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KASTsystem

The First Six Months (W)

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Whatever your beliefs, know what your president is

doing. Here is a list of his work during the first

six months of his presidency:

 

-- Significantly eased field-testing controls of

genetically engineered crops.

 

-- Cut federal spending on libraries by $39 million.

 

-- Cut $35 million in funding for doctors to get

advanced pediatric training.

 

-- Cut by 50% funding for research into renewable

energy sources.

 

-- Revoked rules that reduced the acceptable levels of

arsenic in drinking water.

 

-- Blocked rules that would require federal agencies

to offer bilingual assistance to non-English speaking

persons. This, from a candidate who would readily

fire-up his Spanish-speaking skills in front of

would-be Hispanic voters.

 

-- Proposed to eliminate new marine protections for

the Channel Islands and the coral reefs of northwest

Hawaii. San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 2001.

 

-- Cut funding by 28% for research into cleaner, more

efficient cars and trucks.

 

-- Suspended rules that would have strengthened the

government's ability to deny contracts to companies

that violated workplace safety, environmental and

other federal laws.

 

-- OK'd Interior Department appointee Gale Norton to

send out letters to state officials soliciting

suggestions for opening up national monuments for oil

and gas drilling, coal mining, and foresting.

 

-- Appointed John Negroponte - an un-indicted high

level Iran Contra figure-to the post of United Nations

ambassador.

 

-- Abandoned a campaign pledge to invest $100 million

for rain forest conservation.

 

-- Reduced by 86% the Community Access Program for

public hospitals, clinics and providers of care for

people without insurance.

 

-- Rescinded a proposal to increase public access to

information about the potential consequences resulting

from chemical plant accidents.

 

-- Suspended rules that would require hardrock miners

to clean up sites on Western public lands.

 

-- Cut $60 million from a Boy's and Girl's Clubs of

America program for public housing.

 

-- Proposed to eliminate a federal program designed to

help communities(and successfully used in Seattle)

prepare for natural disasters.

 

-- Pulled out of the 1997 Kyoto Treaty global warming

agreement.

 

-- Cut $200 million of work force training for

dislocated workers.

 

-- Eliminated funding for the Wetlands Reserve

Program, which encourages farmers to maintain wetlands

habitat on their property.

 

-- Cut program to provide childcare to low-income

families as they move from welfare to work.

 

-- Cut a program that provided prescription

contraceptive coverage to federal employees (though it

still pays for Viagra).

 

-- Cut $700 million in capital funds for repairs in

public housing.

 

-- Appointed Otto Reich - an un-indicted high level

Iran Contra figure-to Assistant Secretary of State for

Inter-American Affairs.

 

-- Cut Environmental Protection Agency budget by $500

million.

 

-- Proposed to curtail the ability of groups to sue in

order to get an animal placed on the Endangered

Species List.

 

-- Rescinded rule that mandated increased

energy-saving efficiency regulations for central air

conditioners and heat pumps.

 

-- Repealed workplace ergonomic rules designed to

improve worker health and safety.

 

-- Abandoned campaign pledge to regulate carbon

dioxide (CO2), the waste gas that contributes to

global warming.

 

-- Banned federal aid to international family planning

programs that offer abortion counseling with other

independent funds.

 

-- Closed White House Office for Women's Health

Initiatives and Outreach.

 

-- Nominated David Lauriski - ex-mining company

executive-to post of Assistant Secretary of Labor for

Mine Safety and Health.

 

-- O.K.'d Interior Secretary Gale Norton to go forth

with a controversial plan to auction oil and gas

development tracts off the coast eastern of Florida.

 

-- Announced intention to open up Montana's Lewis and

Clark National Forest to oil and drilling.

 

-- Proposes to re-draw boundaries of nation's

monuments, which would technically allow oil and gas

drilling "outside" of national monuments.

 

-- Gutted White House AIDS Office.

 

-- Renegotiating free trade agreement with Jordan to

eliminate safeguards for the environment and workers'

rights.

 

-- Will no longer seek guidance from The American Bar

Association in recommendations for the federal

judiciary appointments.

 

-- Appointed recycling foe Lynn Scarlett as

Undersecretary of the Interior.

 

-- Took steps to abolish the White House Council on

Environmental Quality.

 

-- Cut the Community Oriented Policing Services

program.

 

-- Allowed Interior Secretary Gale Norton to shelve

citizen-led grizzly bear re-introduction plan

scheduled for Idaho and Montana wilderness.

 

-- Makes sure convicted misdemeanor drug users cannot

get financial aid for college, though convicted

murderers can.

 

-- Refused to fund continued cleanup of uranium-slag

heap in Utah.

 

-- Refused to fund continued litigation of the

government's tobacco company lawsuit.

 

-- Proposed a $2 trillion tax cut, of which 43% will

go to the wealthiest 1% of Americans.

 

-- Signed a bill making it harder for poor and

middle-class Americans to file for bankruptcy, even in

the case of daunting medical bills.

 

-- Appointed a Vice President quoted as saying "If you

want to do something about carbon dioxide emissions,

then you ought to build nuclear power plants." Vice

President Dick Cheney on "Meet the Press."

 

-- Appointed Diana "There is no gender gap in pay"

Roth to the Council of Economic Advisers. Boston

Globe, March 28, 2001.

 

-- Appointed Kay Cole James - an opponent of

affirmative action-to direct the Office of Personnel

Management.

 

-- Cut $15.7 million earmarked for states to

investigate cases of child abuse and neglect.

