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On April 13 Bush said he couldn't think of any mistakes he'd made as president. Here's a few he must have forgotten.
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Dates, links to news stories and direct quotes of Bush changing positions on Osama bin Laden, the 9/11 commission, gay marriage, abortion, nation building, raiding social security funds and much more.
See also: Detailed, documented debunking of 30 Bush lies about Iraq


 • TOP 25

 • #1                           (more Conservatives against Bush below)
"BUSH'S REELECTION DEPENDS ENTIRELY ON WILLFUL IGNORANCE."
-- Conservative columnist Charley Reese, July 31, 2004 in this editorial


 • #2                           (more Terrorism below)
BUSH HAS DONE NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO ADDRESS THE CAUSES OF TERRORISM AND HAS BECOME AL QAEDA'S BIGGEST RECRUITING TOOL
Man once in charge of tracking bin Laden says "Bush is taking the U.S. in exactly the direction Osama bin Laden wants, towards all-out confrontation with Islam under the guise of spreading democracy."
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Guardian)
   • More details (Washington Post)
   • CIA analysts were ordered to fake al Qaeda ties to Iraq (LA Times)


 • #3                           (more Terrorism below)
THE US MILITARY HAD OSAMA BIN LADEN PINNED DOWN IN TORA BORA IN 2002 -- THIS WEEK HE'S ALIVE AND WELL, AND ON OUR TVs
Meanwhile, the US military is bogged down in Iraq.


 • #4                           (more Budget/Economy/Taxes/Jobs below)
IT'S THE DEFICIT, STUPID
In four years the U.S. has gone from a surplus of hundreds of millions to a deficit of over $42 billion. And what kind of president cuts taxes in the middle of a war?
See a deficit chart (Bureau of Labor Statistics, White House statistics)


 • #5                           (more Miscellaneous below)
BUSH IS LOSING HIS COGNITIVE ABILITIES
Download this 4.5mb QuickTime movie and see for yourself the downright frightening difference between Bush now and Bush 10 years ago.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Information Clearinghouse)


 • #6                           (more Iraq below)
"BRING 'EM ON!"
Civilian deaths: ~100,000
American military deaths: 1,121+
American military wounded: 8,039+


 • #7                           (more Constitutional Rights below)
REPUBLICANS HAVE INTRODUCED A BILL TO DO AWAY WITH CONSTITUTIONAL CHECKS & BALANCES
Here is a link to a bill submitted in March to the House of Representatives, proposing that the Congress be given the power to override Supreme Court decisions. If this bill were law in the 1950s, there would be no civil rights for minorities, no desegregation.
Text of the actual bill (very short -- and thus even more chilling)


 • #8                           (more Budget/Economy/Taxes/Jobs below)
WHERE ARE THE 3 MILLION JOBS BUSH PROMISED AT THE BEGINNING OF 2004?


 • #9                           (more Miscellaneous below)
WHERE'S BUSH'S "AFFORDABLE" HEALTH CARE? MEDICARE PREMIUMS WILL RISE 17.4 PERCENT NEXT YEAR
Inform yourself with the full story here (CNN)


 • #10                          (more Iraq below)
THERE WERE NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, AND THERE WAS PLENTY OF EVIDENCE OF THAT BEFORE THE WAR
Top U.S. arms inspector found no evidence that Iraq produced weapons of mass destruction after 1991. He also concluded that Saddam Hussein abandoned his nuke program years ago.
1) Inform yourself with the full story here (MSNBC)
2) and here (Washington Post)
3) Download the report (MSNBC)
4) Washington Post exposed WMD lies before the war


 • #11                          (more Iraq below)
YET IN TRYING TO JUSTIFY THE WAR, BUSH SAID...
"Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction."
"Saddam Hussein has got weapons of mass destruction.
"Saddam Hussein possesses some of the world's deadliest weapons."
"Saddam Hussein is a threat to America."
"The Iraqi regime is a threat to any American."
"We won't be proven wrong. We will find the truth, and the truth is, he is developing a program of weapons of mass destruction."
(More administration quotes on WMD from before & after the invasion)


 • #12                           (more Conservatives against Bush below)
AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE ENDORSES KERRY FOR PRESIDENT
"George W. Bush has come to embody a politics that is antithetical to almost any kind of thoughtful conservatism. His international policies have been based on the hopelessly naive belief that foreign peoples are eager to be liberated by American armies -- a notion more grounded in Leon Trotsky's concept of global revolution....This election is all about George W. Bush, and those issues are enough to render him unworthy of any conservative support."
Read their endorsement here (American Conservative)


 • #13                           (Religious Agenda stories)
FOR THOSE ATTRACTED TO BUSH'S 'FAITH': WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? WHO WOULD JESUS BOMB? WHICH COUNTRIES WOULD JESUS INVADE?
Bush's war is not compatable in any way with Christ's teachings.


