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Bush Judicial Nominees Withdraw
AP via SFGate ^ | 1/9/7 | David Espo

Posted on 01/09/2007 9:49:04 AM PST by SmithL

WASHINGTON (AP) --

In a concession to the Senate's new Democratic majority, four of President Bush's appeals court appointees have asked to have their nominations withdrawn, Republican officials said Tuesday.

These officials said that William Haynes, William Myers and Terrence Boyle had all decided to abandon their quest for confirmation. Another nominee, Mike Wallace, let it be known last month that he, too, had asked Bush to withdraw his nomination.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: judges; mikewallace; nominees; terrenceboyle; williamhaynes; williammyers
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1 posted on 01/09/2007 9:49:06 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

This should be all out war. The Senate wants to deny these nominees an up or down vote, then shut down the entire legislative process with the veto pen. No good legislation is going to come out of there now anyhow.


2 posted on 01/09/2007 9:51:05 AM PST by MovementConservative (The US will win in Iraq. Thank you all US troops.)
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To: MovementConservative

How many networks would give Conservatives any air time?


3 posted on 01/09/2007 9:54:02 AM PST by wastedyears ("By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: MovementConservative
The Senate wants to deny these nominees an up or down vote, then shut down the entire legislative process with the veto pen.

Nah, during the time it takes the Dems and a few RINOs help Bush get shamnesty passed, the veto pen will remain locked in a cabinet.

4 posted on 01/09/2007 9:54:08 AM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: SmithL

Hey, it's going to get worse. When the conservatives and moderate wimps stay home next time, they are going to give liberal democrats veto proof majorities and the presidency. Already our soldiers and allies are being abandoned by Congress. taxes will go up. More liberal judges. Partial birth abortions. It's ok, the morons who stayed home only consigned 300 million people to this.


5 posted on 01/09/2007 9:54:09 AM PST by Williams
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To: SmithL

I hope the so-called perfect conservatives are happy with their new Democrat Congress.

Republicans weren't perfect, but they were 100% better than what we're stuck with.

Maybe some freepers need a reminder about compromise and not getting 100% of what they want out of any politician.

This clip is from Reagan's autobiography:

When I began entering into the give and take of legislative bargaining in Sacramento, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn't like it. "Compromise" was a dirty word to them and they wouldn't face the fact that we couldn't get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don't get it all, some said, don't take anything.

I'd learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: 'I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average.'

If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that's what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it.

~~ Ronald Reagan, in his autobiography, An American Life .


6 posted on 01/09/2007 9:56:58 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: MovementConservative

I expect a do-nothing congress that increases the polarization in the country...


7 posted on 01/09/2007 9:58:23 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Williams

We warned'em.


8 posted on 01/09/2007 9:59:32 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Peach
I hope the so-called perfect conservatives are happy with their new Democrat Congress.

Republicans in my neck of the woods lost in November because the center abandoned Republicans due to the War and Immigration. Our republican turnout was as large and loyal as it had been since 1994.

9 posted on 01/09/2007 10:00:29 AM PST by IamConservative (Any man who agrees with you on everything, will lie to anyone.)
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To: Williams
ok, the morons who stayed home only consigned 300 million people to this.

The morons who stayed home?

I guess you failed to notice where voter percentages, across gender and ethnicity, shifted to the Dems.

The GOP failed to give a good reason to the average swing voter as to why they should stay in power. They stressed how important it was they maintained control - after showing they mostly saw power as a way to get the lion's share of earmarks and pork. That resonated with a lot of voters.

So if you want to blame someone, blame the pork-eating pubbies. Don't blame the voters. Blaming the voters is like a rapist blaming the victim for dressing in a way that "deserved" rape.

10 posted on 01/09/2007 10:00:38 AM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: MovementConservative
then shut down the entire legislative process with the veto pen

I would not be to sure about that.

