdowns or other accidents that exposed Americans to deadly radiation. (Source: Sierra, September/October 2004)
In The President of Good and Evil, Peter Singer analyzes
the content of George W. Bush's speeches and finds that Bush refers to
"evil" more often as a noun than an adjective. In doing so, Bush
inappropriately lends separate reality to what he thinks is an entity
- Evil - that can therefore be vanquished. But if evil is really
something that characterizes what people do, then it is more difficult
to win a War on Evil, because evil is always a potential trait rather
than a concrete thing to be identified and eliminated. Bush is either
unwilling or unable to entertain the latter, more complicated
Since the end of World War II, our most steadfast allies in the
West have been the nations of Britain, France, and Germany. The
presidency of George W. Bush has resulted in a weakening of that vital
alliance. From the Summer of 2002 to March of 2004, the percentage of
individuals in Britain who view the United States favorably has
dropped by 17 percent, to only the barest of majorities. In France,
that number has dropped by 26 percent, and in Germany, that number has
dropped by 23 percent. Our vital alliances are in serious trouble,
thanks to the diplomatic disaster of the Bush administration.
(Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project March 16, 2004)
The decades-long alliance between the United States, Britain,
France and Germany is not only crumbling -- it is being replaced by a
new consensus that alliances should be located within Europe and not
as much between Europe and the United States. Between April of 2002
and March of 2004, support for the development of a distinctly
European foreign policy, independent of the interests of the United
States, has grown in Britain by 9 percent, in France by 15 percent,
and in Germany by 12 percent. In all three countries, support for
European centralism as a replacement for the European-American
alliance has grown to encompass a strong public majority. In the wake
of Bush's marginal behavior, the United States is being marginalized.
(Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project March 16, 2004)
Before George W. Bush went off to war without going to the trouble
of building an international consensus, it seemed as though the United
States and Turkey might be building a strong new alliance based on
mutual interests and the growth of openness. But in the wake of the
Iraq war 60 percent of those living Turkey, which is determined to
join the European Union, say that the emerging European political
force should take a more independent approach to security and
diplomacy, moving away from America-centered foreign policy. After
Bush turned his back on other nations, other nations are turning their
backs on us, to our long-term detriment. (Source: Pew Global Attitudes
Project March 16, 2004)
If the United States wants to succeed in its foreign policy aims
in the Middle East, the support both of European countries and
prominent Muslim countries in the area will be crucial. But the Bush
administration's conduct in the Middle East has had the effect of
weakening rather than strengthening these countries' support.
Majorities in France, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and
Morocco report the perception that the United States is engaging in
military action in order to control Mideast oil. Whether you believe
this to be the case or not (and indeed, only 18% of Americans do), it
is important to recognize that majorities (often large one) in nations
crucial to the American effort believe it is true. George W. Bush's
with-us-or-against-us diplomatic battle-axe does nothing to address
this growing problem. (Source: Pew Global Attitudes Project March 16,
When difficulties arise in the future, the United States will rely
on other nations to come to its side to work together for a positive
outcome. But other nations will only choose to work with the United
States if their people believe they can trust the United States in its
motivations and aims. In Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia,
Turkey, Pakistan, Jordan and Morocco, majorities report that as a
consequence of the US war in Iraq, they have less confidence that the
United States is trustworthy. When others lose faith in us, we lose
the ability to take effective foreign policy action. (Source: Pew
Global Attitudes Project March 16, 2004)
Approximately half of the Pentagon budget now goes to private corporations. There are tens of thousands of private corporations that get money from the military budget, but the top 50 of these corporate contractors get over half of the money. These top 50 corporate contractors are also the most likely to get military contracts without having to bother submitting bids against any competitors.
Now, which politician is the top recipient of donations from these top military contractors? That's right - it's George W. Bush.
If this corrupt system continues under George W. Bush, the American democracy may not survive. (Source: Outsourcing the Pentagon, Center for Public Integrity)
The Lone Star Iconoclast of Crawford, Texas, which endorsed George
W. Bush in 2000, this year endorses John Kerry for President. The
staff of the Iconoclast writes: "The publishers of The Iconoclast
endorsed Bush four years ago, based on the things he promised, not on
this smoke-screened agenda. Today, we are endorsing his opponent,
John Kerry, based not only on the things that Bush has delivered, but
also on the vision of a return to normality that Kerry says our
country needs." (Source: Lone Star Iconoclast September,
As American military reservists stand to lose health care
coverage, a bill winds its way through Congress to keep reservists
covered. Bush's Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, works to keep
that bill from getting passed. Then Rumsfeld has the gall to stand up
in public and say he supports the military. (Source: The American
Prospect September 28, 2004)
George W. Bush wouldn't make a useful witness in a criminal case
-- he has a history of making statements that turned out not to be
true. If he's not good enough to qualify as a reliable witness, how
can he be good enough to qualify as a reliable president?
In a survey of members of the Bush Administration, only 14% were
able to correctly identify the reaction of the majority of Americans
to the idea that United Nations operations ought to be funded through
taxes on oil and weapons sales. Isn't there somebody in the White
House whose job it is to keep everyone aware of these things?
(Source: Program on International Policy Attitudes, "The Hall of
Mirrors," October 1, 2004)
Under George W. Bush's guidance as party leader, are the
Republicans in Congress solving the balanced budget problem? No. Are
they working on improving health care access? No. Are they passing
initiatives to speed the development of renewable energy resources?
