I was a protester at the Bush event in Springfield and since no one from our group was allowed in to hear what was being said, I found this article very useful.
Results Matter - The Record of George W. Bush
(George W. Bush, July 30, Springfield Missouri)
"When it comes to reforming schools and provide an excellent education for all our children, results matter. When it comes to health care reforms to give families more access and more choices, results matter. When it comes to improving our economy and creating new jobs, results matter. When it comes to better securing our homeland and fighting the forces of terror, results matter. And when it comes to choosing a President, results matter."
George W. Bush is right. Results matter. And since they matter, it's important that we examine the President's record on each of these issues:
"When it comes to reforming schools and provide an excellent education for all our children, results matter."
According to the College Board, tuition at four-year public universities has increased by 35 percent since George W. Bush took office, an average annual increase of $1207. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the 2005 Bush budget recommends a reduction of $427 million in outlays for Perkins Loans.
Geroge W. Bush's 2004 budget proposed to cut funding to after-school programs by 40 percent, and he has underfunded his own "no child left behind" plan by $27 billion over the last 4 years. Additionally, George W. Bush has cut funding for after-school programs which serve more than 500,000 children by 40 percent.
"When it comes to health care reforms to give families more access and more choices, results matter."
Individuals spend, on average 25 percent more on health care than when Bush took office in 2001. The Bush administration's prescription drug policy precluded Medicare from negotiating the price of prescription medication with pharmaceutical companies. These companies donated $2.65 million in hard and soft money contributions to the Bush campaign.
The President's 2005 budget proposes to cut Medicaid by approximately $16 billion over 10 years. This is at a time when 44 million Americans are uninsured - 4 million more than when President Bush took office
"When it comes to improving our economy and creating new jobs, results
The percentage of children under age 18 who were related to the householder and living in poverty increased from 15.8 percent in 2001 to 16.3 percent in 2002."
The U.S. economy has lost 2,100,000 jobs under the Bush administration. Average hourly earnings, in terms of real dollars, which rose by 5 percent from 1997 to 2001 have remained constant since December of 2001.
In 2004, the budget defecit has hit $465 billion, by far the largest defecit ever.
In his State of the Union Address, Bush promoted a $500 million jobs creation package. However, the Bush administration, in January, proposed to cut $700 million from the same program.
"When it comes to better securing our homeland and fighting the forces of terror, results matter."
According to the International Institute for Stategic Studies, Al Qaeda's ranks have swelled to 18,000 with members operating in 60 countries. According to the institute's director, John Chipman, "Overall, risks of terrorism to Westerners and Western assets in Arab countries appeared to increase after the Iraq war began in March 2003,"
Unlike the Clinton administration, which foiled the millenium bomb plot and captured and prosecuted those responsible for the first trade center bombing, the Bush administration failed to stop the 9/11 attacks in Washington and New York.
Since 9/11, the Bush administration has squandered the unprecedented level of support for Americans. In a poignant example, after 9/11, one of Egypt's most influential clerics, Muhammad Sayyid Al-Tantawi, issued a fatwa against Osama Bin Laden, saying "[the attacks] will be punished on the day of judgment,". In 2004, that same cleric issued a fatwa encouraging Muslims to "fight against the invaders of Iraq".
The State department released a report in April suggesting that the number of terrorist attacks had declined in 2003. In June, the State department retracted that report and re-released it with the correct statistics which showed a sharp increase in global terrorism, with 170 "serious attacks" and 4300 people being killed or injured in those attacks. These numbers do not include insurgency actions in Iraq, which have resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries to Iraqi civilians, police, and U.S. soldiers.
"And when it comes to choosing a President, results matter."
I agree with George W. Bush. Results matter. And that's why this November, I will be voting to send him back to Crawford, Texas.
Salvador Peralta is the editor of ProgressiveTrail.Org, a public interest
news and information web site.
Updated: 2004-07-31 08:43:09
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