January 20, 2004
The Seven Statements You Won’t -- But Should -- Hear During George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address
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Although George W. Bush will use tomorrow night’s State of the Union address to highlight his supposed accomplishments. The United States continues to cope with wide-ranging problems caused by the Bush Administration.
Mike Lux, former advisor to President Clinton and CEO of Progressive Strategies, Inc. provides the Seven Statements You Won’t –But Should – Hear During George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address:
I. "Mission Accomplished"
The War in Iraq continues to claim American lives while consuming billions of American tax dollars that are desperately needed at home.
II. "I Gave You My Word When You Elected Me, and I Intend to Fulfill Those Promises."
Where to begin? Perhaps with the promises of "No Child Left Behind," the president’s AIDS initiative in Africa or his plans to expand AmeriCorps, all of which were promptly under funded. In addition, his promise to clean up carbon monoxide poisoning or his pledge to cut taxes while keeping a big surplus in the federal budget. So many broken promises, it's hard to know where to begin.
III. A Year Ago, I Told You There Were WMDs in Iraq, and Saddam Was an Imminent Threat. I Was Wrong. I'm Sorry. I Will Never Lie to You Again."
The false charges of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq heaved the United States into an unfounded war and cost us the respect of our allies and the world.
IV. "Special Interests Have No Place in My Administration"
George W. Bush’s environmental policy opens up national forests for commercial logging and pushes for domestic oil exploration in protected areas. His economic policy includes tax breaks for corporations who move their operations overseas. Meanwhile, drug and insurance companies were the primary beneficiaries of the 2004 Medicare bill, instead of our nation's seniors. In Iraq, Vice President Dick Cheney's old corporation, Halliburton, has been awarded an exclusive contract to help rebuild infrastructure.
V. "My Administration Will Reduce the Deficit"
When President Bush took office there was a $127 billion surplus, and now we are left with a deficit that is expected to top $500 billion this fiscal year.
VI. "I will reshape the Economy to Benefit All Americans"
The past two years have been a binge of tax cuts for the nation's wealthiest one percent while job losses bring back memories of the Herbert Hoover administration. There are nearly nine million Americans without jobs and under the Bush administration, more than three million jobs have disappeared.
VII. "Osama Bin Laden"
America’s most wanted to continues to be at large despite a billion dollar manhunt in Afghanistan.
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