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How well did our president do: Looking back at the Bush administration

By Aldanatech ·
Well, President Bush?s first term is almost up and elections are just around the corner. This would be a good time for us to look back at how good our president did this term and decide whether or not we should re-elect him for a second term. To help us out on that, I cited a set of documents that focus on his actions starting from 2001 until recently for us to freely view, analyze, and comment on them at our heart?s content. Please note that when I refer to Bush, I mean either him or anyone from his administration. Also, each of the sites work correctly at the time of this posting, so please excuse me if either of them don't work when you check them. Along your opinion, we would appreciate a reasonable explanation for your argument. This is a very important decision so we all must be sure on who to vote for.

2-7-2001 CNN - Bush almost closes White House AIDS and race offices.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/stories/02/07/wh.aids/index.html

3-3-2001 Washington Post - Bush lies about his tax cut.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A16313-2001Mar2?Found=true

3-9-2001 CNN - Bush postures over North Korea.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/asiapcf/east/03/09/japan.asia.bush/index.html

3-13-2001 CNN - Bush reverses stance on CO2 emissions.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/03/13/power.plant.emissions/index.html

3-20-2001 CNN - Bush keeps the arsenic levels in drinking water high.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/HEALTH/03/20/epa.arsenic/index.html

3-20-2001 CNN - Bush signs ergonomics repeal.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/03/20/bush.ergonomics/index.html

3-22-2001 CNN - Bush ends ABA's role in selecting federal judges.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/LAW/03/22/bush.ABA/index.html

3-23-2001 Salon.com - Bush cuts programs for children in his budget.
http://dir.salon.com/mwt/feature/2001/03/23/child_cuts/index.html

3-29-2001 CNN - Bush pulls out of the Kyoto treaty.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/europe/italy/03/29/environment.kyoto/index.html

3-30-2001 Washington Post - Bush makes it easier for criminals to get federal contracts.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A18314-2001Mar30?Found=true

3-30-2001 Washington Post - Bush cuts police budget.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A20825-2001Mar31?Found=true

3-31-2001 Women's Enews - Bush closes White House Office for Women's Initiatives and Outreach.
http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/497/context/archive

4-4-2001 USA Today - Bush declares open season on the national parks.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2001-04-05-energydrilling.htm

4-6-2001 San Francisco Chronicle - Bush removes protections for marine wildlife.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/04/06/MN34753.DTL

4-13-2001 CNN - Bush donates cash to the gay-bashing Boy Scouts.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/04/13/bush.cheney.taxes/index.html

4-12-2001 Washington Post - Bush makes it harder to put species on the endangered list.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A7779-2001Apr11?Found=true

4-12-2001 Washington Post - Bush tries to cut birth control coverage for federal workers.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A7825-2001Apr11?Found=true

4-12-2001 Washington Post - Bush delays release of a report linking dioxin consumption to cancer.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A7743-2001Apr11?Found=true

4-26-2001 Salon.com - Bush makes a gaffe over Taiwan/China policy.
http://dir.salon.com/politics/feature/2001/04/26/china/index.html

4-25-2001 Washington Post - Bush kills the federal tobacco lawsuit.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A60155-2001Apr24?Found=true

4-21-2001 Washington Post - Bush obstructs funding for stem cell research.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A43857-2001Apr20?Found=true

4-17-2001 USA Today - Bush auctions the rights to offshore Florida oil drilling.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2001-04-17-jebenergy.htm

4-14-2001 Salon.com - Bush cuts funding to programs he's used as photo ops.
http://dir.salon.com/politics/feature/2001/04/14/boys/index.html

4-13-2001 Washington Post - Bush relaxes standards on appliance energy efficiency.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A16819-2001Apr13?Found=true

5-29-2001 CNN - Bush refuses to consider alleviating California's power woes with price caps.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/05/29/bush.california.04/index.html

5-17-2001 The NEPDG's report - Bush releases his energy plan.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/energy/

5-11-2001 CNN - Bush uses high gas prices to sell his tax cut.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/05/11/bush.conference/index.html

5-8-2001 Salon.com - Bush cuts funding to anti-nuclear proliferation programs.
http://dir.salon.com/politics/bushed/2001/05/08/bushed/index.html

5-8-2001 CNN - Bush tries to build more nuclear power plants.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/05/08/cheney.cnn/index.html

5-7-2001 White House briefing transcript - Bush refuses to ask Americans to conserve.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/briefings/20010507.html

5-3-2001 Washington Post - Bush's budget numbers don't add up.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A33769-2001May2?Found=true

5-1-2001 CNN - Bush returns the world to a Cold War-level arms race.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/05/01/missile.defense.02/index.html

6-8-2001 St. Petersburg Times - Bush keeps protesters at bay.
http://www.sptimes.com/News/060801/Opinion/Foul_call_at_Legends.shtml

6-8-2001 Washington Post - Bush accelerates missile defense plans.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A37473-2001Jun7?Found=true

6-7-2001 CNN - Bush signs his enormous tax cut.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/06/07/bush.taxes/

6-7-2001 Washington Post - Bush caves to steel industry's threat against retired workers.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A32756-2001Jun6?Found=true

6-22-2001 Salon.com - Bush uses the IRS and federal funds to send out a campaign letter.
http://dir.salon.com/politics/feature/2001/06/21/letter/index.html

6-20-2001 CNN - Bush seeks settlement for tobacco lawsuit.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/LAW/06/20/tobacco.settlement/index.html

6-15-2001 - Washington Post Bush denies Africans AIDS drugs through international aid agency.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A4784-2001Jun14?Found=true

7-27-2001 USA Today - Bush jails a journalist for not revealing her sources.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/july01/2001-07-27-ashcroft-journalists-usat.htm

7-26-2001 Washington Post - Bush officially rejects germ warfare treaty protocol.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A50299-2001Jul25?Found=true

7-24-2001 Washington Post - Bush isolates United States in denying support for Kyoto treaty.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A39341-2001Jul23?Found=true

7-19-2001 CNN - Bush refuses to turn over energy task force records.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/07/19/cheney.energy/index.html

8-28-2001 Washington Post - Bush skips an international conference on racism.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A5248-2001Aug27?Found=true

