George W. Bush:
“Profit over People”
Policies to support Human Needs:
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Pushed through a Medicare prescription drug bill, claiming it would cost $400 billion, even though he knew the cost would be $534 billion. The bill enriches private pharmaceutical companies while doing little to improve healthcare for senior citizens. Provide universal healthcare coverage. Eliminate restrictions on generic drugs both in the US and globally.
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Supports NAFTA model of “Free Trade.” Over half a million US jobs were lost under NAFTA. Signed the Singapore Free Trade Agreement shortly before Carrier shipped most of its Syracuse jobs there.

Support Fair Trade, not “Free Trade.” Ensure that international trade agreements include protections for labor rights, human rights and the environment.

 

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Proposed federal budget cuts to NYS funds (2005):
Housing assistance: $328,943,255
Title1 Education (for disadvantaged children): $101,458,264
Community development: $10,210,175
Clean water: $57,564,391
Fully fund social needs: public education, clean water, local community development, healthcare, public transportation and low-income housing.

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Derailed proposed Congressional amendments to the Iraq appropriations bill this fall that would have criminalized war profiteering and required audits for contracts over $25 million. Forty-one Bush Administration officials have ties to the oil industry. Support excess profit tax (used during Civil War, WW I & II, Korean War) to prevent corporations from making excessive profits during wartime. Call for congressional hearings on war profiteering. Stop privatization of warmaking and eliminate corporate cronyism in the White House.
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Has overseen a net loss of 2.2 million jobs since taking office; NYS has lost 285,200 jobs since Jan. 2001. Under Bush’s current budget proposal, programs for job training would see a total of $1 billion in cuts during his tenure. Support full employment through public works projects. Funds invested in industries like healthcare and education produce twice as many jobs as the same amount of money invested in military and “defense” industries.

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Cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations. Corporate tax collections have fallen by $11 billion since 2001. For $9 billion, we could provide health insurance to all uninsured US children, fully fund Head Start and publicly finance all federal elections. Ensure corporations and wealthiest US citizens pay a fair share of taxes; prevent offshoring.