Facts about President Bush-What he said & what he did.

  1. President Bush, "We're dealing with first-time responders to make sure they've got what's needed to be able to respond. " - Bush, 3/27/2002

    Reality - Bush had been saying that he was proposing $3.5 billion in "new" money for first responders. However, his budget tried to cut more than $1 billion out of existing grants to local police/fire departments to fund this. Then, in August of 2002, Bush rejected $150 million for grants to state and local first responders. Bush's decision prompted the President of the Firefighters Union to say, "President Bush, don't lionize our fallen brothers in one breath, and then stab us in the back by eliminating funding for our members to fight terrorism and stay safe." The President of the Virginia firefighters association said, "The president has merely been using firefighters and their families for one big photo opportunity."
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    President Bush touts the importance of veterans medical care at Walter Reed Army Hospital, "Having been here and seeing the care that these troops get is comforting for me and Laura. We are -- should and must provide the best care for anybody who is willing to put their life in harm's way." - Bush, 1/17/03

    Reality - Bush's visit came on the same day that the Administration announced it is immediately cutting off access to its health care system approximately 164,000 veterans [W. Post, 1/17/03].
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    President Bush, "This is a hospital, but it's also - it's a place full of love. And I was most touched by meeting the parents and the kids and the nurses and the docs, all of whom are working hard to save lives. I want to thank the moms who are here. Thank you very much for you hospitality...There's a lot of talk about budgets right now, and I'm here to talk about the budget. My job as the President is to submit a budget to the Congress and to set priorities, and one of the priorities that we've talked about is making sure the health care systems are funded." - Egleston Children's Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia 3/1/2001

    Reality - Bush's first budget proposed cutting grants to children's hospitals like the one he visited by 15% ($34 million). His 2004 budget additionally proposes to cut 30% ($86 million) out of grants to children's hospitals
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    President Bush, "I said when I was running for President, I supported ethanol, and I meant it. (Applause.) I support it now, because not only do I know it's important for the ag sector of our economy, it's an important part of making sure we become less reliant on foreign sources of energy." - Bush at South Dakota Ethanol Plant 4/24/02

    Reality - According to the AP, Bush's 2004 budget proposes to eliminate funding for the bioenergy program that funds the Dakota Ethanol Plant he visited. [4/22/02]
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    President Bush, Under the headline "Bush lauds Albuquerque woman for volunteerism" the AP reported on Bush's visit to New Mexico to tout Lucy Salazar, a volunteer with the Even Start literacy program. "One of the things I try to do when I go into communities is herald soldiers in the armies of compassion, those souls who have heard the call to love a neighbor like you'd like to be loved yourself, and have followed through on that call; Lucy Salazar is a retired federal government worker. She teaches reading skills to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children -- incredibly important...And oftentimes, citizens such as her never get the praise they deserve. Lucy, thank you for coming and representing thousands of people like you." - Bush, 4/29/02

    Reality - According to the Associated Press, Bush proposed "to slash funding 20 percent for the Even Start program, which offers tutoring to preschoolers and literacy and job training for their parents" - the very program he was touting in New Mexico [2/4/02].
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    President Bush, "We're working hard to make sure your job is easier, that the port is safer. The Customs Service is working with overseas ports and shippers to improve its knowledge of container shipments, assessing risk so that we have a better feel of who we ought to look at, what we ought to worry about." - Bush, 6/24/02]

    Reality - The President's 2003 and 2004 budget provides zero for port security grants. The GOP Congress has provided only $250 million for port security grants (35% less than authorized). Additionally, in August, the President vetoed all $39 million for the Container Security Initiative which he specifically touted.
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  3. by   julieftRN
    New Orleans, LA. - Today, members of the Louisiana Bush-Cheney '04 Leadership Team contrasted President Bush's proven record of results for veterans compared with John Kerry's misleading attacks.

    "As a veteran myself, I know the importance of having President Bush as a leader, one who shares our concerns and will do everything in his power to provide the highest quality of support to America's Veterans. It's imperative that the United States reelects President Bush in order to stay on the path he has set forth regarding veterans issues. With President Bush's leadership and especially given the time and circumstance, now more than ever we need to adequately provide for those serving and those who have served," said Major General James E. Livingston (USMC Ret.). Lt. Colonel Davis Couvillon (USMC Ret.) said, "It's refreshing to have a President like George W. Bush who constantly seeks to improve the Veterans Administration. Over the last four years, his commitment has never wavered. President Bush believes in America's duty to lead the world in defense and in the expansion of freedom. America cannot afford anything less in a President.

    georgebush.com
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    President Bush has repeatedly recounted how he was
    inspired by "the courage of the firefighters and the police" in the
    aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. He recounted how, when
    standing atop a pile of rubble at Ground Zero, he was told by a firefighter,
    "Don't let me down" . But more than two years later, he continues to
    ignore the needs of firefighters and police officers who are now suffering
    adverse health effects from their rescue efforts at Ground Zero. The
    situation has reached a head: yesterday, 1,700 cops and firefighters were
    forced to sue in court for the medical help they desperately need .

    While the President's very first campaign commercial used photos of coffin
    draped corpses being pulled from the rubble, the White House has sought
    to hide evidence that Ground Zero firefighters and cops were exposed to
    hazardous toxins. Specifically, the White House Council on Environmental
    Quality (CEQ) intervened to doctor EPA press releases that were supposed
    to warn the public about toxins near Ground Zero. The press releases were
    modified to claim that the air was safe - despite the fact that there was
    not adequate scientific evidence to substantiate that claim. The CEQ was
    headed by James Connaughton, a former asbestos industry lawyer who
    represented companies in toxic pollution cases .