8-23-2001 CNN - Bush announces that the United States will withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/08/23/bush.defense/index.html

8-23-2001 Washington Post - Bush cooks budget numbers.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A48849-2001Aug22?Found=true

8-15-2001 Washington Post - Bush delays Medicaid reforms.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A11199-2001Aug14?Found=true

8-11-2001 Washington Post - Bush rejects request for review of Karl Rove's finances.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A61369-2001Aug10?Found=true

8-11-2001 Washington Post - Bush eases ethical restrictions on stem cells.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A61360-2001Aug10?Found=true

8-10-2001 Washington Post - Bush refuses to fund research on stem cells derived from new embryos.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A56170-2001Aug9?Found=true

8-9-2001 Washington Post - Bush eases rules on wetlands development.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A50798-2001Aug8?Found=true

8-8-2001 Washington Post - Bush eases Clinton rules on industrial pollution.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A44266-2001Aug7?Found=true

8-2-2001 Salon.com - Bush undermines House efforts to develop a bipartisan patients' bill of rights.
http://dir.salon.com/politics/feature/2001/08/02/ganske/index.html

9-24-2001 Washington Post - Bush tries to end arms sanctions.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A14035-2001Sep23?Found=true

9-17-2001 Washington Post - Bush looks to curb civil liberties.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A41055-2001Sep16?Found=true

10-26-2001 Washington Post - Bush signs the antiterrorism bill.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A59571-2001Oct26?Found=true

10-26-2001 Washington Post - Bush overturns mining regulations.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A53812-2001Oct25?Found=true

10-21-2001 Washington Post - Bush approves the assassination of Osama bin Laden.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A27452-2001Oct20?Found=true

10-19-2001 Washington Post - Bush lies to Congress about affect of oil drilling in ANWR on caribou.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A18216-2001Oct18?Found=true

11-29-2001 Washington Post - Bush allows pesticide experiments involving humans.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A31554-2001Nov28?Found=true

11-9-2001 Washington Post - Bush eliminates the basic right of attorney-client privilege.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A64663-2001Nov8?Found=true

11-7-2001 Washington Post - Bush closes office dedicated to protecting the Everglades.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A50628-2001Nov6?Found=true

11-7-2001 Washington Post - Bush forces terminally ill Oregonians to die painful deaths.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A49218-2001Nov6?Found=true

11-2-2001 CNN - Bush gives Microsoft a free pass.
http://edition.cnn.com/2001/BUSINESS/11/02/microsoft/index.html

11-2-2001 Washington Post - Bush overturns the 1978 Presidential Records Act.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A27293-2001Nov1?Found=true

12-22-2001 CNN - Bush defunds international organizations that provide abortions or abortion counseling to poor women.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/stories/01/22/roe.wade/index.html

12-28-2001 Washington Post - Bush makes it possible for criminals to get federal contracts.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A32785-2001Dec27?Found=true

12-19-2001 Chicago Sun-Times - Bush ends federal programs for women.
http://www.suntimes.com/output/richards/cst-edt-cindy19.html

12-14-2001 Washington Post - Bush invokes executive privilege over 30-year-old mobster case.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A40761-2001Dec13?Found=true

12-13-2001 CNN - Bush abandons ABM treaty.
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/12/13/rec.bush.abm/index.html

12-11-2001 Washington Post - Bush changes the rules for nuclear waste-storage facility.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A22799-2001Dec10?Found=true

1-30-2002 Washington Post - Bush invents the "axis of evil."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A59025-2002Jan30?Found=true

1-30-2002 CNN - Bush tries to limit Congressional probes of September 11 terrorist attacks.
http://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/01/29/inv.terror.probe/

1-15-2002 San Francisco Chronicle - Bush seeks to drill for oil off the California coast.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/01/15/MN194356.DTL

1-15-2002 UPI - Bush plans to store--rather than destroy--nuclear weapons slated for reduction.
http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=15012002-055537-4580r

1-15-2002 Washington Post - Bush relaxes environmental rules on wetlands development.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A45595-2002Jan14?Found=true

1-14-2002 Washington Post - Bush muzzles Fish and Wildlife objections to wetlands development rules.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A40646-2002Jan13?Found=true

1-12-2002 Washington Post - Bush puts a hold on U.N. family-planning funds.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A34163-2002Jan11?Found=true

3-30-2002 Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Bush rejects environmental review of drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0330-02.htm

3-22-2002 Washington Post - Bush attacks medical privacy.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A158-2002Mar21?Found=true

3-21-2002 Washington Post - Bush's Justice Department considers lifting civil rights decree against hotel chain.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A5**06-2002Mar20?Found=true

3-20-2002 Washington Post - Bush plans massive overhaul of regulatory system.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A53222-2002Mar19?Found=true

3-19-2002 Washington Post - Bush makes prescription drugs less safe for children.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A47229-2002Mar18?Found=true

3-15-2002 Washington Post - Bush lifts restrictions on aid to Colombia.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A29575-2002Mar14?Found=true

2-26-2002 CNN - Bush tells welfare mothers to find husbands.
http://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/02/26/welfare.reform/index.html

2-15-2002 CNN - Bush backs Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.
http://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/02/15/bush.nuclear.waste/index.html

2-15-2002 Washington Post - Bush releases his laughable global warming plan.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A12771-2002Feb14?Found=true

2-14-2002 Washington Post - Bush pursues drilling for oil off the coast of California.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A1178-2002Feb12?Found=true

6-14-2002 Washington Post -Bush refuses to enforce an important provision of the Clean Air Act.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A45379-2002Jun13?Found=true

6-13-2002 Time - Bush robs an American citizen of his constitutional rights.
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,262065,00.html

6-12-2002 Washington Post - Bush shields missile defense plans from congressional oversight.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A34643-2002Jun11?Found=true

6-12-2002 Washington Post - Bush refuses to issue proclamation for Gay Pride Month--again.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A34772-2002Jun11?Found=true

6-10-2002 Washington Post - Bush develops "strike first" military policy.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A22374-2002Jun9

6-7-2002 Associated Press - Bush won't halt oil drilling in California like he did in Florida.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2002/06/07/state2129EDT0163.DTL

