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President Bush-One Major Miscalculation
By Jerri Ann Lewis

In a recent interview with Time Magazine, Bush said he had made a "miscalculation of what the conditions would be in post-war Iraq".1 I beg your pardon Mr. President, but I believe "miscalculation" is a bit of an understatement. Actually, the last four years have been nothing but one big miscalculation.

The first indication to the beginning of a poor presidency should have been the botched Presidential election in 2000. We, the American citizens, had no idea what the consequences of our grave miscalculation would be. We certainly did not expect airborne terrorists, anthrax-filled envelopes, and the deaths of over 1000 American soldiers that died for those mysterious Weapons of Mass Destruction. No one could have predicted the increase in Americans standing in the unemployment line, the increase in Americans without healthcare, and the amount that is poverty stricken due to our poor economy.

Let us now examine the 'miscalculations' that President George W. Bush has made since he stepped into the White House.

1) Fear Factor- more than Reality Television.
On September 11, 2001 the United States was sucker-punched when three American planes were hijacked and thousands of people died. This led to a snap -decision to go to war with Iraq by our Commander-in-Chief. At this time the Department of Homeland Security was also created by the Bush Administration in order to warn Americans to what degree a terrorist threat is likely to occur and how to be prepared.2 However, the real question is, with the majority of our military deployed oversees and the creation of the "DHS", are we really any safer?

2) Fear Factor II- The Return of the Scare Tactics.
Some have even resorted to the use of fear to hamper Americans from voting against the re-election of President Bush. To quote Dick Cheney: "It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States."3 We should not be scared into voting for what we believe. What kind of democracy is that?

3) How many more are going to die?
The war lasted a few months; however, the U.S. occupation in Iraq is not over. Over 1,000 American troops have died and over 7,000 have been wounded.4 Those are the ones that have paid the ultimate price for one of President Bush's miscalculations. However, the horrible deaths and injuries of our beloved soldiers were not the only costs of war. The ever mounting American deficit, the record high-gas prices, the detention camp scandals of torture, rape and murder, and the sacrifice of privacy all stemming out of fear and a direct result from a war full of "miscalculations".

4) The Almighty $.
Due in part to the war, the United States deficit is the worst it has ever been. The deficit has declined from $5 trillion in protected surplus to $4 trillion in protected deficit. The war itself has added more than $125 billion to the deficit.5 While there have been numerous contributing factors, 23% of the Federal deficit has also been attributed to the tax cuts by the Bush Administration alone. This is projected to only get worse if President Bush remains in office.6

5) High prices fueled by gas and oil.
The price of gas and oil have reached record-highs since the beginning of the Iraqi war. Americans have seen the price of gas reach over $2.50 per gallon.7 As we empty out our pockets at the pumps the demand for gas does not dwindle, in part because Americans have no choice but to pay the high prices in order to go to work. The Bush Administration has ignored the possibility of more fuel-efficient cars by failing to require automakers to use this technology.8 Again President Bush has chosen to fuel the gas and oil companies rather then addressing jobs, our economy along with our critical environmentally issues.

6) Be quiet. The walls have ears...
With the sacrifice of lives from the terrorist attacks and war came the sacrifice of our civil rights. The Patriot Act was created after 9-11 to "protect" the citizens of the United States. However, what has truly happened is that our privacy has been compromised. Our government now has the lawful right to search our records and our lives without a court warrant if it is believed that there is a "significant purpose" to do so. That is, if you might have information to an investigation then you may be subject to a search and seizure of your life.9 So be very careful the next time you want to research terrorists on the internet or check out a book on bombs at the library.

7) The Scandal heard 'round the world.
Everyone is aware of the detention camp scandals that were made public in April 2004. Photographs and videos depicted the horrible mistreatment of Iraqi detainees of which an estimated 90% had been wrongly imprisoned. According to reports by the Red Cross and other organizations, abuse of Iraqi prisoners had been occurring for over a year without any intervention by U.S. government officials.10 The pride and honor that existed within our country has been ripped from our very core because of the lack of action by the Bush administration.

