Skip to comments.George W. Bush's first year in office (List of 77 accomplishments)
Posted on 03/25/2002 10:14:09 AM PST by LarryLied
In George W. Bush's first year in office he:
1. Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.
2. Cut federal spending on libraries by $39 million.
3. Cut $35 million in funding for doctors to get advanced pediatric training.
4. Cut funding for research into renewable energy sources by 50%.
5. Revoked rules that reduced the acceptable levels of arsenic in drinking water.
6. Blocked rules that would require federal agencies to offer bilingual assistance to non-English speaking persons. This, from a candidate who would readily fire-up his Spanish-speaking skills in front of would-be Hispanic voters.
7. Proposed to eliminate new marine protections for the Channel Islands and the coral reefs of northwest Hawaii (please see San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 2001).
8. Cut funding for research into cleaner, more efficient cars and trucks by 28%
9. Suspended rules that would have strengthened the government's ability to deny contracts to companies that violated workplace safety, environmental and other federal laws.
10. Approved the sending of letters by Interior Department appointee Gale Norton to state officials soliciting suggestions for opening up national monuments for oil and gas drilling, coal mining, and foresting.
11. Appointed John Negroponte -- an unindicted high-level Iran Contra figure to the post of United Nations Ambassador.
12. Abandoned a campaign pledge to invest $100 million for rainforest conservation.
13. Reduced by 86% the Community Access Program for public hospitals, clinics and providers of care for people without insurance.
14. Rescinded a proposal to increase public access to information about the potential consequences resulting from chemical plant accidents.
15. Suspended rules that would require hardrock miners to clean up sites on public lands.
16. Cut $60 million from a Boy's and Girl's Clubs of America program for public housing.
17. Proposed to eliminate a federal program, designed and successfully used in Seattle, to help communities prepare for natural disasters.
18. Pulled out of the 1997 Kyoto Treaty global warming agreement. 19. Cut $200 million of work force training for dislocated workers.
20. Eliminated funding for the Wetlands Reserve Program, which encourages farmers to maintain wetlands habitat on their property.
21. Cut program to provide childcare to low-income families as they move from welfare to work.
22. Cut a program that provided prescription contraceptive coverage to federal employees (though it still pays for Viagra).
23. Cut $700 million in capital funds for repairs in public housing.
24. Appointed Otto Reich -- an un-indicted high-level Iran Contra figure -- to Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.
25. Cut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by $500 million.
26. Proposed to curtail the ability of groups to sue in order to get an animal placed on the Endangered Species List.
27. Rescinded the rule that mandated increased energy-saving efficiency regulations for central air conditioners and heat pumps.
28. Repealed workplace ergonomic rules designed to improve worker health and safety.
29. Abandoned campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide, the waste gas that contributes to global warming.
30. Banned federal aid to international family planning programs that offer abortion counseling with other independent funds.
31. Closed the White House Office for Women's Health Initiatives and Outreach.
32. Nominated David Lauriski -- an ex-mining company executive --- to post of Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.
33. Approved a controversial plan by Interior Secretary Gale Norton to auction oil and gas development tracts off the coast of eastern Florida.
34. Announced intention to open up Montana's Lewis and Clark National Forest to oil and drilling.
35. Proposes to re-draw boundaries of nation's monuments, which would technically allow oil and gas drilling "outside" of national monuments.
36. Gutted the White House AIDS Office.
37. Renegotiated a free trade agreement with Jordan to eliminate workers's rights and safeguards for the environment.
38. Will no longer seek guidance from The American Bar Association in recommendations for the federal judiciary appointments.
39. Appointed recycling foe Lynn Scarlett as Undersecretary of the Interior.
40. Took steps to abolish the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
41. Cut the Community Oriented Policing Services program.
42. Allowed Interior Secretary Gale Norton to shelve citizen-led grizzly bear re-introduction plan scheduled for Idaho and Montana wilderness.
43. Continues to hold up federal funding for stem cell research projects.
44. Makes sure convicted misdemeanor drug users cannot get financial aid for college, though convicted murderers can.
45. Refused to fund continued cleanup of uranium-slag heap in Utah.
46. Refused to fund continued litigation of the government's tobacco company lawsuit.
47. Proposed a $2 trillion tax cut, 43% of which will go to the wealthiest 1% of Americans.
48. Signed a bill making it harder for poor and middle-class Americans to file for bankruptcy, even in the case of daunting medical bills.
49. Appointed a Vice President quoted as saying "If you want to do something about carbon dioxide emissions, then you ought to build nuclear power plants." (Meet the Press.")
