Tuesday, September 21, 2004

The President Who Cried Wolf.

Just like the boy who cried wolf, George Bush’s repeated deceptions have destroyed his credibility. Early in his administration, Bush claimed there was a terrible energy crisis pending. A judge later ruled that crisis was nothing more than Bush’s Enron buddies illegally manipulating the electricity market. Later, Bush claimed Iraq had chemical, biological, and even nuclear weapons. Today we know those weapons of mass destruction didn’t even exist. Now Bush and Cheney have claimed that if John Kerry is elected there will be another deadly terrorist attack. It’s just one more outlandish tale from this President that cannot be believed.

Playing into Bin Laden’s Hands

“Right now, the course we're on, we're achieving Bin Laden's ends.”
--Retired general William Odom,
Former head of the National Security Agency

One of the Republican catch phrases this election has been “Who would Al Queda vote for?” Given the results of the current US policy, the answer is clearly George Bush. By invading Iraq, Bush managed to simultaneously take resources away from the hunt for Bin Laden, turn world sentiment against America, provide new terrorist hiding places in a destabilized Iraq, and improve terrorist recruiting by enflaming Arab anger throughout the Middle East. Al Queda would gladly vote for Bush if they could. But if America really wants to put terrorism on the run, we must vote for John Kerry.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Bush’s 9/11 Smokescreen

George Bush has used the burning rubble of the World Trade Center as a smokescreen to advance an extreme right wing agenda. Fanning the flames of war and terror to consume the headlines, George Bush has quietly issued executive orders undermining everything from environmental policy to civil rights.

Bush’s $100 billion Deception

The Bush administration pressured a top official to hide the fact that the Bush Medicare bill would cost $100 billion more than what they told the public and the congress. This is part of a pattern of expensive deceptions by the Bush administration. They deceived us into a war that has cost $200 billion and over 1,000 American lives. And they deceived us about their blatant abuse of the Geneva Convention in Abu Graib, costing America priceless trust, respect, and cooperation around the world.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Not a Question of Values, a Question of Priorities

The GOP says this election is about values, but they are wrong. This election is about priorities. Which is a greater priority, record pay for CEOs or fair wages for workers? Which is a greater priority, giving no bid contracts to Haliburton or giving reliable support to our soldiers? Which is a greater priority, giving massive tax cuts to the top 1% or giving world class education and health care to all Americans? George Bush revealed his priorities the last four years. When voters look, they see John Kerry shares their priorities, the right priorities for America.

Bush is Decisive, Just like General Custer

Bush is a decisive leader in the same way General Custer was. They both made disastrous decisions and charged forward without a second thought. We know the end result of Custer’s leadership. Given the current state of health care, education, the economy, and Iraq, Bush’s results look about the same.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth vs. The Truth about Bush’s Service

There is a major difference between the accusations against John Kerry’s Vietnam service and the current accusations against George W. Bush’s service. Official Government documents prove The Swift Boat Veteran’s lies to be false. In the case of President Bush, it is official government documents which actually show his breach of contract and misconduct in the National Guard. The only distortions that have are occurred have been the relentless denials and misleading statements by the Bush administration as they have struggled to suppress this story for the past four years.

Kerry’s Iraq Vote: The Simple Explanation

John Kerry voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq because the President, regardless of who holds the office, needs the option to use force in such situations. But President Bush misused, bungled, and abused that authority, misleading our nation into war, alienating us in the world community, and creating a situation in Iraq that is a greater danger to us now than it ever was before the war.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

The Great Misleader

To make the case for war in Iraq, President Bush used incredibly misleading statements to sway public opinion. Now, in the battle for the White House, he’s trying to do it again. According to independent analysts, George Bush’s attack ads against John Kerry are seriously misleading and even outright false. The more America sees of George Bush, the more it becomes clear: he is not a great leader, only a great misleader.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

For Bush Incorporated, Anything Goes

A recent editorial in the Army News said the message to American prison guards in Iraq was clear: “Anything goes.” But the Bush administration hasn’t limited this approach to just Iraq. Channeling government contracts to corporate cronies? Anything goes. Rolling back environmental protections? Anything goes. Smearing political opponents? Anything goes. Fabricating reasons for war? Anything goes. Anything goes in George Bush’s attempt to consolidate power, crush opponents, and reward contributors. That is why Bush must go.

The Theoretical Presidency

In theory, Bush was going to be a uniter. In reality, he has divided this nation more bitterly than ever. In theory, the Bush tax cut was supposed to help the economy. In reality, it has crippled our nation with record deficits. In theory, the Iraqis would greet us with flowers. In reality, our soldiers were greeted with RPG’s. In theory, the administration could be trusted to observe human rights in it’s secret prisons. In reality, they have overseen some of the worst violations of human rights in US history. To some, George Bush may have sounded like a good president in theory. In reality, it’s time for John Kerry.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Corporate Warriors are Classic Bush

It’s no secret George W. Bush is a corporate crony. Time and again his administration has allowed companies to act with little oversight and even less regulation. This policy has now turned into travesty as we learn of the role corporate military contractors played in the Iraqi torture scandal. Bush incorporated brought in over 20,000 hired guns to Iraq. They gave them lucrative salaries with our tax dollars. And, as with all Bush corporate relationships, they gave them the greenlight to run roughshod over the usual regulations by providing no established oversight or accountability. Bush’s hired guns have turned out to be loose cannons, committing and condoning some of the worst human rights violations in Iraq. Now, once again, the rest of us are paying the price for Bush’s corporate coziness.

Torturing the Innocent

In the uproar over the revelation that America has carried out widespread torture in Iraq, another, even more disturbing fact is being overlooked. According to the same Red Cross reports that first brought the torture to light, American intelligence sources admitted over 90% of the detainees had been arrested by mistake. They were innocent. This means the US, the world beacon of human rights and freedom, was arresting, indefinitely detaining, and torturing innocent men. It is horrifying. But sadly not surprising from an administration whose policy, even in America, has been to arrest first, ask questions later, and allow judicial oversight never.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

The Iraq Torture Scandal: Why Bush is to Blame

President Bush may not have had direct knowledge of Iraqi prisoner abuse. But make no mistake, he is to blame. George W. Bush created an environment for abuse in the War on Terror right from the start. By proclaiming his right to detain citizens indefinitely without judicial oversight or even access to an attorney, he sent the message that the normal standards of justice no longer apply. When his administration dismissed the Geneva Convention with regard to Camp X-ray, it sent the message human rights were not a concern. And when Bush shrugs off missing WMD’s by saying it’s good Saddam is gone, he is arguing that the ends justify the means. When the Commander in Chief makes it clear that the rules no longer apply, human rights don’t matter, and the ends justify the means, he opens the door for abuse. George W. Bush may not have held the leash, but he created the culture that made it possible for the horrific conduct and explosive scandal we’re witnessing now.

Monday, May 10, 2004

The Double Talk Express

In the 2000 election, the campaign of John McCain, George W. Bush’s chief rival, was called the Straight Talk Express. Since taking office, the Bush Administration has run the Double Talk Express. They talked about respecting civil liberties after 9/11, then rammed through the Patriot Act. They talked about changing the tone in Washington, then ran ads comparing Tom Daschle to Saddam Hussein. They talked about No Child Left Behind, then underfunded the program. As a supposed straight talking Texan, George W. Bush should know that actions speak louder than words. George W. Bush may say one thing, but his actions say something far grimmer, grimier, and radically conservative than America can accept.