 • #14                           (more Corruption below)
BUSH HAS APPOINTED OVER 100 LOBBYISTS TO OVERSEE THE INDUSTRIES TO WHICH THEY'RE BEHOLDEN
Among the advocates-turned-regulators are a former meat-industry lobbyist who helps decide how meat is labeled; a former drug-company lobbyist who influences prescription-drug policies; a former energy lobbyist who, while still accepting payments for bringing clients into his old lobbying firm, helps determine how much of the West those former clients can use for oil and gas drilling.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Denver Post)


 • #15                           (more Corruption below)
WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE TREASONOUS WHITE HOUSE LEAK OF A CIA AGENT'S NAME?
If Bush's staff is as loyal as he says they are, why has he never publicly demanded the person who leaked Valerie Plame's name and status to conservative columnist Robert Novak? This betrayal of an American undercover agent is, legally and morally, an act of treason -- and yet Bush has made no effort to weed out the criminal within his own ranks. Why?


 • #16                           (more Lies, Hypocrisy & Propganda below)
BUSH IS A FLIP-FLOPPER
A few examples...

• Bush was against campaign finance reform; then he was for it.
• Bush was against a Homeland Security Department; then he was for it.
• Bush was against a 9/11 commission; then he was for it.
• Bush was against an Iraq WMD investigation; then he was for it.
• Bush was against nation building; then he was for it.
• Bush was against deficits; then he was for them.
• Bush was for free trade; then he was for tariffs on steel; then he was against them.
• Bush was against the U.S. taking a role in the Israeli Palestinian conflict; then he pushed for a "road map" and a Palestinian State.
• Bush was for states right to decide on gay marriage, then he was for changing the constitution.
• Bush first says he'll provide money for first responders (fire, police, emergency), then he doesn't.
• Bush first says that 'help is on the way' to the military ... then he cuts benefits.
• Bush: "The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden." Bush: "I don't know where he is. I have no idea and I really don't care."
• Bush claims to be in favor of the environment and then secretly starts drilling on Padre Island.
• Bush talks about helping education and increases mandates while cutting funding.
• Bush first says the U.S. won't negotiate with North Korea. Then he says we will.
• Bush visits Bob Jones University. Then says he shouldn't have.
• Bush said he would demand a U.N. Security Council vote on whether to sanction military action against Iraq. Later he announced he would not call for a vote.
• Bush said the "mission accomplished" banner was put up by the sailors. The White House later admits it was his advance team.
• Bush was for fingerprinting and photographing Mexicans who enter the U.S., then after meeting with President Vicente Fox, he came out against it.
More here (Center for American Progress)


 • #17                           (more Defense/Security below)
NO MATTER WHAT HE PROMISES ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, BUSH WILL REINSTATE THE DRAFT
"The Bush doctrine of acting pre-emptively and unilaterally against hostile regimes, will soon leave him no choice. If Bush is re-elected, he will have to restart the draft..."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Senator Tom Harkin in The Minnesota Daily)


 • #18                           (more Defense below)
WHILE PUTTING THEM IN HARM'S WAY, BUSH WANTS TO CUT THE BENEFITS THAT AMERICAN SOLDIERS FIGHTING IN IRAQ WILL RECEIVE AS VETERANS
Inform yourself with the full story here (Army Times)
and here (Veterans for Peace)


 • #19                           (more Taxes below)
THE VAST MAJORITY OF BUSH'S TAX CUTS WENT TO THOSE WHO MAKE OVER $104,000
While he gave a 14.7% average tax cut to those who make up to $44k year, he gave a 56.5% average tax cut to those who make $104k and up.
View the easy-to-read chart here (Citizens for Tax Justice)


