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  •  Here you go! Seems appropriate to post this. :) (36+ / 0-)

    A reminder of what Bush has done to us, and to others.  Today, as he gives his last SOTU, think of him with this in mind.

    •I attacked and took over 2 countries.

    •I spent the U.S. surplus and bankrupted the US Treasury.

    •I shattered the record for the biggest annual deficit in history (not easy!).

    •I set an economic record for the most personal bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.

    •I set all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the stock market.

    •In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history (tough to beat my dad's, but I did).

    •After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history.

    •I set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by any president in US history.

    •In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their jobs.

    •I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other president in US history.

    •I set the all-time record for most real estate foreclosures in a 12-month period.

    •I set the record for the fewest press conferences of any president, since the advent of TV.

    •I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.

    •I cut health care benefits for war veterans.

    •I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.

    •I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.

    •I've made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US history.

    •Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (The poorest multimillionaire, Condoleeza Rice, had a Chevron oil tanker named after her for a while.)

    •I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously struggle against bankruptcy.

    •I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in any country in the history of the world.

    •I am the first president in US history to order a US attack AND military occupation of a sovereign nation, and I did so against the will of the United Nations and the vast majority of the international community.

    •I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States, called the "Bureau of Homeland Security

    •I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history (Ronnie was tough to beat, but I did it!!).

    •I am the first president in US history to compel the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission.

    •I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Elections Monitoring Board.

    •I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any presidential administration in US history.

    •I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant. I withdrew from the World Court of Law.

    •I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.

    •I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors access during the 2002 US elections.

    •I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.

    •The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).

    •I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.

    •I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government.

    •I took the world's sympathy for the US after 9/11, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).

    •I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.

    •I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.

    •I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.

    • I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine
    (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).

    •I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during time of war.

    •I refuse to take a drug test or even answer any questions about drug use.

    •All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my fathers library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

    •All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

    •All minutes of meetings of any public corporation for which I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

    •Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.

    The White House, Washington, DC

    As the email pours in I'm researching and linking the most disputed claims first. If you want any of these "facts" backed up with links to credible journalism or other sources write and tell me which "fact" you dispute and I will send you a link to a verifying source that hopefully will nuance the issue with some authenticity. Don't ask me to validate evrything at once, I'm working on it. Please write ; ccasa - at - mac - dot - com

    Adding fuel to the outrage is all I have left. November 7, 2007. panicbean

    by panicbean on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 04:40:47 PM PST

    •  Geez it makes you sick (2+ / 0-)
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      to see it written like this... sigh.. how long til the monsters gets put out to pasture?

    •  Next question: (3+ / 0-)
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      for what actual segment of the electorate are most these considered pluses?!  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 04:42:31 PM PST

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      •  What a legacy, huh? Disgusting. (4+ / 0-)
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        And it isn't even updated!  But I did hear on NPR today that Bush will be attempting to bring Ameicans focus back to the whitehouse, and away from the campaigns, so my question is............

        Are you thinking about the Bush whitehouse again?  If you are like me, it is never far from your mind.

        Adding fuel to the outrage is all I have left. November 7, 2007. panicbean

        by panicbean on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 04:45:54 PM PST

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        •  I heard on NPR today (9+ / 0-)

          in an intro to a story on SOTU, "probably his final state of the union speech."

          I practically ran off the road.  Probably?

        •  My Focus... (0+ / 0-)

          ... is "indirectly" on the White House... on IMPEACHMENT, actually, because I want those lying war criminals OUT of our White House on or before the DNC...!  I really believe impeachment could be the total win-win situation if our "frontrunner" candidates would change their minds and support it... and, of course, if Nancy would just find wherever she mislaid her mind, her morals, her ethics, and her oath of office to the Constitution...

          Sadly, the impeachment articles against Bush that Kucinich was supposed to bring to the floor of the House today didn't happen.  I've not heard the official reason why not, but had the info that it was postponed.