8) Jobs Wanted.
"Although unemployment fell from 5.9 percent to 5.7 percent in December [2004], only 1,000 new jobs were created. Furthermore, the work force typically grows when the economy advances, but in this instance it shrank due to the 309,000 people who stopped looking for work."6 Since President Bush entered the White House there has been over 2 million manufacturing jobs lost, partially due to outsourcing.11

9) The President and the Paupers.
Directly related to outsourcing and the increase in unemployment is the increase in the poverty level in the United States. Poverty has risen by 1.3 million (1 in every 8 people) according to the 2003 Census report. The poverty level has been steadily increasing since President Bush's term began.12 The fact that Americans are only getter poorer does not concern the President much since he and his acquaintances are only getter richer.

10) No Insurance, No Service.
Consequently Americans without healthcare has increased by 1.4 million according to the 2003 Census report.13 While the number of Americans without health insurance has soared, so have the profits of drug companies as they continue to raise the prices of prescription drugs.5 How can Americans continue to afford medicine without insurance, without jobs, and without money? Pharmaceutical companies cannot continue to make money off people who cannot afford to live.

11) Aging American
The new Medicare Bill presents an injustice for American senior citizens now and in the future. The Bush Administration used questionable means to push the new bill through that prohibits Medicare from negotiating better prices for seniors. In addition, drug companies continue to benefit due to the ban on the importation of cheaper drugs.5 There is truly no help for the old.

12) Scientific Un-discoveries.
Scientific research like the research of stem cells could make new medical breakthroughs with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and diabetes possible. However, the Bush Administration has allowed their religious beliefs to interfere with the research on stem cells for the same reasons that they are against abortion. "We don't even know that stem cell research will provide cures for anything - much less that it's very close" to yielding major advances, [Laura] Bush said.13 We will never know if it will cure anything unless there is research done on it. Therefore, while George Bush remains president, these medical advances remain undiscovered.

13) The X Chromosome.
President Bush has made his anti-choice views very clear prior to and throughout his entire term of office. Now, the right of women to choose to have an abortion as been compromised by the Bush Administration. The "partial-birth" ban has now been enacted. Even though some feel that late-term abortions are gruesome, in cases where a woman's life is at risk should she be denied the right to live herself only to possibly bring a baby into the world without a mother?5 This is a choice that has been taken away from a woman and her doctor by the Bush Administration. Is this the first step to bringing back the coat hanger?

14) Global Gag Rule.
The Bush Administration has also used their power to undermine Family Planning funds. President Bush has refused the release of funds for Family Planning, which enables many women in America and other countries to seek medical services for contraceptives, pregnancies, and abortions. This not only places women at risk for unwanted pregnancies and medical complications, but also limits sex education to women and increases the chances of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.14 The reality is that S-E-X is going to happen whether we discuss it or not. Thus, promoting sexual and reproductive health is a must in today's society.

15) "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." -President George W. Bush15
The idea behind the No Child Left Behind Act is that teachers are to ensure that every student is taught each lesson before proceeding to the next. The school boards then require standardized tests to be given to make certain that all children are learning. Due to this the child is now pressured to perform and the teachers are pressured to teach a child to test instead of teaching to educate the child to retain the knowledge for the future.16 The No Child Left Behind Act in reality leaves most children in the dust. President Bush also broke his promise to "spend more on our schools." He not only refrained for spending money on education, but he made budget cuts totaling $90 million only four weeks after signing the education reform law.17

16) You May Not Kiss the Groom.
President Bush's "Mission from God" is actually his attempt at 'playing god' by forcing his moral and political views onto American citizens by denying them the rights and privileges that made this the United States of America. He has amended the constitution to deny people the opportunity to marry the person they love by defining marriage as a union of a woman and a man.18 In the President's eyes, anything else would be a sin.

17) Gone with the Wind-Power.
There will be no alternatives such as wind, solar, and geothermal energy if Bush has anything to do about it. President Bush created a secret Energy Task Force to discuss solutions to America's energy problems that required guidance from utility companies and the oil, gas, coal, and nuclear energy industries. Only after a court order, (heavily censored) documents were produced that proved they used these "suggestions" in their energy plan, often exactly as stated. Oil, gas, coal, and nuclear energy industries are given billions in subsidies in the new energy plan. Domestic oil and gas drilling and an increase in the use and production of nuclear energy and coal, were highly favored over renewable, less pollutant-producing, energy sources.

