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  1. 100 Facts and 1 Opinion

    The Non-Arguable Case Against the Bush Administration

    by Judd Legum




    1. The Bush Administration has spent more than $140 billion on a war of choice in Iraq.


    Source: American Progress


    2. The Bush Administration sent troops into battle without adequate body armor or armored Humvees.


    Sources: Fox News, The Boston Globe


    3. The Bush Administration ignored estimates from Gen. Eric Shinseki that several hundred thousand troops would be required to secure Iraq.


    Source: PBS


    4. Vice President Cheney said Americans "will, in fact, be greeted as liberators" in Iraq.


    Source: The Washington Post


    5. During the Bush Administration's war in Iraq, more than 1,000 US troops have lost their lives and more than 7,000 have been injured.


    Source: globalsecurity.org


    6. 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.


    Source: Yahoo News


    7. 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.


    Source: MSNBC , 9-11 Commission


    8. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said that high-strength aluminum tubes acquired by Iraq were "only really suited for nuclear weapons programs," warning "we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." The government's top nuclear scientists had told the Administration the tubes were "too narrow, too heavy, too long" to be of use in developing nuclear weapons and could be used for other purposes.


    Source: New York Times


    9. The Bush Administration has spent just $1.1 billion of the $18.4 billion Congress approved for Iraqi reconstruction.


    Source: USA Today


    10. According to the Administration's handpicked weapon's inspector, Charles Duelfer, there is "no evidence that Hussein had passed illicit weapons material to al Qaeda or other terrorist organizations, or had any intent to do so." After the release of the report, Bush continued to insist, "There was a risk--a real risk--that Saddam Hussein would pass weapons, or materials, or information to terrorist networks."


    Sources: New York Times, White House news release


    11. According to Duelfer, the UN inspections regime put an "economic strangle hold" on Hussein that prevented him from developing a WMD program for more than twelve years.


    Source: Los Angeles Times




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


    Source: CNN.com


    13. The Bush Administration failed to commit enough troops to capture Osama bin Laden when US forces had him cornered in the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan in November 2001. Instead, they relied on local warlords.


    Source: csmonitor.com


    14. The Bush Administration secured less nuclear material from sites around the world vulnerable to terrorists in the two years after 9/11 than were secured in the two years before 9/11.


    Source: nti.org


    15. The Bush Administration underfunded Nunn-Lugar--the program intended to keep the former Soviet Union's nuclear legacy out of the hands of terrorists and rogue states--by $45.5 million.


    Source: armscontrol.org


    16. 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.


    Source: sfgate.com


    17. According to Congressional Research Service data, the Bush Administration has underfunded security at the nation's ports by more than $1 billion for fiscal year 2005.


    Source: American Progress


    18. The Bush Administration did not devote the resources necessary to prevent a resurgence in the production of poppies, the raw material used to create heroin, in Afghanistan--creating a potent new source of financing for terrorists.


    Source: Pakistan Tribune


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


    Source: Washington Post


    20. Even though an Al Qaeda training manual suggests terrorists come to the United States and buy assault weapons, the Bush Administration did nothing to prevent the expiration of the ban.


    Source: sfgate.com


    21. Despite repeated calls for reinforcements, there are fewer experienced CIA agents assigned to the unit dealing with Osama bin Laden now than there were before 9/11.


    Source: New York Times


    22. Before 9/11, John Ashcroft proposed slashing counterterrorism funding by 23 percent.


    Source: americanprogress.org


    23. Between January 20, 2001, and September 10, 2001, the Bush Administration publicly mentioned Al Qaeda one time.


    Source: commondreams.org


    24. The Bush Administration granted the 9/11 Commission $3 million to investigate the September 11 attacks and $50 million to the commission that investigated the Columbia space shuttle crash.


    Source: commondreams.org


    25. More than three years after 9/11, just 5 percent of all cargo--including cargo transported on passenger planes--is screened.


    Source: commondreams.org




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


    Source: New York Times


    27. The Bush Administration has openly opposed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, undermining nuclear nonproliferation efforts.


