President Bush has not lied. Not once, and its driving Democrats nuts since they DO lie and lying is a standard within their party. They have a hard time explaining that everyone does it is in itself a Democrat party lie and an excuse for their own bad behavior.
This is not to say I agree with everything President Bush has proposed or done. I dont. I was opposed to the Harriet Myers nomination to the Supreme Court. I was opposed to the prescription drug benefit. I currently oppose the broad proposasl to resolve illegal immigration using amnesty and without stronger border security precautions.
Having said that, President Bush has an outstanding record of accomplishment as President of the United States and he gets little credit for everything he has done and is doing.
We cannot forget the Republican Congress either. Two points. One, the President does not have to veto a House bill if the congress has worked with the White House in passing bills within the parameters the two branches have worked out. Does that mean the White House likes all the pork and provisions of the bills? No, but it means the totals are within bounds and House Republicans will have to justify their actions to their constituents. Secondly, we have to remember 1994 was historic in that congress changed party leadership for the first time in forty years. There continues to be major reorganizations going on in every agency and political unit. Forty years of abuse cannot be turned around overnight, and the various upheavals going on just reinforce the aspect that business is NOT being carried on as usual anymore.
On this Memorial Day weekend, we need to take pride in our accomplishments as a country as we give thanks to the sacrifices by our men and women in the military, as well as their families. For each item the press and Democrats complain about, we can provide a dozen benefits and advantages of being an American and living in the greatest country the world has ever seen. The only way this will change is for Democrats to regain political power and the media given a pass on its biased deceit and misreporting.
What is President Bushs real record? Pick your own issue at http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/
Judicial Nominations http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/judicialnominees/
The most important accomplishments President Bush has done were getting Justices Roberts and Alito confirmed to the US Supreme Court. After all these years of justices thwarting the will of the people, now we have some common sense on our highest court. Now, maybe we can return to US legal standards and not foreign country principles or Scottish Law.
Milan D. Smith, Jr. was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on May 16, 2006.
Judge Michael Chagares was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on April 4, 2006.
Judge Samuel A. Alito was confirmed as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on January 31, 2006.
Judge John Roberts was confirmed as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on September 29, 2005.
Susan Bieke Neilson was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on October 27, 2005.
Thomas B. Griffith was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on June 14, 2005.
Judge William H. Pryor Jr. was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on June 9, 2005.
Judge Richard Allan Griffin was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on June 9, 2005.
Judge David McKeague was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on June 9, 2005.
Justice Janice Rogers Brown was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on June 8, 2005.
Justice Priscilla Owen was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on May 25, 2005.
Budget Management http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/budget/2007/index.html
President Clintons budgets were out of balance from end to end and one of the first things he did as president was to raise taxes (retroactively, I might add). It was the Republican takeover of congress that put the brakes on spending and put fiscal responsibility back into government. The Contract With America was promises made, promises kept and congress passed all but one contract item within the first one hundred days of the next congressional term. If voters dont like the amount of spending today, talk to your US House Representative. They are the ones proposing and passing these spending bills.
In 2007, the President proposes to continue the successful pro-growth policies that have encouraged robust economic growth and job creation. A strong economy, together with spending restraint, is critical to reducing the deficit. The FY 2007 Budget builds on last years successful spending restraint by again holding the growth of overall discretionary spending below inflation, proposing to reduce non-security discretionary spending below the previous years level, and calling for the elimination or reduction of programs not getting results or not fulfilling essential priorities. Like last year, the budget proposes savings and reforms to mandatory spending programs, whose unsustainable growth poses the real long-term danger to our fiscal health.
The Budget continues the Presidents pro-growth policies vital to our economys continued expansion. With the full implementation of the Presidents tax relief plan in 2003, the Nation has added more than 4.7 million new jobs, productivity has increased at a 3 percent annual rate, homeownership has reached all-time highs, and the American economy is growing faster than other major industrialized nations.
Unions may hate it but accountability had to return to education. When and where possible, vouchers and more school choice is being introduced.