50. Appointed Diana Roth to the Council of Economic Advisers. ("There is no gender gap in pay", Boston Globe, March 28, 2001.)
51. Appointed Kay Cole James, an opponent of affirmative action, to direct the Office of Personnel Management.
52. Cut $15.7 million earmarked for states to investigate cases of child abuse and neglect.
53. Helped kill a law designed to make it tougher for teenagers to get credit cards.
54. Proposed elimination of the "Reading is Fundamental" program that gives free books to poor children.
55. Is pushing for development of small nuclear arms to attack deeply buried targets and weapons. This would violate the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
56. Proposes to nominate Jeffrey Sutton, the attorney responsible for a recent case weakening the Americans with Disabilities Act, to federal appeals court judgeship.
57. Proposes to reverse regulation protecting 60 million acres of national forest from logging and road building.
58. Eliminated funding for the "We the People" education program which taught school children about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and citizenship.
59. Appointed John Bolton, who opposes nonproliferation treaties and the UN, to Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
60. Nominated Linda Fisher, an executive with Monsanto, for the number-two job at the Environmental Protection Agency.
61. Nominated Michael McConnell, leading critic of the separation of church and state, to a federal judgeship.
62. Nominated Terrence Boyle, an ardent opponent of civil rights, to a federal judgeship.
63. Canceled 2004 deadline for automakers to develop prototype high mileage cars.
64. Nominated Harvey Pitts, a lawyer for a teen sex video distributor, to head SEC.
65. Nominated John Walters, a strong opponent of prison drug treatment programs, to be Drug Tsar. (Washington Post, May 16, 2001.)
66. Nominated J. Steven Giles, an oil and coal lobbyist, for Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
67. Nominated Bennett Raley, who advocates repealing the Endangered Species Act, for Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
68. Is seeking the dismissal of class-action lawsuit filed in the US against Japan by Asian women forced to work as sex slaves during WWII.
69. Earmarked $4 million in new federal grant money for HIV and drug abuse prevention programs to go only to religious groups and not secular equivalents.
70. Reduced the Low Income Home Assistance Program by 40%; it aided low-income individuals who need assistance paying energy bills.
71. Nominated Ted Olson, who has repeatedly lied about his involvement with the Scaiffe-funded "Arkansas Project" to bring down Bill Clinton, for Solicitor General.
72. Nominated Terrance Boyle, a foe of civil rights, to a federal judgeship.
73. Proposes to ease permit process, including environmental considerations, for refinery, nuclear and hydroelectric dam construction. (Washington Post, May 18, 2001.)
74. Proposes to give government the authority to take private property through eminent domain for power lines.
75. Proposes that $1.2 billion in funding for alternative renewable energy come from selling oil and gas lease tracts in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve.
76. Plans on serving genetically engineered foods at all official government functions.
77. Forced out Forest Service chief Mike Dombeck and appointed a timber industry lobbyist.
78) Restored decency to the Presidency the very moment his foot hit the carpet in the Oval Office.
#1. Helped KILL the first Ammendment
From Drudge just now...
Bush Will Sign Campaign Finance Bill Mon Mar 25,10:19 AM ET SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (Reuters) -
President Bush (news - web sites) said on Sunday he would sign landmark campaign finance reform legislation with only a slight hesitation, reflecting his ongoing concerns about the measure.
"I won't hesitate" signing it, Bush said at a joint news conference with Salvadoran President Francisco Flores as the president wrapped up a four-day trip to Latin America. "It will probably take about three seconds to get to the W, I may hesitate on the period, and then rip through the Bush." The legislation to reduce the influence of money in politics won final congressional approval last week, and Bush has pledged to sign it soon. The bill would ban unlimited contributions known as "soft money" to national political parties, limit such donations to state and local parties and restrict broadcast ads by outside groups shortly before elections.
I'm a member of the NRA, amongst several other gorups who supported this SHMUCK and who will now suffer for it.
Never again will I vote for a RINO.
80) Put in place a Cabinet of serious, honest adults.
81) Has a real marriage with the lovely First Lady, Laura Bush.
I expected more from the President on this issue, like, say, fulfilling his campaign promise not to sign it unless his terms were met. On top of that, he's currently meeting with the money-grubbing Latin American leaders, all of whom are supporting the UN Global Tax proposals.
AND, the Congress is on Easter Break, right? Where's the recess appointments?
Oh yeah, and I just heard on CBS news that the White House is curretly pressing Israel to lift Yasser Arafat's travel limitations...
Just what the hell is going on in our White House right now??????
