[Homestead] Fwd: Think This Over
tvoivozd at infionline.net
Tue Sep 21 18:06:32 EDT 2004
Don Bowen wrote:
> Compiled by the Small Planet Institute, created by Frances Moore Lapp,
> author of the book "Diet for a Small Planet." Sources, printable
> fliers, and additional info available from:
> THINK THIS OVER THEN YOU DECIDE
> SNAPSHOT OF OUR LAST FOUR YEARS
> RESULTS OF WAR
> We've spent $151 billion on the war in Iraq - 3 times the original
> estimate. Yet we've found no weapons of mass destruction and no link
> between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda terrorists. The war has killed
> over 1,000 Americans and 16,000 - mostly civilian Iraqis. It diverted
> us from capturing the 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden and has actually
> "accelerated recruitment" of his terrorist network. The war was
> declared illegal by the head of the U.N. and has turned many allies
> against us.
> JOBS AND THE ECONOMY
> We've lost 1 million jobs since President Bush took office, - the only
> administration to see a net loss since the 1930 s Depression. Home
> foreclosures jumped 50%, and 4 million more Americans sank into poverty
> - now 36 million. But this administration has reduced the occupations
> eligible for overtime pay and proposed allowing states to opt out of
> the Federal minimum wage of $5.15.
> HEALTH CARE ACCESS
> 49 people die each day because they lack health insurance, yet 6.3
> million fewer people are insured than when Bush took office - now 45
> million. Drug prices have risen nearly 3 times faster than inflation.
> But this administration passed a law barring Medicare from negotiating
> lower prices from drug corporations.
> ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
> More than 1 in 3 Americans is breathing polluted air, leading to as many
> as 200 deaths a day. Yet the Bush administration s Clear Skies Act
> would repeal key parts of the Clean Air Act and allow more pollution
> from coal-fired plants.
> HOMELAND SECURITY
> 20,000 shipping containers a day arrive in the U.S., but only 5% get
> inspected. President Bush refused to fund the Container Security Act
> and resisted a law that would have secured 15,000 hazardous chemical
> plants vulnerable to terrorists. The Bush administration has also
> proposed cutting funds for firefighters and first responders, and
> cutting funding for police in half.
> FINANCIAL STABILITY
> President Bush turned a $236 billion annual surplus into a $520 billion
> deficit - creating the largest national debt in history - mainly by
> cutting taxes for the wealthy. Paying interest on this debt costs us
> more than the combined budgets of homeland security, education,
> transportation, justice and environment.
> OUR WAR IN IRAQ
> NO WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION FOUND
> President Bush took us to war based on an imminent threat from Saddam
> Hussein s weapons of mass destruction. None were found.
> IRAQ NOT INVOLVED IN 9/11
> The official 9/11 Commission found that Iraq had no role in the 9/11
> attacks and no relationship with Al Qaeda. Yet, as early as the day
> after 9/11, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld urged President Bush to
> bomb Iraq - against the advice of his counterterrorism officials.
> COSTS OF WAR GROW... AND GROW
> The Bush administration first told us the cost of war would be $50
> billion, but it's already hit 3 times that - now $151 billion - with
> economists predicting it could go as high as $300 billion. (The first
> Gulf War, to compare, cost us under $9 billion). Less than $1 billion
> has been spent searching for weapons of mass destruction.
> SPAWNING MORE TERRORISTS
> A military think tank found that the Iraq War "accelerated recruitment"
> for Al Qaeda - an estimated 18,000 active members are now part of this
> terrorist network.
> DIVERSION FROM OSAMA BIN LADEN
> After only 4 months searching for Osama bin Laden -- reports General
> Tommy Franks -- President Bush pulled crucial resources out of
> Afghanistan to prepare for the Iraq war. That was 8 months before the
> Senate had approved the war on Iraq. The CIA has fewer experienced case
> officers in its headquarters unit assigned to capturing Osama bin Laden
> than before 9/11.
> OSAMA BIN LADEN STILL AT LARGE
> 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden is believed to be hiding along the
> Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The Bush administration put Pakistan in
> charge of finding Osama bin Laden, even though its military is known to
> have members sympathetic to his radical Islamist agenda.
> MOUNTING CASUALTIES
> Over 1,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, as well as more than
> 15,000 Iraqis, two-thirds of them civilians. 7,000 American soldiers
> have been wounded.
> JOBS AND ECONOMY
> LOST JOBS -- A FIRST FOR ANY PRESIDENT IN 60 YEARS
> We've lost nearly a million jobs, making Bush's administration the only
> one since the 1930s to lose rather than gain jobs. President Bush
> promised his 2003 tax cuts would create jobs, but they have produced
> 2.7 million fewer jobs than his administration had predicted - not
> enough to keep up with new people entering the work force each month.