No, of course not! With Bush in the White House, the Republicans have
much more important things to do: they've declared the Oak the
With buffoons like this in Congress, we need someone to put
their feet to the fire and get them to actually do something useful.
Over-his-head-George isn't that guy. (Source: Associated Press
September 28, 2004)
How dirty are Bush's campaign donors? Among Bush's biggest donors are 30 corporate polluters whose dirty work accounts for 26 percent of all the sulfur dioxide released into America's air, water and soil. These dirty donors game Bush 6.6 million dollars to help with his re-election. They gave the money because they know that Bush won't even ask their corporations to clean up after themselves. (Source: Sierra, September/October 2004)
A group of three dozen child health experts has blasted the Bush
Administration, writing that "The Bush administration's policies are
moving us away from effective and longstanding federal commitments
that improved the health of children, commitments proudly initiated
and supported by previous Republican and Democratic presidents."
(Source: Reuters September 29, 2004)
George W. Bush said it! "It's important that we train Iraqi
troops. There are nearly 100,000 troops trained. The Afghan national
army is a part of the army. By the way -- it's the Afghan national
army that went into Najaf and did the work there."
Even ignoring the whole "nearly 100,000 troops trained" fib
(as we've noted before, the actual number is many times smaller), the
whole Afghan army in Iraq thing makes me slam my head against the
refrigerator and say "BWAH-HUH?" How can Americans stand to have such
an ill-informed twit as a President? (Source: George W. Bush Press
Conference, September 23, 2004)
Yes, how indeed can Americans stand to have such an ill-informed
twit as a President? Well, of course the answer to that question is
that not all of us can. A lot of us are Kerry supporters. But yes,
there are a fair number of Bush supporters out there, too. What
differentiates the Bush supporter and the Kerry supporter?
The Program on International Policy Attitudes at the School of
Public Affairs of the University of Maryland has been asking that
question, too. They conducted a research study with a representative
sample of Americans to find out. Their answer: Bush supporters don't
know what their own candidate's positions are.
That's right. On issue after issue, majorities of Bush
supporters get their own favorite candidate's policies wrong. Not
just kind of wrong, not just sort of wrong, but the really wrong,
wrong, dead wrong, opposite direction from right kind of wrong. For
instance, only 44% of Bush supporters were aware that Bush wants to
build an anti-missile system in the United States now (one that, by
the way, doesn't work). 51% of Bush supporters think that Bush
supports the Kyoto accord to combat global warming (he doesn't). 66%
of Bush supporters think Bush supports the existence of the
International Criminal Court (he doesn't). 69% of Bush supporters
think Bush supports U.S. participation in the Comprehensive Test Ban
Treaty (he doesn't). 72% of Bush supporters think Bush supports a ban
on land mines (he doesn't). A whopping 84% of Bush supporters think
Bush supports the inclusion of labor and environmental standards in
trade pacts (he doesn't).
Meanwhile, on issue after issue majorities of Kerry supporters
are able to correctly identify Kerry's positions on these same issues.
In short, large majorities of Bush supporters are either
willfully or passively ignorant about the world around them and
exactly how their candidate would deal with it. Kerry supporters, on
the other hand, seem to know what they and their candidate is talking
about. Doesn't it seem like a good idea to go with the people who
have a clue? (Source: Program on International Policy Attitudes
September 29, 2004)
While campaigning in 2000, George W. Bush argued against electing
Al Gore president: "The vice president seems to have forgotten who's
been in office
for seven years. This is the administration that's been in charge, and
the price of gasoline has gone steadily upward."
In 2004, the cost of gasoline in America reached record highs.
In September 2004 the price of crude oil broke $50/barrel for the
first time in history. If we take what Bush says seriously, it's time
for a new president. Well, if we don't take what Bush says seriously,
then it's time for a new president, too. (Source: Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2000)
Former Ambassador, Former White House staffer and former
Republican John Eisenhower has condemned the Bush Administration and
endorsed John Kerry for president in 2004. Eisenhower left the
Republican party after the Bush election because, in his words,
"today's 'Republican' Party is one with which I am totally unfamiliar.
To me, the word 'Republican' has always been synonymous with the word
'responsibility,' which has meant limiting our governmental
obligations to those we can afford in human and financial terms.
Today's whopping budget deficit of some $440 billion does not meet
"Responsibility used to be observed in foreign affairs. That
has meant respect for others. America, though recognized as the leader
of the community of nations, has always acted as a part of it, not as
a maverick separate from that community and at times insulting towards
it. Leadership involves setting a direction and building consensus,
not viewing other countries as practically devoid of significance.
Recent developments indicate that the current Republican Party
leadership has confused confident leadership with hubris and
"The Republicans used to be deeply concerned for the middle
class and small business. Today's Republican leadership, while not
solely accountable for the loss of American jobs, encourages it with
its tax code and heads us in the direction of a society of very rich
and very poor.
"Sen. Kerry, in whom I am willing to place my trust, has
demonstrated that he is courageous, sober, competent, and concerned
with fighting the dangers associated with the widening socio-economic
gap in this country. I will vote for him enthusiastically." (Source:
New Hampshire Union Leader September 28, 2004)
The Bush campaign loves to question John Kerry's war record, which
along with Bush's fancy for dressing up in uniforms makes Bush's war
record fair game for consideration. After not meeting his obligations
in the National Guard, George W. Bush hand-wrote a note of
resignation, which explained that he wanted to leave the Guard because
he had "inadequate time to fullfill possible future commitments."