          Great "short list" panicbean...!


          by NonnyO on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 09:30:09 PM PST

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      •  I think the number is 23% as referenced in a book (1+ / 0-)
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        by John Dean.  :)

        Adding fuel to the outrage is all I have left. November 7, 2007. panicbean

        by panicbean on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 05:09:34 PM PST

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    •  but. but.but (3+ / 0-)
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      he brought dignity and decorum back to the white house

      Those who hear not the music-think the dancers mad

      by Eiron on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 04:51:10 PM PST

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    •  Trouble is... (2+ / 0-)
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      how do you parse this down into a five-second elevator pitch to lob at his right-wing enablers?  Hell, it takes almost five minutes to just read this encapsulation.

      We are in some really deep shit, eh friends?


      by wordene on Mon Jan 28, 2008 at 04:51:36 PM PST

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    •  Finally something for my wallet. (1+ / 0-)
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      what a fantastic reference.

      Thanks.  Staggering.

    •  Everyone is dancing around the truth (1+ / 0-)
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      Bush and the neocons brought fascism to America.  The word is still apt, and it doesn't mean only goosestepping troops and gas chambers.  The Bushites have created a modern version, but retained the essential features of dictatorship and government machinery turned over to the greedy desires of big business.

    •  You can add this one he did in early 2001 (1+ / 0-)
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       Among Bush's proposed savings in other areas: $100 million by canceling new grants to fire departments; $83 million by cutting the federal share of hazard mitigation grants by one-third; and $25 million by ending Project Impact, a small disaster-preparedness campaign.

         Mitigation grants are used to shore up structures already weakened by floods, quakes or more, so they will withstand a future attack better. They also are tapped to buy out damaged property.


      Now go back 8 years where we had a different President

      For the past seven years, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have been guided by three core values: building a community of all Americans; creating opportunity for all Americans; and demanding responsibility from all Americans...

         Economy: the Strongest Economy in a Generation

         Longest Economic Expansion in U.S. History. In February 2000, the United States entered the 107th consecutive month of economic expansion -- the longest economic expansion in history.

         Moving From Record Deficits to Record Surplus. In 1992, the deficit was $290 billion, a record dollar high. In 2000, we have a projected budget surplus of $167 billion -- the largest dollar surplus on record (even after adjusting for inflation) and the largest as a share of our economy since 1951. This is the first time we have had three surpluses in a row in more than a half century.

         Paying Off the National Debt.

         Over 21 Million New Jobs. 21.2 million new jobs have been created since 1993, the most jobs ever created under a single Administration -- and more new jobs than Presidents Reagan and Bush created during their three terms. 92 percent (19.4 million) of the new jobs have been created in the private sector, the highest percentage in 50 years. Under President Clinton and Vice President Gore, the economy has added an average of 248,000 jobs per month, the highest under any President. This compares to 52,000 per month under President Bush and 167,000 per month under President Reagan.

         Fastest and Longest Real Wage Growth in Over Three Decades.

         Unemployment Is Nearly the Lowest in Three Decades.

         Highest Homeownership Rate in History. In 1999, the homeownership rate was 66.8 percent -- the highest ever recorded. Minority homeownership rates were also the highest ever recorded.

         Lowest Poverty Rate in Two Decades.

         Largest Five-Year Drop in Child Poverty Rate Since the `60s.

         Families and Communities: Strengthening America's Working Families

         Tax Cuts for Working Families. 15 million additional working families received additional tax relief because of the President's expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

         Helping Parents Balance Work and Family.

         Improved Access to Affordable, Quality Child Care and Early Childhood Programs.

         Increased the Minimum Wage. The minimum wage has risen from $4.25 to $5.15 per hour, increasing wages for 10 million workers. The President and Vice President have called for an additional increase to $6.15.

         Enacted the Workforce Investment Act.

         Signed the Landmark Work Incentives Improvement Act.

         Signed the Adoption and Safe Families Act.

         Enacted the Foster Care Independence Act.

         Putting Families First.

         Supporting Community Service.

         President's One America Initiative. President Clinton has led the nation in an effort to become One America: a place where we respect others' differences and embrace the common values that unite us. The

         Providing Fairness for Legal Immigrants. The President believes that legal immigrants should have the same economic opportunity and bear the same responsibility as other members of society. In 1997 and 1998, the President fought for and succeeded in restoring disability, health and nutritional benefits for certain legal immigrants, and he will continue to press for additional restorations.