5-28-2002 San Jose Mercury News - Bush pushes abstinence-only sex education.
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/opinion/3350446.htm?1c

5-24-2002 Washington Post - Bush signs ineffective nuclear arms treaty.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A3098-2002May24?Found=true

5-14-2002 Washington Post - Bush sells September 11 picture for Republican fundraiser.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A17321-2002May14?Found=true

5-6-2002 BBC - Bush expands the axis of evil.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/1971852.stm

4-30-2002 Washington Post - Bush tries to end student loan consolidation program.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A5069-2002Apr29?Found=true

4-26-2002 Washington Post - Bush lets mining companies dump waste into streams.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A51114-2002Apr25?Found=true

4-18-2002 Washington Post - Bush removes Democrats from bipartisan defense panels.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A4547-2002Apr17?Found=true

4-17-2002 Chicago Tribune - Bush endorses antidemocratic coup in Venezuela.
.Bush.Coup.htm">http://www.truthout.com/docs_02/04.1.Bush.Coup.htm

4-16-2002 USA Today - Bush considers eliminating requirements for testing children for lead.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2002/04/17/lead-testing.htm

4-5-2002 Washington Post - Bush proposes voluntary ergonomic rules for industry.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A1345-2002Apr5?Found=true

12-21-2002 BBC News - Bush blocks agreement that would provide cheap drugs to the world's poor.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2596751.stm

12-19-2002 Salon.com - Bush attacks reproductive rights at an international conference.
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2002/12/19/population/index_np.html

12-16-2002 Washington Post - Bush supports new methods for calculating tax burdens on the wealthy to garner public sympathy for them.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A59577-2002Dec15?Found=true

12-13-2002 Washington Post - Bush implements faith-based initiative without Congressional approval.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A47936-2002Dec12?Found=true

12-11-2002 Washington Post - Bush signals an increased willingness to use nuclear weapons.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A36819-2002Dec10?Found=true

11-30-2002 Washington Post - Bush cuts pay raises of federal workers and blames it on the terror war.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A55414-2002Nov29?Found=true

11-27-2002 CNN - Bush names Henry Kissinger to lead probe into the causes of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
http://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/11/27/intelligence.probe/index.html

11-25-2002 Daily Mirror - Bush undermines U.N. weapons inspectors as they begin their work in Iraq.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=12377231&method=full&siteid=50143

11-12-2002 Washington Post - Bush creates military database of information on every American.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/11/12/MN141903.DTL

11-12-2002 Mother Jones - Bush gives the military access to students' private records.
http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2002/11/ma_153_01.html

11-12-2002 Chicago Tribune - Bush reverses snowmobile ban in Yellowstone Park.
http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/4504099.htm

10-17-2002 New York Daily News - Bush opposes gun fingerprinting.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ideas_opinions/story/27543p-26182c.html

9-21-2002 Washington Post - Bush changes U.S. foreign policy strategy from deterrence to preemptive strikes and military dominance.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A43744-2002Sep20?Found=true

9-17-2002 Washington Post - Bush eliminates scientific advisory boards whose conclusions don't match his ideology.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A26554-2002Sep16?Found=true

8-14-2002 Washington Post - Bush holds ridiculous sham of an economic forum.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A14755-2002Aug13?Found=true

8-7-2002 Washington Post - Bush ignores judge's orders on U.S. citizen labeled an enemy combatant.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A50845-2002Aug6?Found=true

7-31-2002 CNN - Bush undermines corporate responsibility bill right after he signs it.
http://www.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/07/31/bush.leahy.corporate/index.html

7-23-2002 Washington Post - Bush refuses to fund United Nations Population Fund.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A46901-2002Jul22?Found=true

7-23-2002 Washington Post - Bush reverses all diplomatic progress made with Iran.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A47045-2002Jul22?Found=true

7-16-2002 Washington Post - Bush sabotages court cases against polluters.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A10027-2002Jul15?Found=true

7-4-2002 Washington Post - Bush lies twice about an stock sale made years ago.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A21953-2002Jul3?Found=true

7-1-2002 Washington Post - Bush aggressively pursues the death penalty.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A5450-2002Jun30?Found=true

1-3-2003 San Francisco Chronicle - Bush kills Labor Department report on mass layoffs.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/01/03/MN120712.DTL

1-3-2003 USA Today - Bush grants taxpayer funds to religious organizations to promote marriage.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-01-03-marriage-grant_x.htm

1-16-2003 Washington Post - Bush joins court fight against affirmative action.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A62055-2003Jan15?Found=true

1-15-2003 CNN - Bush declares "National Sanctity of Human Life Day."
http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/01/15/bush.abortion/index.html

1-7-2003 Washington Post - Bush proposes yet more tax cuts for the rich.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A22200-2003Jan7?Found=true

1-31-2003 Associated Press - Bush proposes changing labor laws.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-01-31-bush-labor_x.htm

2-4-2003 Washington Post - Bush cuts aid to the poor in his budget.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A21029-2003Feb3?Found=true

2-2-2003 Washington Post - Bush weakens "dolphin-safe tuna" regulations.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A8779-2003Jan31

2-16-2003 San Diego Union-Tribune - Bush cuts education for military dependents.
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/education/20030216-9999_1m16fedcuts.html

2-13-2003 BBC News - Bush proposes no aid for Afghanistan.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2759789.stm

2-8-2003 Washington Post - Bush proposes more restrictions on civil liberties.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A42267-2003Feb7?Found=true

2-26-2003 Detroit Free Press - Bush restricts family-planning programs from AIDS-prevention funds.
http://www.freep.com/voices/editorials/eaids26_20030226.htm

2-20-2003 Washington Post - Bush explores creating new nuclear weapons.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A32530-2003Feb19?Found=true

3-1-2003 Washington Post Bush opens Alaska forest to logging.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A18350-2003Feb28?Found=true

3-5-2003 Washington Post - Bush proposes pushing seniors into private insurance plans for a Medicare prescription drug benefit.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A42445-2003Mar4?Found=true

3-8-2003 Washington Post - Bush fakes evidence on Iraq.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A59403-2003Mar7?Found=true