    When Ground Zero firefighters and cops began getting sick, the White House
    tried to block $90 million in funding for medical treatment. When
    Congress forced the Administration to accept the $90 million, the
    Administration then delayed the money and threatened to shut down the
    health-screening program. Even today, the New York Police Department has
    been denied much needed health grants .

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/relea...0040420-4.html
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/relea...0040513-8.html
    http://www.nydailynews.com/front/sto...p-169671c.html
    http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/200.../index_np.html
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/...in567489.shtml
    http://www.nydailynews.com/front/sto...p-101268c.html
    http://www.nydailynews.com/01-25-200...2p-51004c.html
    http://www.nydailynews.com/06-10-200...5p-82841c.html
  5. by   julieftRN
    THE RAW DEAL: Kerry Ignores President Bush's Historic Biodefense Funding Increases
    "This is the second time this week that John Kerry has embraced policies that were initiated by President Bush to fight and win the War on Terror. John Kerry's speech was more me-tooism and ignored the reality that funding for biodefense has increased 1,600 percent since President Bush took office."

    -Steve Schmidt, Bush-Cheney '04 Spokesman

    President Bush's Historic Funding Increases For Biodefense
    President Bush Has Increased The Federal Bioterrorism Budget By More Than 1,600 Percent, From $294 Million In FY 2001 To $5.2 Billion In FY 2004. He has expanded bioterror research by an even greater margin, from $53 million in FY 2001 to $1.7 billion in FY 2005, an increase of more than 3,100 percent.

    President Bush's 2005 Budget Calls For Increasing Spending On BioDefense At HHS To $4.110 Billion, From $3.949 Billion in 2004. This includes $130 million for a new Biosurveillance Initiative, $20 million of which will go to upgrading laboratory capacity across the US, and $100 million of which will go to BioSense, a new human health surveillance project. It also includes $121 million in increased funding for NIH biodefense research and other counterterrorism activities.

    President Bush Continues To Increase The Amount Of Funds Devoted To Homeland Security. Since 2001, President Bush has nearly tripled the amount of funds devoted to homeland security. In his 2005 budget, President Bush has called for a $3.6 billion (9.7 percent) increase over funding levels for DHS from 2004. (http://www.ruralwater.org/Homeland1.pdf)

    Kerry's "Homeland Health" Initiative Has Already Been Implemented By The President

    Kerry Is Proposing A "Real-Time Detection System" To Report Disease Outbreaks And Monitor Health Trends. "This initiative would apply the benefits of 21st century modern technology to provide real time reporting of disease outbreaks and track and monitor health trends. Most bioterror illnesses initially look like the flu, and health professionals may not realize a trend. A new real time detection system would pool confidential patient data and pharmacy usage across the country to alert public health officials when disease is on the rise." ("Plan to Make America Stronger and Safer," http://www.johnkerry.com/issues/homeland/plan.html, Accessed 5/27/04)

    But President Bush Has Already Instituted Real-Time Reporting Of Outbreaks And Monitoring Of Health Trends. President Bush's BioSurveillance Initiative is designed to "detect disease outbreaks and exposure to contaminants." The $130 million investment will "enhance the early warning of potential emerging biological threats through the BioSense program" and "[strengthen] the Laboratory Response Network in a push toward real-time laboratory reporting." ("Budget Request Summary Fiscal Year 2005," http://www.cdc.gov/fmo/budgtsum05web.pdf, Accessed 6/2/04)

    President Bush Is Already Training Health Providers For Biological Attacks

    Kerry Says Doctors And Nurses "Not Adequately Trained." Today, most doctors and nurses are not adequately trained to detect many biological weapons and hospitals are not prepared to respond to a mass crisis. This initiative would provide training to health providers and assist hospitals and other providers in developing plans for a surge in patients." ("Plan to Make America Stronger and Safer," http://www.johnkerry.com/issues/homeland/plan.html, Accessed 5/27/2004)

    President Bush Is Making Billions Available For Hospital Preparedness. Since 2001, $4.5 billion has been made available for state, local and hospital preparedness, with a further $1.3 billion proposed for FY 2005. Funds are initially passed through state public health agencies, but 75 percent ultimately go for direct or indirect support of local public health departments and hospitals. As a result of the President's programs, all 50 states now have bioterrorism response plans in place (few states had such planning in 2001), including mass vaccination plans, and 90 percent of CDC awardees report that they could initiate a field investigation within six hours of receiving an urgent disease report. [SOURCES: http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRe...=137-04282004; Testimony of Tommy Thompson, available at http://hhs.gov/asl/testify/t020716b.html; President's Budget for FY 2005; http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2003pres/20030902.html]

    President Bush Is Already Funding Designer Antidotes

    Kerry Has Proposed The Development Of Designer Antidotes. "We need to bring together the best of the public and private sectors to develop broad-spectrum designer antidotes so that our first responders -- and our population -- can be protected and treated from the widest possible range of attacks." ("Plan to Make America Stronger and Safer," http://www.johnkerry.com/issues/homeland/plan.html, Accessed 5/27/04)

    President Bush Has Already Funded A Comprehensive New Initiative To Develop And Stockpile Vaccines And Antidotes. In his State of the Union address in 2003, President Bush announced Project BioShield, "a comprehensive effort to develop and make available modern, effective drugs and vaccines to protect against attack by biological and chemical weapons or other dangerous pathogens." ("President Details Project BioShield," White House Press Release, http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/relea.../20030203.html, Accessed 5/28/04)