Sounds a lot like Dick Cheney's explanation for his own lack of
service: he "had other priorities."
Look, if someone doesn't want to serve in the military, or if
they commit to serving in a safe branch of the military and fail to
meet their obligations, that's their business and I have no problem
with that. But if someone evades their obligations and then
tries to smear someone else who actually has shrapnel in their leg,
then you bet your boots it's an issue. (Source: Washington Post
September 30, 2004)
In September of 2001, George W. Bush said that nabbing Osama bin
Laden "is our Number 1 priority and we will not rest until we find
By March of 2002, Bush was saying things like "I don't know
where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not our
By September of 2004, Bush wasn't even saying the name "Osama
bin Laden" any more.
If you're president, you declare a Number 1 priority, and you
declare that you will not rest until that priority is met, you'd
better follow through. Otherwise, people just won't take what you say
seriously. (Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution September 30,
When George W. Bush said on September 25, 2002, "You can't
distinguish between al-Qaeda and Saddam," he really should have said,
"I can't distinguish between al-Qaeda and Saddam." (Source:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution September 30, 2004)
Author William Rivers Pitt describes George W. Bush as "anger combined with belligerent ignorance". That's a dangerous combination. (Source: Truthout, October 8, 2004)
On September 29, 2004, George W. Bush issued a new government rule
that suspends a decades-old practice of maintaining viable populations
of species in the national forests held in the public trust. Using
this rule change, Bush has opened the forests to resource extraction
by private corporations in a manner that irresponsibly puts our
nation's long-term biodiversity in danger. (Source: Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2004)
In September, 2004, George W. Bush told a screened audience
attending a campaign rally that "as a result of the United States
military, the Taliban no longer is in existence." Tell that to the
American soldiers fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. To Bush, facts
are slippery things. (Source: Seattle Times September 30,
The Bush Administration has ordered employees of the Environmental
Protection Agency to neither contact members of the press nor to
respond to questions from the press. It's a funny thing; I thought
that the United States government was supposed to be hospitable to the
people. I must have misheard that in civics class; the teacher must
have really said "hostile to the people." Either that, or something's
changed since my high school days. (Source: Public Employees for
Environmental Responsibility September 22, 2004)
John Galbraith, who served as a Republican in the Ohio General
Assembly for twenty years, has declared emphatically that he will not
vote for George W. Bush in November 2004. Why? For Galbraith, it is
simple: "He is incompetent. His behavior, his bad judgment, his
record, all demonstrate a failure as a president." (Source: The
Toledo Blade September 28, 2004)
Global climate change is ruining people's lives right now. The Inuit of the American arctic are struggling to make ends meet because of climate change. Siloah Atagoojuk, a woman who lives in her people's traditional territory above the Arctic Circle, comments, "There is a sickness in the animals. The flesh doesn't look good. You have to cook it extra. Even the caribou are not healthy, as fat. It's the same for marine animals." For the sake of the Inuit, let's give Bush the boot. Global warming is an important issue, even though Bush chooses to ignore it. (Source: Amnesty Now, Fall 2004)
George W. Bush's Republican elite makes corporate polluters so happy that the polluters hand out awards for those Republican politicians who do the most dirty work in protection of pollution. In 2004, one of these awards was given to Republican Senator James Inhofe. The ACSBPP, which has been found in the past to receive 80 percent of its funding from the pro-pollution National Association of Manufacturers, gave a special award to Senator Inhofe in reward for his work promoting their anti-environmental priorities. Inhofe has gotten much more from polluters than just a little award, however. By far, Inhofe's largest campaign contributors are from polluting companies in the oil, gas and electric industries. By keeping the company of the likes of Senator James Inhofe, George W. Bush proves that he's the Pro-pollution President. (Source: Sierra, September/October 2004)
From the September 30, 2004 debate:
Jim Lehrer: Mr. President, new question, two minutes.
Does the Iraq experience make it more likely or less likely that you
would take the United States into another pre-emptive military action?
George W. Bush: I would hope I never have to.
Understand how hard it is to commit troops. I never wanted to commit
troops. I never - when I was running - when we had the debate in 2000,
never dreamt I'd be doing that, but the enemy attacked us, Jim.
Problem: Saddam Hussein actually, um, didn't
attack us. (Source: Transcript of Kerry-Bush Debate of September 30,
The Bush administration says it supports the UN Convention
on torture. But we've learned not to pay attention to what the Bush
administration says. We watch instead what the Bush administration
does. The Bush administration is lining up behind a proposal
to deport people to nations that torture their captives. That act is
specifically prohibited by the UN Convention. (Source: New York Times
October 1, 2004)
In his debate, George W. Bush cheerfully chirped that in
Afghanistan more than 10 million people are registered to vote. What
he didn't cheerfully chime in was that the number of people registered
exceeds the size of the population eligible to vote. In other words,
the upcoming vote in Afghanistan is fraudulent. That's not a source
for chirpy cheer. (Source: New York Times October 1, 2004)
Boy, that Dubya sure is sure of himself, isn't he? Don't be so
sure. Think about it -- most of the cocky, theatrically confident
people we know aren't really assured and confident on the inside.
It's usually an act to mask insecurity, a ploy to keep others from
finding out how out of his or her league that person really is. Every
time Bush gets wound up, he's really screaming for help. The best
thing we can do for him and his fragile psyche is to lower
expectations for him by easing him out of the White House and onto the
talk show circuit where he can be much more comfortable.
