continued...He can run but he can't hide
Sunday October 17, 2004
Bush says Kerry "can run be he can't hide" with regard to his record in the Senate. He also says Kerry's "record doesn't match his rhetoric."
Since Bush is apparently running on his own record of accomplishment, it only seems appropriate to remind voters of his distinguished record with this final Election Special Update of the Bush Record of Accomplishments:
Rigged an election (and went crying to the Supreme Court when he got caught) in conspiracy with brother Jeb in Florida to take office.
Appointed an administration made up of former executives and government officials who helped Saddam develop WMD, were involved in illegal arms sales, traded with the enemy in violation of U.S. law, and whose companies now profit from war by way of billions in no-bid contracts paid for by American taxpayers.
Stonewalled GAO and Congress request for documents relating to Enron influence of Federal Energy Policy.
Representing party of smaller government and less Federal spending, created largest bureaucracy in U.S. history and signed largest entitlement spending program in U.S. history.
As compared to the day Bush took office nearly four years ago, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 6% two weeks before his reelection bid. Historically, the stock market is expected to gain 10% to 12% per year over the long term.
The S&P 500, the index generally regarded as the most representative of the markets and our economy, is down 17% since the day Bush took office.
The technology (jobs of the future!) focused NASDAQ composite is down 31% since the day Bush took office.
Presided over an increase in consumer debt to all time record high of over $2 trillion and an increase in personal bankruptcy filings to an all time high of 1.6 million households in 2003.
Despite taking over after the longest and largest economic expansion in U.S. history, presided over the loss of more than three million jobs, with nearly nine million people out of work.
Has proposed no jobs programs, instead relying on tax cuts to stimulate the economy (see above for how that's working out). His policies have created only a fraction of the jobs he promised.
Bush is the first president in over seventy years since the Great Depression to preside over a net loss of jobs.
Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy have put a strain on the middle class and working poor. With cuts in programs at Federal, state, and local levels and dramatic increases in tuition and health care and energy costs, most families are worse off than before the tax cuts, especially the ones who have lost their jobs or their health insurance.
On Bush's "compassionate conservative" watch, more people are living in poverty. 1.3 million people fell into poverty during 2003 alone. Nearly 36 million are now living in poverty in the U.S. The poverty rate among children is the highest it has been in ten years.
Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy could pay for hiring all nine million people out of work and pay them $40K for two years instead of benefiting wealthy.
Presided over the largest trade deficit in U.S. history, a record $489 billion in 2003, while the value of the dollar has reached an all time low against the Euro and the Yen. The trade deficit for 2004 is expected to hit a new record of $590 billion, an increase of 19% in the past year alone. Bush's trade deficits represent millions of American jobs going overseas.
Began privatization of Medicare disguised as prescription drug benefit.
Lied to Congress and the American people about the cost of the Medicare prescription drug benefit, intimidates government employees to cover it up.
The cost of health insurance has risen nearly 40% on Bush's watch and overall health care costs have risen by about 50%. Meanwhile, HMOs and insurance and pharmaceutical companies cut back services and rack up huge profits and their CEOs enjoy huge multi-million dollar salaries and bonuses. More than 44 million people are now without health insurance in America, including nearly 10 million children. Five million people have lost their health insurance on Bush's watch.
Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy would fund health insurance for all 45 million uninsured Americans, including nearly ten million uninsured children.
Pushed legislation to eliminate overtime pay for up to eight million American working people.
Pushed legislation to limit medical malpractice claims to $250K, even if an incompetent doctor kills your wife or cuts off your legs instead of removing your appendix.
Installed a new Senate majority leader with ties to health care industry to shepherd through legislation benefiting corporate insurance and pharmaceutical pals.
Pushed legislation to limit bankruptcy protections for consumers targeted by predatory lenders, but proposes no reforms for rogue corporations such as Enron that blow off creditors, employees, and investors at pennies on the dollar.
Despite inheriting an $80 billion surplus from the Clinton administration, Bush turned it into a projected $2 trillion deficit with tax cuts, war, and out of control spending. The deficit for 2004 alone hit a new all time record high of $413 billion, a nearly 10% increase in one year.
Gutted clean air regulations, allowing utilities and factories to continue polluting the atmosphere, calling it "Clear Skies".
Rolled back environmental reviews and opens national forests up to the logging industry, calling it "Healthy Forests".
Rolled back wetlands protection, reducing or eliminating regulations prohibiting pollution of wetlands, calls it "Clean Water Act".
Rolled back wilderness protections, opening up wilderness areas to logging, mining, other development.
Despite bizarre rhetoric about a manned mission to Mars and Pentagon ideas for "Space Cadets" armed with ray guns, has virtually abandoned the U.S. manned space program, which is currently without a manned space flight capability.
Opposes stem cell research that could lead to cures for previously incurable diseases on moral grounds, despite the fact that embryos are routinely destroyed (or "killed" as Bush would say) every day during vitro fertilization procedures. In fact, Bush feels so strongly about stem cell research that it was the subject of one of his rare television addresses to the American people, which occurred the day after he received an intelligence briefing entitled "Bin Laden determined to strike in US" (one month before he did). Bush's "faith-based science" policies ignore advances in modern science.
Lack of oversight of the pharmaceutical industry as a result of the administration's close ties with the industry resulted in a flu vaccine shortage and rationing. Bush stood before the American people and lied about the most recent problems, saying the contaminated flu vaccine was provided by a British company and U.S. officials prevented it from being imported. In fact, an American company produced it at a factory in England, and British officials caught it and alerted the U.S. who did nothing to secure an alternate supply.
Blames trial lawyers for the flu vaccine shortage, but the fact is that many companies have gotten out of the vaccine business because it is not profitable. And as we all know, profits, not people, drive health care in Bush's America.
Promotes school vouchers to take taxpayer money away from public education and give it to wealthy families to send their kids to private and mostly religious schools. Bush has refused to fully fund his only education initiative, in effect setting public education up for failure by his artificially imposed standards.