    President Bush Has Made An Unprecedented Commitment To Research And Development As A Tool For Combating And Blunting Biological Attacks. The President's FY 2005 budget for the National Institutes of Health funds biodefense research at $1.7 billion, an increase of $121 million over funding from FY 2004 and a whopping 3,100 percent increase over the $53 million allocated to biodefense research in FY 2001 -- the largest increase in resources for an initiative in the history of NIH. He has increased the size of the Strategic National Stockpile of vaccines and countermeasures by 50 percent since 2001, and he has further secured more than $5.5 billion to enhance the stockpile and to encourage the development of new vaccines and countermeasures

    http://www.georgebush.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=2729
  6. by   julieftRN
    Bush-Cheney '04 Announces National "Educators for Bush" Team


    The Honorable Rod Paige Speaks on the President's Accomplishments in Education

    COLUMBUS, OH - On Thursday, May 27, 2004, the Honorable Rod Paige joined U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, Ohio Bush-Cheney '04 Educators for Bush Chair Dr. George Tombaugh, members of the "Educators for Bush" leadership team and Bush-Cheney '04 supporters to announce the national "Educators for Bush" team. The press conference highlighted the President's strong record on education reform and contrasted Sen. John Kerry's record on education issues.

    "President Bush has set a bold vision for American education - a vision that sets clear goals for student achievement and then provides the resources, support, and flexibility to reach those goals. No Child Left Behind is predicated on the President's deep belief that a compassionate society must provide hope and opportunity to every child. Sen. John Kerry, however, was absent from many classroom decisions and has contradicting positions on education reform. I am proud to support the continued steady leadership of President Bush and help America in continuing to keep its promise to provide every child an equal opportunity for success," Paige said.

    "It is important for voters to know that while Kerry criticizes education funding levels on the campaign trail, he missed at least 24 important education votes - many votes for education funding. And in fact, No Child Left Behind funding has increased from $17.3 billion in 2001 to $24.7 billion - a $7 billion increase or 43 percent. President Bush has worked hard to for the children of Ohio and America and this is just another reason why he is the clear choice for voters this November," Tiberi said. "President Bush is working hard for Ohio. As a result of the President's budget, Ohio would receive more than $432 million for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act special education funding and more than $409 million in Title I funding for the No Child Left Behind Act in 2005. Meanwhile, John Kerry offers only empty rhetoric and no solutions on education reform; attacking the No Child Left Behind legislation he himself voted for," Tombaugh said.

    http://www.georgebush.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=2697
  7. by   julieftRN
    Statement by Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik


    ARLINGTON, VA - Former New York City Police Commissioner Kerik made the following statement on the importance of the Patriot Act during a Bush Cheney '04 conference call previewing the release of a new campaign ad:

    "We don't have to replace the Patriot Act, we have to make sure we have it. Nobody knows and understands this more importantly than I do. I was here on September 11 in New York City. I fought the war against the Cali Cartel. I know how important it is to fight terrorism, both here and abroad.

    "And if you take the Patriot Act away, if you replace it, if you attempt to change it, it's going to remove a lot of the necessary tools that we need to do our job in law enforcement, and I just think it's absurd, particularly if you go back and you look at John Kerry's statements, back in October of '01, when he said he was pleased with the Patriot Act, when he said we needed the ability to fight crime with the Patriot Act. He was pleased with the Patriot Act, which includes a sunset provision on wiretapping and electronic surveillance. These are things that he's talking against today. "I think he has to make up his mind. Does he want the Patriot Act or not? I think we need it, I think it's essential, and I think President Bush, by putting it into action---it's really given us essential tools we need to do the job. But if you look at what's happened since September 11 and the creation of the Patriot Act, this resulted in about 170 people being arrested or captured in the United States, different people, different cells. This battle has to continue. It has to continue here in the United States and abroad, and we're not going to be able to do it without the Patriot Act."

    http://www.georgebush.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=2685
  8. by   julieftRN
    Expanding Access to Health Care for Millions of Americans


    Today's Presidential Action


    • Today, the President visited Youngstown, Ohio to discuss his agenda for expanding access to health care for low-income Americans by supporting Community Health Centers.
    • The President's budgets are on track to fulfill his promise to open or expand 1,200 Community Health Centers to serve an additional 6.1 million Americans by 2006.
    • The President's budget for FY 2005 continues to fulfill this promise with a request of $1.8 billion for Community Health Centers - a 57% increase since 2001 - enabling the program to serve an additional 1.6 million individuals and open or expand over 330 more health centers.
    Community Health Centers: Meeting the Health Care Needs of the Uninsured and Underserved

    Community Health Centers provide critical primary and preventive health care services to individuals regardless of their ability to pay. These health centers are located in medically underserved urban and rural areas where there is little access to basic health care services, and primarily serve low-income individuals, migrant farm workers, homeless individuals, and children. Achieving the President's goal for new and expanded Community Health Center sites will help to provide health care to a greater number of Americans.

    Since 2001, the Bush Administration has increased the number of people served in health centers by almost 30%. When the President took office, there were approximately 3,300 health center sites serving approximately 9.6 million patients, including 4 million uninsured individuals. President Bush recognized the needs of the uninsured and medically underserved communities and promised to open or expand 1,200 health center sites to serve an additional 6.1 million Americans by 2006.

