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Proud To Be Republican

Posted by Rick · March 9th, 2006 · No Comments

Vote for the Republican activity about which you are most proud:

  • The use and manipulation of false intelligence to justify an invasion of Iraq.
  • Letting Colin Powell present false information about Iraq to the United Nations.
  • Sending an insufficient number of troops to Iraq for the invasion.
  • Failure to properly outfit the military for the Iraq invasion…as late as 2006.
  • The administration’s failure to stop looting during the opening days of the invasion.
  • Over 19,000 dead and wounded military personnel since the Iraq invasion began.
  • Lack of adequate healthcare coverage for many seriously-wounded military casualties of Iraq and Afghanistan invasions.
  • Billions in Iraq reconstruction funds reported missing by Pentagon auditors.
  • The Bush energy policy secretly crafted by unidentified energy industry lobbyists.
  • Bush’s denial that global warming is a real and serious problem, and the censuring of government scientists who present evidence that global warming is serious.
  • Bush’s claiming he barely knows his close friend and key fundraiser, Enron ex-CEO Ken Lay, whom he nicknamed “Kenny Boy.”
  • Bush’s plan for social security reform.
  • The Medicare drug law, crafted by lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry, with provisions that prevent the government from negotiating lower drug prices.
  • The Terry Schiavo case.
  • Harriet Miers’ nomination to the Supreme Court, and Bush’s full support of that nomination, calling her “most qualified.”
  • Bush administration support for teaching “intelligent design” in science classes.
  • Bush Administration denial that improving gas mileage standards on autos would help reduce gasoline consumption, coupled with tax breaks for purchasers of low mileage supervans and Hummers.
  • Leaks from the administration in the Valerie Plame case, and its refusal to cooperate in the investigation into the leaks.
  • The indictment of the vice president’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, for lying to federal investigators in the Valerie Plame investigation.
  • The administration’s handling of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, and its refusal to punish senior officers responsible for the torture and killing of prisoners.
  • The administration’s agreement to accept the McCain amendment barring torture, but then writing a signing statement indicating that the administration does not have to abide by this law; the Attorney General’s calling anti-torture laws “quaint.”
  • Paying journalists to write favorable stories about administration policies and the Iraq invasion and passing the stories off as real news.
  • No-bid contracts to Halliburton and the missing $9 billion in payments made to that company for work that was to have been done in Iraq, but which has not been done.
  • The administration’s muzzling of NASA scientists’s concerns about global warming.
  • Doing little for the 46 million Americans who have no health care insurance and no prospects for such coverage, whether or not health savings accounts are enacted.
  • The failure of the administration to fully fund its “No Child Left Behind Program” and the failure of the program to do much more than teach children how to take and pass standardized tests without actually having to learn anything.
  • FEMA’s performance before and after the Katrina disaster.
  • A record $3 trillion budget – the largest in history, from an administration that has complained that Democrats, not Republicans are “the tax and spend party.”
  • The administration’s refusal on religious grounds to fund embryonic stem cell research; its continued claim that existing stem cell lines are adequate and viable.
  • The FDA’s refusal on religious grounds to approve the “morning after” pill, Plan B.
  • The appointments of unqualified personnel to top positions in the FDA, FEMA, Department of Education, and other departments.
  • Failure of the Department of Homeland Security to enforce laws and regulations to safeguard sea ports, airports, chemical and power plants and our national borders.
  • The lack of funding nationwide for first-responders to natural and terrorist disasters.
  • The administration’s response to North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons.
  • The administration’s response to Iran’s threats to develop nuclear weapons.
  • The Abramoff scandal and its deep ties to GOP congress members.
  • Bush’s denial that he knows Abramoff, despite photographic evidence that he was more than casually acquainted with this admitted felon, and the purging from GOP websites of photos that show Abramoff and Bush together on multiple occasions.
  • Spying on American citizens without a court warrant, and resisting efforts to make the spying program legal by incorporating court oversight, and Bush’s direct lie to the American people when he claimed that no spying is ever done without a court warrant; and Attorney General Gonzalez’ assertions to Congress that no such warrantless spying program was being undertaken.
  • The Guantanamo prison scandal in which hundreds of prisoners have been held for years without being charged or tried for any crimes, and which the United Nations, the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other human rights group have declared a place where torture is practiced.
  • The administration’s lackluster response to the Darfur disaster.
  • The administration’s policy of claiming that condoms are not effective in preventing the transmission of AIDS, and its refusal to fund international programs that include the use of condoms as a disease-prevention mechanism.
  • The administration’s imposition of its own religious beliefs in refusing to support the right of women to choose what to do with their own bodies.
  • The refusal of the Republicans in Congress, under pressure from the administration, to investigate the crimes, scandals and offenses of the administration.
  • Billions of dollars in new subsidies to the oil and gas industries that are hidden in the administration’s 2006 budget.
  • Permitting a company owned and controlled by the country of Dubai (of the United Arab Emirates) to operate six of our busiest seaports.
  • Receiving a Pentagon audit that shows Halliburton overcharged the government by $850 million for operations in Iraq – and deciding to pay Halliburton the full amount.
  • The administration’s non-response to disclosure that Pakistan’s nuclear energy czar, A.Q. Khan, illegally sold nuclear technology several numerous unidentified countries.
  • Agreeing to provide nuclear technology and nuclear fuel to India, a country that cheated on its promise not to develop nuclear weapons and which refuses to sign the international Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.
  • The evidence on videotape that the Bush administration knew days in advance that the New Orleans levees would not hold, despite claims after the Katrina hurricane that “no one” had any idea this could happen.
  • Purchase by FEMA of $85 million worth of mobile homes, ¾ of which cannot be used because they are not suitable for flood plain areas; these unused mobile homes still sit on airport runways in Arkansas.
  • Refusing to accept responsibility for the administration’s many mistakes and failures; the only people who have accepted responsibility resigned in disgust.
  • Forgetting that true conservatism calls for less government intrusion into the lives of American citizens, a balanced budget, and respect for the rights of individuals to determine their own destiny.

Vote as often as you like. There is no reason to worry that voting more than once will impact the results. As usual, Diebold has already pre-programmed the “totals” into the “counting” machines.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Special thanks to Mark King for emailing this to me.

Categories: The Bush Regime


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