Snapshots from Green Victoria (tedwords) wrote,
Snapshots from Green Victoria
tedwords

For your consideration

This is from my buddy, Peg--an excellent writer. Feel free to share!

For your consideration. . .
Federal Budget
January 2001-cumulative surplus of $5 Trillion
Four years later-cumulative shortfall of (at least) $2.3 trillion

Tax cuts for the middle and lower classes
Person in lowest 5th of income distribution-$91
Person in upper 5th of income distribution -$60,000

Environment
Rescinding of Clean Air Act, backed by nation’s largest polluters, including the toxic Brayton Point Plant in Swansea, MA, which pumps millions of gallons of deadly hot water in Narragansett Bay every day
Proposed drilling of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Stripping restrictions on the use of federal land, now open for logging, mining and oil drilling
Consistent resistence to fuel-efficiency requirements on vehicles

Privacy
Section 215 of Patriot Act permits government investigators to obtain, without paperwork or probable cause, records from libraries, bookstores, doctors, universities and Internet Service Providers

Federal Courts
Currently well-stocked with conservative idealogues—201 confirmations so far, more than any president in modern history
Roe v. Wade—two Supreme Court votes from complete reversal

Health
Crippling limits on stem cell research
Consistent alliances with pharmeceutical industry
Confusing, bureaucratic, and ill-conceived “reforms” to Medicare and Medicaid, making it hard and sometimes impossible for aging people to afford medicine and health care

Education
Grossly underfunded “No Child Left Behind Act” leaches funds from other, more proven educational programs such as HeadStart

War
Afghanistan -Taliban is regrouping, opium production increased 40-fold
Iraq-consistent pattern of moral and political catastrophe-no WMDs, Abu Ghraib, very little and diminishing international support, $200 billion in costs so far, more than 1000 deaths since “Mission Accomplished,” chaos, violence, unemployment and no end in sight
Sources: New Yorker, righteous anger

And also, on a lighter note (Peg didn't make these up...)

Bush/Cheney '04: Four More Wars
Bush/Cheney '04: Leave No Billionaire Behind
Bush/Cheney '04: Because the Truth Just Isn't Good Enough
Bush/Cheney '04: Making the World a Better Place, One Country at a Time
Bush/Cheney '04: Over a Billion Whoppers Served.
Bush/Cheney '04: Putting the "Con" in Conservative
Bush/Cheney '04: Thanks for Not Paying Attention.
Bush/Cheney '04: The Last Vote You'll Ever Have to Cast
Bush/Cheney: Asses of Evil
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