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Who says George W. Bush has done "nothing" for conservatives?
WhiteHouse.gov; various news sources ^ | 1/27/04

Posted on 01/27/2004 7:03:00 AM PST by Wolfstar

[ED. NOTE: In the last few months, FReeper Southack put together a list of Bush administration achievements over its first three years in office, and tirelessly posted it whenever an opportunity presented itself. Southack gave me permission to take that list, organize it by topics, and enhance it with further research from whitehouse.gov and other sources. This thread is posted in gratitude to and in honor of Southack.]

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 Policy.
  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 2004.
  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 schools.
  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 after-school programs.

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 people.
  7. Initiated discussion on privatizing Social Security and individual investment accounts.
  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 States.
  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 savings plans.
  20. Reduced H1B visas from a high of 195,000 per year to 66,000 per year.

Character & Conduct as President

  1. Changed the tone in the White House, restoring HONOR and DIGNITY to the presidency.
  2. Has reintroduced the mention of God and faith into public discourse.
  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:

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 school education.
  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 eight.
  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 accountability systems.
  8. Increased funding for the Troops-to-Teachers program, which recruits former military personnel to 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 conservation initiatives.
  4. Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.
  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 captured.
  3. Leader by leader and member by member, al Qaida is being hunted down in dozens of countries around the world. Of the senior al Qaida 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 Qaida 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 Qaeda network.
  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 Russia.
  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 Treaty).*
  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 answer.
  5. Told the Congress and the world, "America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country."

Government Reform

  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 sector jobs.
  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 Security.*
  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 goals.

Health

  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:

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 by 2004.
  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 policies.
  10. Eliminated INS bureaucratic redundancies and lack of accountability.
  11. Split the Immigration and Naturalization Service into two agencies: one to protect the border and interior, the other to deal with naturalization.
  12. Signed the workplace verification bill to prevent hiring of illegal aliens.
  13. Established a six-month deadline for processing immigration applications.
  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.

Politics

  1. His leadership resulted in Republican gains in the House and Senate, solidifying Republican control of both houses of Congress and the presidency.
  2. Signed an EO enforcing the Supreme Court's Beck decision regarding union dues being used for political campaigns against individual's wishes.

Second Amendment

  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 cockpit.
  3. Currently pushing for full immunity from lawsuits for our national gun manufacturers.
  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 welfare-to-work families.
  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:


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To: dts32041
You must not have read the WSJ Editorial all the way to the end.
351 posted on 01/27/2004 9:42:42 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Wolfstar; Southack
Thanks and Bump!

W'04
352 posted on 01/27/2004 9:42:45 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Not too many but quite a few :^)
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To: ohioWfan
IF you don't care about what this President has done for our military, and for our safety and security, about his strength in defending America, and freedom around the world, YOU are not the type of person I want on MY side, Joe.

Very well stated!

353 posted on 01/27/2004 9:42:53 AM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Support Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: MEG33
Consider the signup date of FirstPrinciple he's only a member a little more then 2 month
354 posted on 01/27/2004 9:43:56 AM PST by Kaslin ("The way to dishonor a fallen soldier is to quit too early." President George W. Bush)
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To: prairiebreeze
Yes I do.

355 posted on 01/27/2004 9:43:59 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Constitution party here I come. Write in Tancredo in 04'!)
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To: FirstPrinciple
Where did you get I was a phibetakappa? PhiKapMom is from my son's fraternity -- PhiKappaSigma -- obviously you have not been on here very long because that has been discussed before when we were asked how we got our names. Not to mention PhiKapMom says I am a Mom. My son's fraternity is called the PhiKaps or Skull House on OU -- they wanted me to do Skull House Mom as my screen name. They were over at my house when I had to pick a name. So they then came up with PhiKapMom! Now do you understand?

