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1. It appears that the Bush Administration has consistently misled the American public about Iraq, most significantly regarding Saddam Hussein's possession of weapons of mass destruction and his ties to al Queda and Osama bin Laden. More recently, the failure of Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to address abuse of Iraqi detainees has generated international outrage, threatening to further destablize the region and prolong fighting.
2. The Bush Administration's regressive environmental policies have lowered cleanliness standards for our air and water while allowing utility companies (many of whom are Bush campaign contributors) to profit off of the weakened regulations. In 2002, the head of the EPA's Office of Regulatory Enforcement resigned, complaining that the agency was "fighting a White House that seems determined to weaken the rules we are trying to enforce." (CNN, Aug. 22, 2002)
The Bush Record on the Environment for 2004:
3. Bush is underfunding education. The President cut $200 million from his own No Child Left Behind Act, eliminating crucial educational programs for lower income children and cutting professional training for more than 20,000 teachers. Flawed from its very foundation, No Child Left Behind is based on then-Governor Bush's late-`90s "Texas Miracle,"-a program of standardized testing designed to increase pernormance and reduce dropout rates--now recognized as a scandalous failure.
4. The Bush Administration's Patriot Act threatens our constitutional rights and civil liberties. Passed by a post 9/11 Congress, the Patriot act expands the ability of law enforcement to conduct secret searches, and engage various norms of surveillance, including internet monitoring and wiretapping. It gives the FBI access to American citizens' highly personal medical, financial, mental health, and student records without notification or permission, and allows them to investigate individuals without probable cause of a crime. Finally, it permits non-citizens to be jailed based on mere suspicion and held indefinitely in six month increments without meaningful judicial review.
5. Bush's Tax Cuts only benefit the rich. Bush claimed that his tax cut would "reduce tax rates for everyone who pays income tax." He failed to mention that this "relief" program would put half of the tax cut's dividends into the hands of our nation's wealthiest 5%, while 8.1 million citizens in the bottom half of the income bracket receive approximately $300 a year. Reducing tax revenues while doubling the growth rate of federal spending has caused the federal budget deficit to balloon to a projected color=#0000ff$4 trillion over the next 10 years.
6. 3.3 million jobs (93,000 in August of 2003 alone) have been lost since Bush took office--more than the last 11 Presidents combined. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2001-August 2003) Bush is likely to be the first president since Herbert Hoover to show a color=#0000ffnet loss of jobs at the end of his first term. Meanwhile, huge corporations are paying fewer taxes than ever:
7. Bush is underfunding homeland security. While energetic in waging war abroad, the Bush administration has been oddly lethargic in fortifying our defenses at home. Domestic security agencies have been neglected. Police and firefighters have been denied essential resources, and muddled public strategy has only spread alarm and confusion.
THe sad part is I tend to lean right on most issues... I haven't seen a good repuplican since Reagan... NOR have I seen a good democrat.... can't remember since when.
What we really need is someone in office that had to WORK for a living and a congress that actually RePrEsEnTs the people...
Here are my ideas for congressional renorm...
1. No congressperson can have a salary that exceeds the median income level of the people in their state... if they want a raise... EARN it by helping everyone out.
2. Until such time as rampant healthcare costs are brought under control, Congress goes on AFLACK, and pays for it themselves... wanna represent the people, right?
3. Vote for all sessions, AND vote the way the people want... use web polls with SSN's as passwords, it's not about the congressperson's opinion, they are there to REPRESENT the people... make lobbyists go to the states and pay US off!
No matter which party you belong to, if dubya wins again, the party is over for the middle class... THey want 2 classes, rich and poor... if you are not now already rich, they do NOT want you to become rich... this is not the America we used to know... They want us in the middle class to be happy with 7 and 8 dollar an hour jobs with minimal or no benefits.
What we really need is a working class president. I am actually a big military technology supporter and really do NOT like kerry, but I was personally affected by Bush in a negative way and will do my part to preserve the middle class, and if that means I must vote democrat for the first time ever (yuck, but I HAVE to now)... then I will. I voted for his dad the first time, mostly out of respect for Reagan... but I register non-partisan, and at the rate things are going, we are going to turn over a polluted broke and corporate controlled country to our children that is hated the world over...
Bush only won because of FL. Unemployed people will be voting... he's on the way out... and if by hook or crook he gets back in... I can only pray for the future...