George W. Bush campaigned for the Presidency on certain key issues. Namely, smaller government, fiscal responsibility, restoring "dignity" to the White House, leaving no child behind, and ceasing to be the "world's police force." Because of stances like these, in fact, he was endorsed by The Oregonian. This is how he has fared:
He is directly responsible for the largest expansion of the federal government in 50 years. The Patriot Act is responsible for perhaps the biggest expansion of government intrusion into our personal lives, and affords the police and the justice department the most power ever given to infringe on our civil rights.
His tax cut for 2% of the country was paid for with billions of dollars in deficit spending. He is going to spend billions of dollars in Iraq. Meanwhile, our economy here at home continues its slow death.
He campaigned for the White House in Kenneth Lay's private plane. He has cavalierly withdrawn the United States from several crucial international treaties. He has thumbed his nose at the United Nations - in order to punish someone for thumbing their nose at the United Nations. His Vice President has had secretive meetings with oil and coal companies to write our energy policy. Halliburton and several other companies associated with the Bush Administration stand to make a huge profit off of the loss of life in Iraq. And, Republican campaign donors have paid for overnight stays in the White House, ala Bill Clinton.
Leaving No Child Behind
Schools in Oregon and all over the country are facing perhaps their most serious fiscal crisis ever. The state of California, for instance, is contemplating laying off 25,000 educators and staff. The Bush administration continues to spend billions in Iraq while the quality of our children's education declines, and their future success is thrown into peril.
Afghanistan. Iraq. Next, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, North Korea. ad infinitum...
The real issues, which affect us as citizens the most, are being ignored for a potentially never-ending war which the President wants, the military wants, certain private companies want, the media really wants, but most middle Easterners don't. Support our President? I say, regime change begins at home.