    • By the end of March 2004, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will have opened or expanded 614 health center sites.
    • The FY 2005 budget proposes an increase of $218 million, to open or expand 330 more health center sites to serve an additional 1.6 million people, leaving approximately 260 more community health center sites to add or expand to meet the President's goal by 2006.
    Community Health Centers are an important part of the President's agenda to make America's world-leading health care more accessible, and more affordable. It also includes:

    • Association Health Plans - AHPs will give America's working families greater access to affordable health insurance. By allowing small businesses to band together and negotiate on behalf of their employees and their families, AHPs would help small businesses and employees obtain health insurance at an affordable price, much like large employers.
    • Health Savings Accounts - HSAs are improving the way Americans get help with out-of-pocket medical expenses. The Medicare bill President Bush signed into law establishes new tax-free savings accounts for individuals and groups who purchase low-premium, high-deductible health plans. The President has also proposed to allow these individuals who establish these HSAs to deduct the premiums they pay for their low-premium, high-deductible health insurance policies. This new deduction would be available to taxpayers whether or not they itemize.
    • Tax Credits - The President has proposed to establish refundable tax credits of up to $1,000 for individuals and $3,000 for families to help low-income workers buy health insurance coverage.
    • Medical Liability Reform - President Bush believes common-sense reforms to medical liability law will increase access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans, while reducing frivolous and time-consuming legal proceedings against doctors and health care providers that are driving good providers out of local communities across the country and raising health care costs for all.
    The President's Health Care Accomplishments

    • All seniors will be guaranteed access to affordable prescription drug coverage under Medicare. In December 2003, President Bush signed into law legislation that will make Medicare prescription drug coverage available to 40 million seniors and people with disabilities. The new benefit will become available on January 1, 2006. Beginning in June 2004, beneficiaries will have access to Medicare-approved prescription drug discount cards, which will save them 15% - 30% off the retail price of most brand name drugs, with even deeper discounts on generic drugs. Low-income beneficiaries also will receive $600 this next year to help them purchase their medicines.
    • All seniors will have more choices and better benefits under a strengthened and improved Medicare program. In addition to helping seniors afford their prescriptions, the legislation the President signed enhances basic Medicare coverage by providing better preventive care. Beginning in 2006, seniors also will get the same kinds of choices that Members of Congress and Federal employees have to select the coverage that is best for them, including the choice of keeping their Medicare coverage just the way it is.
    • All Americans will benefit from lower prescription drug prices. The President has implemented a new rule to strengthen competition between generic and brand-name drugs, which is expected to save American consumers more than $35 billion in drug costs over the next 10 years. The Medicare legislation that he signed into law last December includes generic drug provisions that will further benefit consumers.
    • Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) will improve the way Americans get help with out-of-pocket medical expenses. The Medicare bill President Bush signed into law establishes new tax-free savings accounts for individuals and groups who purchase low-premium, high-deductible health plans. These tax-free, portable accounts will help families pay routine medical expenses and provide a tax-preferred means of saving for future health care needs.
    • Millions of low-income Americans have been made eligible for health care coverage. From January 2001 through December 2003, HHS approved waivers and state plan amendments that will make an additional 2.6 million low-income children and adults eligible for Medicaid and SCHIP when fully implemented.
    • Federal funding of state high-risk pools, which provide safety net health insurance to individuals with serious medical conditions, will make coverage more affordable. High-risk pools in 30 states make coverage available and more affordable to these individuals. In December 2002, President Bush signed into law legislation that will make $100 million available to states to establish and support high-risk pools.
    • Doubling the budget of the National Institutes of Health will lead to better health care for all Americans. President Bush fulfilled another commitment by completing the historic doubling of the NIH budget by 2003. He also dramatically increased medical research to $28.6 billion in his FY 2005 budget to speed cures and treatments for the diseases that plague our Nation and the world.
    • Increased funding for biodefense preparedness is strengthening our homeland security and improving public health surveillance. The President has provided over $4.4 billion to states, local governments, and hospitals for preparedness against a bioterrorist attack.
    http://www.georgebush.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=2684
  9. by   julieftRN
    Policy Memo: Senator Kerry's claim of $6.5 trillion of unpaid Bush initiatives




    Memorandum

    FROM: Tim Adams, BC'04 Policy Director
    RE: Senator Kerry's claim of $6.5 trillion of unpaid Bush initiatives
    DATE: 4/5/04



    Overview

    John Kerry's numbers don't add up and he knows it. Over the course of his career, John Kerry has voted for more spending not less, and higher taxes not lower. He has voted for higher taxes more than 350 times, and he has consistently flunked the scorecards of budget watchdog groups, including Citizens Against Government Waste and the Concord Coalition.

    His attacks and assertions this week raise serious questions that John Kerry has yet to answer.

    Questions For John Kerry

    • Senator Kerry is attacking the President's entire tax cut, including tax cuts for the middle class, and has voted for higher taxes more than 350 times. Does he now concede that he will repeal all of the Bush tax cuts?
    • Senator Kerry has advocated 73 spending proposals, 28 of which have been scored by third parties. These total $1.7 trillion above the President's budget. What specific tax hikes or budget cuts does Senator Kerry propose to pay for his spending and his promise to cut the deficit in half in four years?
    • By attacking the President's funding for national security is Senator Kerry advocating cuts to Defense and Homeland Security?
    • Senator Kerry has already begun to backpedal from some of the spending promises he made during the Democrat primary contests. Why are Senator Kerry's latest proposals any more credible than the proposals he made during the primaries? Will he change his mind again?
    • The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) have scored the costs and savings in the President's budget. Will Senator Kerry submit his proposals to JCT and CBO for cost estimates?
    Section I. Budget And Surplus
    The President has submitted a highly detailed budget of several hundred pages that lays out how we will meet our nation's key priorities and cut the deficit in half over the next five years. President Bush's own OMB Director, Josh Bolten, has testified before Congress this year to discuss that budget.