18) What a Waste.
Of course, where there is Nuclear Energy, there is Nuclear Waste. The question then becomes what to do with the nuclear waste? The Bush Administration has considers multiple resolutions to the dilemma. Suggestions such as leaving the waste in warehouses stored in large drums, burying the waste-filled containers, or sending the waste into space have been contemplated.19 There are over a hundred sites in America alone where nuclear waste is held permanently or temporarily. The Bush Administration has voted for a high-level nuclear waste depository to be constructed in a remote desert area in Nevada called Yucca Mountain, an ancient volcano. Plans for one main long-term storage facility were proposed because of the threat of terrorist attacks. However, the possibilities of transportation accidents or terrorist attacks before the nuclear waste even gets to the dumpsite have been ignored. The transport of the waste would involve thousands of casks traveling by road and rail through 43 states.20 Therefore, the chance for unsafe levels of radiation leaking into the environment during transport and disposal is a major concern.

19) Is it hot in here or is it just me?
Global Warming was another one of President Bush's 2000 election promises that he failed to address during his tenure. Since then reports, including one produced for the Pentagon, have found that we are already experiencing climate changes, drought, damaged farms and changes in migration patterns due to global warming. Meanwhile, President Bush continues to ignore the problem.21 Global Warming is a crisis due, in part, to human activity. This matter must be addressed while the damage can still be repaired.

20) Heck no, Bush won't go.
The Kyoto Conference in Kyoto, Japan was a gathering of worldwide government officials to discuss the problem of climate change and the ways this problem could be reversed. President Bush sited several reasons that opposed the Protocol. "Bush's announcement resulted in almost world-wide condemnation and many pointed to Bush's controversial election which included backing and contribution of millions of dollars by the oil industry, as factors in this decision."22 Once again, President Bush chose money over our existence.

21) Cloudy Days and Cloudy Nights
The Bush Administration promotes the Clear Skies Initiative as a plan that is supposed to do exactly that. It is supposed to fund programs to reduce air pollution, set air-quality standards, reduce smog and emissions from industries, and stop acid rain. It sounds impressive; however, in truth, the act delays essential emission cuts up to 10 years, permits industries to evade expensive improvements necessary to control pollution, and it undermines other state laws that address pollution problems within the states.23 Hence, there could be gray skies for us.

22) There is a fly in my water.
"An overwhelming majority of Americans recognize the value in protecting the water quality of streams and lakes and conserving our remaining wetlands, which provide habitat for wildlife, absorb floodwaters, and filter pollution from water."24 Of course, President Bush is not one of those Americans. He proposed a plan to change the Clean Water Act that would remove the protections on many wetlands and streams and issued guidelines for agencies not to impose regulations protecting those waters without gaining authorization from headquarters. Without enforcing the protection many wetlands and streams are in danger of pollutants that make the water not safe for recreation, that threaten public health, that diminish public drinking water sources, and that reduce the quality of drinking water. It also jeopardizes threatened and endangered wildlife species that depend on the wetlands and streams for survival and could increase the chances for flooding. What good could come of this? The answer again revolves around money. Without a Clean Water permit developers could fill wetlands and streams and mining companies, industries, factory farms, and sewage treatment plants would no longer need to spend money to dispose of the waste.24

23) Land HO!
The conservation and preservation of our nation's land is incomprehensible to President Bush. Just as numerous other environmental issues, this one is just another issue that he can modify for his own gain. He sees U.S. public land as an additional way to make money. The allowance of oil drilling on public lands, the allowance of off-road vehicles use in National Parks and the authorization for timber harvesting in National forests are just a few ideas that the President has developed that would add zeros to his bank account as well as the banks accounts of many big corporations. In the meantime, he would undermine the laws that were made to protect these glorious lands.25 If President Bush is allowed to continue his reign you may have to cancel that camping trip that you promised your children next year.

24) Lions, Tigers, and Bears, OH-Who Cares?
Endangered, threatened, and rare species have had to endure habitat destruction, loss of food sources, and many other problems attributed to human activity. Due to one human group in particular, the Bush Administration, we could see a reversal of all the accomplishments of the Endangered Species Act. The Bush Administration wants to cut the agency's monies that are used to respond to lawsuits or obey court orders on endangered species, which would leave most suits worthless.26 With this and the Administration's views on public land, the future of endangered plants and animals could be in even more trouble. Do we really want the only wildlife that our grandchildren get to see to be in zoos?