3-11-2003 Washington Post - Bush discontinues budget report to states.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A7789-2003Mar10?Found=true

3-17-2003 Washington Post - Bush breaks his promise to call for a second United Nations resolution.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A32413-2003Mar16?Found=true

3-18-2003 Mother Jones - Bush undermines international treaty on tobacco.
http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2003/03/ma_284_01.html

3-21-2003 Washington Post - Bush invades Iraq.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A820-2003Mar20?Found=true

3-22-2003 ABC News - Bush requests secret bids for post-war aid contracts in Iraq.
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/World/iraq_rebuilding_contract030322.html

3-26-2003 Washington Post - Bush uses the war in Iraq to justify his tax cut.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A28376-2003Mar25?Found=true

4-25-2003 ABC News - Bush lies about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction to justify war.
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/nightline/US/globalshow_030425.html

4-30-2003 Newsweek - Bush suppresses September 11 report.
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3067907/

4-26-2003 Washington Post - Bush defends Senator Santorum after anti-gay remarks.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A39009-2003Apr25?Found=true

4-19-2003 Washington Post - Bush privatizes federal jobs.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A53294-2003Apr18?Found=true

5-30-2003 Washington Post - Bush blocks human rights cases from reaching U.S. courts.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A55921-2003May29

5-28-2003 CNN - Bush signs another huge tax cut.
http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/05/28/bush.taxes/index.html

5-28-2003 Mother Jones - Bush ensures that hydrogen cars will still pollute.
http://www.motherjones.com/news/outfront/2003/05/ma_375_01.html

5-25-2003 Scotland on Sunday - Bush makes Columbia shuttle investigation more secretive.
http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=587202003

5-21-2003 Washington Post - Bush tries to revive military database of every American with public relations push.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A19272-2003May21?Found=true

5-16-2003 Knight Ridder Newspapers - Bush charges dozens of people as terrorists for no reason.
http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthtribune/5874897.htm

5-12-2003 Newsweek - Bush fails to protect Iraqi nuclear site from looting.
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3068560/

5-8-2003 Washington Post - Bush lies about aircraft carrier landing.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A27574-2003May7?Found=true

5-7-2003 USA Today - Bush interferes with Canada's decriminalization of marijuana.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2003-05-07-canadapot-usat_x.htm

6-27-2003 CNN - Bush proposes to eliminate overtime for 8 million American workers.
http://money.cnn.com/2003/06/26/news/economy/epi/index.htm

6-23-2003 Washington Post - Bush pushes school-sponsored religious activities.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A23375-2003Jun23?Found=true

6-20-2003 The Globe and Mail - Bush intimidates non-governmental organizations.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20030620/CONAOMI20/

6-17-2003 Washington Post - Bush guts Americorps.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A2351-2003Jun16?Found=true

6-7-2003 Washington Post - Bush refuses to issue proclamation for Gay Pride Month--again.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A26328-2003Jun6?Found=true

6-3-2003 Washington Post - Bush eases media ownership rules.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A5555-2003Jun2?Found=true

9-28-2003 Washington Post - Bush discloses undercover CIA agent's identity as retribution against her husband.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A11208-2003Sep27?Found=true

9-23-2003 Washington Post - Bush takes away the discretion of career prosecutors.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A49649-2003Sep22?Found=true

9-22-2003 Associated Press - Bush gives federal funds to religious groups.
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/68313**.htm

9-21-2003 The Observer - Bush tries to cover up global warming.
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1046363,00.html

9-17-2003 Washington Post - Bush continues to hide energy task force proceedings.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A21544-2003Sep16?Found=true

9-11-2003 Washington Post - Bush uses the September 11 attacks to justify all his policies.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A57456-2003Sep10?Found=true

9-11-2003 Washington Post - Bush tries to expand the Patriot Act.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A57827-2003Sep10?Found=true

9-10-2003 Agence France-Presse - Bush tries to expand the death penalty.
http://quickstart.clari.net/qs_se/webnews/wed/dv/Qus-attacks-bush-capital.RgFf_DSA.html

9-1-2003 USA Today - Bush allows the sale of PCB-polluted lands.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-09-01-epa-usat_x.htm

8-29-2003 Associated Press - Bush expands global abortion gag rules.
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/6651675.htm?1c

8-29-2003 Washington Post - Bush chooses not to regulate auto emissions.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A61598-2003Aug28?Found=true

8-29-2003 Associated Press - Bush cuts Energy Star program.
http://www.ammagazine.com/CDA/ArticleInformation/news/news_item/0,2610,106400,00.html

8-28-2003 Washington Post - Bush awards no-bid contracts to Halliburton.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/082903B.shtml

8-27-2003 Associated Press - Bush cites war on terror as reason for small federal pay raise.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2003/08/27/national1833EDT0763.DTL

8-23-2003 Washington Post - Bush relaxes clean air rules.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A34334-2003Aug22?Found=true

8-18-2003 Time - Bush defunds Teach for America.
http://www.time.com/time/columnist/klein/article/0,9565,476274,00.html

8-17-2003 Washington Post - Bush blocks plan to upgrade nation's power grid.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A4455-2003Aug16?Found=true

8-14-2003 San Francisco Chronicle - Bush cuts pay for soldiers in Iraq.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/08/14/MN94780.DTL

8-12-2003 New York Daily News - Bush uses the IRS and federal funds to send out a campaign letter -- again.
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/story/108447p-98013c.html

8-7-2003 Washington Post - Bush seeks retribution for judges who use their discretion in sentencing.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/08/07/MN299718.DTL

8-6-2003 New York Times - Bush proposes cuts to Medicare funding for cancer drugs.
http://www.globalaging.org/pension/us/socialsec/cancerdrugs.htm

7-31-2003 CBS News - Bush promotes a federal ban on gay marriage.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/08/03/politics/main566402.shtml

7-31-2003 Guardian - Bush shuts down nuclear weapons advisory panel.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1009460,00.html

7-16-2003 The Nation - Bush exposes an undercover CIA agent in an act of petty vengeance.
http://www.thenation.com/capitalgames/index.mhtml?bid=3&pid=823

7-8-2003 Washington Post - Bush proposes weakening Head Start.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A23538-2003Jul7?Found=true