Why are you so nasty? I was out doing research on the GDP for your information!
356 posted on 01/27/2004 9:45:43 AM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Support Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: dts32041
Veto is an important presidential power. Overuse has it's double-bladed aspect as well though. The President holds his nose about signing certain things just as we all sometimes have to in life.

I believe he tries to choose his battle wisely. He is also negotiating with Congresscritters and Senators from both sides of the aisle. It's the fact of the matter.

Prairie
357 posted on 01/27/2004 9:46:15 AM PST by prairiebreeze (WMD's in Iraq -- The absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.)
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To: deport
Thanks. Glad you like them.


358 posted on 01/27/2004 9:47:06 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: Howlin; PhiKapMom; ohioWfan
Same people, same tripe. Getting tiresome. Even parrots have a larger vocabulary.


359 posted on 01/27/2004 9:47:25 AM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: Bikers4Bush
just wondering, thanks
360 posted on 01/27/2004 9:47:27 AM PST by prairiebreeze (WMD's in Iraq -- The absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.)
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To: rintense; Mo1
Because it is much easier to resort to stereotypes and name calling than to engage in passionate, rational, and logical debate. We are all guilty of this.

Bump that.

On "Bushbots" and "Bushbashers"



CC to Mo1, who felt left out she wasn't pinged on the other thread.


361 posted on 01/27/2004 9:47:49 AM PST by Sabertooth (Take the Reagan Amnesty Pop Quiz! - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1065553/posts)
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To: Bikers4Bush
That I am! :o)
362 posted on 01/27/2004 9:48:20 AM PST by ohioWfan (BUSH 2004 - Leadership, Integrity, Morality)
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To: Bikers4Bush
Apparently, yes.
363 posted on 01/27/2004 9:48:31 AM PST by Doohickey (The ultimate paradigm of government is the public restroom)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Love that man!!
364 posted on 01/27/2004 9:50:51 AM PST by LucyJo
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To: k2blader
Our President did NOT propose an amnesty and is NOT condoning illegal entry. Read the proposal before commenting. The aliens he proposes admitting must have an employer waiting for them in advance. They will be registered with the government, and we will know where they are. Immigration will have the power to exclude, or deport, any one found here without the proper paperwork.

I think this will be a boon to Homeland Security. I heard Bob Kerry say on C-Span yesterday that Immigration officers identified the hijackers were within 45 minutes of the attack on the Twin Towers and on the Pentagon.

19 INS, or border patrol, agents failed us under the old immigration policy. Only one border agent stopped a highjacker from entering the US, and even that small effort probably saved the White House or the Capitol from a similar attack.

The Wall Street Journal today is calling for a new policy that will register aliens and track them.

365 posted on 01/27/2004 9:52:06 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Wolfstar
Thanks again for the compilation of Presidential accomplishments during one of the most trying and difficult times in American history....certainly THE most trying in recent years.

I'm off and running. Bookmarking for pick up

Prairie
366 posted on 01/27/2004 9:52:34 AM PST by prairiebreeze (WMD's in Iraq -- The absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence.)
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To: The Old Hoosier
I think all of this hyperventilating needs to be taken down a notch. AWB is nowhere close to coming to the house this year, the guest worker or amnesty program is still just a proposal, and the spending is just as much the congress fault as it is the President. I see people saying they wont vote for Bush for things that have not even been voted on or even reached the desk of the President. Many say he is spending like crazy, but it is also the obligation of the congress to send any bill back to the white house if it is way to expensive. Many say he has the veto, but remember if there are enough votes could there be a possiblity to override the veto. I'm not sure but if someone else knows better, clarify that. We as free independent thinkers should be able to disagree about many policies without resorting to the namecalling and outright disrespect being shown here. I would expect that from liberals who use those tactics when they have no clear or proper response.
367 posted on 01/27/2004 9:52:57 AM PST by afropick (been off the dem plantation since 1999 and havent looked back!!!!)
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To: FirstPrinciple
Someone just alerted me to your sign-up date! For you to come on here with such a confrontational attitude for a new poster is unbelieveable. Only DemocRATs are like that -- guess you are one that the Mods missed! Republicans would never be that confrontational when they are new to a forum!