AM station WROC in Rochester, New York found that there was an incredible untapped market for progressive ideas. So, they've replaced the Bill O'Reilly Show with the Al Franken Show. Because the progressive side of America is finally ready to be recognized, we think that the time has never been better to send Bush home for a long nap. (Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, September 17, 2004)
Pollution producing utility corporations love George W. Bush so much that ten utility corporate executives are serving as special high-level fundraisers for the Bush/Cheney re-election campaign. These fundraisers reward Bush's special protections for America's biggest polluters. (Source: Sierra, September/October 2004)
According to a brand-new New York Times investigation, members of the Bush Administration all the way up to Condoleeza Rice knew as early as 2001 that the government's own top nuclear experts had judged that aluminum tubes purchased by Saddam Hussein were NOT centrifuges for refining fissible materials, but parts of small artillery rockets.
If Condoleeza Rice did her job, Bush knew this too.
Yet members of the Bush administration continued to scream at the American public that they had "irrefutable evidence" that the tubes were for making nuclear bombs.
My stars! What hutzpah! I'd prefer a president without hutzpah for a few years, now. (Source: New York Times, October 3, 2004)
George W. Bush's bad example has been followed all over the world, as national leaders use the "war on terror" as an excuse to attack freedom. Chip Pitts, the Chair of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International of the United States of America, describes the problem as follows: "Overly broad U.S. anti-terrorism measures like the 'Patriot Act' have been widely imitated in other countries. Instead of relying on objective, fact-based criteria aimed at identifying and stopping actual terrorists, these measures allow officials to rely on subjective discretion that is all too easily abused against immigrants, refugees, vulnerable minorities and activists." (Source: Amnesty Now, Fall 2004)
Even though the US Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded that prairie dogs should be listed as a threatened species, and even though prairie dogs are essential to the survival of endangered species like the black footed ferret, the Bush Administration decided to allow the mass poisoning of prairie dogs living on five National Grasslands. If these public lands aren't allowed to have some semblance of a natural ecosystem, many species that make up America's natural heritage will go extinct. (Source: Associated Press, February 14, 2004)
When Natural History magazine asked the Bush and Kerry campaigns
to send them answers to ten questions related to science and the
environment, the Kerry campaign prepared and sent off answers to all
ten. The Bush campaign, on the other hand, declined to respond to the
magazine, instead telling the editors of Natural History to go look it
up in the papers themselves. That symbolizes the different approaches
to government-public relations of Bush and Kerry. While Kerry is
happy to oblige, providing information as needed, Bush refuses to
respond as often as possible, leaving it up to the public to scrape
together whatever information it can find from the margins. The
government is supposed to by of, by and for the people -- didn't Bush
hear Lincoln's words? Well, thank goodness we have Kerry as an
alternative. (Source: Natural History Magazine October 2004)
George W. Bush says that "when we make decisions, we want to make
sure we do so on sound science -- not what sounds good, but what is
real." But Bush didn't nominate a presidential science advisor for
his administration until six months into his first term. John Kerry
has publicly pledged, if he is elected, to get a presidential science
advisor quickly on the job. (Sources: White House Press Release June
25, 2001; Natural History Magazine October 2004)
John Kerry can handle moral thinking in the gray areas between
black and white. While he supports stem cell research, he is also
aware of the hazards of establishing a precedent of creating human
blastocysts strictly for purposes of research. As a solution, Kerry
supports using the human blastocysts already created and discarded
after fertility treatments for research, leaving the door open for
innovative new treatments that would allow subsequent treatment of
patients using material cloned from their own bodies.
Can you imagine George W. Bush coming up with such a carefully
nuanced policy? No, I didn't think so. This is just one more reason
that a Kerry presidency would be better for America than four more
years of Bush. (Source: Natural History Magazine October
George W. Bush's space policy is focused on the whiz-bang
entertainment value of putting people into space, on the Moon, and on
Mars. John Kerry's space policy is focused on increasing science
funding so that we can learn more about space in an efficient manner
that will lead not only to an increase in accumulated basic knowledge,
but the possibility of realistic economic application as well.
(Source: Natural History Magazine October 2004)
When George W. Bush talks about the national parks, he refers to
them as a resource owned by the American people. When John Kerry
talks about the national parks, he refers to them as a "heritage to be
preserved and enjoyed by future generations." Resource or heritage?
This November, it's your decision. (Source: Natural History Magazine
George W. Bush's solution to the problem of decreasing
biodiversity is to increasingly log old-growth forests, under the
theory that animals get burned by wildfires, so it's best to take away
the trees that burn. John Kerry's solution to the problem of
decreasing biodiversity is to protect old-growth forests on
publicly-owned lands and allow natural ecosystems to thrive on their
own terms. Do we have to destroy the habitat to preserve it? This
November, it's your decision. (Source: Natural History Magazine
John Kerry has pledged to "ensure funding and resources for
America's science museums." George W. Bush has remained curiously
silent on the subject. (Source: Natural History Magazine October
How about Republican mobs threatening to lynch activists who dare to challenge George W. Bush's version of the truth? Such mobs are starting to form all across America, in a last-ditch desperate attempt to win the presidential election through physical intimidation. One incident occurred at an event held by progressive activist Michael Moore in Syracuse, New York. An angry mob of 30 Republicans arrived on the scene, carrying a display that threatened to take Michael Moore, put a noose around his neck and hang him in revenge for Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9-11, which describes the Bush Administration's disastrous record of foreign policy blunders. The mob justified the threat by calling Moore a "traitor".