    • The President's budget sets priorities. It increases spending on national defense by 10% and on homeland security by 7%.
    • Total spending for other programs increases less than 1%. Some programs receive more than a 1% increase while others receive less.
    • The President's budget saves $14.5 billion in one year by eliminating or reducing funding for 128 duplicative or inefficient programs. These savings allow the President's budget to increase spending for priorities like health care and education.
    President Bush has a comprehensive plan and a budget to cut the deficit in half. Senator Kerry doesn't have a plan or a budget.

    The President has proposed and sent to Congress a series of measures to reform the budget process. These reforms include discretionary spending limits, mandatory spending controls and measures to address the long-term unfunded obligations of the Federal government. Senator Kerry has not produced a budget or listed a single spending program that he would reduce or eliminate.

    The surplus of the late 1990s was made possible by multi-year reductions in spending on defense and by an irrationally exuberant stock market that produced billions in tax revenue from capital gains and bonuses. The long-run surplus estimates generated in 2000 did not adjust for the highly unlikely sustainability of the tax gains from stock market activity, the likelihood of a recession and the need to pursue counter-cyclical polices, the attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent need for higher spending on defense and homeland security.

    An analysis by the Joint Economic Committee reveals that the recession and corrections in revenue estimates caused 50% of the change from the budget surpluses that the Congressional Budget Office estimated to the actual deficits that have occurred for fiscal years 2002 through 2004.

    Question: Senator Kerry has already begun to reduce some of the spending promises he made during the Democrat primary contests. Why are Senator Kerry's latest proposals any more credible than the proposals he made during the primaries?

    Question: The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) have scored the costs and savings in the President's budget. Will Senator Kerry submit his proposals to JCT and CBO for cost estimates?
    Section II. Tax Cuts
    Senator Kerry asserts that the cost of the Bush tax cuts already enacted, proposed extensions and new proposals will reduce revenue by $2,519 billion over the 2005-14 period.

    However, this figure includes numerous provisions that Kerry has previously claimed to support, such as:

    • New 10% income tax bracket
    • $1,000 child credit
    • Marriage penalty relief
    • Energy conservation incentives
    • Promoting charitable giving
    • Long-term care and other health incentives
    • Extension of the R&E credit
    The figure also includes numerous provisions that Senator Kerry has remained conspicuously silent on, such as:

    • The new individual income tax rates of 25%, 28% and 36% for the middle tax brackets.
    • Simplification and expansion of IRAs and 401(k)s.
    • Education saving incentives.
    The cost of permanently extending the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 for the period of 2005-14 is $989.7 billion. (Source: General Explanations of the Administration's Fiscal Year 2005 Revenue Proposals prepared by the Department of the Treasury, February 2004)

    The cost of extending all expiring and proposed tax provisions (including the above) for the period 2005-14 is $1,240 billion. (Source: General Explanations of the Administration's Fiscal Year 2005 Revenue Proposals prepared by the Department of the Treasury, February 2004)

    Senator Kerry's stated tax increases on the "wealthy" would at most raise about $658 billion. (Source: U.S. Treasury Department)

    Question: Senator Kerry is attacking the President's whole tax cut, and has voted for higher taxes over 350 times. Does he now concede that he will repeal all of the Bush tax cuts?
    Section III. 2002 Farm Bill
    Senator Kerry cites the 10-year cost of the farm bill as $82 billion, however, farm production costs have recently dropped making the 10-year cost of the farm bill lower. For example, farm payments dropped from $17.4 billion to $10.3 billion for just one year alone. (Source: "Production Costs will Drop in 2004," Southeast Farm Press, 3/3/04)

    Furthermore, Senator Kerry voted for the bill. (H.R. 2646, Vote #103, 5/8/02)

    Question: Senator Kerry voted for the farm bill, but is attacking its funding. Does Senator Kerry now propose that it be repealed?
    Section IV. Retirement Savings Accounts/Lifetime Savings Accounts
    Senator Kerry asserts that these proposals will explode the deficit by using a 75 year analysis.

    The actual cost of the President's proposals to "simplify and encourage savings" is $7.585 billion for the period 2005-14. (Source: General Explanations of the Administration's Fiscal Year 2005 Revenue Proposals prepared by the Department of the Treasury, February 2004)

    Using a 75 year estimates for any analysis beyond testing the viability of the federal government's trust funds (e.g., Social Security Trust Fund) is sheer deception. By this same logic, Senator Kerry's proposed $1.7 trillion (and rising) in new spending for the ten year period (2005-2014) would rise to well over $12 trillion if extrapolated to a 75-year window.

    Question: What is Senator Kerry's proposal to encourage Americans to save?
    Section V. Medicare
    Senator Kerry claims that the Medicare prescription drug program will cost $616 billion but the Senator voted for a $625 billion bill and supports a much more expensive drug benefit program. (Source: S.Con.Res. 23, Vote #63 on Amdt #294 on 3/20/03 and Vote #89 on Amdt #396 on 3/25/03)

    Questions: After voting to increase the Medicare bill from $400 billion to $625 billion, does Senator Kerry now propose that we have no prescription drug coverage at all? How would Senator Kerry pay for his more expensive Medicare program?
    Section VI: Social Security
    The President has not proposed nor selected a particular plan to implement personal accounts and, therefore, defining such costs is again highly misleading. It is appropriate to view any such proposal over a much longer time horizon such as the 75-year analysis that Senator Kerry deceptively applied to the savings proposals above (Social Security projections are largely based on the reality of demographics, as opposed to forecasting the economy, how people will respond and the impact on federal revenues).

    Applying a 75 year analysis to Model 2 contained in the Report on the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security (the plan Senator Kerry chose to highlight) shows that it would reduce debt held by the public by $19,777.6 billion in constant 2001 dollars.