7-6-2003 USA Today - Bush continues to push for new nuclear weapons.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-07-06-nuclear-usat_x.htm

10-20-2003 USA Today - Bush pleads with China and Japan to save him from his economic failures.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-10-19-bush-china-japan_x.htm

10-15-2003 Washington Post - Bush uses EPA funds to make campaign ads.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A26595-2003Oct14?Found=true

10-15-2003 CBS - Bush misrepresents evidence on Iraq to the United Nations.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/10/14/60II/main577975.shtml

10-11-2003 Washington Post - Bush proposes loosening protections of endangered species.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A10660-2003Oct10?Found=true

10-8-2003 CNN - Bush begins new public relations campaign on Iraq.
http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/10/08/sprj.irq.pr/index.html

10-3-2003 White House Proclamation - Bush declares Marriage Protection Week.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/10/20031003-12.html

10-1-2003 CNN - Bush does nothing to reveal who disclosed Valerie Plame's identity.
http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/09/30/wilson.cia/index.html

8-23-2004 Sports Illustrated - Bush takes advantage of the Iraq Soccer team for political purposes.
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/olympics/2004/writers/08/19/iraq/

Additional Information:

1) By August 7th 2004, The New York Times estimates the Cost of war to be over $144.4 billion.
http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2004/08/07/opinion/20040808_opart.html

2) During the war in Iraq, the reported total number of dead US soldiers rose to over 1,000, reported soldiers wounded in action to over 6,400, and average dead Iraqi civilians to around 12,000. Some media sources claim however the number or Iraqi civilian casulties actually exceeds 20,000.
http://icasualties.org/oif/
http://www.iraqbodycount.net/

3) According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, during the Bush administration the unemployment rate rose from around 4% in 2001 to over 5% in 2004, millions of jobs were lost, and the national budget went from over $200 Billion in suplus by 2000 to over $500 Billion in deficit by 2004.
http://www.bls.gov/home.htm

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Your reasons please

by Aldanatech In reply to I'm Voting for Bush!!

I actually do live here the U.S. and I am a registered voter. Those sites are respectable sources and they are the ones who talk smack about our President, not me. But since you are a Bush supporter, you might want to say why you think he has done a fine job. We would also appreciate if you could tell us if any of those sources are either false or misleading; and if so, point them out and specifically state why.

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Lay off the TechRepublic for your personal political views.

by Oz_Media In reply to I'm Voting for Bush!!

Please explain why TR is not for political of off topic debate. You may also want to explain WHAT TR is for and how a general discussion should be conducted.

Then you may want to realize that these discussions are often started by lon time members or TR, are welcomed/supported by TR as they ar the most popular and a website such as this is fuelled by paticipation, not solely on content. The people who do participate in these OFDF topic discussions are generally the people who sped the most time resolving issues for others who post questions. Many of us who argue and bicker back and forth will help each other on IT related matters also.

Thee is a need to break up the day, and if this is how we do it then so be it, chances are someone here will help you when needed and participate in other areas of the website, which I noticed you have not.

Most of the people here have a large numer of points accumulated from helping others in the Technical Questions and Answers forum, thus showig their particiation ad support for this site and i's main goals.

You have done nothing and offered no assistance to any or your pers here, yet feel you have a right to suggest what is appropriate?

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What has Bush really done for us?

by clindell In reply to How well did our presiden ...

I don?t know how anyone would want to vote for Bush, I live here in the US and despise the guy. I feel he has done little of what the said he would do like bringing us closer together as he said in his first campaign. If anything he has been a devisor separating the big business world and his religious beliefs from others who do not see things the same as he does.

He has alienated us from having good relations from many countries and driven our national debt to all time highs that we have to pay for. Who has he helped and what has he done to help the citizens? Don?t bring up the ?new drug policy? that only helps a few, if you think that was good talk to some seniors about it. Are we safer??? Maybe, and maybe not, only time will tell.

Maybe we are safer for the moment but what happens when those with hatred come looking to even the score 10 years from now? What has he done for the economy? Has he tightened up the H1B visa?s so more of us citizens get back to work? Has he reduced the tax break for companies that send work offshore to keep more work at home? What has he done to put citizens back to work for good pay and with benefits?

In the world community is it OK to be looked at like the big bully who goes after thugs because he can? He elected to serve in the National Guard and disappeared off the radar screen instead of going to Viet Nam like Kerry did; at least Kerry went! And what did Cheny do? How many times was his draft deferred? Bush and Cheny are both liars and cheats and they take advantage of the citizens of our own country at our expense and I am tired of it.

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by tbragsda In reply to What has Bush really done ...

I started with such low expatiations that it seems hard to believe he could have done worse than I was expecting.

I expected him to favor Big Big and Big over all else. I DID expect him to spend like... no one has ever spent like this before, so its impossible to complete the analogy. I expected him to give to the rich till it hurt. What I never expected was when the entire world was collective "there for us" he would toss the opportunity to unite to the ground and kick it around. What we have witnessed was a once in a lifetime opportunity to unite not just Americans, but a good portion of the worlds population. I hope the self-righteous thrill that people got out of eating "freedom fries" was worth it.

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No worry

by Oz_Media In reply to

,ost people don't hae Americans. THey hate what America now stands for in light of GWB's global policies or disregard for them.

People don't hold American's accountable, they hold America accountable. You did nothing wrong other than be a citizen in a corrupt country, not too much you can all do about that other than vote to stop the same error from being made twice.

All you can do is your part, VOTE, hopefully you can do better than your Republican counterparts who have proven they have nothing constructive to offer and don't want to hear the repercussions of their mistakes.

God Bless Americans, now go and save your country.

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You are that convinced of John Kerry?

by thelastword In reply to No worry

Good god, GWB wasn't THAT Bad!!! Don't let it get to you Oz!!! You MUST get OFF THE computer and do something else for a change...?
you are working yourself into a frenzy on here and for what- JOHN KERRY? The Americans aren't going to go down unless they start listening to people like you.

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Americans will always make up their own minds

by Oz_Media In reply to You are that convinced of ...

