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Bush's first six months in office: a sobering list

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Whatever your beliefs, know what your President is doing. Here is a list of George W. Bush's administration's work during the first six months of his term in office:

  • Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.
  • Cut federal spending on libraries by $39 million.
  • Cut $35 million in funding for doctors to get advanced paediatric training.
  • Cut by 50% funding for research into renewable energy sources.
  • Revoked rules that reduced the acceptable levels of arsenic drinking water.
  • Blocked rules that would require federal agencies to offer bilingual assistance to non-English speaking persons. This, from a candidate who would readily fire-up his Spanish-speaking skills in front of would-be Hispanic voters.
  • Proposed to eliminate new marine protections for the Channel Islands and the coral reefs of northwest Hawaii. [San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 2001]
  • Cut funding by 28% for research into cleaner, more efficient cars and trucks.
  • Suspended rules that would have strengthened the government's ability to deny contracts to companies that violated workplace safety, environmental and other federal laws.
  • Okayed Interior Department appointee Gale Norton to send out letters to state officials soliciting suggestions for opening up national monuments for oil and gas drilling, coal mining, and foresting.
  • Appointed John Negroponte—an un-indicted high-level Iran Contra figure during his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Honduras—to the post of United Nations ambassador.
  • Abandoned a campaign pledge to invest $100 million for rain forest conservation.
  • Reduced by 86% the Community Access Program for public hospitals, clinics and providers of care for people without insurance.
  • Rescinded a proposal to increase public access to information about the potential consequences resulting from chemical plant accidents.
  • Suspended rules that would require hardrock miners to clean up sites on Western public lands.
  • Cut $60 million from a Boy's and Girl's Clubs of America program for public housing.
  • Proposed to eliminate a federal program designed to help communities (and successfully used in Seattle) prepare for natural disasters.
  • Pulled out of the 1997 Kyoto Treaty global warming agreement.
  • Cut $200 million of work force training for dislocated workers.
  • Eliminated funding for the Wetlands Reserve Program, which encourages farmers to maintain wetlands habitat on their property.
  • Cut program to provide childcare to low-income families as they move from welfare to work.
  • Cut a program that provided prescription contraceptive coverage to federal employees (though it still pays for Viagra).
  • Cut $700 million in capital funds for repairs in public housing.
  • Appointed Otto Reich—an un-indicted high-level Iran Contra figure—to Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.
  • Cut Environmental Protection Agency budget by $500 million.
  • Proposed to curtail the ability of groups to sue in order to get an animal placed on the Endangered Species List.
  • Rescinded rule that mandated increased energy-saving efficiency regulations for central air conditioners and heat pumps.
  • Repealed workplace ergonomic rules designed to improve worker health and safety.
  • Abandoned campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2), the waste gas that contributes to global warming.
  • Banned federal aid to international family planning programs that offer abortion counseling with other independent funds.
  • Closed White House Office for Women's Health Initiatives and Outreach.
  • Nominated David Lauriski—ex-mining company executive—to post of Assistant Secretary of Labour for Mine Safety and Health.
  • Okayed Interior Secretary Gale Norton to go forth with a controversial plan to auction oil and gas development tracts off the eastern coast of Florida.
  • Announced intention to open up Montana's Lewis and Clark National Forest to oil and drilling.
  • Proposes to re-draw boundaries of nation's monuments, which would technically allow oil and gas drilling "outside" of national monuments.
  • Gutted White House AIDS Office.
  • Renegotiating free trade agreement with Jordan to eliminate safeguards for the environment and workers' rights.
  • Will no longer seek guidance from The American Bar Association in recommendations for the federal judiciary appointments.
  • Appointed recycling foe Lynn Scarlett as Undersecretary of the Interior.
  • Took steps to abolish the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
  • Cut the Community Oriented Policing Services program.
