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DISPATCH: 100 Facts About the Bush Administration
Posted on October 26, 2004 by Anita


Differences of opinion are one thing. But when you look at a list of facts like the one The Nation has compiled about the absurd and frightening record of the Bush Administration, it seems to me that there is no room for argument. The man is dangerous and bad for both America and the planet.



Some examples from The Nation's sobering (and well-sourced) list:

  • In May 2003, President Bush landed on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit, stood under a banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished," and triumphantly announced that major combat operations were over in Iraq. Asked if he had any regrets about the stunt, Bush said he would do it all over again.



  • Vice President Cheney said that Iraq was "the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault for many years, but most especially on 9/11." The bipartisan 9/11 Commission found that Iraq had no involvement in the 9/11 attacks and no collaborative operational relationship with Al Qaeda.



  • After receiving a memo from the CIA in August 2001 titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack America," President Bush continued his monthlong vacation.



  • The Bush Administration has assigned five times as many agents to investigate Cuban embargo violations as it has to track Osama bin Laden's and Saddam Hussein's money.



  • Vice President Cheney told voters that unless they elect George Bush in November, "we'll get hit again" by terrorists.



  • During the Bush Administration, North Korea quadrupled its suspected nuclear arsenal from two to eight weapons.



  • The Bush Administration awarded a multibillion-dollar no-bid contract to Halliburton--a company that still pays Vice President Cheney hundreds of thousands of dollars in deferred compensation each year (Cheney also has Halliburton stock options). The company then repeatedly overcharged the military for services, accepted kickbacks from subcontractors and served troops dirty food.



  • Top Bush Administration officials accepted $127,600 in jewelry and other presents from the Saudi royal family in 2003, including diamond-and-sapphire jewelry valued at $95,500 for First Lady Laura Bush.



  • The Bush Administration turned a $236 billion surplus into a $422 billion deficit.



  • The Bush Administration gave Accenture a multibillion-dollar border control contract even though the company moved its operations to Bermuda to avoid paying taxes.



  • The Bush Administration's Secretary of Education, Rod Paige, called the National Education Association--a union of teachers--a "terrorist organization."



  • The nonpartisan GAO concluded the Bush Administration created illegal, covert propaganda--in the form of fake news reports--to promote its industry-backed Medicare bill.



  • The Bush Administration reinstated the "global gag rule," which requires foreign NGOs to withhold information about legal abortion services or lose US funds for family planning.



  • At the behest of the french fry industry, the Bush Administration USDA changed their definition of fresh vegetables to include frozen french fries.



  • Since President Bush took office, more than 5 million people have lost their health insurance.



  • The Bush Administration blocked a proposal to ban the use of arsenic-treated lumber in playground equipment, even though it conceded it posed a danger to children.



  • The Bush Administration created a massive tax loophole for SUVs--allowing, for example, the write-off of the entire cost of a new Hummer.



  • Since 9/11, Attorney General John Ashcroft has detained 5,000 foreign nationals in antiterrorism sweeps; none have been convicted of a terrorist



  • In violation of international law, the Bush Administration hid prisoners from the Red Cross so the organization couldn't monitor their treatment.



  • President Bush's top legal adviser wrote a memo to the President advising him that he can legally authorize torture.



  • Flip-flop: President Bush said gay marriage was a state issue before he supported a constitutional amendment banning it.



  • When asked at an April 2004 press conference to name a mistake he made during his presidency, Bush couldn't think of one.



  • President Bush broke his promise to place limits on carbon dioxide emissions, an essential step in combating global warming.




If you can stomach it, here's the whole list.



Thanks to Jennifer Lydon in Perth for the tip!



Topic : The Media
Posted By : Anita
Posted On : October 26, 2004

 

 

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