You don't find mobs of Democrats threatening to kill Bush. No, Democrats only ask their fellow citizens to vote John Kerry. The difference between Bush's supporters and John Kerry's supporters comes down to this: Republican mob violence vs. Democratic nonviolent activism. The choice between the two parties has never been more clear. (Source: Syracuse Post-Standard, September 23, 2004)
George W. Bush's presidency has filled Americans with a feeling of dread. For example, congressional representative Chaka Fatah says, "There are clouds, dark clouds, that have gathered over our nation." There's a storm brewing, and it's got a lot of Americans very frightened. We need a leader who inspires us to hope, not a leader who spawns talk of dark omens. (Source: The Crisis, September/October 2004)
One aspect of trade policy goes unaddressed under George W. Bush: The problem of invasive nonnative species. These species often move across borders as unintended hitchhikers in cargo holds and travellers' suit cases. A report from Cornell University estimates that these nonnative species are resulting in 137 billion dollars in expenses that must be taken out of the federal budget every year. That's more than the cost per year of the Iraq war. Yet Bush is doing nothing to stop the damage. (Source: National Wildlife (October/November 2004)
Republican party officials report that their strategy for George
W. Bush to win his debates with John Kerry is to stop talking about
details of how foreign policy is being implemented and instead to
speak in terms of principles that drive foreign policy. Let's
rephrase that: In order for Bush to win a debate with Kerry on foreign
policy, the Republican Party believes that it will be necessary to
stop talking about the nitty-gritty of how things actually work
in the world and instead only talk about how things ideally
should work. That's the problem with Bush's foreign
policy in the first place. (Source: Washington Post October 3,
During the Bush-Kerry debate of September 30, 2004, George W. Bush
repeatedly asserted that Americans need to speak with one voice in
support of his war policy in Iraq, because "mixed messages" will
"embolden the enemy."
Hmmm. When do "mixed messages" occur? When people express
and advocate for different ideas about what to do in a situation.
Isn't that democracy? And when people speak with one voice, isn't
that called dictatorship? (Source: Transcript of Bush-Kerry Debate of
September 30, 2004)
We don't have room for them all here, because we're just plain overwhelmed with the number of reasons to boot Bush that are out there, but we do take note that the Sierra Club has compiled its own list of more than 300 crimes against nature in the record of the Bush Administration. Surely, that list in itself merits one reason on our own list. (Source: Sierra, September/October, 2004)
George W. Bush and his Republican followers make the mistake of thinking that if a policy is not simplistic, it is weak. Thus, because John Kerry proposes a more multi-dimensional approach to national security, not just relying on preemptive wars, Bush says that Kerry is weak on security. In fact, John Kerry has a multi-pronged approach to national security that is stronger than Bush's approach. As Kerry's advisor, Phil Singer, put it, "If George Bush thinks John Kerry's plans to strengthen the military, build alliances, and implement the 9/11 Commission's intelligence reforms will make the world a more dangerous place, he's even more detached from reality than he demonstrated at the debate the other night." (Reuters, October 4, 2004)
In his first debate with Senator John Kerry, George W. Bush insisted that his wars have been justified and well-planned, and promised to do more of what he's done in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bush justified his sacrifice of over over one thousand American lives by saying, that the government must follow his approach to war, "to use every asset at our disposal". For referring to soldiers as assets that he is free to dispose of, George W. Bush ought to be impeached, and sentenced to one month of house arrest in the homes of the families of the soldiers who have died as assets at his disposal. (Source: New York Times, October 1, 2004)
George W. Bush is busy trying to pass an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America that would forbid loving couples with years of dedication under their belts from getting married. Yet, at the same time, Bush has no problem when people like Britney Spears tells everyone that she's married, and asks for all the legal privileges of getting married, but never bothers to file a marriage license. For yet another instance of blatantly silly hypocrisy about marriage, George W. Bush ought to be given an early retirement so that he has the chance to spend more time with his own wife. Maybe that will remind him what marriage is really all about. (Source: Syracuse Post-Standard, September 23, 2004)
Some Republicans just won't listen to the truth unless it comes from a handsome face. Okay, then - for those Republicans, we offer the following reason, Nick Clooney, Democratic candidate for Congress in Kentucky and father of actor George Clooney, says the following about George W. Bush's bogus claims about Iraq: "There was no imminent threat of war from Iraq. It did not exist." Clooney doesn't believe that Bush was right to invade Iraq. "There has to be imminent threat before we can really justify sending our kids into a position where they have targets on their backs," he says. Oh, what a radical! Oh, but Clooney's good-looking, so maybe Republican voters will listen to him in spite of what Fox News tells them to do. We're crossing our fingers. (Source: The Kentucky Post, September 30, 2004)
How far wacked out is George W. Bush? The autocratic,
seize-assets, cancel-elections, prosecute-opponents,
authoritarian-rightist Vladimir Putin is signing the Kyoto Protocol to
combat global warming. George W. Bush stands on the conservative side
of Vladimir Putin. Now that's scary. (Source: Christian
Science Monitor October 3, 2004)
The Bush administration's chief of cybersecurity has quit as a
result of frustration that he was not given enough authority to enact
effective reforms that would improve computer security. Yeah, that