    Senator Kerry does not have a plan to address the Social Security system's long-term solvency problem.

    Question: Without reform, the 2004 Social Security trustees report shows that making the trust fund solvent would require an increase in the payroll tax of 1.89 percentage points, a cut in benefits by 12.6% or some combination of the two. What is Kerry's plan to save Social Security?
    Section VII: Defense And Homeland Security
    The President believes that defending our nation is the federal government's top priority and is committed to spending a sufficient level of resources to achieve that goal.

    Senator Kerry has a long record of opposing the weapons systems, defense and intelligence spending that are winning the War on Terror.*

    Question: By attacking the President's funding for national security is Senator Kerry advocating cuts to Defense and Homeland Security?
    Costs Associated With Iraq, Afghanistan And War On Terror
    Senator Kerry asserts that these efforts will cost $240 billion over ten years but it is impossible to calculate the cost associated with fighting the War on Terror. Either Senator Kerry accepts this responsibility and the costs associated with it or he should come clean with the American people about his plans to retreat.

    Question: Does Senator Kerry propose an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan? As President would he deny troops the funding they need to fight and win the war on terror?
    Section VIII: Missile Defense
    During his career Sen. Kerry has been both for and against missile defense. When he first ran for Senate in 1984, he proposed the cancellation of missile defense and would go on to vote against it at least 53 times during his 19 year Senate career. Kerry later answered "yes" in a 2004 Peace Action candidate questionnaire when asked whether he supported the development of a missile defense system. Now, once again, Kerry is opposed to funding for a missile defense system.

    Question: Has Sen. Kerry ended his debate with himself over missile defense, and is he now for or against it?
    Section IX: NASA
    Senator Kerry asserts that going to Mars will cost $1 trillion. This estimate is based on a back-of-the envelope calculation by Atlantic Monthly columnist Greg Easterbrook and is not a serious analysis. The President has laid out a measured and deliberative approach that includes refocusing NASA's programs and budget towards this new goal. The additional cost of this effort is $1 billion over the next five years.

    Senator Kerry claims to support new funding for NASA but now attacks the President's proposal to fund NASA. (Source: John Kerry for President Web site accessed 3/19/04)

    Question: Now that Senator Kerry has attacked the President's $1 billion increase in NASA funding, does he support NASA or not?
    Section X: Military Retirement Reforms
    Senator Kerry asserts $31 billion for military retirement reforms, however, this number appears to represent the enacted compromise for concurrent receipt benefits. Kerry has called for full concurrent receipt, which would cost more than twice as much as the compromise. (Source: John Kerry for President website, "Fighting for America's Veterans, accessed 3/16/04; Testimony of the Congressional Budget Office before the Senate Armed Services Committee, 3/27/03)

    Question: Why is Senator Kerry playing politics with military retirement reforms?
    Section XI: Other Mandatory Spending
    Senator Kerry asserts $112 billion for other mandatory spending. This number appears to include tanker acquisition, unemployment benefits, state fiscal relief, terrorism risk insurance, Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and the refundable portion of doubling the child tax credit. Many of these items Kerry claims to support or has called for even more spending.

    Question: By attacking the President's funding for unemployment benefits, state fiscal relief and other programs that Senator Kerry has claimed to support, does he now oppose them?
    Conclusion
    In conclusion, Senator Kerry's attack includes initiatives that he claims to support and sometimes voted to increase. Much of Kerry's $1.7 trillion in new spending would go on top of the costs listed above.