11 posted on 01/09/2007 10:01:08 AM PST by technomage (Protest Voters are ignorant, immature, selfish people who have no capacity for long term thinking)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Yes--and not enough people listened--got to learn the hard way it seems. Got this address to pass along comments to Breck boy...
http://johnedwards.com/about/contact/form/


12 posted on 01/09/2007 10:01:12 AM PST by BamaAndy (Heart & Iron--the story of America through an ordinary family. ISBN: 1-4137-5397-3)
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To: SmithL

The Democrats are in charge of destroying any and ALL decent people for the bench.


13 posted on 01/09/2007 10:01:21 AM PST by Suzy Quzy
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To: Peach

What is particularly galling is to hear the so called Reagan conservatives demanding all or nothing from the President.


14 posted on 01/09/2007 10:03:52 AM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: Peach
I hope the so-called perfect conservatives are happy with their new Democrat Congress. Republicans weren't perfect, but they were 100% better than what we're stuck with. Maybe some freepers need a reminder about compromise and not getting 100% of what they want out of any politician. This clip is from Reagan's autobiography: When I began entering into the give and take of legislative bargaining in Sacramento, a lot of the most radical conservatives who had supported me during the election didn't like it. "Compromise" was a dirty word to them and they wouldn't face the fact that we couldn't get all of what we wanted today. They wanted all or nothing and they wanted it all at once. If you don't get it all, some said, don't take anything. I'd learned while negotiating union contracts that you seldom got everything you asked for. And I agreed with FDR, who said in 1933: 'I have no expectations of making a hit every time I come to bat. What I seek is the highest possible batting average.' If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that's what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it. ~~ Ronald Reagan, in his autobiography, An American Life .

Excellent post, Peach! BTTT!!!

15 posted on 01/09/2007 10:03:56 AM PST by Chena
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To: Peach
The continuing denial of the GOP loyalists is stunning.

The GOP should ditch the elephant and adapt Han Solo as their mascot - "It's not my fault!"

Sorry, but it wasn't the fault of voters that the GOP slapped earmarks on appropriations bills for the Iraq War and out Democrated the Democrats on spending over the last six years.

It wasn't the fault of voters that the GOP cavorted with K-street.

It wasn't the fault of voters that Hastert was utterly clueless for dealing with corruption, including his insane protests of the FBI raid of Jefferson's office.

It wasn't the fault of the voters that the GOP abandoned just about every stated principle from the Reagan revolution and the 1994 revolution.

So if you want to properly affix blame, look within the party leadership. Unless, of course, you're content with having the GOP slide back into perpetual minority status.

16 posted on 01/09/2007 10:04:43 AM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: Chena; Peach

Peach is a treasured poster on this forum.

She is able to get to the heart of any topic with the most cogent commentary.

And there is her transcription skills.....second to none who are TV deprived.


17 posted on 01/09/2007 10:06:04 AM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: IamConservative
Republicans in my neck of the woods lost in November because the center abandoned Republicans due to the War and Immigration. Our republican turnout was as large and loyal as it had been since 1994.

Then your area was the exception and not the rule.

From TownHall.org (Janice Shaw Crouse):

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In terms of how groups voted, there were slight, but very significant changes from 2002 to 2006 that spelled disaster for the GOP.

• More Republicans voted for Democrats (9 percent), than Democrats voted for Republicans (6 percent).

• More conservatives voted for Democrats (21 percent), than liberals voted for Republicans (10 percent).

• Nearly 30 percent (29 percent) of White Evangelicals voted for Democrats, and 54 percent of those who attend church weekly voted for Democrats.

• Among voters who thought that the scandals were "extremely important," 53 percent voted Democrat.

Though roughly the same percentage of evangelicals voted in 2006 as voted in 2002 (24 and 25 percent), there was a 2 percentage point drop in conservatives who voted (34 percent in 2002 compared with 32 percent in 2006). Also, there was an increase in the percentage of liberals who voted; in 2002, 17 percent of voters identified themselves as liberal compared to 21 percent in 2006.

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As anyone here on FR can see, while there was a small drop of conservatives that turned out to vote (a 2% drop), there was a 4% INCREASE in liberal voters.