With NCLB, The Nation Made A New Commitment To Reforming Education. NCLB benefits and empowers children, parents, teachers, and schools. America is challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations; ending the shuffling of children through the system; and building an education system that prepares children for the demands of the global economy. The Administration is raising expectations and increasing accountability; giving local authorities more flexibility with Federal funds; requiring curricula based on proven methods of successful teaching; and giving parents options when schools fail.
NCLB Is Raising Standards And Ensuring That The Educational Progress Of More Children Than Ever Before Is Measured. The role of the Federal government is to insist on standards, provide resources, hold people accountable, and help school districts meet those standards. Under NCLB, schools that take Federal education money must show whether children are learning and whether expectations are being met. Because states are testing students and measuring performance, we can see that NCLB is producing results as test scores go up and the achievement gap narrows.
Homeland Security http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/homeland/
Like President Bush, I had doubts with establishing the Department of Homeland Security. I still do, but congress did it and we now have to make it work.
Hurricane Relief http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/hurricane/
The White House did the exercise of Lessons Learned on hurricane response and preparedness. There is plenty of blame to go around: national, state and local. The goal is to fix it, not put blame where it does not belong.
Hurricane Katrina And Its Aftermath Provide Us With The Imperative To Design And Build A Unified System. The Lessons Learned Report confirms the imperative of integrating and synchronizing the Nation's homeland security policies, strategies, and plans across Federal, State, and local governments, as well as the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based groups, communities, and individual citizens. To achieve this, the Report identifies three immediate priorities:
Still coming up and like most Freepers I have grave doubts with the US Senate dealing responsibly on this issue. But to say President Bush has done nothing is wrong. Could the White House do more? I believe so, but I do not have all the information to make the decisions. Plus, the White House has a finite budget to work with, not unlimited funds to do everything they might want to do.
Securing Our Borders Is The Basic Responsibility Of A Sovereign Nation And An Urgent Requirement Of Our National Security. President B http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/immigration/ush's proposals to better secure our borders include increasing the number of Border Patrol agents, ending the practice of "catch and release" along the southern border, eliminating bureaucratic obstacles to returning illegal immigrants to their home countries, and sending National Guard members to the border for temporary assignment to assist the Border Patrol during the transition as new Border Patrol agents are added and new technology comes online.
Jobs & Economy http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/economy/
Solid growth and new records are being set after the Clinton Recession of 2000. The Clinton Presidency encouraged corruption and looked the other way as businesses like World Com and Enron were cooking the books and getting sweetheart deals brokered by the Clinton Administration. Today? The playing field is even and there has been no legitimate charge of corruption between the White House and business. The US Justice Department is actually going after criminals rather than the Elian Gonzales or Branch Dividians of the world.
Today, The Government Released New Jobs Figures - 138,000 Jobs Created In April. The economy has created about 2 million jobs over the past 12 months - and more than 5.2 million since August 2003. The unemployment rate is 4.7 percent - lower than the average of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.
The President Worked With Congress To Reduce Income Taxes For Every American Who Pays Income Taxes. The Administration and Congress doubled the child tax credit, reduced the marriage penalty, cut taxes on capital gains and dividends, created incentives for small businesses to purchase new equipment and hire new workers, and put the death tax on the path to extinction. Altogether, this tax relief left $880 billion in the hands of American workers and businesses.
If The Democrats In Congress Have Their Way And Let The Tax Relief Expire, The American People Will Be Hit With $2.4 Trillion In Higher Taxes Over The Next Decade. To keep our strong economy driving forward, Congress needs to make tax relief permanent.
I did not like this initially, and Im still dubious. But, I admit there is more competition than expected and the program has started out well. Certainly better than Hillary-care or socialized medicine.
Medicare Drug Coverage Offers More And Better Choices Than Ever Before. Beneficiaries can choose from a number of private plans to find the one that best serves them - and plan providers are competing for seniors' business. That means seniors can save more and get the coverage they want.
