G. W. B u s h
In the relatively brief
period of time since his 'anointing' by the Supreme Court, G.W. Bush has
astonishing rapidity,to destory our economy, eviscerate our
environmental laws, tarnish our international reputation, and erode our
Finally, after arrogantly dismissing our allies who opposed him as well as
the UN and
at the cost of
international respect, he has
realized his dream of dragging this nation into a war for which the price
remains a closely guarded secret, the consequences of which could well be
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||"While economic pundits,
Wall St. Journal, now speculate openly that the nation is on the brink of
Depression, Bush and his cohorts press their cuts for the rich as an
elixir to combat the escalating economic slump. Tax cuts, especially
geared to the wealthiest, have never done anything to spark economic
revival and will do nothing other than bring about deeper cuts in social
programs affecting the working poor and unemployed."
Nobel-Winning Economists Assail Bush Tax Scheme
National Democratic Committee
A group of 450 economists, led by 10 Nobel Prize winners, condemned
President Bush's latest round of tax giveaways for the
wealthy, saying they will do nothing to help the struggling economy and
will damage America's fiscal situation for years to come.
In a statement and New York Times full-page ad issued February 10 by the
Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank, the 450
economists said the Bush tax scheme would do nothing to create jobs for
the millions of Americans seeking employment or help the economy in the
short term. Their statement questioned the Bush administration's motives
in floating the plan. "Regardless of how one views the specifics of the
Bush plan," the statement read, "there is wide agreement that its purpose
is a permanent change in the tax structure and not the creation of jobs
and growth in the near-term."
What's more, the Bush tax scheme will cause grave damage to America's
fiscal health, according to the economists. They say that "passing these
tax cuts will worsen the long-term budget outlook, adding to the nation's
projected chronic deficits," and will weaken our ability to fund Social
Security, Medicare, and other vital programs.
Democrats have proposed alternative stimulus measures that would include
immediate, short-term tax cuts to boost the economy. According to the
economists' statement, "to be effective, a stimulus plan should rely on
immediate but temporary spending and tax measures."
The full statement is available from the Economic Policy Institute.
Part One from GWBush Watch
Part two from: Seattlepi.com
ANWAR: The Cost of Bush's Six-Month Oil Supply
Herald reports: "A handful of his most controversial policies have
headlines, notably his abandonment of an international treaty on global
warming, approval of a federal dump for nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in
Nevada and his proposal to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic National
But Bush's administration has slipped a number of major policy changes
under the public's and the media's radar by quietly issuing executive
orders that don't require congressional approval, making announcements
late on Fridays, rewriting highly technical environmental regulations and
muzzling dissent within the administration."
Halfway through his term, President Bush has done more to change the way
federal environmental laws are defined and implemented than any other
president in the last three decades, leaving his mark on virtually every
aspect of national environmental policy....
...Critics say Bush has steadily rolled back fundamental environmental
protections, siding with business and industry at the expense of the
public and the environment.
"I think it's fair to say that we have never before faced such a
fundamental challenge to every aspect of environmental protection," said
Greg Wetstone of the Natural Resources Defense Council. "These are not
changes at the margins. It's sweeping, it's across-the-board, and it's
coordinated through the White House."
More on the Environment from
Excerpt from The Guardian
The rising tide of anti-war sentiment has produced some remarkable recent
poll findings in western Europe. Three out of four Germans, for example,
say that they consider President Bush to be a greater danger than Iraqi
president Saddam Hussein.
As is also the case in France, three out of four of those polled in
Germany say that they are opposed to a war in Iraq, even if it is
specifically authorised by the UN security council.
In Spain and Italy, majorities against war are over 60%, despite the
expressed support for US policy of the countries' respective leaders, Jose
Maria Aznar and Silvio Berlusconi. These largely Catholic countries will
have listened to the Pope's recent denunciation of war as a "defeat for
An interview from Salon with John
Kiesling, the US Diplomat who
resigned last week over Bush's war on Iraq.
March 19, 2003|
Don't count career U.S. diplomat John Brady Kiesling
among those surprised by the administration's failure to rally support
among its traditional allies for a war on Iraq. As political counselor
assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, he found himself in charge
of explaining U.S. talking points for the war. And late last month,
frustrated by an inability to make sense of the administration's need to
invade Iraq, Kiesling finally gave up and quit in protest.
"The talking points were pathetic," he says.
Now, after having served 20 years in embassies from Tel Aviv to
Casablanca, Kiesling has become the first American diplomat to leave his
job in opposition to U.S. policy on Iraq. In a blunt letter dated Feb. 27,
Kiesling told Secretary of State Colin Powell, "The policies [diplomats]
are now asked to advance are incompatible not only with American values
but also with American interests."
Moreover, in the push toward war, "We have begun to dismantle the largest
and most effective web of international relationships the world has ever
known," wrote Kiesling. "Our current course will bring instability and
danger, not security."
Erosion of Civil Rights:
Extract from ABC
We no longer have First
Senator Daschle made these comments following Bush's speech on
"I'm saddened, saddened that this
president failed so miserably at diplomacy that we're now forced to war."
The South Dakota Democrat added that he was "saddened that we have to give
up one life because this president couldn't create the kind of diplomatic
effort that was so critical for our country."
The Republicans are quite exercised by Dachle's remarks:
In a statement, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., asserted,
"Those comments may not undermine the president as he leads us into war,
and they may not give comfort to our adversaries, but they come mighty
Interview with Nancy Chang,
Center for Constitutional
conducted by Scott Harris
Almost a year and a half after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York
City and Washington D.C., civil liberties advocates are continuing to
assess the damage done to the American Constitution and Bill of Rights
through the USA Patriot Act pushed by the Bush administration, passed by
Congress and signed into law with little serious scrutiny or debate. The
legislation has been widely criticized for unnecessarily curtailing civil
liberties of citizens and non-citizens more sharply than at any time since
World War II.
But as the White House prepares for war with Iraq, officials at the
Justice Department have been working behind the scenes to further clamp
down on constitutional rights. A document recently leaked to the Center
for Public Integrity confirms that the Bush administration has drafted new
legislation dubbed the "Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003." The
bill, which remained secret even from members of Congress until leaked to
the press, would prohibit the release of information on people detained as
terrorist suspects, create a DNA database of individuals alleged to have
links to terrorist groups and rewrite federal bail laws.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Nancy Chang, senior litigation
attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She discusses
provisions of the "Domestic Security Enhancement Act," and her fear that
if signed into law, the bill would further erode civil liberties for all
Nancy Chang is the author of "Silencing Political Dissent,"published by
Seven Stories Press. Contact the Center for Constitutional Rights by
calling (212) 614-6464 or visit their Web site at: ccr-ny.org.
WARNING: THIS MAN IS THE MOST DANGEROUS 'PRESIDENT' IN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION.
WATCH HIM CLOSELY AND KEEP A KEEN EYE ON YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS!! HIS OBJECTIVE IS
TO USE FEAR TO SLOWLY ERODE CIVIL LIBERTIES. HE WILL DESTROY OUR COUNTRY IF NOT