    Source: commondreams.org


    28. The Bush Administration has spent $7 billion this year--and plans to spend $10 billion next year--for a missile defense system that has never worked in a test that wasn't rigged.


    Sources: www.gao.gov/new.items/d04409.pdf, Los Angeles Times


    29. The Bush Administration underfunded the needs of the nation's first responders by $98 billion, according to a Council on Foreign Relations study.


    Source: nationaldefensemagazine.org




    30. 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.


    Sources: The Washington Post, The Tapei Times, BBC News


    31. The Bush Administration told Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan about plans to go to war with Iraq before telling Secretary of State Colin Powell.


    Source: detnews.com


    32. The Bush Administration relentlessly pushed an energy bill containing $23.5 billion in corporate tax breaks, much of which would have benefited major campaign contributors.


    taxpayer.net, Washington Post


    33. The Bush Administration paid Iraqi-exile and neocon darling Ahmad Chalabi $400,000 a month for intelligence, including fabricated claims about Iraqi WMD. It continued to pay him for months after discovering that he was providing inaccurate information.


    Source: MSNBC


    34. The Bush Administration installed as top officials more than 100 former lobbyists, attorneys or spokespeople for the industries they oversee.


    Source: Source: commondreams.org


    35. The Bush Administration let disgraced Enron CEO Ken Lay--a close friend of President Bush--help write its energy policy.


    Source: MSNBC


    36. 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.


    Source: Seattle Times


    37. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge awarded lucrative contracts to several companies in which he is an investor, including Microsoft, GE, Sprint, Pfizer and Oracle.


    Source: cq.com


    38. President Bush used images of firefighters carrying flag-draped coffins through the rubble of the World Trade Center to score political points in a campaign advertisement.


    Source: The Washington Post




    39. President Bush's top economic adviser, Greg Mankiw, said the outsourcing of American jobs abroad was "a plus for the economy in the long run."


    Source: CBS News


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


    Sources: Fortune, dfw.com


    41. The Bush Administration implemented regulations that made millions of workers ineligible for overtime pay.


    Source: epinet.org


    42. The Bush Administration has crippled state budgets by underfunding federal mandates by $175 billion.


    Source: cbpp.org


    43. President Bush is the first President since Herbert Hoover to have a net loss of jobs--around 800,000--over a four-year term.


    Source: The Guardian


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


    Sources: The New York Times, cantonrep.com


    45. In 2000, candidate George W. Bush said "the vast majority of my tax cuts go to the bottom end of the spectrum." He passed the tax cuts, but the top 20 percent of earners received 68 percent of the benefits.


    Sources: cbpp.org, vote-smart.org


    46. In 2000, candidate George W. Bush promised to pay down the national debt to a historically low level. As of September 30, the national debt stood at $7,379,052,696,330.32, a record high.


    Sources: www.georgewbush.com , Bureau of the Public Debt


    47. As major corporate scandals rocked the nation's economy, the Bush Administration reduced the enforcement of corporate tax law--conducting fewer audits, imposing fewer penalties, pursuing fewer prosecutions and making virtually no effort to prosecute corporate tax crimes.


    Source: iht.com


    48. The Bush Administration increased tax audits for the working poor.


    Source: theolympian.com


    49. In 2000, candidate George W. Bush promised to protect the Social Security surplus. As President, he spent all of it.


    Sources: georgewbush.com, Congressional Budget Office


    50. The Bush Administration proposed slashing funding for the largest federal public housing program, putting 2 million families in danger of losing their housing.


    Source: San Francisco Examiner


    51. The Bush Administration did nothing to prevent the minimum wage from falling to an inflation-adjusted fifty-year low.


    Source: Los Angeles Times




    52. The Bush Administration underfunded the No Child Left Behind Act by $9.4 billion.


    Source: nwitimes.com


    53. In 2000, candidate George W. Bush promised to increase the maximum federal scholarship, or Pell Grant, by 50 percent. Instead, each year he has been in office he has frozen or cut the maximum scholarship amount.


    Source: Source: edworkforce.house.gov x


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


    Sources: CNN.com




    55. The Bush Administration, in violation of the law, refused to allow Medicare actuary Richard Foster to tell members of Congress the actual cost of their Medicare bill. Instead, they repeated a figure they knew was $100 billion too low.