 • #20                           (more Terrorism below)
AS WE WASTE TIME IN IRAQ, SEIZED FILES SHOW AL QAEDA IS REGROUPING
Cache of information seized last month in Pakistan proves a new generation of operatives is filling the vacuum created when leaders were killed or captured.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • #21                           (more Foreign Policy below)
BUSH'S FOREIGN POLICY IS BEING CONTROLLED BY THE HAWKISH, ETHNOCENTRIC FOUNDERS OF THE PROJECT FOR A NEW AMERICAN CENTURY, WHO ADVOCATE OVERTHROWING FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS IN FAVOR OF A PAX AMERICANA
Follow the link above and read their manifesto for yourself, or the link below to read a profile. The group of fanatical Straussian Neo-Conservatives (including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz) had been planning the attack on Iraq since 1998. They also espoused that in order to get the ball rolling on their plan they'd need "some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Information Clearinghouse)


 • #22                           (more Jobs below)
BUSH & LABOR DEPT. PLAN TO STRIP OVERTIME FROM 6 MILLION WORKERS
Regulatory changes would take away the right to overtime pay for over six million workers. The administration promised that its final version of the rules would correct this problem, a promise it has failed to keep.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Economic Policy Institute)


 • #23                           (more Budget below)
BUSH HAS TRIED TO HIDE PLANS FOR HUGE DOMESTIC CUTS
The cuts are politically sensitive, targeting popular programs that Bush has been touting on the campaign trail. The Education Department; a nutrition program for women, infants and children; Head Start; and home ownership, job-training, medical research and science programs all face cuts in 2006.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)
   • Veterans Affairs (-$900 million), Education (-$1.5 billion)... (CNN)


 • #24                           (more Environment below)
BUSH HAS LET THE DIRTIEST POWER PLANTS IN THE COUNTRY OFF THE HOOK FOR ENVIRONMENTAL UPGRADES
The administration has decided to allow thousands of the nation's coal-fired power plants and refineries to upgrade their facilities without installing anti-pollution equipment, as required by law.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post/SF Chronicle)
   • EPA drops Clean Air violation investigations (LA Times)
   • States sue over abandonment of Clean Air investigations (NY Times)
   • States sue over refusal to restrict tailpipe poisons (SF Chronicle)
   • More states sue over gutted pollution restrictions (Washington Post)


 • #25                           (more Terrorism/Iraq below)
BUSH LIED ABOUT BEING AGAINST PRISONER TORTURE
Why did he claim the right to waive anti-torture laws? Why did he ask his legal team to look for loopholes in those laws? If it's OK for the US to use torture, why not everybody else?
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)
   • Bush asked lawyers cover his butt on torture in '03 (SF Chronicle)
   • Memo sought to circumvent torture laws (NY Times)
   • Torture memo Ashcroft tried to hide is revealed (Washington Post)
   • Download the memos, see for yourself (Nat'l Security Archive)
   • Military, legal specialists analyze Bush's butt-covering (CAP)


 • IMPORTANT NOTE YOUR VOTE IS IN DANGER


 • Election
MAJOR SECURITY FLAW IN ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES - VOTE ONLY W/ PAPER BALLOT
Activist group has found that results from voting equipment made by Diebold -- which makes about half the electronic counters and touch-screen voting machines in the country -- can be manipulated just by entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location.
Inform yourself with the full story here (BlackBoxVoting)


 • Election
DEMAND PAPER BALLOTS: ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES CRASH IN FLORIDA TRIAL RUN
A pre-election test on Tuesday had to be postponed in "hanging chad" Palm Beach County when the computer that tabulates votes cast on touch-screen terminals -- like those on which nearly one in three U.S. voters will cast ballots on Election Day -- crashed and lost all its data. "Basically, these things work in the secretary of state's office," said a testing engineer. "Outside of that, no one knows."
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Terrorism


 • #26
"[The President] is on a course of open-ended and gratuitous conflict with states and non-state entities that pose no serious threat to the United States."
-- Statement by The Army War College, January 2004


 • #27
IF 'WE'RE WINNING THE WAR ON TERRORISM,' WHY DID TERRORISM DEATHS DOUBLE IN 2003?
Following up on
the State Dept.'s mea culpa about statistical errors that Bush embraced as proof that his "war" is working, the administration now reports 625 terrorism deaths in last year, not 307.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • #28
BUSH CUT A SECRET DEAL TO RELEASE SUSPECTED TERRORIST
U.S. officials agreed to return 5 Saudi terrorism suspects -- over objections from the Pentagon, the CIA and the DOJ -- as part of a secret three-way deal to satisfy allies in the Iraqi invasion.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)
   • Kowtowing to Saudi gov't demands in 2002? (SF Chronicle)