At no time EVER have I said I am convinced of Kerry. But I am definitely convinced that GWB is as capable of running a country as I am a marathon. The worlds sees his every move, it's not a secret (as GWB would prefer his actions) he is in the limelight ad doing a very poor job of it.

GWB has caused more hatred toward North America, more resent FOR America and more argument FROM Americans than anyone I have ever seen hold office.

As for me spending too much time at the computer, this is really the ONLY site is visit as far as chat and debate is concerned. I am the first person to say people spend WAY too much time online and I despise the internet for the most part, with the exception of using it as a worthwhile tool. I am no computer geek if that's your angle, crap I can't even type worth a damn. Probably TR's weakest typist. I don't care for IT at all, that 's why I left the office F/T and started my own thing.

Durig the daytime I am an oncall Netwrok admin for a couple of clients, after that it's kayaking and car building, I can't stand sitting at the comuter all day.

I see your point, but I am far from the great white eyed pale skined troll that sits in mom's basement devising a world of acceptance on the internet, I am much more of an outdoor person than a computer guy.

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Not only is he THAT BAD, we learn more every day.

by tbragsda In reply to You are that convinced of ...

The list that started this thread is a good start.

Convinced that John Kerry is not Bush, yes I am!

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Yes I am

by Aldanatech In reply to You are that convinced of ...

The thing about Bush is that he is that good on hiding his mistakes and evil actions that most people hardly notice. To me, his only powerful assets are his name, that he is the son of a former president, and that's it. Let me see if I can think of any other... Nope, that's it. His presidential term was a total disaster and he doesn't offer me anything that would change my vote towards him. Kerry on the other hand has a clear view and real proposals; so I'm voting for Kerry.

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LOOKING BACK AT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION

by Garion11 In reply to How well did our presiden ...

Abortion & Traditional Values

1. Banned Partial Birth Abortion ? by far the most significant roll-back of abortion on demand since Roe v. Wade.

2. Reversed Clinton's move to strike Reagan's anti-abortion Mexico Policy.

3. By Executive Order (EO), reversed Clinton's policy of not requiring parental consent for abortions under the Medical Privacy Act.

4. By EO, prohibited federal funds for international family planning groups that provide abortions and related services.

5. Upheld the ban on abortions at military hospitals.

6. Made $33 million available for abstinence education programs in 2004.

7. Supports the Defense of Marriage Act ? and a Constitutional amendment saying marriage is between one man and one woman.

8. Requires states to conduct criminal background checks on prospective foster and adoptive parents.

9. Requires districts to let students transfer out of dangerous schools.

10. Requires schools to have a zero-tolerance policy for classroom disruption (reintroducing discipline into classrooms).

11. Signed the Teacher Protection Act, which protects teachers from lawsuits related to student discipline.

12. Expanded the role of faith-based and community organizations in after-school programs.

Budget, Taxes & Economy

1. Signed two income tax cuts, one of which was the largest dollar-value tax cut in world history.

2. Supports permanent elimination of the death tax.

3. Turned around an inherited economy that was in recession, and deeply shocked as a result of the 9/11 attacks.

4. Is seeking legislation to amend the Constitution to give the president line-item veto authority.

5. In process of permanently eliminating IRS marriage penalty.

6. Increased small business incentives to expand and to hire new people.

7. Initiated discussion on privatizing Social Security and individual investment accounts.

8. Killed Clinton's "ergonomic" rules that OSHA was about to implement; rules would have shut down every home business in America.

9. Passed tough new laws to hold corporate criminals to account as a result of corporate scandals.

10. Reduced taxes on dividends and capital gains.

11. Signed trade promotion authority.

12. Reduced and is working to ultimately eliminate the estate tax for family farms and ranches.

13. Fight Europe's ban on importing biotech crops from the United States.

14. Exempt food from unilateral trade sanctions and embargoes.

15. Provided $20 million to states to help people with disabilities work from home.

16. Created a fund to encourage technologies that help the disabled.

17. Increased the annual contribution limit on Education IRA's from $500 to $2,000 per child.

18. Make permanent the $5,000 adoption tax credit and provide $1 billion over five years to increase the credit to $10,000.

19. Grant a complete tax exemption for prepaid or college tuition savings plans.

20. Reduced H1B visas from a high of 195,000 per year to 66,000 per year.

Character & Conduct as President

1. Changed the tone in the White House, restoring HONOR and DIGNITY to the presidency.

2. Has reintroduced the mention of God and faith into public discourse.

3. Handled himself with enormous courage, dignity, grace, determination, and leadership in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 hijackings and anthrax attacks. He almost single-handedly held this country together during those searing days:

Just three days after the attacks, in his address at the National Cathedral, the President reassured the nation when he said: "War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing."

On Friday, September 14, 2001, President Bush visited Ground Zero. Standing on a crushed and burned fire engine atop the smoldering pile at Ground Zero, he put his arm around a retired firefighter who had volunteered to help, and began speaking to the crowd. Rescue workers shouted that they could not hear him. Someone handed him a small American flag and bullhorn. The President spontaneously shouted: "I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon." The crowd roared with cheers and chants of "USA! USA! USA!" Then he raised that American flag and rallied a nation.

Education & Employment Training

1. Signed the No Child Left Behind Act, delivering the most dramatic education reforms in a generation (challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations). The very liberal California Teachers union is currently running radio ads against the accountability provisions of this Act.

2. Announced "Jobs for the 21st Century," a comprehensive plan to better prepare workers for jobs in the new millennium by strengthening post-secondary education and job training, and by improving high school education.

3. Is working to provide vouchers to low-income students in persistently failing schools to help with costs of attending private schools. (Blocked in the Senate.)

4. Requires annual reading and math tests in grades three through eight.

5. Requires states to participate in the National Assessment of Education Progress, or an equivalent program, to establish a national benchmark for academic performance.

6. Requires school-by-school accountability report cards.

7. Established a $2.4 billion fund to help states implement teacher accountability systems.

8. Increased funding for the Troops-to-Teachers program, which recruits former military personnel to become teachers.

Environment & Energy

1. Killed the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty.

2. Submitted a comprehensive Energy Plan (awaits Congressional action). The plan works to develop cleaner technology, produce more natural gas here at home, make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy, improve national grid, etc.