Those 2% of conservatives who did not vote are the stay at home, protest non-voters. 2% could easily have swung a number of states. It appears that more liberal voters realized how important these mid-terms were than conservative voters.

We get the politicians we deserve by our voting (or non-voting) actions.

18 posted on 01/09/2007 10:06:11 AM PST by technomage (Protest Voters are ignorant, immature, selfish people who have no capacity for long term thinking)
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To: SmithL
These officials said that William Haynes, William Myers and Terrence Boyle had all decided to abandon their quest for confirmation.

I blame McCain/Graham for the fact that Haynes will not be on the bench.

Thanks guys for showing me how worthless our old Senate majority was.

19 posted on 01/09/2007 10:06:20 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Conservatism hasn't been tried and found wanting, it has been found wanting to be tried.)
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To: OldFriend
What is particularly galling is to hear the so called Reagan conservatives demanding all or nothing from the President.

All or nothing? We asked for a couple of things - cut spending and enforce the laws on immigration. Instead we had runaway spending and a Homeland Security chief who is so clueless that he is slapping passport requirements on citizens while admitting his department cannot keep track of visa holders who have left the country - and it was visa overstayers who were a large contingent of the 9-11 hijackers.

Perhaps if the GOP loyalists had done more to help hold the GOP accountable, swing voters might have been more inclinded to vote for the GOP. Instead, they properly caught the stench of political hypocrisy from the GOP like the aroma from a New Jersey swamp.

20 posted on 01/09/2007 10:07:12 AM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: Williams

Yes, but at least they'll "send a message." (Or was it "teach a lesson"?? So many bogus excuses for temper tantrums, I lose track...)


21 posted on 01/09/2007 10:08:10 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: SmithL

The Republicans never showed any cajones on this topic when it was the majority party in Congress anyway. When the Democrats get enough judges appointed to the SCOTUS, every election that goes against them will be decided in court in their favor. I'm finding it harder and harder to see a way out.


22 posted on 01/09/2007 10:08:23 AM PST by Spok
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To: dirtboy

The GOP didn't behave terribly well in many aspects, but it ain't nothing compared to what we're going to live through. Probably for decades.


23 posted on 01/09/2007 10:08:32 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: SmithL

I dont want to hear it from those who stayed home this election
the country moved left due to this last election mainly by pissed off conservatives staying home well this is what those of you who stayed home get and it is going to get worse


24 posted on 01/09/2007 10:10:41 AM PST by DM1
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To: Peach
If you got seventy-five or eighty percent of what you were asking for, I say, you take it and fight for the rest later, and that's what I told these radical conservatives who never got used to it.

I agree wholeheartedly with this.

So what, pray tell, constituted the 75-85% of what we were asking for that we got when the Republicans controlled both houses of the legislative and the executive branch?

25 posted on 01/09/2007 10:10:52 AM PST by explodingspleen (http://mish-mash.info/)
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To: OldFriend; Chena

Thank you both.

I wasn't terribly happy with a lot of the the Republican did, but we're going to look back at those years as the glory years by the time the Democrats are done.

And what conservative voters don't seem to understand is that once the Democrats are finished with the socialize America program, we're never going to find a Republican who will be willing to take a stand and take away ANYTHING from the American people.

So what are we going to get? More and more moderate Republicans running. Some of the most conservative Congressional candidates were voted out of office. I know that their Democrat opponents ran as conservatives, but only the naive bought into that.


26 posted on 01/09/2007 10:10:54 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
The GOP didn't behave terribly well in many aspects, but it ain't nothing compared to what we're going to live through. Probably for decades.

Well, if it was so critical for the GOP to hold on to power, you could have fooled my by the way the GOP acted in recent years. THAT is the core problem - you CANNOT sell the notion that it is vital for the GOP to hold on to power when the GOP used its power for so many utterly idiotic pursuits such as rampant earmarks - including a cluster of such in Iraq appropriations bills.

27 posted on 01/09/2007 10:11:07 AM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: dirtboy

I see the shoe fits!


