Do you remember what a big deal the George W. Bush campaign, and its extension, the mainstream media made over the awkward statement John Kerry made in 2004 “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.” Did that same so-called "Liberal Media" go to sleep and never awoken since then? Have you heard any of them asking how George W. Bush can expect anyone to take him seriously when they can't even figure out what he stands for?
What about all of these "flip-flops"
First, Bush is against campaign finance reform; then he's for it.
First, Bush is against a Homeland Security Department; then he's for
First, Bush is against a 9/11 commission; then he's for it.
First, Bush is against an Iraq WMD investigation; then he's for it.
First, Bush is against nation building; then he's for it.
First, Bush is against deficits; then he's for them.
First, Bush is for free trade; then he's for tariffs on steel; then he's
against them again.
First, Bush is against the U.S. taking a role in the Israeli Palestinian
conflict; then he pushes for a "road map" and a Palestinian State.
First, Bush is for states' rights to decide on gay marriage, then he's for
changing the Constitution to prevent states from having any say.
First, Bush first says he'll provide money for first responders (fire, police,
emergency), the budget he sent to Congress cut benefits, instead of increasing them.
First, Bush first says that 'help is on the way' to the military ... the budget he sent to Congress
cut benefits, instead of increasing them.
First, Bush says "The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden.
Then Bush says "I don't know where he is. I have no idea and I really don't care." But then, on Sept. 12, 2006 Bush says,"No matter how long it takes, America will find you, and we will bring you to justice."
First, Bush claims to be in favor of the environment and then secretly starts
drilling on Padre Island.
First, Bush said he would demand a U.N. Security Council vote on whether to
sanction military action against Iraq. Later Bush announced he would not
call for a vote
First, Bush said the "mission accomplished" banner was put up by the
sailors. Then Bush admitted it was his own advance team.
First, Bush was against increasing anti-terror budget, then he was for it.
First, Bush said the UN was irrelevant, then asked for the UN's help.
First, Bush was against releasing the oil reserves, then he was all for it.
First, Bush said the economy is strong, then he said the economy was in a soft patch.
First, Bush said he was for smaller government, then he created the largest government in history.
First, Bush said we only needed 50,000 troops to secure Iraq, then he sent 150,000.
First, Bush said he would not touch the Social Security trust fund, then he raided it.
First, Bush said he opposed the 9/11 commission, then he promoted it as though it was his own idea.
First, Bush said he was too busy to testify before the 9/11 comission, then he agreed to testify (provided Cheney could accompany him, they could testify off the record, and not under oath).
First, Bush said Al Qaida and Saddam were connected, then he said there were no links between the two, then acted as though they were connected.
First, Bush said we couldn't win the war on terror, then he said we could.
First, Bush said Clinton/Gore should have 'jawboned' OPEC into reducing prices, then did nothing as oil climbed to $70 / barrel.
First, Bush was against participation in NATO, then he was for it.
First, Bush is for a patients right to sue, then he argues against it.
First, Bush said no more money was needed for Iraq in 2004, then asked for 20 billion more.
First, Bush was for Chalabi and invited him to the State of the Union speech, then he had Chalabi's home raided.
First, Bush opposed extension of 9/11 commission, then he supported extension of 9/11 commission.
First, Bush says he supports diverting Great Lakes, then he opposes diverting Great Lakes.
First, Bush was for limits on carbon dioxide, now against limits on carbon dioxide.
First, Bush was for fingerprinting and photographing Mexicans who enter the US. Bush after meeting with Pres. Fox, then he's against it.
First, Bush first says the U.S. won't negotiate with North Korea. Now he will.
One of the Professors who had George Bush in his class at Harvard, Yoshi Tsurumi (who is now Professor of International Business, Baruch College, the City University of New York ) wrote about President Bush in March of 2004:
"At Harvard Business School, thirty years ago, George Bush was a student of mine. I still vividly remember him. In my class, he declared that "people are poor because they are lazy." He was opposed to labor unions, social security, environmental protection, Medicare, and public schools. To him, the antitrust watch dog, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Securities Exchange Commission were unnecessary hindrances to "free market competition." To him, Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal was "socialism."
Recently, President Bush's Federal Appeals Court nominee, California's Supreme Court Justice Janice Brown, repeated the same broadside at her Senate hearing. She knew that her pronouncement would please President Bush and Karl Rove and their Senators. President Bush and his brain, Karl Rove, are leading a radical revolution of destroying all the democratic political, social, judiciary, and economic institutions that both Democrats and moderate Republicans had built together since Roosevelt's New Deal." www.glocom.org/opinions/essays/20040301_tsurumi_president
George W. Bush claimed that as the governor of one of America's largest states he had been a "Reformer With Results" :
His friends, who own just about all of the important mainstream media outlets let him get away with his groundless claims, despite the facts, namely:
EDUCATION under George W. Bush:
Out of 50 states, TEXAS scored:
3rd from Last in High school completion. (2)
15th from Last in Teacher salaries when he became "Gov." (1)
13th from Last in Teacher salaries at beginning of 2nd term. (1)
From '89 to '99 average teacher salaries went DOWN 1.1%
(in constant $'s) !