  • Allowed Interior Secretary Gale Norton to shelve citizen-led grizzly bear re-introduction plan scheduled for Idaho and Montana wilderness.
  • Continues to hold up federal funding for stem cell research projects.
  • Makes sure convicted misdemeanor drug users cannot get financial aid for college, though convicted murderers can.
  • Refused to fund continued cleanup of uranium-slag heap in Utah.
  • Refused to fund continued litigation of the government's tobacco company lawsuit.
  • Proposed a $2 trillion tax cut, of which 43% will go to the wealthiest 1% of Americans.
  • Signed a bill making it harder for poor and middle-class Americans to file for bankruptcy, even in the case of daunting medical bills.
  • Appointed a Vice President quoted as saying "If you want to do something about carbon dioxide emissions, then you ought to build nuclear power plants." (Vice President Dick Cheney on "Meet the Press.")
  • Appointed Diana "There is no gender gap in pay" Roth to the Council of Economic Advisers. (Boston Globe, March 28, 2001)
  • Appointed Kay Cole James—an opponent of affirmative action—to direct the Office of Personnel Management.
  • Cut $15.7 million earmarked for states to investigate cases of child abuse and neglect.
  • Helped kill a law designed to make it tougher for teenagers to get credit cards.
  • Proposed elimination of the "Reading is Fundamental" program that gives free books to poor children.
  • Is pushing for development of small nuclear weapons to attack deeply buried targets-weapons, which would violate the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
  • Proposes to nominate Jeffrey Sutton—attorney responsible for the recent case weakening the Americans with Disabilities Act—to federal appeals court judgeship.
  • Proposes to reverse regulation protecting 60 million acres of national forest from logging and road building.
  • Eliminated funding for the "We the People" education program which taught schoolchildren about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and citizenship.
  • Appointed John Bolton—who opposes non-proliferation treaties and the U.N.—to Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
  • Nominated Linda Fisher—an executive with Monsanto—for the number two job at the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Nominated Michael McConnell—leading critic of the separation of church and state—to a federal judgeship.
  • Nominated Terrence Boyle—ardent opponent of civil rights—to a federal judgeship.
  • Canceled 2004 deadline for automakers to develop prototype high mileage cars.
  • Nominated Harvey Pitts—lawyer for teen sex video distributor—to head SEC.
  • Nominated John Walters—strong opponent of prison drug treatment programs—for Drug Czar. (Washington Post, May 16, 2001)
  • Nominated J. Steven Giles—an oil and coal lobbyist—for Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
  • Nominated Bennett Raley—who advocates repealing the Endangered Species Act—for Assistant Secretary for Water and Science.
  • Is seeking the dismissal of class-action lawsuit filed in the U.S. against Japan by Asian women forced to work as sex slaves during WWII.
  • Earmarked $4 million in new federal grant money for HIV and drug abuse prevention programs to go only to religious groups and not secular equivalents.
  • Reduced by 40% the Low Income Home Assistance Program for low-income individuals who need assistance paying energy bills.
  • Nominated Ted Olson—involved with the Scaife-funded "Arkansas Project" to bring down Bill Clinton—for Solicitor General.
  • Proposes to ease permit process—including environmental considerations—for refinery, nuclear and hydroelectric dam construction. (Washington Post, May 18,2001)
  • Proposes to give government the authority to take private property for power lines through eminent domain.
  • Proposes that $1.2 billion in funding for alternative renewable energy come from selling oil and gas lease tracts in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve.
  • Plans on serving genetically engineered foods at all official government functions.
  • Forced out Forest Service chief Mike Dombeck and appointed a timber industry lobbyist

This information is posted at http://www.truefacts.co.uk/cgi-bin/artcl?a=dubya. Dr. David A. Sprintzen, professor of philosophy and co-director of the Institute for Sustainable Development at C.W. Post College, Long Island University, checked its veracity before circulating the list in the U.S.

With a record like this, it's a good thing for Bush that the press got diverted by 9/11 and its aftermath.


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This story was published on March 2, 2002.
  
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