3. Established a $10 million grant program to promote private conservation initiatives.

4. Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.

5. Changed parts of the Forestry Management Act to allow necessary cleanup of the national forests in order to reduce fire danger.

6. Part of national forests cleanup: Restricted judicial challenges (based on the Endangered Species Act and other challenges), and removed the need for an Environmental Impact Statement before removing fuels/logging to reduce fire danger.

7. Killed Clinton's CO2 rules that were choking off all of the electricity surplus to California.

8. Provided matching grants for state programs that help private landowners protect rare species.

Defense & Foreign Policy

1. Successfully executed two wars in the aftermath of 9/11/01: Afghanistan and Iraq. 50 million people who had lived under tyrannical regimes now live in freedom.

2. Saddam Hussein is now in prison. His two murderous sons are dead. All but a handful of the regime's senior members were killed or captured.

3. Leader by leader and member by member, al Maida is being hunted down in dozens of countries around the world. Of the senior al Qaeda leaders, operational managers, and key facilitators the U.S. Government has been tracking, nearly two-thirds have been taken into custody or killed. The detentions or deaths of senior al Qaeda leaders, including Khalid Shaykh Muhammad, the mastermind of 9/11, and Muhammad Atef, Osama bin Laden's second-in-command until his death in late 2001, have been important in the War on Terror.

4. Disarmed Libya of its chemical, nuclear and biological WMD's without bribes or bloodshed.

5. Continues to execute the War On Terror, getting worldwide cooperation to track funds/terrorists. Has cut off much of the terrorists' funding, and captured or killed many key leaders of the al Qaeda network.

6. Initiated a comprehensive review of our military, which was completed just prior to 9/11/01, and which accurately reported that ASYMMETRICAL WARFARE capabilities were critical in the 21st Century.

7. Killed the old US/Soviet Union ABM Treaty that was preventing the U.S. from deploying our ABM defenses.

8. Has been one of the strongest, if not THE strongest friend Israel has ever hand in the U.S. presidency.

9. Part of the coalition for an Israeli/Palestinian "Roadmap to Peace," along with Great Britain, Russia and the EU.

10. Pushed through THREE raises for our military. Increased military pay by more than $1 billion a year.

11. Signed the LARGEST nuclear arms reduction in world history with Russia.

12. Started withdrawing our troops from Bosnia, and has announced withdrawal of our troops from Germany and the Korean DMZ.

13. Prohibited putting U.S. troops under U.N. command.

14. Paid back UN dues only in return for reforms and reduction of U.S. share of the costs.

15. Earmarked at least 20 percent of the Defense procurement budget for next-generation weaponry.

16. Increased defense research and development spending by at least $20 billion from fiscal 2002 to 2006.

17. Ordered a comprehensive review of military weapons and strategy.

18. Ordered a review of overseas deployments.

19. Ordered renovation of military housing. The military has already upgraded about 10 percent of its inventory and expects to modernize 76,000 additional homes this year.

20. Is working to tighten restrictions on military-technology exports.

21. Brought back our EP-3 intel plane and crew from China without any bribes or bloodshed.

Globalization & Internationalism

1. Challenged the United Nations to live up to their responsibilities and not become another League of Nations (in other words, showed the UN to be completely irrelevant).

2. Killed U.S. involvement in the International Criminal Court.

3. Told the United Nations we weren't interested in their plans for gun control (i.e., the International Ban on Small Arms Trafficking Treaty).

4. The only President since the founding of the UN to essentially tell that organization it is irrelevant. He said: "The conduct of the Iraqi regime is a threat to the authority of the United Nations, and a threat to peace. Iraq has answered a decade of UN demands with a decade of defiance. All the world now faces a test, and the United Nations a difficult and defining moment. Are Security Council resolutions to be honored and enforced, or cast aside without consequence? Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant?" We all know the outcome and the answer.

5. Told the Congress and the world, "America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country."

Government Reform

1. Improved government efficiency by putting hundreds of thousands of jobs put up for bid. This weakens public-sector unions and cuts undeserved pay raises.

2. Initiated review of all federal agencies with the goal of eliminating federal jobs (completed September 2003) in an effort to reduce the size of the federal government while increasing private sector jobs.

3. Led the most extensive reorganization the Federal bureaucracy in over 50 years: After 9/11, condensed 20+ overlapping agencies and their intelligence sectors into one agency, the Department of Homeland Security.

4. Ordered each agency to draft a five-year plan to restructure itself, with fewer managers.

5. Converted federal service contracts to performance-based contracts wherever possible so that the contractor has measurable performance goals.

Health

1. Strengthen the National Health Service Corps to put more physicians in the neediest areas, and make its scholarship funds tax-free.

2. Double the research budget of the National Institutes of Health.

3. Signed Medicare Reform, which includes:

A 10-year privatization option.

Prescription drug benefits: Prior to this reform, Medicare paid for extended hospital stays for ulcer surgery, for example, at a cost of about $28,000 per patient. Yet Medicare would not pay for the drugs that eliminate the cause of most ulcers, drugs that cost about $500 a year. Now, drug coverage under Medicare will allow seniors to replace more expensive surgeries and hospitalizations with less expensive prescription medicine.

More health care choices: As President Bush stated, "?when seniors have the ability to make choices, health care plans within Medicare will have to compete for their business by offering higher quality service [at lower cost]. For the seniors of America, more choices and more control will mean better health care. These are the kinds of health care options we give to the members of Congress and federal employees. What's good for members of Congress is also good for seniors.

New Health Savings Accounts: Effective January 1, 2004, Americans can set aside up to $4,500 every year, tax free, to save for medical expenses. Depending on your tax bracket, that means you'll save between 10 to 35 percent on any costs covered by money in your account. Every year, the money not spent would stay in the account and gain interest tax-free, just like an IRA. These accounts will be good for small business owners, and employees. More businesses can focus on covering workers for major medical problems, such as hospitalization for an injury or illness. At the same time, employees and their families will use these accounts to cover doctors visits, or lab tests, or other smaller costs. Some employers will contribute to employee health accounts. This will help more American families get the health care they need at the price they can afford.