    Source: Washington Post, realcities.com


    56. 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.


    Source: General Accounting Office


    57. The Bush Administration stunted research that could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, spinal injuries, heart disease and muscular dystrophy by placing severe restrictions on the use of federal dollars for embryonic stem-cell research.




    Source: CBS News


    58. 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.


    Source: healthsciences.columbia.edu


    59. The Bush Administration authorized twenty companies that have been charged with fraud at the federal or state level to offer Medicare prescription drug cards to seniors.


    Source: American Progress


    60. The Bush Administration created a prescription drug card for Medicare that locks seniors into one card for up to a year but allows the corporations offering the cards to change their prices once a week.


    Source: Washington Post


    61. The Bush Administration blocked efforts to allow Medicare to negotiate cheaper prescription drug prices for seniors.


    Source: American Progress


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


    Source: commondreams.org


    63. In a case before the Supreme Court, the Bush Administrations sided with HMOs--arguing that patients shouldn't be allowed to sue HMOs when they are improperly denied treatment. With the Administration's help, the HMOs won.


    Source: ABC News


    64. The Bush Administration went to court to block lawsuits by patients who were injured by defective prescription drugs and medical devices.


    Source: Washington Post


    65. President Bush signed a Medicare law that allows companies that reduce healthcare benefits for retirees to receive substantial subsidies from the government.


    Source: Bloomberg News


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


    Source: CNN.com


    67. 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.


    Source: Miami Herald


    68. One day after President Bush bragged about his efforts to help seniors afford healthcare, the Administration announced the largest dollar increase of Medicare premiums in history.


    Source: iht.com


    69. The Bush Administration--at the behest of the tobacco industry--tried to water down a global treaty that aimed to help curb smoking.


    Source: tobaccofreekids.org


    70. The Bush Administration has spent $270 million on abstinence-only education programs even though there is no scientific evidence demonstrating that they are effective in dissuading teenagers from having sex or reducing the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.


    Source: salon.com


    71. The Bush Administration slashed funding for programs that suggested ways, other than abstinence, to avoid sexually transmitted diseases.


    Source: LA Weekly




    72. The Bush Administration gutted clean-air standards for aging power plants, resulting in at least 20,000 premature deaths each year.


    Source: cta.policy.net


    73. The Bush Administration eliminated protections on more than 200 million acres of public lands.


    Source: calwild.org


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


    Source: Washington Post


    75. Days after 9/11, the Bush Administration told people living near Ground Zero that the air was safe--even though they knew it wasn't--subjecting hundreds of people to unnecessary, debilitating ailments.


    Sierra Club , EPA


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


    Source: Washington Post


    77. The Bush Administration put former coal-industry big shots in the government and let them roll back safety regulations, putting miners at greater risk of black lung disease.


    Source: New York Times


    78. The Bush Administration said that even though the weed killer atrazine was seeping into water supplies--creating, among other bizarre creatures, hermaphroditic frogs--there was no reason to regulate it.


    Source: Washington Post


    79. The Bush Administration has proposed cutting the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by $600 million next year.


    Source: ems.org


    80. President Bush broke his campaign promise to end the maintenance backlog at national parks. He has provided just 7 percent of the funds needed, according to National Park Service estimates.


    Source: bushgreenwatch.org




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


    Source: hrwatch.org


    82. The Bush Administration ignored pleas from the International Committee of the Red Cross to stop the abuse of prisoners in US custody.


    Source: Wall Street Journal


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


    Source: hrwatch.org


    84. The Bush Administration, without ever charging him with a crime, arrested US citizen José Padilla at an airport in Chicago, held him on a naval brig in South Carolina for two years, denied him access to a lawyer and prohibited any contact with his friends and family.


    Source: news.findlaw.com


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


    Source: news.findlaw.com


    86. At the direction of Bush Administration officials, the FBI went door to door questioning people planning on protesting at the 2004 political conventions.


