Skip to comments.George W. Bush--The First 30 Months
Posted on 07/01/2003 8:46:22 AM PDT by justshe
The Summer of Our Discontent with George W. Bush
The amount of discontent being expressed toward President George W. Bush on Free Republic seems to be increasing exponentially.
For the purpose of discussion, I have attempted to to draw up 2 lists. The first list is of accomplishments or 'directions' this administration is going. The second list, is for those items or behaviors many would like to see addressed or changed. I have made every attempt to list as many items as I could recall....or find by perusing MANY threads. I am sure I have missed some items.
Obviously, some of you will think some items on each list are not correct, that they should either NOT be listed, or are listed on the wrong list. Either way, it IS a start.
I have gleaned these items from multiple threads and posts going back over two years on Free Republic. These are NOT listed in any 'time-line' order.
If you have individual ping lists.....please use them to facilitate the widest possible discussion.
Presidency of George W. Bush --the first 30 months
Killed the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty.
Killed U.S. involvement in the International Criminal Court.
Killed the U.S. - CCCP ABM Treaty that was preventing the U.S. from deploying our ABM defenses.
Reversed Clinton's move to strike Reagan's anti-abortion Mexico Policy.
Killed Clinton's CO2 rules that were choking off all of the electricity surplus to California.
Killed Clinton's "ergonomic" rules that OSHA was about to implement; rules that would have shut down every home business in America.
Passed 2 tax cuts----1 of which was the largest tax-Dollar value tax cut in history
Pushed through TWO raises for our military.
Increased Defense Dept funding which had deteriorated during the previous 8 years
Signed TWO bills into law that arm our pilots with handguns in the cockpit
Currently pushing for full immunity from lawsuits for our national gun manufacturers.
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, NOT a leftist-imagined "collective" right.
Successfully executed 2 wars: Afghanistan and Iraq. 50 million people who had lived under tyrannical regimes now live in freedom.
Changed the tone in the White House, restoring HONOR and DIGNITY to the Presidency
Reorganized bureaucracy...after 9/11, condensed 20+ overlapping agencies and their intelligence sectors into one agency: the Department of Homeland Security.
Initiated discussion on Social security and individual investment accounts.
Improving govt. efficiency with .8 million jobs put up for bid...weakening unions and cutting undeserved pay raises. Wants merit based promotions/raises only.
Executed a WAR ON TERROR by getting world-wide cooperation to track funds/terrorists (has cut off much of the terrorist's funding and captured or killed many key leaders of the al Qaeda network)
Stopped foreign aid that would be used to fund abortions.
Ended abortions on military bases
Signed E.O. reversing Clinton policy of not requiring parental consent under the Medical Privacy Act
Told the United Nations we weren't interested in their plans for gun control.
Set to sign Partial Birth Abortion Ban
Orchestrated Republican control of the White House, the House AND the Senate.
Killed the liberal ABA's role in vetting federal judges for Congress.
GWB signed an executive order enforcing the Supreme Court's Beck decision (re: union dues being used for political campaigns against individual's wishes)
Brought back our EP-3 intel plane and crew from China without any bribes or bloodshed
Started withdrawing our troops from Bosnia and has announced withdrawal of our troops from Germany and the Korean DMZ.
Signed the LARGEST nuclear arms reduction in world history with Russia
Initiated comprehensive review of our military, which was completed just prior to 9/11/01, accurately reported that ASYMMETRICAL WARFARE was critical.
Has CONSTRUCTION in process on the first ten ABM silos in Alaska, so that America will have a defense against North Korean nukes
Turning around an inherited economy in recession.
Passed tough new laws to hold corporate criminals to account as a result of corporate scandals.
Reduced taxes on dividends and capital gains
In process of eliminating IRS marriage penalty.
Increased small business incentives to expand and to hire new people
Signed into law the CFR legislation (under dark of night)
Signed into law the No Child Left Behind legislation delivering the most dramatic education reforms in a generation (challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations)
Reorganized the INS in an attempt to safeguard the borders and ports of America and to eliminate bureaucratic redundancies and lack of accountability.