28 posted on 01/09/2007 10:11:20 AM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: Peach

Democrat voters expect that their candidates are lying thru their teeth. They'd be shocked if it were otherwise.


29 posted on 01/09/2007 10:12:43 AM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: OldFriend
I see the shoe fits!

I see you don't have an answer for what I posted. Silly one-liners cannot change the facts - the GOP squandered its mandate.

Oh, and I was telling people left and right prior to the election that it was critical to vote GOP, especially with the House. But it was pretty hard to convince people when the GOP leadership undercut my arguments left and right with their own actions.

30 posted on 01/09/2007 10:13:20 AM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: explodingspleen

Here's what we got with a Republican majority (but feel free to keep pretending we didn't get anything, or enough of what you wanted):

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:

* Just three days after the attacks, in his address at the National Cathedral, the President reassured the nation when he said: "War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing."

* On Friday, September 14, 2001, President Bush visited Ground Zero. Standing on a crushed and burned fire engine atop the smoldering pile at Ground Zero, he put his arm around a retired firefighter who had volunteered to help, and began speaking to the crowd. Rescue workers shouted that they could not hear him. Someone handed him a small American flag and bullhorn. The President spontaneously shouted: "I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon." The crowd roared with cheers and chants of "USA! USA! USA!" Then he raised that American flag and rallied a nation:

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:

* A 10-year privatization option.
* Prescription drug benefits: Prior to this reform, Medicare paid for extended hospital stays for ulcer surgery, for example, at a cost of about $28,000 per patient. Yet Medicare would not pay for the drugs that eliminate the cause of most ulcers, drugs that cost about $500 a year. Now, drug coverage under Medicare will allow seniors to replace more expensive surgeries and hospitalizations with less expensive prescription medicine.
* More health care choices: As President Bush stated, "…when seniors have the ability to make choices, health care plans within Medicare will have to compete for their business by offering higher quality service [at lower cost]. For the seniors of America, more choices and more control will mean better health care. These are the kinds of health care options we give to the members of Congress and federal employees. What's good for members of Congress is also good for seniors.
* New Health Savings Accounts: Effective January 1, 2004, Americans can set aside up to $4,500 every year, tax free, to save for medical expenses. Depending on your tax bracket, that means you'll save between 10 to 35 percent on any costs covered by money in your account. Every year, the money not spent would stay in the account and gain interest tax-free, just like an IRA. These accounts will be good for small business owners, and employees. More businesses can focus on covering workers for major medical problems, such as hospitalization for an injury or illness. At the same time, employees and their families will use these accounts to cover doctors visits, or lab tests, or other smaller costs. Some employers will contribute to employee health accounts. This will help more American families get the health care they need at the price they can afford.

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:

* Equal Justice
* Freedom of Speech
* Limited Government Power
* Private Property Rights
* Religious Tolerance
* Respect for Women
* Rule of Law



31 posted on 01/09/2007 10:13:46 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: OldFriend

LOL. I think you're right!


32 posted on 01/09/2007 10:14:19 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Peach

Keep assigning blame in the wrong place and you (and the party) will remain clueless.


33 posted on 01/09/2007 10:16:11 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Sir Gawain

Keep expecting perfection, and 100% of what YOU want from a political party, and you'll see a socialized America before you can blink an eye. Enjoy that Democrat majority.


34 posted on 01/09/2007 10:16:58 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: SmithL

This is what typically happens when negotiating, and you refuse to use your leverage (veto). At some point, your allies decide you aren't going to help, and the other side decides that if you're not going to do anything, it will walk all over you.


35 posted on 01/09/2007 10:16:59 AM PST by ex-NFO
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To: dirtboy

You've got mail


36 posted on 01/09/2007 10:17:24 AM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: Peach
Keep expecting perfection, and 100% of what YOU want from a political party, and you'll see a socialized America before you can blink an eye. Enjoy that Democrat majority.

Yeah, and we all know the pubbies did such a grand job of reiging in socialism over the last few years.

Oh, wait a minute, they massively increased spending (which is the primary tool of socialism).