    *Not Long After First World Trade Center Bombing, Kerry Proposed $7.5 Billion In Across The Board Intelligence Cuts. In 1994, Kerry proposed rescinding $1 billion in FY1994 Intelligence budget and freezing the budget at that level through at least FY1998, which would cut $5 billion from Intelligence funding during that period. Kerry's proposal was defeated by a vote of 20 to 75, with even Sen. Ted Kennedy voting against the measure. Then in 1995, Kerry proposed a bill to, "[r]educe the Intelligence budget by $300 million in each of fiscal years 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000." This bill had no co-sponsors and never reached the Senate floor for a vote. (Amdt. To H.R. 3759, CQ Vote #39: Rejected 20-75: R 3-37; D 17-38, 2/10/94, Kerry Voted Yea; Kennedy Voted Nay; Sen. Dennis DeConcini [D-AZ], Congressional Record, 2/10/94, p. S1360; S. 1290, Introduced 9/29/95)
    *Kerry Has Voted To Cut, Transfer Or Otherwise Decrease Overall Defense Budget At Least Thirty-Eight Times. (S. Con. Res. 32, CQ Vote #52: Rejected 43-54: R 1-50; D 42-4, 5/8/85, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 120, CQ Vote #88: Adopted 66-29: R 38-13; D 28-16, 5/1/86, Kerry Voted Nay; S.Con.Res. 30, CQ Vote #60: Motion Agreed To 64-31: R 38-5; D 26-26, 5/3/89, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2072, CQ Vote #72: Motion Agreed To 77-18: R 30-11; D 47-7, 6/1/89, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 2884, CQ Vote #216: Motion Agreed To 51-48: R 34-11; D 17-37, 8/3/90, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 29, CQ Vote #49: Motion Rejected 22-73: R 1-39; D 21-34, 4/25/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 106, CQ Vote #73: Motion Agreed To 53-40: R 38-1; D 15-39, 4/9/92, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 106, CQ Vote #69: Rejected 45-50: R 4-37; D 41-13, 4/9/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2403, CQ Vote #85: Adopted 61-38: R 7-36; D 54-2, 5/6/92, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4990, CQ Vote #108: Adopted 90-9: R 34-9; D 56-0, 5/21/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1122, CQ Vote #156: Motion Rejected 16-81: R 8-45; D 8-36, 6/8/99, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #46: Adopted 69-30: R 31-12; D 38-18, 3/23/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 13, CQ Vote #180: Rejected 40-60: R 37-17; D 3-43, 5/23/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1087, CQ Vote #389: Motion Agreed To 56-42: R 50-3; D 6-39, 8/10/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 57, CQ Vote #113: Rejected 42-57: R 6-47; D 36-10, 5/15/96, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1745, CQ Vote #172: Rejected 34-65: R 4-49; D 30-16, 6/26/96, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1745, CQ Vote #173: Rejected 45-55: R 6-47; D 39-8, 6/26/96, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 4278, CQ Vote #302: Passed 84-15: R 38-14; D 46-1, 9/30/96, Kerry Voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 68, CQ Vote #86: Adopted 54-44: R 54-0; D 0-44, 4/15/99, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 2707, CQ Vote #182: Motion Rejected 28-69: R 3-39; D 25-30, 9/10/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 13, CQ Vote #181: Rejected 28-71: R 2-51; D 26-20, 5/24/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 2707, CQ Vote #182: Motion Rejected 28-69: R 3-39; D 25-30, 9/10/91, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2399, CQ Vote #56: Motion Rejected 50-48: R 3-40; D 47-8, 3/26/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 106, CQ Vote #70: Motion Rejected 36-62: R 3-39; D 33-23, 4/9/92, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 5677, CQ Vote #208: Motion Rejected 36-62: R 5-38; D 31-24, 9/16/92, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 5677, CQ Vote #209: Motion Rejected 30-67: R 6-37; D 24-30, 9/16/92, Kerry Yea; H.R. 5677, CQ Vote #211: Motion Rejected 43-53: R 14-28; D 29-25, 9/17/92, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 18, CQ Vote #50: Motion Agreed To 58-41: R 6-37; D 52-4, 3/23/93, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1298, CQ Vote #253: Motion Agreed To 61-32: R 35-5; D 26-27, 9/9/93, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 63, CQ Vote #66: Rejected 42-58: R 42-2; D 0-56, 3/23/94, Kerry Voted Nay; S. Con. Res. 13, CQ Vote #204: Rejected 31-68: R 1-53; D 30-15, 5/25/95, Kerry Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 13, CQ Vote #205: Rejected 26-73: R 2-52; D 24-21, 5/25/95, Kerry Voted Yea; H.R. 1944, CQ Vote #319: Motion Agreed To 57-40: R 47-5; D 10-35, 7/21/95, Kerry Voted Nay; H.R. 1944, CQ Vote #320: Motion Agreed To 65-32: R 49-3; D 16-29, 7/21/95, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1745, CQ Vote #175: Motion Agreed To 60-40: R 50-3; D 10-37, 6/26/96, Kerry Voted Nay; S. 1061, CQ Vote #229: Motion Rejected 27-72: R 2-53; D 25-19, 9/10/97, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 2057, CQ Vote #173: Rejected 18-74: R 1-50; D 17-24, 6/25/98, Kerry Voted Yea; S. 1077, CQ Vote #224: Motion Agreed To 77-22: R 48-0; D 29-21; I 0-1, 7/10/01, Kerry Voted Nay)





    http://www.georgebush.com/News/Read.aspx?ID=2412
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    President Bush attempted to slash money from the program that pays to educate the children of military men and women even while saying, "Our men and women in uniform give America their best and we owe them our support."1

    At the same time the President lauded the "great courage"2 of the soldiers he sent to Iraq, he requested major cuts in the Impact Aid3 program that provides funds for the schooling of the 900,0004 children of military families. Bush tried to take $172 million from Impact Aid5 and shortchange its funding by $583 million under the No Child Left Behind Act. The cutbacks would have directly affected children of troops currently deployed in Iraq.6

    The cutbacks were part of Bush's budgetary effort to find $87 billion for his policies in Iraq and Afghanistan, which include $40 million for school programs to benefit Iraqi children.7

    Congress defied the President on his cutbacks, however. The House added $223 million to Impact Aid, and the Senate slightly less. Apparently, Bush will accept the funding rather than resort to a veto.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/relea.../20010228.html
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/relea...0030325-2.html
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=news.newsDtl&did=1576

    VFW Terms President's VA Budget Proposal Harmful to Veterans
    VFW Appeals to Congress for Relief

    Washington, D.C., Feb. 2, 2004--"The president ignored veterans in the State of the Union Address and with today's release of his 2005 budget, it is further evident that veterans are no longer a priority with this administration," said the leader of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., expressing dismay at the disgraceful 1.8% increase in veterans' medical care funding. "We look to Congress to reject the president's inadequate proposal and to provide a budget that fully acknowledges the debt our nation owes its veterans."

    VFW Commander-in-Chief Edward S. Banas Sr., of Voluntown, Conn., said that with only a $500 million increase in medical funding, the administration's budget falls $2.6 billion short of what the Independent Budget recommends is needed to fully meet the demands for quality veterans' health care. "This funding package is a disgrace and a sham," Banas said.

    "This deplorable budget will do nothing to alleviate the many thousands of veterans who are waiting six months or more for basic health care appointments with VA. Instead, the budget seeks to drive veterans from the system by realigning funding, charging enrollment fees for access and more than doubling the prescription drug copayment. This is inexcusable, especially when no member of this administration or Congress would wait this long for their health care.

    "What the administration is proposing for veterans is a shell game. Veterans are being asked to pay for their own health care to make up for shortages in the budget. We are adamantly opposed to charging veterans an enrollment fee and we are opposed to increasing payments that veterans make for prescriptions and for other health care services, especially when millions of this nation's veterans are already locked out of the system," Banas said. "To ask this nation's veterans to subsidize their health care is outrageous. They have already paid for their health care with their sweat and with their blood.