This is my last post to you -- if I had bothered to check your sign-on date the last post would have happened immediately!
368 posted on 01/27/2004 9:53:23 AM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Support Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: Badray; doug from upland
ping
369 posted on 01/27/2004 9:53:33 AM PST by nutmeg (What happens at CPAC stays at CPAC!)
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To: MeekOneGOP
#277 -- I love it.


370 posted on 01/27/2004 9:54:04 AM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: dts32041
What does ONE editorial in the WSJ have to do with your sweeping attack on what 'bots' want?

IF you would understand that you could make your point with out the ad hominem attack on 'bots'......which is EVERYONE who supports the President to you.......you might be taken more seriously.

Your blanket condemnation on all of us who support the President, on the basis of ONE column negates any point you might have been trying to make.

371 posted on 01/27/2004 9:54:20 AM PST by ohioWfan (BUSH 2004 - Leadership, Integrity, Morality)
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To: PhiKapMom
Why are you so nasty?

Perhaps because he REALLY should be called "Unprincipled".

372 posted on 01/27/2004 9:55:28 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic ((Another PhiKapMom -- University of Washington))
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To: MJY1288
Thank you, sir ! Will do.

What a guy !!


373 posted on 01/27/2004 9:55:29 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: Wolfstar
Shouldn't you print that out in Spanish? Many of Bush's next voters can't read it.
374 posted on 01/27/2004 9:56:00 AM PST by Merdoug
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To: dts32041
Yup the bots just want their borders opened and the illegals granted amnesty look at WSJ's journal today.

There are FReeper bots on the WSJ editorial staff? How did that happen?

Or could it be that the 'screaming amnesty' crowd might have it wrong?

Best lines from the WSJ article are:

Let's see - immigration has been a big problem for decades, lots of solutions tried and none worked, so let's try to rethink and come up with something better....yep, a total 'bot article.

And of course they forget CFR, increasing education spending under Kennedy's bill, etc.

No forgetting here - lot's have said that mistakes have been made. The point is that a lot of good things have been done in a difficult time and the good outweighs the bad, for those of us that don't insist on ideological purity and perfection, that is.

BTW have you heard when he is going to tighten up the ASW ban or better known as the 1994 fire arm act.

The extension of the assault weapons ban is the only gun control measure Bush has supported and that support has been only verbal, he hasn't done one thing to push it through - which is good, he should let it drop. He did work to help kill the stronger, permanent Democrat ban bill and so far supports the gun manufacturers protection bill that passed the House. He's not exactly anti-gun.

Bet that will get done in the next 6 months?

Not a chance in hell. Hastert hasn't even allowed it to be on the schedule yet.

375 posted on 01/27/2004 9:57:11 AM PST by Ophiucus
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To: Wolfstar; Southack
Wolfstar, this is WONDERFUL!!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to set this up so beautifully... a great read and a great resource for the election :-)
376 posted on 01/27/2004 9:57:19 AM PST by Tamzee (W '04..... America may not survive a Democrat at this point in our history....)
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To: ohioWfan
WTG! Why mince words! A liar is a liar is a liar. :)
377 posted on 01/27/2004 9:57:32 AM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: Wolfstar
Thank you!
378 posted on 01/27/2004 9:59:12 AM PST by kayak (Have you prayed for our President and our troops today?)
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To: afropick
...the spending is just as much the congress fault as it is the President

Correction: it's ALL the fault of the Congress. The President can request, but only Congress can write appropriation Bills -- and the President does not have a line item veto, so extra spending gets tacked onto important Bills where he can't risk vetoing the whole Bill. I'm sure you know that, but this is just a clarification for others on this Board who do not seem to know it.