37 posted on 01/09/2007 10:20:18 AM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: Peach

I don't expect perfection, but only adhering to the party platform, principles, and Constitution. When the fruit is rotten, don't blame me for not buying it.


38 posted on 01/09/2007 10:20:19 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: SmithL

In a concession to the Senate's new Democratic majority, four of President Bush's appeals court appointees have asked to have their nominations withdrawn.


perhaps they were told to withdraw?


39 posted on 01/09/2007 10:20:23 AM PST by WhiteGuy (GOP Congress - 16,000 earmarks costing US $50 billion in 2006)
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To: Peach
The GOP didn't behave terribly well in many aspects, but it ain't nothing compared to what we're going to live through. Probably for decades.

Peach, just give up on trying to point out the obvious to certain voters (or should I say protest/non voters). They will never take responsibility for what is going to happen over the next 5-10 years.

They are assuming (rather naively) that in 2008 they will get everything they want. They are short term thinkers only and do not realize just how long it is going to take to revamp the Republican party.

After all, how are you going to try to use logic with people who think like this:

"Well, well, if I do not get everything that I want from the Republicans, I will put a party in power that will give me nothing of what I want".

That makes a lot of sense during this particular time in our country's history.

40 posted on 01/09/2007 10:20:44 AM PST by technomage (Protest Voters are ignorant, immature, selfish people who have no capacity for long term thinking)
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To: OldFriend; Peach

I agree, OldFriend. Peach is a FR treasure. :)


41 posted on 01/09/2007 10:20:55 AM PST by Chena
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To: dirtboy

Keep pretending it will be better under the Democrats.


42 posted on 01/09/2007 10:21:39 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: MovementConservative

Exactly.

But the administration hadn't had the guts to confront the Libs when they had Republican majorities in COngress.
There is no chance they will do it now.

My guess is they were ASKED to withdraw.


43 posted on 01/09/2007 10:22:12 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Chena

You are too kind, Chena.

Actually, today I'm ticking off a lot of "perfect" conservatives :-)


44 posted on 01/09/2007 10:22:45 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
I hope the so-called perfect conservatives are happy with their new Democrat Congress.

Why are you blaming conservatives for the Republicans' defeat? In my cousin's district (I was visiting him during the election), a Democrat won in a seat that had been vacated by a Republican. The Democrat's ads were all about the war in Iraq. I'm sorry to say it, but the Iraq war - as important as it is - is not popular. My reading is that the election turned on the Iraq war. That's not unusual. Wars lose popularity as they drag on. Flame me if you will, but I'm reporting what I think is the truth. I'm not cut and run - but I also don't think it's fair to blame conservatives for the election results.

45 posted on 01/09/2007 10:22:52 AM PST by freedomdefender
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To: OldFriend
What is particularly galling is to hear the so called Reagan conservatives demanding all or nothing from the President.

Ditto that!!!!!

46 posted on 01/09/2007 10:23:04 AM PST by Niteranger68 (The United States is a safe haven for all cultures……except its own.)
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To: SmithL

The libs in both parties have done a pretty good job of depopulating the Fourth Circuit.

Looks like this district could wind up more liberal than it was when Billy Jeff left office.


47 posted on 01/09/2007 10:24:25 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Conservatism hasn't been tried and found wanting, it has been found wanting to be tried.)
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To: dirtboy
In the interest of "fair and balanced", here's the counter list to Peach's "Please just link to me because I've been spammed all over the forum" list.

Do Republicans really support smaller government? Here are some interesting facts:

SOCIALIST WELFARE PROGRAMS & POLITICAL BOONDOGGLES


48 posted on 01/09/2007 10:24:38 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Peach

I agree. And the most conservative Democrat is still far more liberal than the most liberal Republican.


49 posted on 01/09/2007 10:24:57 AM PST by Chena
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To: freedomdefender
but I also don't think it's fair to blame conservatives for the election results

See post #18

50 posted on 01/09/2007 10:25:22 AM PST by technomage (Protest Voters are ignorant, immature, selfish people who have no capacity for long term thinking)
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