    Source: New York Times


    87. The Bush Administration refuses to support the creation of an independent commission to investigate the abuse of foreign prisoners in American custody. Instead, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld selected the members of a commission to review the conduct of his own department.


    Source: humanrightsfirst.org




    88. President Bush opposed the creation of the 9/11 Commission before he supported it, delaying an essential inquiry into one of the greatest intelligence failure in American history.


    Source: americanprogressaction.org


    89. President Bush said gay marriage was a state issue before he supported a constitutional amendment banning it.


    Sources: CNN.com, White House


    90. President Bush said he was committed to capturing Osama bin Laden "dead or alive" before he said, "I truly am not that concerned about him."


    Source: americanprogressaction.org


    91. President Bush said we had found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, before he admitted we hadn't found them.


    Sources: White House, americanprogress.org


    92. President Bush said, "You can't distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror," before he admitted Saddam had no role in 9/11.


    Sources: White House, Washington Post




    93. George Bush didn't come close to meeting his commitments to the National Guard. Records show he performed no service in a six-month period in 1972 and a three-month period in 1973.


    Source: boston.com


    94. In June 1990 George Bush violated federal securities law when he failed to inform the SEC that he had sold 200,000 shares of his company, Harken Energy. Two months later the company reported significant losses and by the end of that year the stock had dropped from $3 to $1.


    Source: The Guardian


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


    Source: White House




    96. The Bush Administration refuses to release twenty-seven pages of a Congressional report that reportedly detail the Saudi Arabian government's connections to the 9/11 hijackers.


    Source: philly.com


    97. Last year the Bush Administration spent $6.5 billion creating 14 million new classified documents and securing old secrets--the highest level of spending in ten years.


    Source: openthegovernment.org


    98. The Bush Administration spent $120 classifying documents for every $1 it spent declassifying documents.


    Source: openthegovernment.org


    99. The Bush Administration has spent millions of dollars and defied numerous court orders to conceal from the public who participated in Vice President Cheney's 2001 energy task force.


    Source: Washington Post


    100. The Bush Administration--reversing years of bipartisan tradition--refuses to answer requests from Democratic members of Congress about how the White House is spending taxpayer money.


    Source: Washington Post




    If the past informs the future, four more years of the Bush Administration will be a tragic period in the history of the United States and the world.





    Therefore I endorse George W. Bush.

  2. Of course, nobody can point to any benefits Cheney would receive, since he gets his severance package no matter if Halliburton makes a dime or not.


    I still love Dems bitching about Halliburton when the head of the DNC was neck deep in the Global Crossing scandal.


    ...Then again, the Dems also have no problem with bailing out the airlines, whom the wife of the Democratic leader happens to lobby for...

    Nice try at deflection of the topic. What is easily seen as a conflict of interest between Bush and co. with Haliburton could be the start of something real good. Cuz if Hailburton takes it in the ass more evidence would likely arise pointing to this war to be the money making venture it is. The rats won't stay aboard if the ship is sinking. Bush would most likely be the one to take the hit the hardest should the shit hit the fan. Sure Mike, WE can't prove anything. Isn't that what this investigation is all about? So we'll find out soon enough, unless everything ends up classified. Then its back to stalemate, stalemate, stalemate here on the boards. Fun.









    Trying to lump whatever the Dems do with the airlines into working something out about them as being bad.... pfft. NOBODY wants the airlines to to stop running. Like electric, water, and roads they must be maintained. Poor business practises or not. People want them to run and rely on them. Get a clue! :P

  3. I always pegged Rather as a Conservative who supported Bush

    Which is why nobody takes your posts seriously here, or at least the posters that matter. I'm sure INXS loves you...

    Oh come, on the guy was only refering to an impression he had about Rather, not that he still believed it. Bitter conservatives.



    I guess Mike just wants the bitching about the FNC to go away cuz Dan Rather is dolt. Or maybe he just wants it to go away so their POV is the only one heard. Hey how bout that NBC eh? Owned by GE, who make WEAPONS!!! Hmmm. War President + Weapons INC. =... ... .... I'll have to get back to you on that one.




  4. I will now use the word "groovy".




    I think these people are GROOVY baby!