> FULL-TIMERS SETTLE FOR PART-TIME WORK
> On President Bush's watch, the number of Americans who say they are
> working part-time because they can't find full-time jobs has increased
> 35%. This is the largest increase for any president on record.
> MANUFACTURING WORKERS ARE HIT HARDEST
> Between 2001 and 2003, almost 1 in 10 manufacturing workers were
> laid-off from a job they had held for at least 3 years. By the
> beginning of 2004, 33% of displaced manufacturing workers had still not
> returned to work; and when they did, 73% of them had to take a pay cut.
> DENYING OVERTIME TO MORE WORKERS
> President Bush tried to pass new overtime regulations denying overtime
> pay to about 6 million workers by allowing employers to redefine more
> workers as administrators and executives.
> TAX CUTS FAIL TO SPUR ECONOMY
> Bush's tax cuts have contributed more to our record-breaking federal
> deficits than all other new government spending combined, including
> Iraq and terrorism-related costs.
> RECOVERY HELPS CORPORATE PROFITS FIRST
> Of the economic gains in the last 3 years, only 15% has gone to wages
> and salaries, the smallest share in 50 years. 47% has gone to corporate
> profits, more than in any period since World War II.
> RECORD TRADE DEFICIT MAKES US DEPENDENT
> Under President Bush the U.S. has experienced the largest trade deficit
> in history, making us dependent on foreign countries, especially China
> and Japan. They loan the United States 87% of the dollars needed to
> cover the gap between what we import and export.
> MORE AMERICANS LACK ACCESS
> 49 people die each day because they lack health insurance; yet, 6.3
> million fewer people are insured than when Bush took office - now 45
> million. About 1 in 3 of us under age 65 lacked insurance for some time
> in 2002-2003. We're the only industrialized country failing to cover
> all its citizens.
> SPENDING ON HEALTH CARE SOARS
> Under President Bush, health care spending has climbed 4 times faster
> than inflation. America spends far more per person on health care than
> any other nation, yet our medical system ranks 37th -- behind countries
> like Spain and Italy. Citizens of 23 countries live longer on average
> than Americans.
> HEALTH CARE PREMIUMS RISE SHARPLY
> Under Bush's watch, health insurance premiums have risen to their
> highest rate in 13 years. American households will spend an average of
> $15,000 on health care costs, or almost one-fifth of their total income
> in 2004.
> PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES CONTINUE TO RISE
> Drug prices have risen nearly 3 times faster than inflation under
> President Bush, but his Medicare plan bars the government from
> negotiating lower prices with drug companies. The result? $139 billion
> in new profits for drug companies over the next 8 years.
> RECORD MEDICARE PREMIUM INCREASE
> Medicare health insurance premiums will rise by 17.5% in 2005, amounting
> to the largest Medicare premium increase in dollars in history.
> POOREST ELDERLY LOSE IMPORTANT COVERAGE
> President Bush's new Medicare legislation strips the poorest 6 million
> elderly Americans of eligibility for joint coverage by Medicare and
> WORSENING AIR QUALITY
> More than 1 in 3 Americans breathes polluted air, leading to 200 deaths
> a day. Yet the Bush administration's Clear Skies Act would repeal key
> parts of the Clean Air Act and allow more pollution from coal-fired
> DIRTIER, TOXIC WATER
> President Bush's appointees changed the Clean Water Act so it no longer
> applies to up to 60% of our rivers, lakes and streams - permitting
> industries to pollute these waterways.
> LOGGING NATIONAL FORESTS AND ANCIENT TREES
> President Bush has opened millions of acres of our national parks and
> wilderness to logging, mining, and oil drilling, and plans timber sales
> in Alaska's national forests, Oregon's ancient forests, and the Grand
> Canyon game preserve. The Bush administration says 190 million acres of
> national forests must be "thinned" to prevent forest fires - an area
> 100 times greater than the Forest Service's estimates.
> CITIZENS NOW PAY FOR CLEAN-UP
> The Bush administration has shifted the environmental clean-up burden
> from the polluter to the taxpayer. One in 4 Americans lives within 4
> miles of a toxic "Superfund" site. In 1995, taxpayers paid 18% of the
> cost to clean up toxic waste sites - now we pay all of the cost.