 • #29
BUSH BLEW AN OPPORTUNITY TO KILL BIN LADEN IN 2001
In January 2001 the White House was told three times (by CIA and outgoing Clinton officials) that Predator drones had spotted Osama bin Laden. Officials were urged arming the unmanned planes with missiles to kill the al Qaeda leader, but Bush failed to act.
Inform yourself with the full story here (ABC News)


 • Iraq


 • #30
IRAQ IS WORSE OFF THAN BEFORE THE WAR
According to a 105-page report by the General Accounting Office, Congress' non-partisan investigative arm.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Knight-Ridder)
Download the GAO report (3.7MB file)


 • #31
PRE-WAR REPORTS SHOWED SADDAM WAS NO THREAT TO U.S.
Senate panel cites long series of intelligence reports in the decade before the war that described Iraq's army as decaying, and implies that opponents of the war were essentially correct when they argued that Iraq posed little immediate threat to the United States.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • #32
LEAKED MEMOS PROVE BUSH DECIDED ON INVASION A FULL YEAR AHEAD, WHILE LYING ABOUT HIS INTENTIONS FOR IRAQ
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Guardian)


 • #33
WHERE IS THE OFFICER ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE ATROCITIES AT ABU GHRAIB?
Why has there been no call from the White House to bring to justice those who gave the orders for the torture?
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • #34
TORTURE ORDERS CAME FROM THE TOP
"A clear and meticulous account of how decisions made by President Bush, his top political aides and senior military commanders led directly to those searing images of naked prisoners being menaced with guard dogs."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • #35
AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE MAGAZINE EXPOSES WHEN BUSH NEW ABOUT IRAQI ABUSES
American intelligence was telling of prisoner abuse last summer. The first report was prepared July 1, 2003, by the Center for Army Lessons Learned at Fort Leavenworth.
Inform yourself with the full story here (American Conservative)


 • #36
IN 2000, CHENEY SPOKE FIRMLY AGAINST ATTACKING IRAQ
The United States should not act as though "we were an imperialist power, willy-nilly moving into capitals in that part of the world, taking down governments."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post)


 • #37
CHENEY HAS BEEN CAUGHT LYING ABOUT HELPING HALLIBURTON GET IRAQ CONTRACTS
Pentagon email reveals that "We anticipate no issues [on Halliburton's Iraq contracts] since action has been coordinated w/ VP's [Vice President's] office." Three days later the Cheney's old company secured the no-bid contract.
Inform yourself with the full story here (CBS News)
   • Cheney's lie: "I have absolutely no influence (on) contracts." (Time)


 • Lies, Hypocrisy & Pure Propaganda


 • #38
Bald-faced lie: "They hate our freedoms."
This sound-bite line designed to rally Americans' blind support is pure propaganda. Terrorists don't give a damn about what our citizens do inside our own country.


 • #39
Bald-faced lie: "I want to be a uniter, not a divider."
Bush had an opportunity on Sept. 12, 2001 to unite not just our nation, but the whole world. Now look where we are. And even before the repugnant tragedy of the World Trade Center attack, Bush never made any attempt at bi-partisanship.


 • #40
Bald-faced hypocrisy: "If we're an arrogant nation, they'll resent us. If we're a humble nation but strong, they'll welcome us....That's why we've got to be humble."
-- George W. Bush, October 2000


 • #41
Bush does not believe in accountability: "I'm the commander -- see, I don't need to explain -- I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president."
-- George W. Bush to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward


 • #42
"There ought to be limits to freedom."
-- George W. Bush, May 21, 1999 (arguing against First Amendment rights for the parody web site www.gwbush.com) (
hear it for yourself)


 • #43
"I'm worried about overcommitting our military around the world. I want to be judicious in its use."
-- George W. Bush, October 11, 2000


 • #44
"I don't think our troops ought to be used for what's called nation-building....Our military is meant to fight and win war. And when it gets overextended, morale drops."
-- George W. Bush, October 11, 2000


 • Conservatives against Bush


 • #45
"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans -- unless they have too much education and vote Democratic."
-- top Bush adviser Karl Rove (sometimes called "Bush's brain"), basically admitting that anyone educated enough to understand the true needs of our nation and how they impact the world wouldn't dream of voting Republican.


