Bob Weiner Media Points July 23,
Bush polls tanking since the war (now by 53%-40% Independents say won’t vote for
him, and his popularity down to 46% from 92% two years ago), Iraq weapons
missing, White House leaking, the expose of White House blocking clean air as a
giveaway to corporations, spinning a few jobs created while losing 3 million,
giving millionaires and corporations the big tax breaks, state revenues at
record lows while the national deficit is at an all time high and skyrocketing
(in contrast to Clinton’s surplus), Americans are going to seek change. In addition:
more uninsured health care numbers (6%
more in 2002, 44 million)
poverty in a decade, now 35
million, 1 in 8 Americans.
lost jobs—first president since
Hoover to have net loss; all Bush can do now is spin success of 100,000 jobs up
in a month after 3-years with 3-MILLION lost – versus Clinton’s 26 million jobs
drug abuse and crime
now versus when
Clinton/McCaffrey made the issue visible and dropped the
of environment by disarming Clean Air,
Clean Water, and Superfund toxic cleanup; and pander to Cheney secret energy
committee of contributors who are the polluting
Cuts Most to Millionaires. Bush of, by, and for the wealthy.
$500 billion surplus and creating $500
billion annual deficit
and false info on Iraq
Not Accomplished: How Bush Misjudged the
Task of Fixing Iraq”—TIME Cover, Oct. 6, 2003.
business billions in
Iraq but cost to Americans
$200 billion + a year. Where is
int’l community on troops or
are the WMD? And wouldn’t $200 billion reconstruct the US
nicely for OUR hospitals, electrical grids, roads, health care, jobs, and
phone systems? Do we really care more about new toilets in Iraq when they’ve
been peeing in the Euphrates River for 6000 years, than we do about giving
health care to children, seniors, and families in the U.S.? & denying court-earned money to tortured
American Gulf vets!
of national guard priorities: need at HOME for fires
and domestic problems.
priority of Korea nukes,
Iran real source of Al
Qaeda support, Burma
heroin and freedom, Afghanistan Taliban return and more
heroin, Syria home of
terrorists, and first
defenders funding in US.
congressional and cabinet heroes I've worked for -- Pepper/Conyers/Rangel/Kennedy/Koch/McCaffrey
would roll over in his grave
about Bush's Social
Medicare destruction proposals to privatize and arm both for big
business, for $200 BILLION new annual profit for drug companies – money FROM
NO SOCIAL SECURITY DEFICIT: Fund solvent 40 yrs. and
counting, boomers lowest birth rate as parents means lowest draw on SS, and
people working longer.
revisionism when they try to paint
Clinton as unpopular:
left office with the highest popularity of ANY president in the
history of both the Harris and Gallup polls – his 65% was higher than Reagan,
Eisenhower, Bush, Ford, Johnson, Carter, and obviously Nixon, upon leaving
office. And the more the Republicans
victimized him the higher his popularity grew.
By the way he and Hillary have been married 30 years -- who wouldn't take
that -- with a wonderful daughter they love; and since half of all marriages end
in divorce, usually by unfaithfulness, isn’t it nice that he and Hillary love
each other despite what's happened? Somehow that question is never asked or
- Dems won
most recent two special cong.
elections. If voter anger the issue, Bush and congressional
Republicans are in trouble.
of democracy when Republicans can’t
win fair—Florida/U.S., Texas,
California. Aren’t Americans
tired of giving up their voting rights? California deficit only part of Bush-created deficits in 46 states
including California. Voter anger properly is serious problem for Bush and
incumbent Republican Senators, House members, and state
*** OUR CANDIDATES were ALL STRONG, ALL
BETTER THAN BUSH:
* Dean: unprecedented new strategies,
young voters, Internet, now also getting some
traditional key union support.
* Gephardt: thorough understanding of
the issues, strong labor union support. “Bush miserable failure”
* Clark: brilliant 4-Star General’s
military mind, int’l coalition in Kosovo
* Lieberman: reaches centrists, actually
won national election with Gore in 2000.
* Sharpton: powerful, funny, candid,
great reactions at debates and important that Party reaches out to African
* Braun: courageous, thoughtful approach
to issues, and also good message to both women and African
* Kucinich: traditional liberal, key
part of Democratic constituency, candid anti-war, and domestic budget
KERRY’S VICTORY WELL EARNED! SHOWED DEEP
UNDERSTANDING OF THE ISSUES, EMPHASIZED NEED FOR INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT OF WAR,
AND NEED FOR CHANGING SPECIAL INTEREST ACTIONS OF ADMINISTRATION AT HOME.
* Edwards: mainstream and dynamic,
epitomizes new Southern Democrat, PROPERLY emphasized Bush “of, by, for the