seems like a little thing, but remember it when you've deleted your
147th spam of the day and tech support says they'll have to wipe your
hard drive clean...again. (Source: Associated Press October 1,
Randy Waite, who works in the Bush Adminisration's Environmental Protection Agency, sent an email to representatives of the meat industry, "We need to start getting across the idea that farms are going to continue to be vulnerable to citizen suits and this data will go a long way in helping us, in partnership, to find solutions to some of those issues, making them less vulnerable in the long run." What in the world is a person in the EPA, which is supposed to help protect citizens from pollution produced by industry, doing collaborating with industry representatives in order to suppress lawsuits by citizens who have been harmed by pollution? George W. Bush has encouraged government representatives like Randy Waite to defend big corporations against the American people, and that decision is putting American lives at risk. (Source: Chicago Tribune, May 16, 2004)
According to an October 2004 poll, most Canadians would vote for
Kerry if they had the chance. Of course, they legally don't get to
vote for either Kerry or Bush, but still, the Canadians are such a
nice, thoughtful bunch, aren't they? Perhaps it's time we followed
their lead. (Source: Canadian Press October 3, 2004)
George W. Bush says that John Kerry's critical examination of the path that led America to rush to war is "dangerous for world peace". As an alternative for protecting world peace, Bush proposes "to constantly stay on the offensive" in a state of perpetual war. (Sources: Transcript of the first debate between John Kerry and George W. Bush; Reuters, October 4, 2004)
Republican Candace Miller has been found culpable in a scandal of
trading favors for votes. What do we call her for this? Head of
George W. Bush's campaign in Michigan. (Source: Associated Press
October 4, 2004)
George W. Bush kept returning to this justification for war
against Iraq in his debate with John Kerry on September 30, 2004:
Saddam Hussein refused to disclose and disarm himself of weapons of
mass destruction. The problem, as everybody but George W. Bush
himself seems to be aware, is that the weapons of mass destruction
were not there. Exactly how was Saddam Hussein supposed to disclose
the existence of and disarm himself of items that did not exist? This
is a logical conundrum that Mr. Bush has evidently not yet recognized.
When will Bush get a clue? (Source: Transcript of Bush-Kerry Debate
of September 30, 2004)
While George W. Bush spent his time in the debate of September 30,
2004 insisting that everything was proceeding apace in Iraq, news
organizations learned of 34 children killed in a bombing in Baghdad.
The children were not in school because the schools had been closed.
The schools had been closed due to bombings.
How long will it take for George W. Bush to admit the existence of a
problem? (Source: Associated Press October 4, 2004)
More than 1/3 of lakes in the United States and almost 1/4 of rivers within American borders are covered by special advisories for contamination with mercury, dioxins, PCBs, and other industrial poisons, making the fish that live in these bodies of water extremely dangerous to eat. George W. Bush has responded by coming up with a plan to make it easier for big corporations to pollute America's waters. For cutting Americans off from the simple pleasure of eating a freshly caught fish, George W. Bush ought to be sentenced to five years of eating nothing but catfish caught in the lower Mississippi River. (Source: Discover, November 2004)
The Bush/Cheney campaign has been relying on the dissemination of fake news stories through conservative journalists. In just the latest example of this problem, Fox News was caught making up a story about presidential candidate John Kerry. In the hours after Kerry's triumph over George W. Bush in the first debate of the season, the Fox News political team was pretty angry, so their chief political correspondent, Carl Cameron, wrote a story criticizing Kerry.
Cameron's story was about how John Kerry had declared himself a "metrosexual" and fawned over his own manicure. The only problem with the story is that it was completely false, having come from nowhere but Cameron's own mind. In short, Fox News made it all up, and then told its viewers that it was very true.
Making up "news" stories is bad enough, but what's particularly despicable is the form that Fox News's deception took. Because the Fox News political team could not find any substance upon which to criticize John Kerry, they chose to appeal to one of Americans' worst prejudices: Anti-gay bigotry.
Carl Cameron's article was an underhanded attempt to suggest that John Kerry is gay. You see, Fox News reporters know that their audience is not culturally informed enough to realize that metrosexuals are for the most part very heterosexual. That, and the references to John Kerry's supposed manicure, were supposed to make Kerry look like the Republican's worst nightmare: A powerful poof.
For allying themselves with hack reporters who manage to lie and gay-bash at the same time, we say that it's time to restore a truly fair and balanced government, without Bush at its head. (Source: New York Times, October 3, 2004)
Instead of making Americans safe, George W. Bush's attacks on America's constitutional freedoms actually make America less secure. Chip Pitts of Amnesty International refers to this problem of a counteractive police state, saying that Bush's security policies "reverse the presumption of innocence and, by relying on stereotypes instead of genuine security threats, deliver only feel-good measures that threaten rather than enhance real security." We'll vote for a renewal of American freedom because we're more inclined to trust Amnesty International than Mr. Bush. (Source: Amnesty Now, Fall 2004)
The eruption of Mount St. Helens reminds us how it was back in the 1980s, with the American government developing vast new arsenals of nuclear weapons in order to defeat a supposedly "evil" enemy. Things got a lot better in the 1990s, but it occurs to us that George W. Bush has spent every minute of his time in the White House trying to bring the bad days of the 1980s back.
