Vote Them Out! The Case Against Bush Inc.
In the past four years the Bush/Cheney administration
has perpetrated a virtual crime wave a crime wave targeting most US citizens
and much of the planets sentient life. Heres only a partial tally:
1. Won 2000 presidential
election thanks to brother Jeb Bush, Floridas governor. Jeb illegally
prevented over 90,000 registered voters mainly low-income African Americans
and whites from voting.
2. Reversed dramatic improvements in air and water quality brought by Federal Clean Water (1977) and Clean Air (1970) Acts.3. Replaced US budget surplus with record deficit of over $420 billion for FY 2003, the largest reversal in history.
4. Signed tax cut giving average
2003 reduction of $93,000 to millionaires while middle class received a $217
cut per household. Thirty-six percent of households received no tax cut.
5. Used funds earmarked for
health care programs for the uninsured, like Medicaid, to help pay for tax cuts.
6. Proposed changes in Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA) denying tens of millions of workers overtime pay
by reclassifying them.
7. Opposed equal opportunities
for girls, women and people of color by attempting to rewrite Title IX and end
affirmative action. Ironically, Bush got into Yale and Harvard, not on brains
or merit, but as daddys legacy.
8. Sought massive cuts in
funding for vocational education and after-school programs to underwrite vouchers
for private schools.
9. Implemented the fraudulently-titled
No Child Left Behind Act, focusing on high stakes standardized testing while
downplaying arts and multicultural education.
10. Sought to cut $25 billion
in veterans benefits over the next ten years; proposed $172 million in
cuts from education programs for soldiers children; ordered Veterans Administration
to stop publicizing veterans health benefits.
11. Sought Constitutional
amendment to outlaw marital status for gay and lesbian couples. Ignored or vehemently
opposed gay and lesbian rights issues such as child adoption, spousal benefits
and marriages for couples, while sponsoring faith-based initiatives
in social services and education that funnel funds to churches and organizations
12. Presided over faltering
economy in which over two million manufacturing jobs were lost since 2001. Bush
is the first President in 72 years to preside over a loss of jobs.
13. Reversed years of nuclear
caution by pushing the development of new nuclear weapons and the willingness
to use them. Promoted doctrine of pre-emptive warfare the
US right to attack other nations at will without an imminent
threat being present.
14. Rejected germ warfare
pulled out of Ballistic Missile Treaty
Biological Weapons Convention
failed to sign Land Mine Ban Treaty
to manufacture and stockpile nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
15. Resisted formation of
September 11 Commission and sought to cover-up government negligence in 9/11.
Exploited 9/11 fear and grief to whip up support for militarism and suppression
of domestic civil liberties.
16. Subverted Bill of Rights
with USA Patriot Acts, most of which were written and on the shelf
17.. Endorsed secret military
tribunals, torture, and extra-judicial execution of suspects. Refused to follow
Geneva Conventions for Iraqi and Afghan prisoners of war or for Guantanamo detainees
causing the Supreme Court to weigh in on behalf of the detainees.
18. Encouraged US Americans
to inform on each other. Proposed Terrorism Information and Prevention System
(TIPS) for tracking private information.
19. Killed over 3500 Afghans,
then abandoned country to warlords, famine, chaos and record opium production.
Used cluster bombs to maim Afghan civilians; dropped food packets the same color
as unexploded bomblets.
20. Repeatedly lied about
Saddam Husseins alleged stockpile of chemical, biological and nuclear
weapons of mass destruction in order to justify invading Iraq. Horrified world
by pre-emptively and almost unilaterally invading Iraq
worldwide sympathy for 9/11 losses.
21. Misled America by linking
Saddam to 9/11 and Al Qaida. Squandered US military resources by placing most
troops in Iraq rather than Afghanistan, thereby prolonging war on terror
and subverting effort to capture Osama bin Laden.
22. While sending US youth
to die in Iraq and Afghanistan, covered up Bushs own draft dodging during
Viet Nam War. Many other chicken hawks in this warlike administration
likewise evaded military service.
23. Spending $4 billion a
month on war in Iraq, much of this going to US corporate contractors and mercenaries
rather than to US troops or to Iraqis to rebuild their country.
24. Awarded over $7 billion
in no-bid contracts to Halliburton and subsidiaries while the Vice President
continues to receive compensation ($180,000+ a year) from Halliburton.
25. Continues to wage war
on victims of Saddam Hussein. By October 2004 it is estimated that over 10,000
Iraqis were killed in the war to liberate them. Over 1,100 US deaths
and over 10,000 US wounded in Iraq (plus an unrecorded number of casualties
among US mercenaries).
26. Set moral climate leading
to widespread torture of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison by US military personnel,
mercenaries, and intelligence agents.
27. Spurned Kyoto Treaty to
combat global warming although ratified by over 125 nations. Promotes legislation
encouraging energy consumption, discouraging energy conservation, and favoring
cronies coal, oil and nuclear companies.
28. Under cover of failed
war on drugs (then, war on terrorism) sent Colombia
well over $3 billion in mostly military aid for anti-insurgency campaigns and
to protect US corporate oil supplies. Supports Congress recent doubling
of the cap on US troops in Colombia to 800.
29. Continues to fund the
US Armys former School of Americas (now Western Hemisphere Institute for
Security Cooperation) at Ft. Benning, GA . Since 1946 the SOA/WHINSEC has trained
many thousands of Latin American terrorists in uniform.
30. Supported failed coup
against democratically-elected president Hugo Chavez in oil-rich Venezuela.
Abducted and forced into exile democratically-elected Haitian president Jean
Bertrand Aristide, turning his government over to US-supported felons and thugs.
31. Pulled plug on family
planning organizations overseas leading to increased insecurity and death for
32. Further inflamed the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict by inaction, tacit and overt support for Israeli aggression, and public
statements endorsing Israels claim to keep occupied Palestinian land.
33.Created a backdoor draft by extending tours of duty, recalling the Individual Ready Reserve, putting in place stop/loss measures to prevent soldiers from leaving after their separation date and filling active duty ranks indefinitely with the National Guard and Reserves.
Adapted with permission by Betty Jo Johnson, Ed Kinane and Andy Mager from the Syracuse Cultural Workers poster, Bush/Cheneys 31 Greatest Accomplishments. Footnotes at www.syrculturalworkers.com.