George W. Bush promised to bring honor and integrity

back to the White House.

He lied.

This is the man appointed to his presidency by the United States Supreme Court. This man lost the majority vote "of the people" by 500,000 votes. This man, if left in the office of the US Presidency, will destroy the world. And less than half this country trusted him to begin with. With truths like these, who needs lies?

How to Overthrow the Government
by Arianna Huffington

Enron?
George W. Bush and Enron CEO Kenneth Lay are great pals. Not a crime in and of itself, but when you lie down with the dogs, you wake up with fleas. Notice the two can't even agree on how their relationship started.

Since Bush has publicly stated his version, and Lay has also publicly stated his version, whose will be the truest version when questioned under oath? Potential for perjury, keep your eyes open. If Bush's story changes to match Lay's, show me the honor and integrity Bush touts like a badge. If Lay's story changes to match Bush's, you have to question Bush's judgement or definition of "moral character."

The Bush Administration is lined with former Enron employees, consultants, attorneys and/or lobbyists. Not a crime in and of itself, but after such a massive failure of a corporation structured on one of capitalism's ideal business models, "former Enron executive" doesn't exactly look so good on a resume these days. Yet there they sit creating policy that not only affects us as US taxpayers, but affects the entire global economy. Did Enron's campaign contributions actually buy seats for Enron's interest in this administration?

It gets better. Bush refuses to release documents on the Cheney-Enron energy policy meetings. 10 federal agencies have launched their own investigations into this financial/political catastrophe, starting in October 2001. But they allowed the evidence to remain in the hands of the accused, even two weeks beyond the first whisper of document shredding in this case. Would they be so lenient if your company was thought to be committing crimes? Is three months enough time for you to destroy the incriminating evidence? Sure enough, they shredded.

White House staff say Bush was never briefed on Enron's situation. Period. Bush himself confirms that. His chief economic advisor never told him. Nor the Commerce Secretary, nor treasury officials, even though they knew what was going on. Mysteriously.. or perhaps magically, Bush's economic stimulus package was created without him having a clue about the largest impending corporate bankruptcy in US history. Amazing he can address issues in our economy without a clue of the economic climate. Do you hope they are all lying to protect Bush, so that at least Bush wasn't naive to the economy around him? Or do you trust them all to be telling the truth and still find the courage to put your faith in a stimulus package that was created with blinders on?

If you really care about restoring ethics and integrity and honor into our model of government, you'll expose yourself to the events as they unraveled in this case - from the beginning, and you'll exert your voice in your districts to do what must be done.

This scandal is the mother of all scandals, and has the potential to knock us all to our knees and question our own values as we recover from its fallout looking for the right thing to do. The Houston Chronicle is on top of it, with probably the most thorough coverage of this scandal. Other reputable mainstream media offering full coverage include The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Watch the hearings on C-Span and track Bush's movements in the media at BushWatch. You can also track the Bush Family history at hereinreality.com.


Attitude: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists
edited by Ted Rall


Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex- Conservative
by David Brock


Stupid White Men ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!
by Michael Moore


Crashing the Party: How to Tell the Truth and Still Run for President
by Ralph Nader

Bush
Presidency
BEFORE 911?

This list was compiled by David A. SprintzenProfessor of Philosophy, Co-Director, Institute forSustainable Development C.W. Post College, Long Island:

Whether you agree with them or not, you should know what your government is doing in your name, with your tax dollars:

  • Proposed a $2 trillion tax cut, of which 43% will go to the wealthiest 1% of Americans.

  • 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.

  • Reduced by 40% the Low Income Home Assistance Program for low-income individuals who need assistance paying energy bills.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Proposed to eliminate new marine protections for the Channel Islands and thecoral 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 federallaws.

  • 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-introductionplan scheduled for Idaho and Montana wilderness.

  • Continues to hold up federal funding for stem cell research projects.

  • 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.

  • 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 Officeof 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. Leave no child behind.

  • 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 school children about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and citizenship.

  • Appointed John Bolton - who opposes nonproliferation treaties and the U.N. - 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 U.S. 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.

  • Nominated Ted Olson-who has repeatedly lied about his involvement with the Scaiffe- funded "Arkansas Project" to bring down Bill Clinton - for Solicitor General.

  • 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.

  • Plans on serving genetically engineered foods at all official government functions.

  • Forced out Forest Service chief Mike Dombeck and appointed a timber industry lobbyist

  • The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters
    by Greg Palast


    The Accidental President: How 413 Lawyers, 9 Supreme Court Justices, and 5,963,110 Floridians (Give or Take a Few) Landed George W. Bush in the White House
    by David A. Kaplan


    Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace
    by Gore Vidal


    9-11
    by Noam Chomsky


    The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder
    by Mark Crispin Miller


    Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American
    by Michael Moore


    The Future of Success : Working and Living in the New Economy
    by Robert B. Reich


    Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
    by Barbara Ehrenreich

    Columns of note

  • 7-31-02 Pat Buchanan Losing the Home Front
  • 7-26-02 USAToday House votes Independent Probe for 9-11
  • 4-01-02 Jennifer Van Bergen Repeal the USA Patriot Act (Analysis)
  • 3-06-02 Washington Post Sen. Reid (NV-D) gets in Bush's Face over Mt. Nuke
  • 2-23-02 Reuters N. Korea calls Bush "Kingpin of Terrorism"
  • 2-21-02 AP Carter Rips Bush on "Axis of Evil"
  • 2-18-02 Pat Buchanan "How a President's Words Can Lead to War"
  • 11-29-01 Rep. Ron Paul (TX) Congressional Record: War on Terror=American Hegemony
  • 10-25-01 Sen. Russ Feingold Congressional Record: Anti-Terror Bill Concerns