379 posted on 01/27/2004 9:59:46 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BureaucratusMaximus
Re your #155, well stated and very fair-minded. I don't agree with the President 100% of the time. As a Southern Californian, I am against his immigration proposal. Just not too exercised over it because I know it's DOA in Congress. But George W.'s overall record in just three short, tumultuous years, is nothing short of superb.
380 posted on 01/27/2004 10:00:14 AM PST by Wolfstar (George W. Bush the 1st truly great world leader of the 21st Century)
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To: Joe Hadenuf
Just a little humor, friend. Thanks.

381 posted on 01/27/2004 10:01:22 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: afropick
Impressive and thoughtful response! Your post is a Keeper!
382 posted on 01/27/2004 10:01:46 AM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: MeekOneGOP
Bush's Secret Weapon: Young Voters


Larry Downing / Reuters
Teen idol: Bush's support from young voters is surprisingly strong

383 posted on 01/27/2004 10:02:23 AM PST by deport (BUSH - CHENEY 2004.........)
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To: PhiKapMom
Thanks ! Rumsfeld is the man !! I was elated when Bush first announced him for Defense.

384 posted on 01/27/2004 10:03:16 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: The Old Hoosier
I've not been seduced by some silly ring nor by anything else.

As you KNOW, this election is between a democrat and President Bush. The choice could not be more clear: President Bush by a landslide.
385 posted on 01/27/2004 10:04:18 AM PST by onyx (Your secrets are safe with me and all my friends.)
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To: All
Also Pres Bush does have a duty to protect the borders, but it does not help if the governors, mayors, and other local politicians refuse to enforce their own state and municipal laws. Democrats still hold a sizable number of the state legislatures and even if the Pres tried to deport even a small number of illegals, they would stampede to the nearest court, claming violations of civil rights.
386 posted on 01/27/2004 10:05:33 AM PST by afropick (been off the dem plantation since 1999 and havent looked back!!!!)
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To: Wolfstar; My2Cents
Thanks for putting this together.

Some of us need to read it over often, especially when we are sometimes disappointed by mistakes he, as all presidents make.

I can name a handful of things I consider to be pretty serious mistakes.As far as I am concerned, supporting Spector, and this immigration thing are a couple.

I want to forget those things for now and make sure he gets elected because overall I am very pleased.

Course I always love cowboys.
387 posted on 01/27/2004 10:06:14 AM PST by Delphinium
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To: MJY1288; The Old Hoosier
Congress spends money, Bush did not attach the pork to those bills

Here's how it has been working lately. A spending bill comes up - Congress wants 400 billion, Bush say he'll veto anything over 375 bil, they send him a 389 billion bill, and he signs it.

For me, a big spender President would ask if 400 was enough, how about 410? An obstructionist President would veto anything over 350, force a veto override and lose support for any of his pet bills (oh say like defense spending for the war), a realist conservative would slow spending as much as possible while using the compromise to build up support for key issues....like the war.

But that means knowing you'll win some and lose some in the nasty system of Washington. ('Democracy is a terrible form of government but it is better than anything else' attitude)

388 posted on 01/27/2004 10:08:17 AM PST by Ophiucus
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To: My2Cents
Thanks for the ping, it would have broke my heart to miss this one!

Dubya has certainly been busy :-)

From what I recall when Reagan was President, people weren't talking about his "greatness" in the first three years, either, it was essentially the same thing. Average folks liked him, many folks adored him, but he continued to come under loud vocal pressure from the Democrat Party and hard-core conservatives each time they weren't 100% happy with something he did.

I'm not going to wait five or ten years to talk about how "Great" Dubya is. Viewed through the lens of history it is already quite evident he is a hero for the Light Side and a bane to the Dark.
389 posted on 01/27/2004 10:09:06 AM PST by Tamzee (W '04..... America may not survive a Democrat at this point in our history....)
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To: Wolfstar
And you know, these things are all great accomplishments that conservatives can take great pride in.

I do.