Signed trade promotion authority
Committed US funds to purchase medicine for millions of men and women and children now suffering with AIDS in Africa
Urging Medicare Reform
Urging federal liability reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits
Supports class action reform bill which limits lawyer fees so that more settlement money goes to victims
Submitted comprehensive energy plan--awaits Congressional action. ( works to develop cleaner technology, produce more natural gas here at home, make America less dependent on foreign sources of energy)
Endorses and promotes The Responsibility Era ("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 are 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. " -----this quote was too good to leave out)
Started the USA Freedom Corps
Pushing for passage of Prescription Drug Benefit package for Seniors which will have 'means' testing with a goal towards privatization of Medicare and CHOICES based on current Federal Employee Health benefits program.
Initiated review of all federal agencies with a goal to eliminate federal jobs (review to be done by September 2003) in an effort to reduce the size of federal gov while increasing private sector jobs.
Part of coalition (Russia, Israel, Palestine, USA) for Israeli/Palestinian "Roadmap to Peace"
Challenged the United Nations to live up to their responsibilities and not become The League of Nations ( in other words, completely irrelevant)
Nominated strong, conservative judges to the judiciary.
Changed parts of the Forestry Management Act to allow necessary clean-up of the national forests in order to reduce fire danger.
As part of the national forests clean-up, the President restricted judicial challenges (based on the Endangered Species Act and other challenges) and removed the need for an EIS (Enivironmental Impact Statement) before removing fuels/logging to reduce fire danger.
Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.
Cut federal spending on libraries by $39 million.
Cut $35 million in funding for doctors to get advanced pediatric training.
Cut funding for research into renewable energy sources by 50%.
Revoked rules that reduced the acceptable levels of arsenic in drinking water.
Blocked rules that would require federal agencies to offer bilingual assistance to non-English speaking persons
Proposed to eliminate new marine protections for the Channel Islands and the coral reefs of northwest Hawaii
Cut funding for research into cleaner, more efficient cars and trucks by 28%
Suspended rules that would have strengthened the government's ability to deny contracts to companies that violated workplace safety, environmental and other federal laws.
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.
Appointed John Negroponte -- an unindicted high-level Iran Contra figure to the post of United Nations Ambassador.
Abandoned a campaign pledge to invest $100 million for rainforest conservation.
Reduced by 86% the Community Access Program for public hospitals, clinics and providers of care for people without insurance.
Rescinded a proposal to increase public access to information about the potential consequences resulting from chemical plant accidents.
Suspended rules that would require hardrock miners to clean up sites on public lands.
Cut $60 million from a Boy's and Girl's Clubs of America program for public housing.
Proposed to eliminate a federal program, designed and successfully used in Seattle, to help communities prepare for natural disasters
Eliminated funding for the Wetlands Reserve Program, which encourages farmers to maintain wetlands habitat on their property.
Cut program to provide childcare to low-income families as they move from welfare to work.
Cut a program that provided prescription contraceptive coverage to federal employees (though it still pays for Viagra).
Cut $700 million in capital funds for repairs in public housing
Appointed Otto Reich -- an un-indicted high-level Iran Contra figure -- to Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.
Cut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by $500 million.
Proposed to curtail the ability of groups to sue in order to get an animal placed on the Endangered Species List
Rescinded the rule that mandated increased energy-saving efficiency regulations for central air conditioners and heat pumps.
Abandoned campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide, the waste gas that contributes to global warming.
Gutted the White House AIDS Office.
Renegotiated a free trade agreement with Jordan to eliminate workers's rights and safeguards for the environment.
Cut the Community Oriented Policing Services program
Allowed Interior Secretary Gale Norton to shelve citizen-led grizzly bear re-introduction plan scheduled for Idaho and Montana wilderness
Continues to hold up federal funding for stem cell research projects
Makes sure convicted misdemeanor drug users cannot get financial aid for college, though convicted murderers can
Refused to fund continued cleanup of uranium-slag heap in Utah
Refused to fund continued litigation of the government's tobacco company lawsuit.
Signed a bill making it harder for poor and middle-class Americans to file for bankruptcy, even in the case of daunting medical bills
Cut $15.7 million earmarked for states to investigate cases of child abuse and neglect
Helped kill a law designed to make it tougher for teenagers to get credit cards
Canceled 2004 deadline for automakers to develop prototype high mileage cars.
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
Reduced the Low Income Home Assistance Program by 40%; it aided low-income individuals who need assistance paying energy bills
Told U.N. "NO" re: global tax
Items still to be accomplished and/or addressed
Allow sunsetting of AWB
Fix illegal immigration issues and border control
Limit/eliminate federal entitlement programs
Cut size of federal budget
Shrink federal government job force
Hate all Dems and do not treat them civilly
Don't appoint any homosexuals to public office
Don't meet with Grover Norquist--or Muslims--or Homosexuals
Kill all terrorists in Israel
Drop the idea of a Palestinian state
"Eliminate" all Palestinians
Need means testing on Senior Rx legislation
Get the United States out of the United Nations
Banish the United Nations from U.S. soil.