> MORE VULNERABLE TO OIL PRICE HIKES
> George Bush's energy plan virtually ignores renewable energy - instead
> giving over $40 billion in tax credits and subsidies to coal, oil and
> nuclear corporations. The administration let auto fuel efficiency sink
> to a 22 yr. low. Yet, scientists predict that within 16 years we'll hit
> "The Big Rollover" - when demand for oil outstrips capacity, leading
> to massive, permanent price hikes.
tvoivozhd---a Do-Nothing-President, unluss you count all the mindless
disasters he has inflicted on the United
States. Must have been the Crystal Meth Parties in Dallas that wiped
out his brain cells.
> WORSENING GLOBAL WARMING
> Global warming is a greater threat than terrorism, says the Pentagon. In
> his 2000 campaign, George W. Bush called for regulating carbon dioxide,
> the main cause of global warming. But he then refused to set limits on
> this greenhouse gas and pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol, a
> global-warming prevention treaty signed by 155 countries.
> OUR DEBT
> OUR NATION'S DEBT NOW BIGGEST IN HISTORY
> Our national debt has hit a record $7.3 trillion - equal to $1 million a
> day for 20,000 years. The longer we wait to reduce this debt the more
> we'll have to raise taxes, cut public services, face massive inflation,
> or pass on an irresponsible burden to generations to come
tvoivozhd---as Cheney says, Bush nodding his head or just nodding,
"Deficits Don't Matter"
> OUR DEBT IS GETTING MUCH WORSE
> President Bush turned a $236 billion annual budget surplus into a $422
> billion deficit. When he took office the nation's total debt was $5.6
> trillion and declining, but President Bush has increased it by over 30%
> -- $1.7 trillion. That's more than any president in history.
tvoivozhd---yup, Bush has got another four trillion of debt planned for
our grandchildren and their grandchildren.
> INTEREST PAYMENTS ARE SOARING
> At current rates, by 2009 our government will spend more on interest on
> this debt than on all domestic discretionary programs combined. As it
> is, paying interest on the debt costs us more than homeland security,
> education, transportation, justice and environment budgets combined.
> TAX CUTS ARE MAINLY TO BLAME
> President Bush's tax cuts resulted in $166 billion less revenue in 2003
> or about 44% of our deficit. In 2000, 63% of the nation's corporations
> paid no federal taxes at all -- yet President Bush wants to give
> companies an additional $119 billion in tax cuts.
tvoivozhd---it's just money, and Bush won't have to pay off any of it.
> PROGRAM CUTS ARE NOT A SOLUTION
> Bush plans to cut biomedical research, health care, job training and
> veterans funding, but we'll still end up with a deficit of $422 billion
> this year alone.
> OUR EDUCATION
> SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT GAP GROWS
> Under President Bush, the U.S. has continued to fall behind other
> industrial nations in academic performance. Our high school graduation
> rate is lower than in countries like France, Germany and Japan.
tvoivozhd---he wants to reduce education, academic achievement and
business opportunity to the level of Burkina
Faso---looks like he is succeeding remarkably well.
> BROKEN PROMISE FOR "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" ACT
> President Bush said the No Child Left Behind Act was designed to close
> this achievement gap, yet in 2004 his budget provided $9 billion less
> for the Act than Congress authorized. In fact, President Bush has never
> met the level of funding authorized to implement his key education Act.
> AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS: UNDERFUNDED
> Up to 15 million children go home from school to empty homes, yet
> President Bush's 2005 budget includes only half the funding he promised
> for after-school programs in the No Child Left Behind Act.
tvoivozhd---after school?? No Child Left Behind? More Bushbabble.
> SCHOOLS REJECT DEMANDS NOT BACKED WITH FUNDS
> Under funding the No Child Left Behind Act means that many schools are
> unable to meet the Act's strict requirements. In Reading, Pennsylvania,
> the school board has sued the state and federal governments, saying the
> Act has created an unfair financial burden on the schools.
> NO HELP FOR SOARING COLLEGE COSTS
> College tuition and fees have risen 35% since President Bush took
> office, yet the Bush administration has refused to provide funding that
> would allow more students to attend college. For 3 straight years,
> Bush has broken his campaign promise to increase the federal student
> Pell Grant maximum to $5,100 a year.
tvoivozhd---by this time any one with more intelligence than a dung
beetle knows he cannot tell the truth. I've seen a lot of Presidents
come and go in my eighty three years on this earth, and not even Hoover
had such mighty ambition to destroy America. A fatal accident would be
nice, but my bumper-sticker reads, "Lord, protect me from those who
believe in you."
> NEW LIMITS ON EARLY EDUCATION
> The country's biggest early education program, Head Start, has proven to
> help poor children succeed. Yet President Bush plans to freeze Head
> Start enrollment, preventing 40% of children now eligible for Head
> Start from benefiting from the program.
> Don Bowen
> Awl Knotted Up Woodworking
> Valley Center, CA http://www.braingarage.com
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