         Education: Largest Investment in Education in 30 Years

         Opening the Doors of College to All Americans.

         Expanding Work Study and Pell Grants.

         Making College More Affordable.

         More High-Quality Teachers with Smaller Class Sizes.

         Turning Around Failing Schools.

         Expanding Choice and Accountability in Public Schools.

         Teaching Every Child to Read by the 3rd Grade.

         Expanding Access to Technology.

         Supporting Local Education Reform Efforts.

         Establishing the GEAR-UP Mentoring Program for Middle School Children.

         Providing Early Education to Nearly 900,000 Children with Head Start. The President and Vice President have expanded Head Start funding by 90 percent since 1993.

         Crime and Drugs: Lowest Crime Rates in 25 Years

         Lowest Overall Crime Rate in 25 Years. The overall crime rate is the lowest in 25 years.

         Putting 100,000 More Police on the Streets.

         More Than Half a Million Felons, Fugitives and Domestic Abusers Denied Guns.

         Giving Police the Tools They Need to Fight Crime.

         Developed Comprehensive Anti-Drug Strategy

         National Campaign Against Youth Violence.

         Fighting Hate Crimes.

         Protecting Children from Sex Offenders.

         Welfare Reform and Community Empowerment: Moving Millions of Americans from Welfare to Work

         Lowest Number of People on Welfare Since 1969 as More Recipients Go to Work.

         Creating New Tools to Help Families Move from Welfare to Work.

         Nearly Doubled Child Support Collections.

         Breaking the Cycle of Dependency. The teen birth rate has fallen seven years in a row, by 18 percent from 1991 to 1998. The teen pregnancy rate is now the lowest rate on record.

         Child Abuse Declines for Five Years in a Row.

         Expanded Investment in Urban and Rural Areas.

         Encouraging Investment in Underserved Communities with the New Markets Initiative.

         Providing Incentives to Save.

         Health Care: Increasing Access and Improving the Nation's Health

         Enacted Most Comprehensive Medicare Reforms in History.

         Extending the Life of the Medicare Trust Fund. When President Clinton and Vice President Gore took office, Medicare was expected to run out of money in 1999. Now, the life of the Trust Fund has been extended until 2023. Medicare is now in the soundest shape it has been since 1975.

         Enacted Single Largest Investment in Health Care for Children since 1965.

         Passed Meaningful Health Insurance Reform.

         Enacted Historic Comprehensive FDA Reform that Expedited the Review and Approval of New Drug Products.

         Signed Mental Health Parity Provisions into Law.

         Signed Legislation to End Drive-Through Deliveries. President Clinton signed into law common sense legislation that requires health plans to allow new mothers to remain in the hospital for at least 48 hours following most normal deliveries and 96 hours after a Cesarean section.

         Extended Strong, Enforceable Patient Protections for Millions of Americans.

         Fighting Medicare Fraud and Waste.

         Released Strong New Protections for the Privacy of Electronic Medical Records. the improper use or disclosure of private information.

         Implementing Comprehensive Nursing Home Quality Initiative.

         Ensuring Safe Food for America's Families.

         Raised Child Immunization Rates to All Time High.

         Issued Regulation that Drug Companies Provide Adequate Testing for Children.

         New Efforts to Help Consumers Understand Important Information on Over the Counter Drug Labels.

         Promoting Reproductive Health. The Clinton-Gore Administration has taken strong steps to protect a woman's right to choose and to promote safe reproductive health services for women. The President has provided contraceptive coverage to more than a million women covered by federal health plans; provided family planning services to low income women through the Medicaid program; stood up against attempts to prohibit the FDA from approving RU-486; and continues to fight restrictions on international family planning.

         Environment: Growing the Economy And Improving the Environment

         Preserving Our National Treasures.

         Created Four New National Monuments.

         Preserving Our National Forests.

         Accelerating Toxic Cleanups and Brownfields Redevelopment.

         Keeping Our Drinking Water Safe.

         Clearing the Air of Unhealthy Pollution.

         Reducing the Threat of Global Warming.