Stop all foreign aid.
Stop all foreign aid to the Palestinians
Eliminate Steel and Wood tarrifs
Talk non-stop, at every opportunity, about judicial nominees and lack of Senate vote.
Push Frist out.....bring back Trent Lott
Fire Karl Rove
Fire Colin Powell
Anyone who questions whether this was a good thing or not needs to consider the New Zealand Cow Fart tax of $300 per head of cattle to comply with Kyoto.
Search FR for "New Zealand Flatulence" to see articles.
Part Two (Items to be accomplished) is just plain nuts. "Eliminate entitlements?" "Stop being civil to democrats"? Good Lord. What are you smoking?
BTW, "Firing Karl Rove" is the last thing Bush would want to do.
Thanks for posting this!
Oh yes, I'll always pick the lesser to two evils......Sheesh.....
This proves again just how brainwashed the people have become. When you go to the ice cream store & they only have vanilla & chocolate & you hate one of the flavors, where is your choice?
I must go run some errands, but will return..............................
An excellent report card, justshe. ;-)
You have it covered pretty good, but you will find about 3,000 versions of those same complaints.
Later! "I'll be back."
and what would you do if GW signed the Kyoto treaty, then the Crime court, then any of the other items listed. When would you say is ENOUGH? Years ago a president that sat quiet on a decision we saw from the SC would have been questioned. A president who increased the budget that has happened would be highly questioned (neither corrupt faction of this "Two-Party Cartel" has ever mentioned that). So the alternative is to GET OUT of the corrupt two parties.
And to list anything he's done on immigration as an accomplishment? Theguy won't even let Congress forbid the executive agencies from accepting the Matricula Consular.
You should also add to the bad list:
Forced Biggest Expansion of Welfare State in 40 years through Congress (drug handout).
Broke the back of the pro-life movement by dividing and conquering them on stem-cell research, guaranteeing a huge loss of influence for true conservatives within the GOP in coming years.
I have made every attempt to list as many items as I could recall....or find by perusing MANY threads. I am sure I have missed some items.
Obviously, some of you will think some items on each list are not correct, that they should either NOT be listed, or are listed on the wrong list. Either way, it IS a start.
You want the ice cream store to put a flavor on the board that they've put on the board before, and nobody bought it.
Is harry browne or PJB anywhere around...lol
Uh Digger, those are hypotheticals and not based in reality. Is it really that hard for you to stay in reality?
Most of Bush's accomplishments are due to Rove...
Oh, OK. That explains the "nuts" part of it.
Never mind. :^D
The United States on Tuesday suspended military assistance to nearly 50 countries, including Colombia and six nations seeking NATO membership, because they have supported the International Criminal Court and failed to exempt Americans from possible prosecution.
The article linked to is entirely relavent. I guess you can't rebut it, so you'll just keep casting aspersions on your betters...
The question is, have more positives than negatives been accomplished? Are we generally moving in the right direction? Have important things been done that would not have been done under a Democratic administration?
We know the country did not get in the shape it's in overnight, and we know that everything will not be corrected overnight.
We also know that many of the "safety net" type programs can't be immediately eliminated, and perhaps they will never be eliminated because at present too many people depend on them. In depth discussion of those is probably best left to threads devoted to those topics, but...
Are we on the right track, or not? Is there more good than bad, or vice versa?
And, if we're on the wrong track, what is a viable alternative?
BWAHAHA! Excellent. My favorite flavor is Blue Moon.
Still, the growth of government, the PATRIOT Act, caving in to the liberals by co-opting their agenda items... I expected better from a "conservative".
My daughter's science textbook prattled on about how GWB killed Kyoto. She stopped the discussion and asked her teacher: "Didn't the Senate vote 95-0 against it?" Well, ummm, yes that's true. "And wouldn't the Kyoto treaty only reduced the projected rise by 10%?" Another umm, yes. Same with the International Criminal Court. The Senate voted against it but Masturbater-in-Chief Clinton signed it anyway. Leaving his successor the dirty duty of confirming our country's opposition. He ludicrous reasoning was that we could better influence it if we signed it. Yeah, give away your chief negotiating point - moron.