In his first debate with Senator John Kerry, George W. Bush spent a lot of time trying to convince Americans that his "coalition" for the occupation of Iraq is diverse. He used the example of Poland's small contribution of troops to the occupation force. Actually, Poland has announced that it will be pulling out of Iraq before long. So much for diversity. Bush apparently can't keep his coalition together. (Source: CNN, October 4, 2004)
The Bush family has a long history of using its power in government to dole out taxpayers' money to its friends and campaign donors. For example, down in Florida, George's brother Governor Jeb Bush spent more than 300 million dollars in public money to get a project in his state. So far, the people of Florida have not seen a single penny in benefit from the project, but Bush family friends and Republican campaign donors are reaping huge rewards for their political loyalty.
For example, Timothy R. Eller's company, Centex Corporation, was chosen to develop land in association with the project. This year, Eller wrote a 25,000 dollar check to the Republican National Committee. Coincidence?
Daniel Catalfumo heads up the Catalfumo Construction and Development company. He wrote an thousand-dollar check to the Bush-Cheney campaign, and some months later, his company was awarded 850,000 dollars in work on the new project. C. David Brown, a prominent Republican fundraiser, got 170,000 dollars for his law firm.
The list of friends and allies of the Bush family who have benefitted financially from the deal goes on and on. Some people call this kind of thing corruption. The Bush family says that the deal is purely legal and ethical. It doesn't look that way to us. (Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel, October 3, 2004)
Annenberg Political Fact Check has called Republicans associated with the Bush/Cheney campaign to task for using one anti-Kerry advertisement that they call "remarkable for its fearsome钄祄agery, somber background music钄璶d the voice-of-doom manner". The ad threatens America with terrible catastrophes if Bush is not re-elected. America needs a leader who doesn't need to spook people into compliance, and who will stop his supporters from stooping to bringing their fear-mongering to Americans' television sets. (Source: Annenberg Political Fact Check, September 28, 2004)
When the NAACP asked George W. Bush and John Kerry if they would increase the minimum wage by one dollar and fifty cents over the next year, George W. Bush refused to give them a direct response that made his position clear. John Kerry was clear. John Kerry told the NAACP that yes, he would be happy to raise the minimum wage by one dollar and fifty cents. (Source: The Crisis, September/October 2004)
Of course, Americans should vote as they see fit. But it is
instructive to note how citizens of other nations around the world
would vote if they had the choice. Of thirty-three nations surveyed
recently, in only one nation did a majority of citizens say they
wished for Bush to be re-elected, and in only two other nations were
there more citizens who said they wanted Bush to be re-elected than
citizens who said they wanted Kerry to be elected. In thirty
countries, more citizens wanted Kerry to be elected president, and the
margin of Kerry's favor was, on average, a staggering 26%. (Source:
Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8, 2004)
Now, it could be the the previous result came from only surveying
treacherous nations of evildoers. So let's look at the United States'
traditional allies. Even among the United States' traditional allies
(Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway,
Spain, and the United Kingdom), citizens from nation to nation
uniformly supported Kerry by margins of 20% to 67%. We can succumb to
xenophobia and dismiss this wave of judgment as coming from useless
outsiders, or we can listen to what they're trying to tell us.
(Source: Program on International Policy Attitudes September 8,
Let's try to be most favorable to Bush and move from those nations
whose old alliances with America Bush has undermined to a
consideration of Bush's "New Europe," the small Eastern European
nations with whom Bush has tried to forge new alliances. Surveys were
taken in three such nations: Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic.
In only one, Poland, was Bush preferred over Kerry -- and only by a 5%
margin. In the other two nations, Kerry was preferred by margins of
24% (in the Czech Republic) and 48% (in Sweden). Bush has globally
lost the hearts and minds of even the few nations he's reached out
towards. (Source: Program on International Policy Attitudes September
George W. Bush is clearly struggling to come up with some kind of statement that will erase the memory of his own scowls and blinking stammers from the minds of voters. Bush's latest attempt: To claim that John Kerry has no plan for the war in Iraq.
"He has no plan," Bush told a crowd of his supporters on October 4, 2004. Then Bush went on to criticize one part of Kerry's plan for dealing with Iraq, asking for help from the international community, saying that, "I can imagine him walking in to the leaders of the world saying, 'We need your help."
Next, Bush complained about another part of Kerry's plan, making the strange claim that, "A summit won't solve the problem."
So then, here's a quick summary of Bush's perception of John Kerry's plan for Iraq:
1. John Kerry doesn't have a plan for dealing with Iraq.
2. Part of John Kerry's plan for dealing with Iraq is to work with other world leaders to bring more support into Iraq, but that's a bad idea.
3. Another part of John Kerry's plan for dealing with Iraq is to hold a summit with world and regional leader, but that's a bad idea too.
4. The Bush plan of not asking for help, while allies pull their troops out and leave the Americans holding the bag in Iraq, is a much better than John Kerry's plan for dealing with Iraq.
5. John Kerry doesn't have a plan for dealing with Iraq.
The really important question is this: If George W. Bush wins the election, does anyone in his administration have a plan for re-introducing him to reality?
We say boot Bush because actually, there is no such plan. (Source: Reuters, October 4, 2004)
As Chipp Pitts of Amnesty International USA says, George W. Bush's attacks on civil liberties are based upon flawed reasoning - the same kind of flawed reasoning that was behind the Red Scare and McCarthyism. We don't want to go back to that period in American history, thank you. (Source: Amnesty Now, Fall 2004)
Under Bush's leadership, unemployment among African-Americans has increased 30 percent. That's six times the rate of increased unemployment among European-Americans. This is just one more piece of evidence that racial inequality is on the increase in Bush's America. (Source: The Crisis, September/October 2004)
In yet another example of the increasing reliance of the Republican right wing on threats of violence, evangelist Jimmy Swaggart sought to rally the fundamentalist troops to George W. Bush's defense by saying, "I've never seen a man in my life that I wanted to marry, and I'm going to be blunt and plain. If one ever looks at me like that, I'm gonna kill him and tell God he died."