Here's a list:
(1) Education Bill that greatly expands the scope of federal intervention and funding (enabling even greater liberal indoctrination at the earliest ages).;
(2) Budget that increases the size of government greater than the rate of inflation, even factoring out increased defense spending;
(3) Steel tariffs of 30 percent which lower the standard of living, depress the economy and ruin our credibility as a global trade partner;
(4) Probable signing of an amnesty for illegal aliens;
(5) Probable signing of Campaign Finance Reform.
In terms of meaningfulness, the list of 77 pales in comparison with this list of 5.
I agree if you are referring to BJs in the oval office etal, but I don't think signing the repeal of the first amendment or engineering the beginnings of the state takeover of churches to be "decent" things.
Welcome to Free Reublic. Hope you enjoy your stay.
lol...I got that impression too. You don't think Red Pepper.com is a socialist site, do you?
Given the last 8 years of raw Communism in the White House,
the list of accomplishments that a "Conservative" would hope to enjoy within a years time while occupying the White House
should STILL be scrolling up your screen!
Thomas Jefferson started that. He belonged to a church which lived off tax money you know. He wanted everyone in the country to adopt his religion too. He was around when Congress had the gall to authorize the printing of Bibles and he even attended a 4 hour church service at the Treasury Department while he was President. Evil guy. Wanted a theocracy in America he did.
Got RID of that carpet......LOL.
Robinson's Maxim: If you vote for anyone other than a Republican you are supporting a Democrat.
SHOW ME ONE BILL THAT HE SIGNED INTO LAW
THAT WILL BE MORE DAMAGING TO OUR BILL OF RIGHTS THAN WHAT OUR "CONSERVATIVE" PRESIDENT IS ABOUT TO SIGN !
SHOW ME ONE !!!!
We got screwed ... "BIG TIME"
It is telling that they produce a one-sided laundry list of issues without explaining why the Bush administration did these things. Of course if your position can't stand up to scrutiny, about the only way to present it in a positive light is to suppress the other side.
I do really wish they'd get over Iran-Contra. Reagan and the "figures" involved were right and the Lefties were wrong. Again. So what else is new.
Yeah right. The Democrats would give back the House if they got control again. You are dreaming.
Sounds like typical republican to me. Do enough small stuff that is considered a bit conservative with one hand, to please most of the voters, while pushing us hard with the other hand in sync with the democrats right into a tyrannical, socialist state.
Alan Keyes looks better and better all the time. The only reason he couldn't win was because everyone was saying he couldn't win. It had little to do with reality. If all the real conservatives who supported Bush had worked to get Alan elected I daresay things would be a little different. Change isn't easy folks, we're going to have to work at it if we don't want the two wings of the same bird of prey beating us into submission, slowly on the one side and rapidly on the other.
I campaigned HARD for Dr. Keyes in New Hampshire, many a cold day holding one of his signs.
I'll tell you what was the most chilling on those days leading up to the Primary.
It was talking to the bow tie and oxford wearing Bush supporters who gaped at me in horror when I defended the need for a SECOND AMMENDMENT.
Think we're sorry this afternoon ?
Just wait until Dianne Feinstein submits a Bill to repeal the NEXT Ammendment.
I can hear Bush now, "Over My dead body will they infringe upon Your Right to own a gun!"
That lost him some votes of course but the real reason he didn't and doesn't get any traction is his personality. Many conservatives don't like or trust him.
The only reason he couldn't win was because everyone was saying he couldn't win.
It couldn't have had anything to do with the fact that he had NO experience, could it?
If all the real conservatives who supported Bush had worked to get Alan elected I daresay things would be a little different.
But they didn't, did they? Does that make them NOT real conservatives because they didn't vote for Keyes?
Keyes should be happy he has a show on TV -- for now.
They'll be hell to pay if anyone finds out that I, too, am "unindicted."
Who do I see to get that fixed!
So you are lumping yourself into the camp of folks who don't MIND having your God given right to free speech infringed upon ?
Or are you that confident that our "side" is winning and that the Bill of Rights is no longer "needed".
Do you not see that your lock-step defense of one man is no better than that of Carville and the other Clinton synchophants ?
If expressing my intense displeasure of having been duped AGAIN is "Out of Control" than I'd rather be that than what YOU are ....
Hey round up the crew. We're gonna bury this here fellow Bush and his administration. We'll get us a real Democrat in 04 and a good crat congress in 02. Hey it shouldn't take long with all the help around here providing we can pry them loose from the keyboards for a spell.
Exactly. Such as the cut in funding for doctors to study advanced pediatric care. Sounds bad but when you think about it, doctors do have the money to pay for it themselves. And "advanced" care could mean anything. Ten to one there is a homosexual, anti-gun or race based agenda in there somewhere.