    "This budget indefensibly will not meet the increasing health care needs of our veterans, nor will it lessen the many months they wait for disability benefits.

    "As our veteran population ages and service men and women return from Afghanistan and Iraq, we must have a system that meets the health care needs of all veterans. It is clear that, just as we fought on the battlefields, we must now bring the fight to the halls of Congress to rectify this disgraceful budget. Having traveled throughout the nation, I know that the American people will not tolerate this shoddy treatment of America's veterans, especially at a time of war," Banas said.
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    May 27, 2004
    During today's trip to Tennessee , President Bush held a photo-op at
    a children's hospital and then attended a $2,000-per-person fundraiser at the
    home of a top health insurance executive . The two events provide a
    perfect display of how the President has misled America on health care
    policy: at the same time that he has tried to decrease funding for children's
    hospitals, his budget gives billions of dollars on health insurance
    companies who fund his campaign.

    During today's first event, the President is expected to praise children's
    hospitals. However, his budget this year proposes to freeze funding for
    grants to these hospitals, preventing their federal grants from keeping pace
    with inflation . He also proposes a $94 million cut to the Community
    Access Program - effectively eliminating another program that provides
    grants to children's hospitals in need. And he is trying to cut $158
    million (68%) from training grants for specialties that include pediatrics.

    . These efforts are consistent with his past policies: last year, the
    President proposed cutting $86 million (30%) from grants to children's
    hospitals . And in 2002, he proposed to cut $35 million (14%) from grants
    for children's hospitals to train pediatricians .

    After his photo-op at the children's hospital, the President attended a
    fundraiser at the home of Clay Jackson , an executive at a health
    insurance company called BB&T . Unlike the children's hospitals whose
    budgets have been cut, insurance executives like Jackson have a lot to thank
    the President for.
    The President signed a Medicare bill that gives health insurance companies a new $130 billion subsidy , while
    forcing many seniors off traditional Medicare and into HMOs .
    ThePresident has also done nothing to address the skyrocketing costs of health
    care, sitting by last year as HMOs raised premiums by 13% and raked in
    an extra $6.7 billion from Americans.


    http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=1900118
    http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/in...&news_id=33004
    http://www.aamc.org/advocacy/library.../020604/_1.htm
    http://www.cdfactioncouncil.org/bush_fy2002_budget.htm
    http://democrats.senate.gov/dpc/dpc-...me=sr-108-2-70
    http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/se...2000=Y&Order=N
    http://www.insurancejournal.com/news...8/04/31173.htm
    http://www.bbandt.com/insurance/personal/Types/health/
    http://www.medicarerights.org/fairme...gislation.html
    http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=1334
    http://money.cnn.com/2003/09/09/pf/i...erhealthplans/
    http://cbs.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?guid={04A2FC4E-12BE-4E77-B497-72D80479CDB8}&siteid=google&dist=google
  13. by   julieftRN
    Quote from spacenurse
    May 27, 2004
    During today's trip to Tennessee , President Bush held a photo-op at
    a children's hospital and then attended a $2,000-per-person fundraiser at the
    home of a top health insurance executive . The two events provide a
    perfect display of how the President has misled America on health care
    policy: at the same time that he has tried to decrease funding for children's
    hospitals, his budget gives billions of dollars on health insurance
    companies who fund his campaign.

    During today's first event, the President is expected to praise children's
    hospitals. However, his budget this year proposes to freeze funding for
    grants to these hospitals, preventing their federal grants from keeping pace
    with inflation . He also proposes a $94 million cut to the Community
    Access Program - effectively eliminating another program that provides
    grants to children's hospitals in need. And he is trying to cut $158
    million (68%) from training grants for specialties that include pediatrics.

    . These efforts are consistent with his past policies: last year, the
    President proposed cutting $86 million (30%) from grants to children's
    hospitals . And in 2002, he proposed to cut $35 million (14%) from grants
    for children's hospitals to train pediatricians .

    After his photo-op at the children's hospital, the President attended a
    fundraiser at the home of Clay Jackson , an executive at a health
    insurance company called BB&T . Unlike the children's hospitals whose
    budgets have been cut, insurance executives like Jackson have a lot to thank
    the President for.
    The President signed a Medicare bill that gives health insurance companies a new $130 billion subsidy , while
    forcing many seniors off traditional Medicare and into HMOs .
    ThePresident has also done nothing to address the skyrocketing costs of health
    care, sitting by last year as HMOs raised premiums by 13% and raked in
    an extra $6.7 billion from Americans.


    http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=1900118
    http://www.nashvillecitypaper.com/in...&news_id=33004
    http://www.aamc.org/advocacy/library.../020604/_1.htm
    http://www.cdfactioncouncil.org/bush_fy2002_budget.htm
    http://democrats.senate.gov/dpc/dpc-...me=sr-108-2-70
    http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/se...2000=Y&Order=N
    http://www.insurancejournal.com/news...8/04/31173.htm
    http://www.bbandt.com/insurance/personal/Types/health/
    http://www.medicarerights.org/fairme...gislation.html
    http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=1334
    http://money.cnn.com/2003/09/09/pf/i...erhealthplans/
    http://cbs.marketwatch.com/news/stor...le&dist=google

    I just have to say, my brother in law and sister attended that event, and what you read, shows its not always true. And they are both in the health care field. Sorry to disapoint.
  14. by   julieftRN
    So I have to ask, what do you think Kerry will do for these issues?

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