Some of our readers may remember that Reverend Jimmy Swaggart is the man who in the 1980s preached against immorality on television, but tried to convince a prostitute to let him have sex with her underage daughter during his time away from the pulpit. (Source: Newsweek, October 4, 2004)
George W. Bush should have learned with that "bring 'em on"
remark. But no, he's shooting his mouth off again. In August 2004,
Bush bragged about his untested nuclear missile defense system: "We
say to those tyrants who believe they can blackmail America and the
free world: You fire; we're going to shoot it down." Gee, thanks for
the invitation, George. (Source: Associated Press October 4
When it comes to John Kerry's plan to enable affordable health care to all Americans, George W. Bush will say anything to get in the way of progress and compassion. Bush insists that Kerry's plan would put "big government in charge" of Americans' health care decisions. In fact, according to Annenberg Political Fact Check, "Bush's claim turns out to be based on opinions from two conservative advocates whose predictions aren't supported by钑乪utral experts." (Source: Annenberg Political Fact Check, October 4, 2004)
In his debate with John Kerry on September 30 2004, George W. Bush
said of his job as president that "It's tough. It's hard work. It's
incredibly hard." Well, excuse me, but duh. He should have known
that when he ran for the job the first time. So what does he expect,
a pity party? Suck it up, George, and do your job. (Source:
Transcript of Bush-Kerry debate of September 30, 2004)
While George W. Bush complained 22 times in the September 30, 2004
debate about what hard work the presidency is, John Kerry embraces it,
making him a strong alternative. Kerry says, "I welcome hard work. I
like hard work. I think hard work is a good thing." It's good that
Kerry likes hard work, because it's going to take years of hard work
to undo George W. Bush's mess. (Source: Washington Post October 5,
George W. Bush likes to refer to French president Jacques Chirac
as "the Jackass." That doesn't accomplish anything, and makes any
future attempt at cooperation that more difficult. (Source: New York
Post October 5, 2004)
For weeks at a time in 2003, George W. Bush refused to accept any
calls from the leadership of France. Who knows what could have been
accomplished? We'll never know, because Bush refused communication.
This is yet another example of Bush's personal petulance getting in
the way of American interests. (Source: New York Post October 5,
More than 150 professors of business from stalwarts institutions
such as the Harvard Business School, Massachussets Institute of
Technology, the Wharton School of Business and Duke University have
signed a letter excoriating George W. Bush's tax policy, arguing that
"economic policy has taken a very dangerous turn." (Source: New York
Times October 5, 2004)
In his first debate with Senator John Kerry, George W. Bush made a strange justification for the invasion and continuing occupation of Iraq. Bush said that the continued fighting in Iraq was necessary because "A free Iraq will help secure Israel."
Wha huh? Hold on a minute. Is George W. Bush saying that part of the justification for invading and occupying Iraq, and sacrificing a thousand American lives in the process, is to provide security for Israel? It sure sounds like it.
The people of Israel are mostly nice people, I'm sure, but I don't think that the majority of the American people believe that it's worth starting a war against a country that hasn't even attacked America is a worthwhile thing to do for the sake of Israel's security. Americans already pay huge amounts of money to fund Israel's army. Israel has its own nuclear weapons. Israel can take care of itself.
Besides, the government of Iraq was not doing anything against Israel that other Arab nations, like Syria and Saudi Arabia, were not doing. So what's next? Is the American military going to be sent to invade Syria and Saudi Arabia too?
Bush's wars are beginning to look more and more like some find of foolish attempt to revive the Holy Crusades of the Dark Ages. As for myself, I prefer to stay in modern times, in the light of progress and reason. (Source: New York Times, October 1, 2004)
In his first debate with Senator John Kerry, George W. Bush declared, "I just know how this world works." Well, oh great guru George, if you're so much of a hopping big expert on how the world works, then will you please explain to me how you could have been wrong about the weapons of mass destruction that you said were in Iraq, but now have admitted were not there at all? When is it that you knew how the world works, when you said the weapons were there, or now? Oh, I don't expect Bush to answer these questions. He still hasn't admitted that he made a mistake, after all. (Source: New York Times, October 1, 2004)
John Kerry made an important observation about the occupation of Iraq at his first debate against George W. Bush when he commented, "As I understand it we're building some 14 military bases there now. And some people say they've got a rather permanent concept to them."
When George W. Bush builds 14 permanent bases in Iraq, it creates the impression that he intends to transform Iraq into a colonial possession of the United States. Whether it's true or not, the impression is a danger to American lives in Iraq because it fuels Arab anger. (Source: New York Times, October 1, 2004)
Vote to Boot Bush for the Mom of Casey Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq and wants to know why.
She says, "His Sergeant said 'Sheehan, you don"t have to go,' cause my son was a mechanic. He was a Humvee mechanic. And Casey said, 'Where my chief goes, I go.' And he knew what had to be done. He died in his best friend"s arms in Iraq.
I imagined it would hurt if one of my kids was killed, but I never thought it would hurt this bad