On Tue, 12 Jul 2005 12:42:32 GMT, "Lets Roll"
Post by Lets Roll Post by Gunner
On Tue, 12 Jul 2005 03:19:18 GMT, "Lets Roll"
Post by Lets Roll Post by Gunner
On Mon, 11 Jul 2005 18:05:25 GMT, "Lets Roll"
Post by Lets Roll
I can't think of a single thing myself.
We know...indeed..trust me...we know.
That's a long list you came up with there, pardner.
The palm tree fell on the ferret litter
Yeah, I know. I almost feel sorry for the Bush-bots.
It must get embarrassing for you guys to not be able to come up with even
one thing he has even worked on, let alone accomplished, on behalf of the
social conservative base he supposedly represents. He sure does a good job
of making the Middle East secure for Halliburton to build pipelines that
will service China, though, eh?
Hell..if you wanted a list of Bush's accomplishments, why not simply
The Bush Administration 2001-2004
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
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
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
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
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
7. Initiated discussion on privatizing Social Security and individual
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
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
20. Reduced H1B visas from a high of 195,000 per year to 66,000 per
Character & Conduct as President
1. Changed the tone in the White House, restoring HONOR and DIGNITY to
2. Has reintroduced the mention of God and faith into public
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
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
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
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
4. Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically
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
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
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
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
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
5. Told the Congress and the world, "America will never seek a
permission slip to defend the security of our country."
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
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
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
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
More health care choices: As President Bush stated, "
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
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
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
10. Eliminated INS bureaucratic redundancies and lack of
11. Split the Immigration and Naturalization Service into two
agencies: one to protect the border and interior, the other to deal
12. Signed the workplace verification bill to prevent hiring of
13. Established a six-month deadline for processing immigration
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.
1. His leadership resulted in Republican gains in the House and
Senate, solidifying Republican control of both houses of Congress and
2. Signed an EO enforcing the Supreme Court's Beck decision regarding
union dues being used for political campaigns against individual's
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
3. Currently pushing for full immunity from lawsuits for our national
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
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:
"Considering the events of recent years,
the world has a long way to go to regain
its credibility and reputation with the US."