But, there are also great disappoinments. The most glaring is the amnesty plan. The magnitude of the illegal alien invasion issue is so great, especially in California, that all the good Bush can do on other issues can be negated by his invitation to throngs of economic refugees in Mexico to come here.

What good is giving these "workers" legal status here when they then fall under the same minimum wage laws that employers will STILL try to get around by hiring the new wave of illegals?

What good is beefing up border security when Immigration agents and law enforcement have no power and are in fact barred from arresting illegals and deporting them?

The issue is rightly triggering criticism of Bush. Why he's doing this, I don't know. If he's taking a page from the Gray Davis Playbook of Pandering, this will blow up in his face and he'll have himself and Rove to blame.
390 posted on 01/27/2004 10:09:52 AM PST by StoneColdGOP (McClintock - In Your Heart, You Know He's Right)
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To: Wolfstar; Southack
Great job, I makes it very clear for any who wish to see, the great accomplishments of President Bush.

Bookmarked and bumped
391 posted on 01/27/2004 10:10:05 AM PST by baseballmom
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To: afraidfortherepublic
I have read the proposal and suggest you do as well.

It is an amnesty and does condone illegal immigration. See below.

This program will offer legal status, as temporary workers, to the millions of undocumented men and women now employed in the United States,

Translated into straight talk:

This program will offer legal status, as temporary workers, to the millions of illegal aliens now employed in the United States,

If you still claim to not understand that quote, see my tagline.

392 posted on 01/27/2004 10:10:08 AM PST by k2blader (Folks who deny the President's proposal is an amnesty are being intellectually dishonest.)
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To: arasina
Thank you, all I want is a little perspective. The President is not a king, he cant, by the flick of the wrist, just impose laws left and right. Also states have just as much responsiblity to secure their border in as much, the states of arizona, california, new mexico, and texas. Those governors if they really wanted to call a state emergency and mobilize the national guard and enforce the border laws.
393 posted on 01/27/2004 10:13:02 AM PST by afropick (been off the dem plantation since 1999 and havent looked back!!!!)
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To: ohioWfan; dts32041
My response to the WSJ article this morning. I am not sure how many readers take the time to read newspaper on line reader comments, but I do not want to leave the critics of President Bush sole occupancy of any forum:-----

Getting the Bureaucracy to Move
--maica---

Thank you for discussing the reality of the immigration situation as it exists in the United States today. Too many conservatives are not facing reality; President Bush does. Obviously the status quo is not acceptable. Standards for residence in the U.S. have to be recognized by all--employers, local law enforcement officers, INS or homeland security management and officers, and elected officials across the country.

Right now there is no unity of action among all these various groups. To people who blame the employer group, I ask, why did you not blame the employers when the Democrats were in power in Washington? The INS appears to have had a policy of not cooperating with employers who had questions about documentation. Also the INS has been glacially slow in processing papers for persons trying to follow the rules of legal entry. If President Bush can change the behavior in the federal bureaucracy, it will go a long way to improving the situation for all in our country.
394 posted on 01/27/2004 10:15:12 AM PST by maica (Mainstream America Is Conservative America)
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To: LucyJo
I think the world of Cheney as well !

395 posted on 01/27/2004 10:15:27 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: k2blader
This program will offer legal status, as temporary workers, to the millions of undocumented men and women now employed in the United States,


Is there any penality proposed to those that chose to accept the offer? If they don't accept it then it doesn't apply to them is that correct?
396 posted on 01/27/2004 10:16:40 AM PST by deport (BUSH - CHENEY 2004.........)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Our President did NOT propose an amnesty

He proposed to legalize millions of Illegal Aliens. Doesn't matter how the hairs are split, it's an Amnesty, just like the last big one.

Effect on Illegal Aliens Reagan
Amnesty
Bush
Amnesty

Legalizes millions, but not all, Illegal Aliens.

Yes

Yes

Charges a fee to Illegal Aliens for legalization.

