BUSH: Rhetoric vs Reality (Something for everybody)

Rich Loco
BUSH: Rhetoric vs Reality (Something for everybody)
Mon Nov 17 02:41:30 2003

BUSH: Rhetoric vs Reality (Something for everybody)

Here are some things to keep in your little heads while we get ready to
send Chimpy packing back to his Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford
A chronology of Bush saying one thing then doing another
Bush Rhetoric
Bush touts the importance of veterans medical care at Walter Reed Army
Hospital [1/17/03] “Having been here and seeing the care that these
troops get is comforting for me and Laura. We are -- should and must
provide the best care for anybody who is willing to put their life in harm's
way.” – Bush, 1/17/03
Bush's visit came on the same day that the Administration announced it
is immediately cutting off access to its health care system
approximately 164,000 veterans [W. Post, 1/17/03].
Bush Rhetoric
Bush touts the need to adequately fund Medicare in Michigan [1/29/03]
“Within that budget I proposed last night is a substantial increase in
Medicare funding of $400 billion on top of what we already spend, over
the next 10 years. This is a commitment that America must make to our
seniors. A reformed and strengthened Medicare system, plus a healthy
dosage of Medicare spending in the budget, will make us say firmly, we
fulfilled our promise to the seniors of America.” – Bush, 1/29/03
Under Bush’s proposal, there should be a roughly $40 billion increase
in Medicare each year for a decade. However, Bush’s 2004 budget proposes
just $6 billion – 85% less than what would be needed to meet his goal.
Additionally, his budget would leave 67% of the total $400 billion
pledge to be spent after 2008. [Bush Budget, pg. 318]
Children’s Hospitals
Bush Rhetoric
“This is a hospital, but it's also - it's a place full of love. And I
was most touched by meeting the parents and the kids and the nurses and
the docs, all of whom are working hard to save lives. I want to thank
the moms who are here. Thank you very much for you hospitality…There's a
lot of talk about budgets right now, and I'm here to talk about the
budget. My job as the President is to submit a budget to the Congress and
to set priorities, and one of the priorities that we've talked about is
making sure the health care systems are funded.” – Egleston Children's
Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia 3/1/01
Bush’s first budget proposed cutting grants to children’s hospitals
like the one he visited by 15% ($34 million). His 2004 budget additionally
proposes to cut 30% ($86 million) out of grants to children’s
First Responders
Bush Rhetoric
“We're dealing with first-time responders to make sure they've got
what's needed to be able to respond. “ – Bush, 3/27/2002
Bush had been saying that he was proposing $3.5 billion in “new” money
for first responders. However, his budget tried to cut more than $1
billion out of existing grants to local police/fire departments to fund
this. Then, in August of 2002, Bush rejected $150 million for grants to
state and local first responders. Bush’s decision prompted the President
of the Firefighters Union to say, “President Bush, don't lionize our
fallen brothers in one breath, and then stab us in the back by
eliminating funding for our members to fight terrorism and stay safe.” The
President of the Virginia firefighters association said, “The president has
merely been using firefighters and their families for one big photo
Bush Rhetoric
“I said when I was running for President, I supported ethanol, and I
meant it. (Applause.) I support it now, because not only do I know it's
important for the ag sector of our economy, it's an important part of
making sure we become less reliant on foreign sources of energy.” – Bush
at South Dakota Ethanol Plant 4/24/02
According to the AP, Bush’s 2004 budget proposes to eliminate funding
for the bioenergy program that funds the Dakota Ethanol Plant he
visited. [4/22/02]
Even Start
Bush Rhetoric
Under the headline “Bush lauds Albuquerque woman for volunteerism” the
AP reported on Bush’s visit to New Mexico to tout Lucy Salazar, a
volunteer with the Even Start literacy program. “One of the things I try to
do when I go into communities is herald soldiers in the armies of
compassion, those souls who have heard the call to love a neighbor like
you'd like to be loved yourself, and have followed through on that call;
Lucy Salazar is a retired federal government worker. She teaches reading
skills to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children -- incredibly
important…And oftentimes, citizens such as her never get the praise they
deserve. Lucy, thank you for coming and representing thousands of people
like you.” - Bush, 4/29/02
According to the Associated Press, Bush proposed “to slash funding 20
percent for the Even Start program, which offers tutoring to
preschoolers and literacy and job training for their parents” – the very program
he was touting in New Mexico [2/4/02].
Bush Rhetoric
"Part of being a secure America is to encourage homeownership." He also
went on to talk about his experience meeting the residents saying, "You
know, today I went to the -- to some of the home -- met some of the
homeowners in this newly built homes and all you've got to do is shake
their hand and listen to their stories and watch the pride that they
exhibit when they show you the kitchen and the stairs...They showed me their
home. They didn't show me somebody else's home, they showed me their
home. And they are so proud to own their home and I want to thank them
for their hospitality, because it helps the American people really
understand what it means." – Bush, 6/17/02
According to AP, “President Bush's proposed 2004 budget for the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development, announced Monday, phases out
HOPE VI” the program Bush visited and touted in Atlanta. “Renee Glover,
executive director of the Atlanta Housing Authority said. ‘We didn't
anticipate that HOPE VI would be eliminated.’” [AP, 2/5/2003]
Port Security
Bush Rhetoric
“We're working hard to make sure your job is easier, that the port is
safer. The Customs Service is working with overseas ports and shippers
to improve its knowledge of container shipments, assessing risk so that
we have a better feel of who we ought to look at, what we ought to
worry about.” – Bush, 6/24/02]