Patriot Act http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/patriotact/
"The law allows our intelligence and law enforcement officials to continue to share information. It allows them to continue to use tools against terrorists that they used against -- that they use against drug dealers and other criminals. It will improve our nation's security while we safeguard the civil liberties of our people. The legislation strengthens the Justice Department so it can better detect and disrupt terrorist threats. And the bill gives law enforcement new tools to combat threats to our citizens from international terrorists to local drug dealers."
-- President George W. Bush
March 9, 2006
Renewal in Iraq http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/iraq/
The war in Iraq and Afghanistan are successes and are working their way to the end of America having to occupy these countries as they take over more military responsibility effectively. Compared to Clinton in Somalia and Haiti, the American military has redeemed itself and risen back to the greatest military in the history of the world.
The Advance Of Freedom Is The Story Of Our Time. Just 25 years ago, there were only 45 democracies. Today, Freedom House reports there are 122 democracies, and more people live in liberty than ever before. Since the beginning of 2005, remarkable democratic change has occurred across the globe in places like Afghanistan, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, and Iraq. Freedom House has declared 2005 "one of the most successful years for freedom since Freedom House began measuring world freedom" more than 30 years ago.
Social Security http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/social-security/
Sure wish President Bush could get this going but he cannot do it alone and congress cant seem to bring themselves to address the issue. Its now up to voters to put pressure on our representatives.
Just 13 years from now, in 2017, the government will begin to pay out more in Social Security benefits than it collects in payroll taxes and shortfalls then will grow larger with each passing year.
Corporate Responsibility http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/corporateresponsibility/
· The Administration continues to pursue an aggressive agenda to fight corporate fraud and abuse:
· Since the exposure of the corporate fraud scandals, the President has taken decisive action to combat corporate fraud and punish corporate wrongdoers.
On March 7, 2002 the President announced his "Ten-Point Plan to Improve Corporate Responsibility and Protect America's Shareholders," based on three core principles: information accuracy and accessibility, management accountability, and auditor independence. Following the President.s proposals, the SEC took decisive action to implement the "Ten Point Plan" to improve the quality of corporate disclosure and the accountability of executives and auditors. The SEC proposed rules and adopted policies consistent with all ten of the President's reforms.
Home Ownership http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/homeownership/
The US homeownership rate reached a record 69.2 percent in the second quarter of 2004. The number of homeowners in the United States reached 73.4 million, the most ever. And for the first time, the majority of minority Americans own their own homes.
Military and Defense http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/defense/
This is a no brainer. For any country thats in trouble, who would you want to bail you out? China, Russia or France? How about the UN? Okay, how about NATO? Nope. There is ONE military superpower that is not imperialistic, that can help you with the intent of finishing the job and going home. Thats the United States of America.
Media declared the Prez lame duck and he can't push his agenda with his "sinking" polls. Dems and even some repubs want to believe that. MSM expressed doubts about Hayden's confirmation.
I believe we are on our way to a major Constitutional confrontation on Fourth Amendment guarantees of unreasonable search and seizure. I think this is also going to present a growing impediment to the confirmation of General Hayden - Dianne Feinstein
The Committee must finally take the steps necessary to fix an intelligence system that has broken on President Bush's watch, including not only determining if General Hayden is the right man for the job ahead, but also completing its investigation into the Administration's misuse of Iraq intelligence. - Harry Reid
Earlier this year General Hayden appeared before the Press Club where he said of the program: 'the intrusion into privacy is also limited: only international calls.' . . . It is hard to see however--if the leaks about this program are accurate -- how the only intrusions into Americans' privacy are related to international phone calls as General Hayden said at the National Press Club. - Carl Levin
All the above three dems ended voting for his confirmation.
General Hayden was brought into National Security arena by President Clinton - Greg Kelly kept repeating it on Fox multiple times. Funny, he didn't mention that Hillary Clinton voted against his confirmation.
Feds cut off phone tax after 108 years -> Treasury Department will no longer collect a 3% federal excise tax on long-distance calls and would refund about $15 billion to taxpayers.