Yes

Yes

Initially grants temporary, not permanent status to Illegal Aliens.

Yes

Yes

Provides path for subsequent permanent status for legalized Illegals.

Yes

Yes

Provides path to eventual U.S. citizenship for legalized Illegals.

Yes

Yes

Wasn't officially called an Amnesty

Yes

Yes

Take the Reagan Amnesty Pop Quiz!

I need to do some research and add a new column for the Clinton Amnesties. I'm fairly certain all of the answers would be yes for him, as well, except that he only Amnestied a bit over a million Illegals.

and is NOT condoning illegal entry.
You can't propose to reward millions of Illegal Aliens with legal status without condoning illegal entry. This is the lesson of Amnesty, and it seems some need to learn it again.
In the San Diego sector of the border "we have two to three times the number we had a few weeks ago," Senior Border Patrol Agent Shawn Moran told HUMAN EVENTS. Moran is spokesman for the local San Diego chapter of the National Border Patrol Council, the patrolmen's union.

"In one place, we have eight times," said Moran.

Asked if this could just be a seasonal increase, Moran replied, "We usually get something of an increase at this time of year, but nothing like this." The trend showed no signs of abating, he said.

Moran says he is certain Bush's plan is motivating the illegal aliens who have caused the spike in illegal border crossings. "Because 95% of the people we're catching say that's why," Moran said. "They say they're coming for the amnesty. A lot of these people have not been caught before. They have no immigration histories."

Moran also said the Bush proposal has caused a change in the urgency and demography of illegal border crossers. "We're catching them repeatedly throughout the week," Moran said. "They're desperate to get this amnesty even though we told them it's only a proposal. . . . We're catching more women and children than we have since 1999."
Bush's Amnesty Plan Triggers Jump in Illegal Immigration
HUMAN EVENTS (FR link) - January 27, 2004 - Joseph A. D'Agostino

The aliens he proposes admitting must have an employer waiting for them in advance.

There is no limit to the number of Aliens the President would admit who have underbid American wages on any new job offered. Additionally, established immigrants could offer jobs that required fluency in a foreign language, as a ruse to open the floodgates of chain immigration.

They will be registered with the government, and we will know where they are.

We know where they are now, and do nothing about it.

We know how to find the million-plus Illegals currently using the matricula consular ID cards. We know where to find employees using false Social Security numbers. We know where the day-laborer sites are. We know where the hospital delivery rooms and emergency rooms are.

Heck, we know where to find Illegals who've just lost their deportation hearings, right there in the courtroom, and then we let them go.

Immigration will have the power to exclude, or deport, any one found here without the proper paperwork.

We have that power now, and fail to use it.

The Wall Street Journal today is calling for a new policy that will register aliens and track them.

The Wall Street Journal's position on Illegals has long been for Amnesty, Open Borders, and Globalism.


397 posted on 01/27/2004 10:17:23 AM PST by Sabertooth (Take the Reagan Amnesty Pop Quiz! - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1065553/posts)
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To: onyx
Yeah !

Hey, you're getting to be a regular Pro at posting pics now, ma'am !!


398 posted on 01/27/2004 10:18:05 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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To: MJY1288
Congress spends money, Bush did not attach the pork to those bills, those wheeling and dealing Congress Critters did. Sure he signed them, but the Republicans in Congress agreed to the Pork to get enough votes for passage. Blame your Congressman and Senators

Exactly. Also many forget that a veto from the president can be overwritten by Congress so it becames law regardless

399 posted on 01/27/2004 10:19:05 AM PST by Kaslin ("The way to dishonor a fallen soldier is to quit too early." President George W. Bush)
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To: redlipstick; TonyRo76; My2Cents; MeekOneGOP
I'm stealing this one for my profile page.

LOL, I would like to "borrow"them for my page as well. Will make great posters/fliers for the election season. Thanks.
400 posted on 01/27/2004 10:20:01 AM PST by baseballmom
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