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Will Bush Talk About His Record?

Reported by Eleanor - July 25, 2004 -

On Fox & Friends (July 25, 8:25 a.m.) Chuck Todd reported on preparations for the democratic convention. He said that Bush has been talking mostly about Kerry in his campaign. The Viet Nam vets at the convention will talk of Kerry's leadership ability that was demonstrated during his time in Viet Nam. Bush might not counter with vets discussing Kerry's Viet Nam protests because the democrats might drag out Bush's Viet Nam service, and he doesn't want to go through that again.

Juliet Huddy asked if and when Bush will talk about his agenda. Todd responded that so far Bush has talked mostly about Kerry, and not so much about his record and what he will do, but it's time to talk about the Bush record and Bush agenda going forward.

Comment: I really don't expect that to happen. What is much more likely is a continuation of the discussion of Kerry's record, right up to the election. Why do I believe that? Well, I'll tell you. I really give Bush credit for one thing. Not talking about his record. That's the smartest thing he has ever done. Can he talk about the following?

1. How we got into Iraq, and how we will get out.
2. A Medicare plan that gives hundreds of billions of dollars to pharmaceutical and insurance companies.
3. The loss of overtime pay for millions of Americans.
4. The loss of 1.8 million jobs, and 47 states with more jobs going overseas than before the start of the recession.
5. A stock market below 10,000 and falling.
6. A trillion dollar surplus turned into a 600 billion dollar deficit.
7. States with budget deficits so huge that programs such as Medicaid for our poorest citizens are being slashed.
8. Multiple investigations such as the outing of a CIA operative, no-bid contracts in Iraq and energy commission attendees kept secret from the public.
9. Questionable friendships and business links with corporate criminals, and with the Saudis who are linked to 9/11.
10. Tales of prisoner abuse in Iraq, currently expanding on the Internet to the rape of Iraqi women and the sodomy of Iraqi children.
11. Billions of dollars to fight the war on Iraq unaccounted for.
12. Gas prices at an all-time high.
13. Lack of safety after three years of fighting the War on Terror with no end in sight.
14. More international treaties broken than under any president in U.S. history.
15. Rolling back or eliminating over fifty years of environmental protections laws.
16. The largest diplomacy failure ever, with many former friends now enemies, or unwilling to support us.
17. Removal of the U.S. from the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
18. Largely ignoring the AIDS crisis in Africa and the genocide in the Sudan.
19. Refusal to abide by the Geneva Conventions.
20. Refusal of U.N. oversight or inspection of the U.S. election process.
21. Not fixing the election problems of 2000, with many questions remaining about election legitimacy.
22. Setting the record for world-wide protests against a singe individual.
23. Cutting health care benefits for war veterans.
24. Not catching Osama bin Laden, dead or alive (a very tall man on dialysis), after three years of trying.
25. Naming of the squelching of free speech "Free Speech Zones" and the anti-patriot and anti-freedom act "The Patriot Act." Naming of anything that's hard to explain the opposite of what it really is to confuse the issue.
26. Setting the record for the fewest press conferences and the most vacation time of any president ever.

The list is longer, but this is a good start. If I were Mr. Bush, I would not talk of this record either. The smartest thing is to continue to spread fear, push the War on Terror, call "unpatriotic" the liberals who don't support Bush's agenda, and continue to put the attention on divisive cultural issues that fuel emotional brain dysfunction. That's the only way Bush can win this election.