Dead Last in Teacher salary plus benefits. (1)
SAT (combined math & verbal scores ) (13):
Score of 995 = 7th from Last in 1996
Score of 995 = 6th from Last in 1997
Score of 995 = 7th from Last in 1998
FAMILY VALUES under George W. Bush:
Out of 50 states, TEXAS rates:
Dead Last in # of poorest counties in country. (3)
2nd from Last in # of children living in poverty. (3)
2nd from Last in # of children without health insurance. (3)
Highest number of people stripped of Medicare benefits (10)
Dead Last in % of poor working parents without insurance. (3)
2nd from Last in % of population without health insurance. (3)
6th from Last in Child support collections (3)
5th from Last in Teen Birth Rate. (4)
3rd from Last in Hunger Rate.
3rd from Last in Per capita funding for public health. (4)
4th from Last in Delivery of social services. (4)
6th from Last in # Mothers receiving prenatal care. (9)
CULTURE under George W. Bush:
Out of 50 states, TEXAS rates:
3rd from Last in Quality of Life in Texas
(Spending for parks and recreation) (7)
3rd from Last in Spending for the arts. (7)
5th from Last in Public libraries and branches. (8)
3rd from Last in Affordable Housing (12)
7th from Last in Home ownership (2)
Dead Last (i.e. highest) homes insurance rates in the nation (11)
4th from Last in Spending for police protection(12)
3rd from Last in Quality of place to raise children. (9)
(was 22nd from Last BEFORE Bush!)
Teen drug use – down nationally, but up 30% in Texas. (5)
Teen smoking – down nationally, NOT in Texas (5)
Dead Last (i.e. highest) # of executions (per capita) (11)
Charlie Rangel is one of the U.S. House's most distinguished members, now serving his 17th term in the Harlem district where President Bill Clinton has set up his office.
ENVIRONMENT under George W. Bush:
Out of 50 states, TEXAS rates:
Dead Last in # of Smog days.
Dead Last in Pollution released by manufacturing plants. (6)
Dead Last in Pollution by industrial plants.
in violation of Clean Air Act. (6)
Dead Last in Greenhouse gas emissions. (6)
2nd from Last in Spending for the environment. (7)
3rd from Last in Spending for parks and recreation. (7)
5th from Last in Water Resources Protection.
Sources: (1) National Education Agency. (2) U.S. Department of Education Office
of Educational Research and Development. (3) U.S. Bureau of Census, Current Populations Trends. (4) U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services:
National Center for Health Statistics. (5) 1998 Texas School Survey of Substance:
Use Among Students: Grades 7-12, Texas.
Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. (6) U.S. EPA, Office of Pollution and Prevention . (7) Texas Observer. (8) Statistical Rankings by State. (9) Children's Rights Council. (10) Families USA (11) National Association of Insurance Commissioners (12) U.S. Bureau of Census, State Government Finances 1998 (13) College Examination Board
It's really strange the way so many citizens of "Conservative" states support Republicans who say they oppose government welfare, and support self-sufficiency and independence, have no idea how dependent their very own states are on "government welfare". Welfare assistance that is largely contributed to their states by the "Liberal" states that elect generous public servants like Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Ted Kennedy. See this very interesting chart on "Liberal" vs. "Welfare" states.
Many a great truth is said in jest, or as Jay Leno has said:
"Don't you think a man who has fried so many people
ought to be called "Colonel" rather than "Governor"?
Texas prisons may be so bad that "compassionate conservatism"
means executing people to spare them an even worse fate !
What IS a "Compassionate Conservative" anyway?
or is it somebody who "feels the pain" of the Super Rich
and can't stop crying about
the heavy tax burden they have to carry ?
How "bright" is Gov. George W. Bush ?
New study shows that Bush was in TOP 5%
of his classes at Harvard and Yale . . . alphabetically.
"In 1989 Bush told Roland Betts, his good friend and former Yale classmate: "You know I could run for governor, but I'm basically a media creation. I've never done anything. I've worked for my dad. I worked in the oil business. But that's not the kind of profile you have to have to get elected to public office."
Fortunate Son by Hatfield ( Page 95 . . .ch 4 . . .). Betts was also a partner in the Texas Rangers and in Spectrum 7, an energy company. ( pg. 289).