25) Forest Fever
The Bush Administration also favors stopping the Survey and Manage Plan of forest management. President Bush believes that allowing loggers to thin, and possibly clear-cut, old growth forests would create "healthy forests" with less risk of forest fires. In reality, the smaller trees, underbrush, and debris left by the loggers would fuel future fires better than the untouched old-growth forests.27 This would also endanger the lives, homes, and food sources of many forest organisms. However, by altering the environmental laws protecting these forests, President Bush can damage these areas to please the multi-million dollar lumber industries while satisfying his hunger for money.28

26) Return of the Theft- Election 2004
President Bush's reelection campaign oozes deception and lies. He managed to steal the first election. Now, as the 2004 Presidential Election nears President Bush has managed to change or cover-up reports in order to aid his reelection. The Bush Administration has requested a change to how data is compiled for the poverty and healthcare information on the Census Reports. They have also dropped the government's monthly report on mass layoffs.29 Rather than finding solutions to the problems facing healthcare and other economic issues in America for the last four years, he is, instead, trying to find ways to skew the data in his favor in time for reelection. Some reports have stated that the President is trying to rig the Florida votes again. The reports suggest that President Bush and his brother, Governor Jeb Bush, tried to hire a legal firm (run by two of the President's buddies) to defend the Broward County Board of Elections in Florida in case there are any lawsuits files against it during or after the 2004 election.30

It seems that the only things he has 'calculated' are ways to beat the system.

He claims his entire presidency has been about war for the security of our country. His 'goal' was to make America safer, cleaner, and healthier. However, by revising Medicare and drug policies, reversing environmental laws, and refusing to bring our service men and women home we are not even close. The preservation and protection of our country and our world is at stake. We cannot risk another four years!

This November DO NOT miscalculate your vote. VOTE FOR CHANGE!


1 "Bush Admits Iraq 'Miscalculations' in Times Interview," Reuters. August 27, 2004.
2 Department of Homeland Security.
3 Andrew Miga, "Veep: Take cover if Kerry wins," Boston Herald. September 8, 2004. 4 Casualities in Iraq, "The Human Cost of Occupation."
5 Common Dreams News Center, "A Failed Presidency,"
6 The Truth About George.
7 Gas Price Watch.com
8 Daniel F. Becker, "Invest in More Efficient Cars," USA TODAY. July 8, 2004.
9 Jennifer Van Bergen, "Repeal the USA Patriot Act", Truthout. April 1, 2002.
10 Alexander G. Higgins, "Red Cross: Iraq Abuse Widespread, Routine," Associated Press. May 10, 2004.
11 The Daily Mis-lead. "Why Bush Supports Outsourcing," March 10, 2004.
12 "Ranks of Poverty, Uninsured Rose in 2003," The Guardian, 8/26/04
13 "First Lady Bashes Kerry Stem Cell Stance," Associated Press. August 9, 2004.
14 International Planned Parenthood Federation
15 United Press International, "Bush Proposes Increase in Education Funds," Mark Kukis, Feb. 21, 2001
16 Nathan Newman, "Bush's Education Strategy a Failure," NathanNewman.org - News and Views. December 28, 2002.
17 "Bush Cut Funding from Bipartisan "No Child Left Behind" Education Law" The Democratic Party: Take America Back!
18 Jonathan Rauch, "On Same-Sex Marriage, Bush Failed the Public & Himself," Independent Gay Forum. March 6, 2004.
19 "Managing nuclear waste: Options considered," Fact Sheet. Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management.
20 Steve Kanigher and Mary Manning, "Yucca Mountain: Science vs. politics," Las Vegas Sun. May 31, 1998.
21 "Bush Misleads on Global Warming," The Daily Mis-Lead. August 30, 2004.
22 Anup Shah, "Kyoto Conference"
23 Sierra Club. "Facts About the Bush Administration’s Plan to Weaken the Clean Air Act"
24 "What Will Happen If The Clean Water Act No Longer Protects Many Small Wetlands, Streams And Ponds" Clean Water: Sierra Club.
25 Environmental Record of the Bush Administration-"Bush Administration Record on Public Lands: Irresponsible Management of the People's Land," The Wilderness Society. August 8, 2003.
26 "Endangered Species," San Francisco Chronicle. April 1, 2001.
27 Brian Leitner, "Logging Companies are Responsible for the California Wildfires," DemocraticUnderground.com. October 30, 2003.
28 "Bush Administration Lifts Old Growth Protections in Northwest," Environmental Issues, About. March 23, 2004.
29 "Bush To Alter Economic Stats Again," The Daily Mis-Lead. September 1, 2004.
30 "Bush Tried to Install Crony at Florida Election Board," The Daily Mis-Lead. September 2, 2004.

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