As for the ABM treaty with the USSR. The USSR no longer exists but we withdrew under the provisions of the treaty. We didn't abrogate it or violate it as some in the media portray our actions. The treaty had provisions for either side to get out with proper notification and we followed that.
To me the greatest things Bush has done are to return decency, integrity, and character to the Oval Office; prosecute the War on Terror with steely-eyed determination. And the greatest things he will do are change the environment in the nation's judiciary (appointing people who actually respect the rule of law, rather than make it up as they go); and to consign the Democrat Party to permanent minority status.
But, such a list isn't going to stop folks from asking obvious questions - and we need to continue to do so, and be aggressive about it. Because, one President isn't more important than conservative priciple. His re-election isn't a given.
Since its passage 30 years ago, the law known as Title IX, which bars discrimination against girls and young women in U.S. schools and colleges, has been twisted by America's anti-boy left-wing activists. With the laudable goal of assuring equal opportunities for girls in school, the law has required the elimination of hundreds of boys' athletic programs. Colleges and universities have been forced to cut men's wrestling, golf, swimming, track and other sports in order to comply with Title IX's "proportional representation" regulations. Failure to comply could mean the loss of federal funds. Last week the Bush administration urged a federal court to reject the lawsuit of the National Wrestling Coaches Association against the Department of Education (which originally wrote the offending regulations). The coaches' suit contends that U.S. rules are illegal, encourage gender quotas, and "mandate the very discrimination that Title IX prohibits." The Bush Justice Department raised procedural objections to the suit (statute of limitations, federal government immunity from suit) and didn't reach the substance of the plaintiffs' case. So we saw the beginnings of the Bush approach to this diversity issue, and recent Supreme Court rulings, of which Bush applauded in regards to the affirmative action ruling, all clearly demonstrate that re-election is more important to Bush, and some Bushies, than conservative principles. Wheres Bush? Either he says nothing or supports it. Where is Bush on the Davis (D-CA) recall? Where is he on illegal aliens? The latest court rulings have been the greatest calamity to conservative cause in decades and it happens under a Republican President and he applauds it.
Anyone who asks questions, is attacked.
Tom Tancredo (R) would secure our nation and put an end to "Open Borders." This is the single most important public policy that will lessen the threat from aliens, who are hostile and willing to do harm to our citizens. Under Bush, guarding our borders means scrutiny for those who want to leave, while smiling at those who rush to enter. Tancredo embodies the common sense pro American viewpoint that only a politician of courage would dare demonstrate. He was then attacked by the Bush Administration, ostracized, for doing so. He was only one of so many that were ostracized.
Hows our borders? Safe? Wheres Bush on the illegal alien invasion?
Do we need to make lists? No, nor do we need to be silenced for asking questions (BECAUSE A LOT OF FOLKS ARE DOING EXACTLY THAT, and will CONTINUE TO DO SO), nor stop asking such questions. You will hear the questions asked on many of the communication channels of the conservative voice, including talk radio. And, the fanatical wing of some Bush groupies arent going to stop that, no way.
Yes, Bush has given us some tax cuts. The victory in Afghanistan and Iraq, historical.
But no one is going to stop asking questions because of a list of achievements.
Hey! Its the economy, stupid, right? Do you know whats happening across America, right now? The BOLD new WORLD? Its GLOBAL, and its called offshore outsourcing. And wheres Bush on this?
Bush has a bold job plan for India. The GOP Hires 75 Telephone Marketers in New Delhi Suburb to Raise Funds for the Republicans.
What will they be doing. Raising money for the Republican coffers, of course. In the January 31, 2003, article in a New Delhi business publication called the "Business Standard," HCL eServe, the business process outsourcing arm of the India based HCL Technologies, is utilized, "HCL eServe has put in place a team of 75 people to work on the project out of its call centres in Noida and Gurgaon . . . These operators are required to call up people in the US seeking their support for President George W Bush and a donation for the Republican cause."
Working out of a software technology park in Noida, not far from New Delhi, these 75 telemarketers may be joined by additional workers if they raise lots of cash for the Bush campaign.
What will these telemarketers ask their callers? Indian telemarketers will be raising money for Bush and the GOP, and to inform Americans about all the Republicans are doing to increase jobs in America and improve the economy.
Of course, what better way to get the job done, than to use offshore outsourcing to get it done.