         Science and Technology: A Strong Research and Development Agenda

         Unprecedented Investment in Biomedical Research. Two years ago, the President called for an increase of almost 50 percent over 5 years in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget as part of his Research for America Fund. Since that time, the NIH budget has increased by over $4.3 billion and with the funding proposed by the President this year, the Administration will be one year ahead of schedule in reaching the 50 percent goal. As a result, NIH now supports the highest levels of research ever on nearly all types of disease and health conditions, making new breakthroughs possible in vaccine development and use, the treatment of chronic disease, and prevention and treatment of diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and neurological diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons.

         Supporting University Research, Training the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers.

         Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Space Science and Exploration.

         Strengthening the Economy and National Security with Information Technology.

         Changing the Way Government Does Business: Doing More for Less

         Eliminating Red Tape. 16,000 pages of Federal regulations have been eliminated by President Clinton and Vice President Gore as part of the Vice President's National Performance Review.

         Smallest Government Workforce Since the 1960's. There are 375,000 fewer employees in the Federal government workforce than in 1993 -- giving us the smallest Federal workforce since the Kennedy Administration.

         Lowest Government Spending Since 1974. At 18.7 percent, Federal Government spending as a share of the Gross Domestic Product is at its lowest level since 1974.

         Increasing Participation in Our Democracy with the Motor Voter Law.

         Foreign Policy: World's Strongest Force for Peace, Freedom and Prosperity

         Promoting Peace and Strengthening Democracy

         Clinton PDD-39
         * Ended a decade of repression and reversed ethnic cleansing in Kosovo by leading the NATO alliance to victory in a 79-day air war against Serb forces, forcing their withdrawal and ushering in international peacekeepers.

         * Advancing the Middle East peace process by brokering peace agreements between Israel and its neighbors; negotiating the Wye River Accords; and supporting the launch of final settlement negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.

         * Restarted Israel-Syria track of Middle East peace process by holding first high-level meeting between the two former adversaries in Washington after months of behind-the-scenes Presidential diplomacy, and following that meeting with formal talks in January.

         * Brokered the Good Friday Peace Accord in Northern Ireland, ending decades of bloodshed.

         * Building a self-sustaining peace in Bosnia by leading diplomatic efforts to end civil war and foster multi-ethnic democracy.

         * Restored democracy in Haiti, ending military dictatorship and stopping refugee flows. * Supporting transition to democracy in Nigeria and mediating peace efforts in Sierra Leone and Ethiopia-Eritrea.

         * Ended violence and protected democracy in East Timor by leading diplomatic efforts and supporting international peacekeeping mission.

         * Helped settle Peru-Ecuador border dispute and end civil war in Guatemala.

         * Pressing for human rights and religious freedom worldwide, including in China, Burma, Sudan.

         * Pressing for human rights, core labor standards, religious freedom, and the elimination of child labor worldwide.

         Combating New Threats

         * Protecting Americans from weapons of mass destruction by reducing Russian nuclear arsenals, easing nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan and ratifying the Chemical Weapons Convention.

         * Combating terrorism by developing a national counterterrorism strategy and striking terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan.

         * Reducing North Korea threat through deterrence, diplomacy, and non-proliferation.

         * Containing Saddam Hussein through diplomacy, economic sanctions and military force.

         * Addressing new threats by protecting America's critical infrastructure from cyber-terrorism and biological and chemical weapons.

         * Developing limited national missile defense to protect against attacks from rogue states while preserving nuclear stability with Russia.

         * Improving military readiness through increased defense spending, with the first long-term sustained increase in defense funding in 15 years

         Strengthening Alliances and Building Partnerships

         * Secured landmark agreement to develop secure oil and gas pipelines from the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, strengthening ties in the region and ensuring Americans have access to vital resources.

         April 2000

      NOW is time to uphold the Constitution and protect it from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

      by Mulkum on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 05:51:33 AM PST

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      •  If I could go back 8 years, I would. (0+ / 0-)

        In the very literal blink of an eye.  We all would.



        Adding fuel to the outrage is all I have left. November 7, 2007. panicbean

        by panicbean on Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 06:56:18 PM PST

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