Spends Millions to Lie to America
By Todd Smyth
Because his own record is such a disaster, George Bush has
spent over $50 million dollars to spread lies about John Kerry.
One commercial distorts John Kerry's vote on the second appropriations
bill for the war in Iraq, accusing Kerry of voting against
the troops. When the bill included an amendment to pay for
the cost, Senator Kerry voted for it. When the Republicans
blocked the first vote, removed the amendment and charged
the $87 billion dollar cost to our children, John Kerry voted
against the bill. The ad also implies the bill had a line
item vote, which it did not. Next time you see the commercial
notice how they leave out the sweetheart no-bid contracts
Another political ad accuses Kerry of voting for a 50 cent
gas tax increase, even though no such vote took place in the
Senate. Over 10 years ago, when gas prices were much lower,
John Kerry was asked by a reporter if he would consider supporting
a tax that would reduce our dependence on foreign oil by using
the money to invest in alternative energy. John Kerry said
he would consider it. Ten years later, with high rising gas
prices, John Kerry does not support an increase in the gas
tax. This commercial is such an incredible distortion it defies
common decency but reveals the bottomless pit of lies George
Bush will use to get re-elected.
George Bush has never supported a reduction in the current
gas tax and his own foreign policies and methods for going
to war in Iraq have caused the increasing price of oil. And
yet, Bush is spending millions of dollars to distract the
American people from his own failing record.
Bush has made every effort to benefit his richest campaign
contributors and then lie and distort to pacify the rest of
us. Bush has paid for a phony economic recovery by strapping
us with the highest all-time crushing national debt (over
$7 trillion dollars). The result of his tax cuts and economic
policy is the wholesale give away of our middle-class job
market. His "Trickle-down" or "supply-side economic policy"
is no longer a viable option in a modern global economy because
most of the money and jobs trickle overseas.
Throughout his life, George Bush has used his privilege
and family connections to take advantage of other people and
get away with it. From his seven month disappearance during
his military service, to a flagrant insider trading deal when
he was with Harken Energy, George Bush has avoided accountability
for his actions. In Bob Woodward's book "Plan of Attack" Woodward
asks Bush how history will judge him. Bush responded "History,
we don't know. We'll all be dead."
Bob Woodward's recent book is only one of an unprecedented
number, written by well known and trusted journalists and
former Bush employees who are trying to warn us about what
a disaster the Bush administration is. It's hard to understand
how thinking, caring people are still supporting what he is
doing to our country and the world.
George Bush used the 9/11 attacks as an excuse to go to
war in Iraq. He lied about the connection between Osama bin
Laden and Saddam Hussein. They are actually mortal enemies.
At best, he mislead and exaggerated the threat of Weapons
of Mass Destruction, using statements like "mushroom cloud"
to scare us into an unnecessary war. Iraq was already falling
apart from 12 years of sanctions. They had no WMD and were
no immediate threat to America. George Bush illegally diverted
funds from the war against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to start
the war in Iraq. At the same time he lied to congress when
he promised to exhaust all diplomatic solutions to prevent
a war and in the event of war, create a true international
coalition before attacking Iraq. Over 80%
of the soldiers in Iraq are US military.
After receiving the now famous August, 6 2001 PDB, "Bin
Ladin Determined To Strike in US." George Bush remained on
vacation for 22 more days leading up to the 9/11 attacks.
Now we're bogged down in Iraq where only George Bush the "uniter"
could have brought together ancient mortal enemies like the
Sunnis and Shiites to create a national uprising against US
occupation. Osama bin Laden is still free while hatred for
America grows around the world. George Bush is cutting the
pay and benefits of US soldiers while over extending their
commitment in battle, while he continues to spend more than
4 out of 10 days on vacation.
George Bush lied about the cost of his new Medicare bill
(off by more than 100 billion dollars). He lied about his
budget projections (off by more than 6 trillion dollars).
He lied about funding No Child Left Behind. He has promised
to create more than 4 million jobs over the past four years.
He has delivered a negative 2.3 million jobs. George Bush
is narrow minded, reckless, arrogant, secretive and unwilling
to admit mistakes. His stubborn "with us or against us" attitude
has wasted billions of dollars and thousands of lives. We
have to put a stop to it.
John Kerry has dedicated his life to serving his country
and fighting for what he believes in. He repeatedly risked
his own life to save others while fighting in Vietnam. When
he returned home, he fought the Nixon establishment, protested
and testified before congress to end the failing war policy
in Vietnam. As a top prosecutor in New England, Kerry fought
organized crime, putting the number two mob boss behind bars.
As a 20 year US senator, John Kerry consistently fought to
hold the political system accountable while helping Bill Clinton
produce the greatest economic growth in US history, creating
22 million new jobs.
Now John Kerry has a plan to stop the damage caused by George
Bush, so we can repair our middle-class and rebuild our rapidly
declining status in the world. Don't let George Bush's lies
go unanswered. Get involved, join the campaign, contribute
your time and resources to stop the lies and fix the problems
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