    I wonder how off the handle the right types around here might go if there isn't some members of Kerrys distant family that don't come out about not voting for him. Boy I hope it turns out they are all fakes. I so love scandal.



    Must be that "Liberal Media". THEY are behind it! Is that the whole media is liberal or that there are just liberals IN the media. Not that it matters to the right. It's a swiss army knife arguement. Use it anytime, anywhere.

  5. I find it amusing that someone would say "Look at my analysis of the 1st and 3rd debates, I said neither guy won!" as a defense against being called a Bush fanboy.  Considering the general consensus of the debates (Kerry smoked him in the 1st and 3rd, 2nd was basically even), I'd say this stance alone makes someone an even bigger Bush fanboy.

    How anyone can say either smoked the other in the third debate when SCHIEFFER was the mod and the whole debate was the political equivalent of Iowa/Penn St (maybe that's being a little harsh Texas/OU maybe) is beyond me.


    But apparently, it's somehow NOT fanboyism to say Kerry trounced Bush in ANY of the debates, GOTCHA.

    Not when it is exactly what happened. Nothing fanboy about it. Which IS fine considering everyone KNEW before hand that Bush was not the stronger speaker. So the results, while not surprising, are what they are. Besides, the debates, like the constant barrage of poll results only give you an idea of whats going on. So relax about it. It WOULD be fanboyism if anyone here actually DID act the way you say they act with the whole LOLBUSHSUX2004!!! bit you do. Christ, MUST you and Mike minimize everything?

  6. Um, Bush did try to make nice with the Dems when he got into the office. He even let Uncle Ted write that god-awful education bill. Hell, the guy spends more than any liberal could in their wildest dreams, which makes me wonder why these people don't like the guy...

    I heard that Iraq thing kinda bummed some folks out. Hey, is Afganistan still there or did we blow it off the map? Anyone?

  7. And spending wouldn't have been worse if you had a Republican with no interest in rejecting a spending bill? See, that's not the problem, the problem isn't that all Republicans are big spenders or that Democrats are conservatives, because that's not true.


    The point is that Bush hasn't had a spine to not sign bills for every $2 million community swimming pool or $70,000 toilet that's come his way.

    Bush, idiotically, tried to avoid causing anger by vetoing bills. He wanted to make peace with the Dems and suffered for it.


    Again, when asked for his biggest mistake, I wish he mentioned not vetoing a bill, as his spending has been absolutely horrible.


    However, as bad as Bush has been, Kerry will be worse and I don't have faith in the GOP holding out should, somehow, Kerry make his ludicrous spending popular.


    Mike why are you talking like you work in the White House next to the guy? I mean come on. Quit putting words in Bush's mouth. Peace with the Dems? Nice idea. Hope you're right too. Got a link to him saying so?

  8. So this topic is dead for another INXS bashfest? Yawn.




    Soldiers dying sucks of course. Still it seems the public is fairly attuned to accepting that. It does make one wonder (and I'm surprised no one has brought this up) is female solidiers coming home raped and/or pregnant via the enemy. THAT is what scares me. Women have this other "thing about them" that guys will never be able to understand. For minute try and imagine being a boyfriend or a husband or even just related to a girl who comes home in that kind of condition. For woman it just seems the stakes are so much higher as they have more to lose just by living through it.


    Which also makes the question of the worth of a mans life being less than a womans?


    Sigh. What I like and what I want are not always the same thing.

  9. Ah, so vote in somebody WORSE on the issue to protest Bush?




    ..."Bush, you spend too much money --- so I'll vote for somebody who spends even more!"

    Yes, but you forget that this is the kind of race we have going here Mike. Where so many people feel that their choice for president is simply picking the least of two evils. I wonder how many people will vote impulsively while in the booth? Rhetorical of course.

  10. It'll be a Raw PPV. Which makes perfect sense, considering that Smackdown has the former Puerto Rican superstar.

    They don't like Carly in P.R anyways ....it's all about Rey Gonzalez!

    It would still have made more sense to have the brand with Colon in it have the PR PPV.

    Not when he is a heel. A NEW heel at that.