Senate confirmed the other following nominations:
Brett M. Kavanaugh (staff secretary to President Bush and onetime aide to Kenneth W. Starr) to a seat on the federal appeals court.
R. David Paulison on Friday as director of FEMA.
Dirk Kempthorne of Idaho was approved for interior secretary.
Robert J. Portman as director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Robert McDowell as New FCC Commissioner (giving the agency a Republican majority)
Congress also voted against Flag-burning & against protesting before military funerals (which Prez will sign tomorow).
Wow you are on fire today
What a great post, Morgan! Thanks for the links.
Russert reading LA Times about new proposed legislation:
14,000 Border Patrol Agents would be added over 5 years.
Companies that hire illegals would be fined $20,000 and repeat offenders would draw prison terms.
Illegals would have to pay fine of at least $3,250, continue working and learn English.
The bill declares English the national language.
Sensenbrenner says the bill is too expensive and we have to close the border first.
The bill will result in huge document fraud he fears.
He would have a workable employer sanction program. The senate bill doesn't have verification of current illegal status so they can keep their job forever.
The House bill requires verification of the SS numbers.
Speaking of The Clinton Cabal allowing and encouraging corruption, how about Global Crossing the cash cow for Terry McAwful? It is still operating under GTC. Global Telecommunications Corp.
Sensenbrenner: Those illegals have about 3 million children. We can't deport US citizens and it's impractical to deport the illegals here.
The senate bill throws up their hands and gives up. It's unfair to people who are in line to become legal immigrant.
Mexicans have to wait 16 years to become legal.
The senate bill jumps illegals ahead by 10 years.
Hagel: Our bill is 730 pages long. The house bill is 250 pages long. We do enforce the border. 500 miles of vehicle traps, etc. Our bill goes further than the house bill in some sections. No one questions enforcement. What Ronald Reagan did was amnesty. What Carter did with those who left the country rather than serve the country is amnesty.
On the front page of the NYT this morning there is an article that half the 5,000 firefighters in the west are immigrants. (But are they illegal immigrants?)
Hagel: The CBO said that over the next 10 years the Senate bill would cost $54B but the revenues coming out of the bill would be $66B.
Hagel: Of course you fix the border first. 1986 was amnesty. This isn't amnesty. We have an opportunity to restructure and do it right.
Russert: When the president addressed the nation, you said he doesn't get it.
Sensennbrenner: This failed miserably 20 years ago and this is a repeat of 20 years ago. Former AG Meese wrote an op ed piece Wednesday that at least President Reagan was honest and called it amnesty. What the Senate is doing invites document fraud. Meese said there was huge document fraud and the same construct is in the senate bill.
Provision in Senate bill that officials can't investigatgte beyond the piece of paper the illegal relies on and government employee is subject to criminal investigation if the try to look foruther into the document.
Also talks about the SS raid on the fund and rewarding the illegal immigrant and rewarding them for the time they were here illegally and dipping into the SS fund.
Russert: Don't illegals contribute over $400B into the SS fund.
Sensenbreenner: The illegals can't get numbers on their own. The entire transaction was fraud and the senate bill retroactively awards that fraud.
Hagel: The senate bill puts into place a biometric identification card and every illegal must have one and they can't get a job without it. IT's tamper proof and fraud resistent. We're at full employment today. We have more jobs today than ever in the history of the country. Our bill deals with these temporary worker visas - low and high skill.
Europe and France specifically did some things wrong and perpetuated a lower class. That's a problem the Europeans have today. You can't perpetuate that lower class.
Russert: What are political consequences if a Republican Congress and president don't fix this?
Hagel: There are political consequences for everything. We deferred this problem and the House wants to continue to defer it. Politics is about accountability and courage. This is a significant test.
Russert: Will house republicans accept any path to citizenship?
Sensenbrenner : That's a buzz word for amnesty. To respond to Hagel, I wasin Congress when the '86 bill was passed and I voted against it. Congress made a mistake. Those who supported it including former Senate Simpson who said the bill gave us the problem we're in.