 

-- Helped kill a law designed to make it tougher for

teenagers to get credit cards.

 

-- Proposed elimination of the "Reading is

Fundamental" program that gives free books to poor

children.

 

-- Is pushing for development of small nuclear weapons

to attack deeply buried targets-weapons, which would

violate the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

 

-- Proposes to nominate Jeffrey Sutton-attorney

responsible for the recent case weakening the

Americans with Disabilities Act-to federal appeals

court judgeship.

 

-- Proposes to reverse regulation protecting 60

million acres of national forest from logging and road

building.

 

-- Eliminated funding for the "We the People"

education program which taught schoolchildren about

the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and citizenship.

 

-- Appointed John Bolton - who opposes

nonproliferation treaties and the UN - to

Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and

International Security.

 

-- Nominated Linda Fisher - an executive with

Monsanto-for the number two job at the Environmental

Protection Agency.

 

-- Nominated Michael McConnell-leading critic of the

separation of church and state-to a federal judgeship.

 

-- Nominated Terrence Boyle - ardent opponent of civil

rights - to a federal judgeship.

 

-- Canceled 2004 deadline for automakers to develop

prototype high mileage cars.

 

-- Nominated Harvey Pitts - lawyer for teen sex video

distributor-to head SEC.

 

-- Nominated John Walters - strong opponent of prison

drug treatment programs-for Drug Czar. Washington

Post, May 16, 2001.

 

-- Nominated J. Steven Giles - an oil and coal

lobbyist - for Deputy Secretary of the Interior.

 

-- Nominated Bennett Raley - who advocates repealing

the Endangered Species Act - for Assistant Secretary

for Water and Science.

 

-- Is seeking the dismissal of class-action lawsuit

filed in the US against Japan by Asian women forced to

work as sex slaves during WWII.

 

-- Earmarked $4 million in new federal grant money for

HIV and drug abuse prevention programs to go only to

religious groups and not secular equivalents.

 

-- Reduced by 40% the Low Income Home Assistance

Program for low-income individuals who need assistance

paying energy bills.

 

-- Nominated Ted Olson, who has repeatedly lied about

his involvement with the Scaiffe-funded "Arkansas

Project" to bring down Bill Clinton, for Solicitor

General.

 

-- Nominated Terrance Boyle, foe of civil rights, to a

federal judgeship.

 

-- Proposes to ease permit process, including

environmental considerations, for refinery, nuclear

and hydroelectric dam construction. Washington Post,

May 18, 2001.

 

-- Proposes to give government the authority to take

private property through eminent domain for power

lines.

 

-- Proposes that $1.2 billion in funding for

alternative renewable energy come from selling oil and

gas lease tracts in the Alaska National Wildlife

Reserve.

 

-- Plans on serving genetically engineered foods at

all official government functions.

 

-- Forced out Forest Service chief Mike Dombeck and

appointed a timber industry lobbyist.

 

++++originally published in "Another world is possible

: conversations in a time of terror" published by

Subway & Elevated Press.

(http://www.anotherworldispossible.net/)

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Originally posted by KASTsystem

-- Plans on serving genetically engineered foods at

all official government functions.

 

i like this one. serve it daily at the white house, too. let his family be the long-term effect subjects. serve down home heapin' helpin's and watch those folks grow new limbs.

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-- Makes sure convicted misdemeanor drug users cannot

get financial aid for college, though convicted

murderers can.

 

This one is pretty fucking smart as well.

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oh, my god.

 

and it just keeps getting worse.

 

he has some fast track trade policies that he wants to push through, and congress is about to give it to him. the result, americans without jobs. but he said he's gonna trade them a little money for some cut-rate health insurance in return. fucking bullshit right there.

 

add to that the continued push for blowing the tops off mountains for coal mining in appalacia, he's crazy about this. they've been doing it for years, it kills off all the streams and wildlife which depend on 'em for years (for good?) in the whole watershed.

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i actually meant the ability to make trade decisions which would get fast tracked through congress.

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weve been eating Genetically engineered food for a while...

and i dont see a big deal about it- do some research.

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Guest imported_El Mamerro

Keep in mind that the list focuses on negative things, and doesn't mention any positive things he might have done. Maybe there aren't any, I still think he's a moron, but don't read that list like it's the ONLY stuff he's done. It's a list purposedly made to influence your opinion of him. Beer,

 

El Mamerro

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Guest -MOE LESTER-

WHAT A PUTZ!!!

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I think the big deal with GMO's isn't the health effects, it's the effects on the environment and small farmers. Orgs just use the whole "if it has peanut genes in it, it might cause a reaction" argument because most people don't give a shit about the environment or farmers living far, far away, but they do care about their health.

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Guest Dusty Lipschitz
Originally posted by El Mamerro

Keep in mind that the list focuses on negative things, and doesn't mention any positive things he might have done. Maybe there aren't any, I still think he's a moron, but don't read that list like it's the ONLY stuff he's done. It's a list purposedly made to influence your opinion of him. Beer,

 

El Mamerro

 

i agree with you COMPLETELY

and am open-minded,

so if anyone has a lengthy list like that above, of all the positive action GW has done, i beg of you to post it here.

or even a short list...

or even a couple of things...

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ok, ok, two days ago he DID just come out and say insurance should cover mental illness related shit like meds, hospital stays?, etc. that's nice, i have to say, but he stopped short of endorsing the wellstone/??? bill that does something about it. moral of the story good ol' georgie sometimes plays both sides of the fence.

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