Homeland Security, Border Enforcement & Immigration

1. *See Government Reform above. Under President Bush's leadership, America has made an unprecedented commitment to homeland security.

2. Has CONSTRUCTION in process on the first 10 ABM silos in Alaska so that America will have a defense against North Korean nukes. Has ordered national and theater ballistic missile defenses to be deployed by 2004.

3. Announced a 9.7% increase in government-wide homeland security funding in his FY 2005 budget, nearly tripling the FY 2001 levels (excluding the Department of Defense and Project BioShield).

4. Before DHS was created, there were inspectors from three different agencies of the Federal Government and Border Patrol officers protecting our borders. Through DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) now consolidates all border activities into a single agency to create "one face at the border." This not only better secures the borders of the United States, but it also eliminates many of the inefficiencies that occurred under the old system. With over 18,000 CBP inspectors and 11,000 Border Patrol agents, CBP has 29,000 uniformed officers on our borders.

5. The Border Patrol is continuing installation of monitoring devices along the borders to detect illegal activity.

6. Launched Operation Tarmac to investigate businesses and workers in the secure areas of domestic airports and ensure immigration law compliance. Since 9/11, DHS has audited 3,640 businesses, examined 259,037 employee records, arrested 1,030 unauthorized workers, and participated in the criminal indictment of 774 individuals.

7. Since September 11, 2001, the Coast Guard has conducted more than 124,000 port security patrols, 13,000 air patrols, boarded more than 92,000 vessels, interdicted over 14,000 individuals attempting to enter the United States illegally, and created and maintained more than 90 Maritime Security Zones.

8. Announced the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), an internet-based system that is improving America's ability to track and monitor foreign students and exchange visitors. Over 870,000 students are registered in SEVIS. Of 285 completed field investigations, 71 aliens were arrested.

9. This week, the US-VISIT program began to digitally collect biometric identifiers to record the entry and exit of aliens who travel into the U.S on a visa. Together with the standard information, this new program will confirm compliance with visa and immigration policies.

10. Eliminated INS bureaucratic redundancies and lack of accountability.

11. Split the Immigration and Naturalization Service into two agencies: one to protect the border and interior, the other to deal with naturalization.

12. Signed the workplace verification bill to prevent hiring of illegal aliens.

13. Established a six-month deadline for processing immigration applications.

14. Information regarding nearly 100% of all containerized cargo is carefully screened by DHS before it arrives in the United States. Higher risk shipments are physically inspected for terrorist weapons and contraband prior to being released from the port of entry. Advanced technologies are being deployed to identify warning signs of chemical, biological, or radiological attacks. Since September 11, 2001, hundreds of thousands of first responders across America have been trained to recognize and respond to the effects of a WMD attack.

Judiciary & Tort Reform

1. Is urging federal liability reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits.

2. Killed the liberal ABA's unconstitutional role in vetting federal judges. The Senate is supposed to advise and consent, not the ABA.

3. Is nominating strong, conservative judges to the judiciary.

4. Supports class action reform bill which limits lawyer fees so that more settlement money goes to victims.

Politics

1. His leadership resulted in Republican gains in the House and Senate, solidifying Republican control of both houses of Congress and the presidency.

2. Signed an EO enforcing the Supreme Court's Beck decision regarding union dues being used for political campaigns against individual's wishes.

Second Amendment

1. Ordered Attorney General Ashcroft to formally notify the Supreme Court that the OFFICIAL U.S. government position on the 2nd Amendment is that it supports INDIVIDUAL rights to own firearms, and is NOT a Leftist-imagined "collective" right.

2. Signed TWO bills into law that arm our pilots with handguns in the cockpit.

3. Currently pushing for full immunity from lawsuits for our national gun manufacturers.

4. *See Globalization & Internationalism.

Traditional Values, Compassion & Volunteerism

1. Endorses and promotes "The Responsibility Era." President Bush often speaks of the necessity of personal responsibility and civic volunteerism. He said, "In a compassionate society, people respect one another and take responsibility for the decisions they make in life. My hope is to change the culture from one that has said, if it feels good, do it; if you've got a problem, blame somebody else ? to one in which every single American understands that he or she is responsible for the decisions that you make; you're responsible for loving your children with all your heart and all your soul; you're responsible for being involved with the quality of the education of your children; you're responsible for making sure the community in which you live is safe; you're responsible for loving your neighbor, just like you would like to be loved yourself."

2. Started the USA Freedom Corps, the most comprehensive clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities ever offered. For the first time in history, Americans can enter geographic information about where they want to get involved, such as state or zip code, as well as areas of interest ranging from education to the environment, and they can access volunteer opportunities offered by more than 50,000 organizations across the country and around the world.

3. Established the The White House Office and the Centers for the Faith-Based and Community Initiative ? located in seven Federal agencies. The faith-based initiative supports the essential work of these important organizations. The goal is to make sure that grassroots leaders can compete on an equal footing for federal dollars, receive greater private support, and face fewer bureaucratic barriers. Work focuses on at-risk youth, ex-offenders, the homeless and hungry, substance abusers, those with HIV/AIDS, and welfare-to-work families.

4. The White House released a guidebook fully describing the Administration's belief that faith-based groups have a Constitutionally-protected right to maintain their religious identity through hiring ? even when Federal funds are involved.

5. Issued an EO implementing the Supreme Court's Olmstead ruling, which requires moving disabled people from institutions to community-based facilities when possible.

6.Increased funding for low-interest loan programs to help people with disabilities purchase devices to assist them.

7. Revised the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 8 rent subsidies to disabled people, permitting them to use up to a year's worth of vouchers to finance down payments on homes. HUD has started pilot programs in 11 states.

8. Committed US funds to purchase medicine for millions of men, women and children now suffering with AIDS in Africa.

9. Heeding the words of our own Declaration of Independence, the president laid out the non-negotiable demands of human dignity for all people everywhere. On January 29, 2002, he said, "No nation owns these aspirations, and no nation is exempt from them. We have no intention of imposing our culture. But America will always stand firm for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity." As stated by the President, they are a virtual manifesto of conservative principles:

Equal Justice Freedom of Speech Limited Government Power Private Property Rights Religious Tolerance Respect for Women Rule of Law

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