I want to solve the problem and so do the American people but we have to do it right. Do things in the proper order. Secure the border and secure the employer sanctions law. No bill we pass unless done right will rectify the market situation that exists (paying illegals less money than citizens).
Zogby released a poll - do you prefer the Senate or House approach. 64% preferred the House approach.
Russert: Will you accept any legislation which puts illegals on path to citizenship.
Sensenbrenner: No. Talk of amnesty is increasing crossing the border as we speak.
Thanks for compiling this - it's important. As far as I'm concerned Bush has ONLY disappointed me in two decisions: 1) signing Campaign Finance Reform, 2) the borders and immigration issue.
I wish he had taken on tax reform after his 2nd election, but he chose Social Security, a worthy cause but too controversial with today's drive-by media.
Russert: 24% of farming is illegal. 14% of construction. 12% of food industry. They are all illegals. What will happen to those industries if those illegals are sent home?
Sensenbrenner: I'm not saying send those home. Turn the illegal workforce into legal workforce. Because this problem has festered for so long, that can't be done with the wave of a wand or signing of bill.
Unless we do employer sanction, we'll get more illegals.
(not answering the question)
Hagel: Sensenbrenner has just described the Senate bill. 4 states along 2,000 mile border with Mexico with 8 US Senators. 5 of them support the Senate bill.
Are they so out of touch with their constituents?
Hagel: I'm amused at Jim and others who say it's amnesty. We'll let the conference figure this out. I've spoken to Jim's colleagues. Most Republicans on the House side, including leadership, want to try and find a resolution to this. This is the best opportunity.
Russert: Would you support legislation that doesn't provide a path to citizenship?
Hagel: We can amend it, but deferring problem if we don't do this. We are now dealing with all the pieces in the Senate bill. Doesn't mean it's perfect.
Sensenbrenner: I hope there's a bill. But it's important to do it right. We did it wrong 20 years ago. None of us want our name on a bill that blows up and makes it worse 20 years from now.
Great analysis. I think I will copy and paste and send it to some people I know who can't think for themselves. OK?
Re: FBI Raid of Jefferson's office:
Sensenbrenner: The Constitution has given congress immunity from certain transactions. Court has said no corrupt member of Congress can hide behind the Debate clause. The FBI was able to convince corrupt Congress people without this kind of raid.
The Executive branch has immunity as well. It'snot right for the police to raid the WH and rummage through documents and then return what they don't need.
This debate isn't over. Whether Jefferson is guilty of a criminal defense, he can't use the constitution as a shield. It's about the congress being able to do its job.
The Justice Dept. denied that Hastert is under investigation. One of your competing news channels (ABC) republished the fact t hat the DOJ was investigating Hastert. There was a second denial. News media have a justifiable cynicism but after the denials, it makes us cynical about what the news media does. Fortunately, that's not you, Tim.
Hagel: We all need to reaffirm that no individual is above the law. But some of the things Sensenbrenner brought out are important. I don't know the facts so I'm out of my depth. (Why would today be any different). The documents are sealed and we can work our way through this.
Atmospherics are at work here. We need to work it through.
Russert: Are Republicans upset with the Bush WH?
Hagel: The NSA using new technology to monitor and inventory calls. There are bigger issues than just this and the environment...
Russert: Is there anger among Republicans with the Bush WH?
Hagel: Frustration. Sure there is.
Russert: You said the president should engage directly with Iran.
Hagel: I said that. You can't get to the central issues and core of problems without that direct engagement.
It is about time somebody is saying what Bush has really done. I am so glad you posted this. Now email this to Sean Hannity and Ingraham, since all they do is complain about the president and suck up to the people that would shut them up. Some body tell Inggie that is she thinks she would get the fairness docture defeated, she better forget it. Now I know people in here will blast me and say that she and Hannity are independent and are not robots for the adminstration, but don't you think , kerry, kennedy and soros and the whole demo pelosi , reed gang have enough people to condem the president. THANK YOU FOR THE POST, WE NEED MORE OF THEM.