The President’s 2003 and 2004 budget provides zero for port security
grants. The GOP Congress has provided only $250 million for port security
grants (35% less than authorized). Additionally, in August, the
President vetoed all $39 million for the Container Security Initiative which
he specifically touted.
Retirement Security
Bush Rhetoric
Bush in Madison “calls for worker pension protection “We've got to do
more to protect worker pensions.” – Bush, 8/7/02
Just four months after touting pension security, Bush’s Treasury
Department announced plans to propose new rules that “would allow employers
to resume converting traditional pension plans to new ‘cash balance’
plans that can lower benefits to long-serving workers. Such conversions
are highly controversial. Critics contend that they discriminate against
older workers in violation of federal law” [Washington Post, 12/10/02]
Bush Rhetoric
“Our workers are the most productive, the hardest working, the best
craftsmen in the world. And I'm here to thank all those who work hard to
make a living here in America.” – Bush, 9/2/02
Bush’s 2003 Budget proposed a 9% ($476 million) cut to job training
programs and a 2% ($8 million) cut to the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration. Similarly, his 2004 budget proposes a $60 million cut to
adult job training programs and a total elimination of the Youth
Opportunities Grants, which provide job training to younger workers.
Border Security
Bush Rhetoric
Bush touts border security with Canadian Prime Minister Chretien in
“A secure and efficient border is key to our economic security.” –
Bush, 9/9/02
While Bush did hold a photo-op to sign legislation promising more
INS/Border Patrol staff and facilities, his budget provided no additional
money for this. Additionally, in August, Bush vetoed $6.25M for promised
pay upgrades for Border Patrol agents. Additionally, he vetoed all $39
million for the Container Security Initiative. His 2004 Budget slashes
total total “Border and Transportation Security” by $284 million.
Fiscal Responsibility
Bush Rhetoric
“One of the ways we've got to make sure that we keep our economy strong
is to be wise about how we spend our money. If you overspend, it
creates a fundamental weakness in the foundation of economic growth. And so
I'm working with Congress to make sure they hear the message -- the
message of fiscal responsibility.” Bush, 9/16/02
Less than 6 months after this pronouncement, Bush proposed a budget
that would put the government more than $300 billion into deficit. As
National Journal noted on 2/12/02, Bush’s own 2004 budget tables show that
without Bush’s tax and budgetary proposals, the deficit deficit would
decline after 2006, but with Bush’s proposals the deficit would grow
Vocational/Technical Ed
Bush Rhetoric
“I want to thank the good folks here at Rochester Community and
Technical College for your hospitality…The most important issue -- the most
important issue for any governor in any state is to make sure every
single child in your state receives a quality education.” – Bush, [10/18/02]
Bush’s 2004 budget proposes to cut vocational and technical education
grants by 24% ($307 million). His budget also proposes to freeze funding
for pell grants for low income students.
Bush Rhetoric
“These men and women are still the best of America. They are prepared
for every mission we give them, and they are worthy of the standards set
for them by America's veterans. Our veterans from every era are the
finest of citizens. We owe them the life we know today. They command the
respect of the American people, and they have our everlasting
gratitude.” – Bush, 11/11/02
According to a letter sent to the President by the major veterans
groups, Bush’s 2003 budget “falls $1.5 billion short” of adequately funding
veterans care. [Independent Budget, 1/7/02].
The Disadvantaged
Bush Rhetoric
Bush talks about the importance of funding foodbanks at a DC Food Bank
“I hope people around this country realize that agencies such as this
food bank need money. They need our contributions. Contributions are
down. They shouldn't be down in a time of need. We shouldn't let the enemy
affect us to the point where we become less generous. Our spirit should
never be diminished by what happened on September the 11th, 2001. Quite
the contrary. We must stand squarely in the face of evil by doing some
good.” - Bush, 12/19/02
The 2003 and 2004 Bush budgets proposes to freeze the Congregate
Nutrition Program, which assists local soup kitchens and meals on wheels
programs. With inflation, this proposal would mean at least 36,000 seniors
would be cut from meals on wheels and congregate meals programs.
Currently, 139,000 seniors are already on waiting lists for home-meal
programs. His 2004 budget continues the freeze.
No Child Left Behind
Bush Rhetoric
Bush talks up the need for education funding at the one-year
anniversary of the No Child Left Behnid Act [1/8/03] “This administration is
committed to your effort. And with the support of Congress, we will
continue to work to provide the resources school need to fund the era of
reform.” – Bush, 1/8/03
The President’s 2003 budget – the first education budget after he
signed and touted the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) - proposed to cut NCLB
programs by $90 million overall, leaving these programs more than $7
billion short of what was authorized under the bill. Bush’s 2004 budget
for NCLB is just 1.9% above what he proposed in 2003 - $619 less than
needed to offset inflation.
Boys & Girls Clubs
Bush Rhetoric
Bush about the importance of the Boys and Girls Club of America
“I want to thank the Boys & Girls Clubs across the country…The Boys &
Girls Club have got a grand history of helping children understand the
future is bright for them, as well as any other child in America. Boys &
Girls Clubs have been safe havens. They're little beacons of light for
children who might not see light. And I want to thank them for their
service to the country. Part of the vision for America is that we have a
mosaic of all kinds of people providing love and comfort for people who
need help.” – Bush, 1/30/03
In his 2002 budget, Bush proposed eliminating all federal funding for
the Boys and Girls Club of America. IN his 2003 budget, he proposed
cutting the program by 15% (from $70 million down to $60 million).