 • #46
"This (Bush) administration cannot be trusted to govern if it cannot be counted on to think and, having thought, to have second thoughts."
-- Conservative columnist George Will,
Washington Post, May 4, 2004


 • #47
"I am 100 percent behind running down al Qaeda and killing them, but what the president has done by going into Iraq is created a vast spawning pool for new recruits for Osama bin Laden."
-- Pat Buchanan, Sept. 12, 2004
Read the transcript (about 2/3 down the page) (CNN)


 • #48
President Eisenhower's Republican son says Bush has abandoned GOP values
His commentary here (NH Union Leader)


 • #49
OTHER HIGH-PROFILE REPUBLICANS & CONSERVATIVES AGAINST BUSH
Sen. Chuck Hagel, an influential moderate Republican from Nebraska, sharply criticized the administration, saying that the war in Iraq appears to have hurt America in its battle against terrorism. "The fact is, if we're going to continue with this, we're going to have to be honest with the American people."
Inform yourself with the full story here (SF Chronicle)


 • Corruption


 • #50
"This is an impressive crowd -- the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elite. I call you my base."
-- George W. Bush at a black-tie fundraiser during Campaign 2000


 • #51
"I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president."
-- Walden O'Dell, CEO of Diebold, which makes most of the voting machines (electronic ballot and paper-ballot counters) for Ohio (and over half of the USA), in 2003


 • #52
NO REASONABLE EXPLANATION HAS BEEN OFFERED BY WHITE HOUSE FOR THE LUMPS ON BUSH'S BACK DURING THE DEBATES
During the first and third presidential debates, the exact same unusual shape can clearly be seen under George W. Bush's jacket. It's clearly not a wrinkle as Bush has claimed (the exact same wrinkle on two nights in two separate jackets?), so what is it? By the way, this isn't the first time he's been photographed with this device under his jacket.
See the photos for yourself (The Patriot Facts)


 • #53
BUSH CAMPAIGN PROPAGANDA APPEARS ILLEGALLY ON TREASURY MEMOS
Toward the bottom of this Republican National Committee web page and this press releases from the taxpayer-funded U.S. Treasury is the exact same quote, falsely extolling the president's fiscal policies, in violation of federal law.


 • #54
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION GIVES MILLIONS IN TAX MONEY TO OIL COMPANIES
Citgo made a $439 million profit but took $19.4 million in government grants. Conoco-Phillips earned $4.7 billion in profits but received nearly $10.8 million. Chevron-Texaco netted a whopping $7.2 billion profit but several of its facilities still got over $7.3 million in government handouts. All of these companies refused our request for an interview.
Inform yourself with the full story here (CBS)


 • #55
TWO REPUBLICAN-RUN COMPANIES NOW CONTROL MOST U.S. VOTE COUNTING
Diebold and ES&S will count (using BOTH computerized ballot scanners and touchscreen machines) about 80% of all votes cast in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
Inform yourself with the full story here (EcoTalk)


 • 9/11


 • #56
BUSH HAS BEEN CAUGHT LYING ABOUT WHEREABOUTS ON 9/11
"First of all, when we walked into the classroom, I had seen this plane fly into the first building. There was a TV set on..." The TRUTH: Nobody saw the jetliner crash into the first tower on television until a videotape surfaced later.
Inform yourself with the full story here (The Nation)


 • #57
9/11 COMMISSION REPORT CONFIRMS BUSH ADMINISTRATION FAILURES
Among them...
• Bush didn't have a single meeting w/ counterterrorism head. (p. 201)
• Bush ignored infamous August 6 security briefing (pp. 260-262)
• Ashcroft told FBI not to bother him with terrorist threats (p. 265)
Inform yourself with the full story here (9/11 Commission)
   • Buy the 9/11 Commission Report
   • Download the 9/11 Commission Report (7.4 MB)
   • Download 9/11 Commission Report Summary (5.9 MB)


 • #58
WHAT WAS BUSH TRYING TO HIDE BY REFUSING TO APPEAR ALONE OR UNDER OATH BEFORE THE 9/11 COMMISSION?


 • Homeland Security


 • #59
27 FORMER DIPLOMATS & MILITARY OFFICIALS SAY BUSH HAS WEAKENED SECURITY
"Never in the 2 1/4 centuries of our history has the United States been so isolated among the nations, so broadly feared and distrusted," says group that includes many Reagan, Bush Sr. appointees.
Read their statement (Diplomats for Change)
Inform yourself with the full story here (Washington Post/SF Chronicle)
   • Same group urges voters to defeat Bush in Nov. (AP/SF Chronicle)
   • Full list of signators (Diplomats for Change)


