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George W. Bush's Quest for Realignment
Transcript of George W. Bush's Quest for Realignment
2006 Midterm Elections
"We're not going to tell you what our plan is, Jon, because you're just going to go out and blow it."
--Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), on the secret plan he and President Bush have to win the Iraq war, in a debate with his Democratic challenger, John Tester
S-Chip Veto (2007)
"Never has it been clearer how detached President Bush is from the priorities of the American people, by vetoing a bipartisan bill to renew the successful Children's Health Insurance Program, President Bush is denying health care to millions of low-income kids in America. "
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NEV)
White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
January 29, 2001
federal funding for social services provided by Faith communities
"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job."
--to FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina debacle, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005
“In terms of the economy, look, I inherited a recession; I am ending on a recession.”
–January 12, 2009
2008 : Bush's Last Days
Monday, August 29, 2005:
Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast with 145 mph maximum winds. At 8:00a.m. the eye passes over New Orleans. A few hours later, the levees in the 9th ward break, submerging the entire area.
2 days later...Govenor Blanco orders NOLA evacuated. All communication cut off within the city, 80% NOLA flooded with est. 23,000 people
Thursday, September 1, 2005:
DOD's "Joint Task Force Katrina" sets up camp in Miss. to support FEMA disaster relief- buses evacuate from Superdome
Saturday, September 3, 2005:
US Troops arrive in NOLA- 25,000 remain at the convention center. Est. 80 days to pump all the water out of NOLA.
Seattle School District & Jefferson County Board of Education (Kentucky)
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act
Supreme Court Rulings
The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007
May 25, 2007
Raise minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $5.85 per hour (60 days after enactment).
$6.55 per hour 12 months after 60-day raise.
$7.25 per hour 24 months after 60-day raise.
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
"As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured." --on the No Child Left Behind Act, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2007
Medicare's Prescription Drug Plan of 2003
The 2000 Presidential Election
pledged $1.3 trillion tax cut
family man who could unite the nation
some increases in federal aid to education
limited prescription drugs plan for Medicare recipients
privatization of Social Security
supported school prayer & government assistance to faith-based organizations
said less interventionist than Gore & promised smaller increases in military spending
supported greater increases in aid to education
supported a larger prescription drug program for Medicare recipients
supported a $250 billion tax cut
wanted to cut military spending
establish national health insurance
prioritize environmental reforms
Gore & Bush similar
Both Gore & Bush captive to corporations and the wealthy
"They misunderestimated me."
--George W. Bush, Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000
Enactment of $1.3 Trillion Tax Cut
"My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact, that economists worry that we're going to run out of debt to retire." -George W. Bush, radio address, Feb. 24, 2001
"I appreciate that question because I, in the state of Texas, had heard a lot of discussion about a faith-based initiative eroding the important bridge between church and state." -George W. Bush, speaking to reporters, Washington, D.C., Jan. 29, 2001
40% of the tax cut's benefits went to the wealthiest 1% of the nation
Slashed corporate income taxes and taxes of affluent Americans
enacted January 2002
September 11, 2001
committed $15 billion over 5 years (2003-2008) to fight global HIV/AIDS pandemic
antiretroviral treatment to 2 million infected
prevention for 7 million
support care for 10 million
~1.1 million deaths averted in Africa
10% reduction in death rate due to AIDS
(Annals of Internal Medicine, 2009)
Public Opinion in 2008
Increased federal subsidies to public schools
Required states to develop or use tests to measure proficiency of students in reading & math
Schools would be monitored to check for improvement
If no improvement occurred, school would eventually be closed
The United States Invades Iraq
"See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations don't attack each other. Free nations don't develop weapons of mass destruction." -George W. Bush, Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003
Bush declared a victory on May 1, 2003
The U.S. insisted it take the primary role in reconstructing Iraq
Iraq required huge expenditures on infrastructure and social programs
Estimated to cost around $400 billion over 10 years
Private drug plans to compete for seniors' business instead of Medicare administering benefits
Significant number of seniors to purchase their own drug benefits
USA Patriot Act
Gave law enforcement agencies expanded powers of surveillance over communications within and outside the U.S.
Gave the government power to fight the financing of terror through money-laundering operations
Gave the attorney general broad power to detain individuals suspected of terrorist connections
enacted October 2001
Homeland Security Agency
created November 2002
Coordinates the work of the FBI, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other programs to provide an effective defense against domestic terrorism
$400 Billion Tax Cut
A reduction in the tax on stock dividends
Favored affluent Americans who owned stocks
Included some revenue-sharing funds for states
Benfits went to the top 10% on nation's most affluent persons
A child tax credit included
"Haven't we already given money to rich people? Why are we going to do it again?" -George W. Bush, to economic advisers discussing a second round of tax cuts, as quoted by Paul O'Neil, Washington, D.C., Nov. 26, 2002
Commenced bombing campaign spring 2003
American Welfare State
Mental Health Parity
& Addiction Equity
Act of 2008