Searched the web for Bush Iraq truths lies. Results 1 - 10 of about 28,000

Published on Monday, October 28, 2002 by CommonDreams.org
Bush's Lies and Simple Truths
Speech to antiwar rally, state Capitol steps, Austin, TX, October 26, 2002
by Robert Jensen

A few weeks ago Jim McDermott, a courageous congressman from Washington state, traveled to Baghdad in pursuit of peace and was sharply criticized, particularly for his comment that George Bush "might mislead" the American public to build support for an attack on Iraq. He got only one thing wrong -- the "might."

George Bush HAS misled the American public. He IS misleading the American public, and we can assume he WILL continue to mislead the public. In fact, the entire Bush administration has been misleading the public, sometimes by misdirection, sometimes by fudging the facts, and sometimes by straightforward, outright lies.

Remember when Donald Rumsfeld told a congressional committee that Iraq kicked out U.N. weapons inspectors in 1998? That's a lie. The head of the inspection team pulled the inspectors out after being informed that the Clinton administration was going to proceed with Operation Desert Fox, its illegal bombing of Iraq.

Fudged facts? Well, remember Rumsfeld's declaration that the U.S. had "bulletproof evidence" of a connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda? For a bulletproof story, there certainly are a lot of holes, including a report from Czech President Vaclav Havel that suggests there is no evidence, at least of the long-rumored meeting between one of the 9/11 hijackers and an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague.

Some lies are not lies, of course, but just "alternative interpretations." Take the so-called no-fly zones, in the north and south of Iraq, where U.S. and U.K. planes patrol the skies and bomb Iraqi targets at will. The U.S. claims these zones are authorized by U.N. Security Council resolutions. That the rest of the world disagrees and sees it as a violation of Iraqi sovereignty is of little concern to the U.S. Power means your alternative explanation can't be challenged.

Misdirection is helpful, too. Take Bush's assertion that if Iraq could "produce, buy, or steal an amount of highly enriched uranium a little larger than a single softball, it could have a nuclear weapon in less than a year." Yes, that's likely true, but it is the equivalent of saying, "If Iraq had a nuclear weapon, it would have a nuclear weapon." Creating the other components of a nuclear bomb would be relatively easy; the fissile material is the issue.

The question isn't whether Saddam Hussein is a nice guy or not; in case anyone isn't clear on that, he's not. The question is whether he is a real threat. Given that none of his neighbors feel threatened and are adamantly against war, that Iraq is far weaker than in 1991, and that all the world thinks renewed weapons inspection and diplomacy is the proper course, it leaves the Bush administration only a few choices for dealing with other countries (mainly threats and bribery, what one British journalist called "diplomatic kne

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