 • #60
BUSH HAS UNDER-FUNDED SECURITY FOR U.S. PORTS
Despite touting regulations that took effect July 1, many ports don't have the money to comply since the administration has spent $15 billion on airline security but has asked for only $46 million for aid to the ports.
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • #61
BUSH HAS APPOINTED A CIA DIRECTOR WHO ADMITTED HIMSELF THAT "I COULDN'T GET A JOB WITH CIA TODAY. I AM NOT QUALIFIED."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)


 • Constitutional Rights


 • #62
RACIAL PROFILING HAS BECOME RAMPANT UNDER THE PATRIOT ACT
Here's one example: "This morning, on the train coming out of Manhattan on the Hudson line, my co-worker got arrested....He is totally guilty of what he was arrested for: Being a young, dark-skinned (Indian) guy with an accent, video-taping the beautiful view of the Hudson river that the Hudson train line runs along, and being reported to the police by two young girls."
Inform yourself with the full story here (ThePatriotFacts)


 • Foreign Policy


 • #63
WHILE SAYING NO ONE ELSE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO HAVE THEM, BUSH IS RENEGING ON SEVERAL TREATIES IN ORDER TO BEGIN BUILDING NEW NUKES
Inform yourself with the full story here (LA Times)


 • Economy/Budget/Taxes/Jobs


 • #64
ARE YOU BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE FOUR YEARS AGO?


 • #65
IS AMERICA BETTER OFF THAN IT WAS BEFORE THE 2000 ELECTION AND 9/11?


 • #66
ALAN GREENSPAN SAYS DEFICIT COULD RUIN U.S. ECONOMY
"Our fiscal prospects are, in my judgment, a significant obstacle to long-term stability..."
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • #67
CENSUS FIGURES SHOW BOTH POVERTY AND LACK OF HEALTH INSURANCE HAVE GROWN STEADILY WORSE UNDER BUSH ECONOMIC POLICIES
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)
More here (NY Times)


 • #68
EMPLOYERS MAY REDUCE, ELIMINATE DRUG COVERAGE FOR MILLIONS UNDER BUSH MEDICARE PLAN
New government estimates suggest employers will de away with prescription drug benefits for 3.8 million retirees when Medicare offers such coverage in 2006.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • #69
12.5% LIVE IN POVERTY, 15.6% WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE
Census figures show both figures grew steadily worse under Bush economic policies.
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)
More here (NY Times)


 • #70
10 NOBEL-PRIZE ECONOMISTS SLAM BUSH'S RECKLESSNESS
Endorsing Kerry, they state the Bush administration had "embarked on a reckless and extreme course that endangers the long-term economic health of our nation," siting "poorly designed" tax cuts, the enormous deficit and "fiscal irresponsibility."
Inform yourself with the full story here (Reuters)

 • Analysis
HOW WHITE HOUSE SPINS BAD ECONOMIC DATA
Princeton economist Paul Krugman breaks down claim by claim how Bush's team tries to make the failing economy look good.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times)


 • Campaign


 • #71
BUSH-CHENEY '04 CAUGHT USING CHURCHES FOR CAMPAIGN IN 'AN ASTONISHING ABUSE OF RELIGION'
Re-election officials sent secret email to 1600 churches asking for volunteers to "serve as a coordinator in your place of worship." Includes text of the email (and the return address).
Inform yourself with the full story here (Interfaith Alliance)


 • #72
BUSH CAMPAIGN WORKERS CAUGHT ALTERING 1,500 VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS
Florida law enforcement is investigating 1,500 voter registration forms received by the Leon County elections office that apparently were altered to register local students as Republicans. "The overwhelming majority of them had not selected the Republican Party as the party they wanted to be registered in," County elections supervisor Ion Sancho said.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Environment


 • #73
BUSH FORCED THE EPA TO REMOVE ALL GLOBAL WARMING REFERENCES IN REPORT
Nearly every mention of global warming has been stricken from the annual federal report on air pollution, with the approval of the White House, federal officials have acknowledged.
Inform yourself with the full story here (NY Times/SF Chronicle)
   • Major rewrite, health and environmental risks removed (AP)


 • #74
BUSH'S ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS ARE SWEETHEART DEALS FOR LOGGERS, DEVELOPERS
Administration is quietly backing off suits from Clinton era and expanding logging and other development in the process, and removing wilderness and endangered species protections.
Inform yourself with the full story here (AP)


 • Misc.


 • #75
PHOTO SHOWS BUSH WEARING MEDALS HE DIDN'T EARN
Individual vet's investigation uncovers picture of George W. Bush wearing two medals, at least one of which he couldn't possibly have earned.
Inform yourself with the full story here (DailyKOS)


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