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Manix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-04 03:58 AM
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Bush's woes pile up as election beckons
Independent (UK)
By Rupert Cornwell


What goes up, sooner or later, comes down, and the downfall of the ruling centre-right party in Spain is further proof that George Bush is no exception to this immutable law of politics and of life.

Last year, almost everything went right for Mr Bush;not any longer. The failure to find Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the grim state of the jobs market in the United States and the unexpected aggressive performance of Senator John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee, have combined to push the President's approval rating down to 50 per cent. On top of this comes the stunning defeat for Jos Maria Aznar in Spain.

The repudiation by a major ally of Mr Bush's war in Iraq has come at the worst possible moment for him: just as the White House attempts to use the first anniversary of the invasion to justify its policies.

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namvet73 Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-04 05:27 AM
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1. Why THAT high, though...
It still makes me nervous that Bush's approval rating is 50%.
The only thing I can think of is that too many people are still scared to death of terrorists and think Bush is going to protect them best.

At the same time, it is said that Bush ignored warnings of the previous administration about Osama Bin Ladin. If those warning were present, it didn't seem very public to me. If it was, more people would know that the previous administration was more on the ball than then think.

My approval rating of Bush is about 1 out of 100 and that's in his ability to ride a horse.

Now, he's lost yet another ally, Spain.
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Maccagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-04 05:43 AM
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2. You'll have to change your approval rating to 0%
Bush doesn't ride horses.
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namvet73 Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-04 07:16 AM
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3. Heh heh
You're right! Zippo for Busho.

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kclown Donating Member (459 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-04 08:21 AM
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4. It's been reported without confirmation that he is terrified of horses. n/
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-04 10:17 AM
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5. I HAVE to ask you this
what on earth made you think our dipshit "president" could ride a horse? Have you ever SEEN him on a horse or even NEAR one???
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-17-04 07:16 AM
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7. Well Reagan cut brush and rode horses and wasn't what this was about?
You know be like Reagan who the Bushie hated but who got two terms? So George runs for president buys ranch, that we as tax payers have to fix us for president, and he cuts brush but can not get on that GD pony.
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JPZenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-16-04 01:27 PM
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6. People Fired, Defamed and Intimidated for the Truth
I copied this from another message board. The name of the writer was not listed:

"A look at the historical record shows that the Bush Administration has summarily fired, threatened, intimidated and defamed anyone who has had the courage to tell the truth about major policies facing America.

MEDICARE ACTUARY THREATENED WITH FIRING IF HE TOLD TRUTH TO CONGRESS: "The government's top expert on Medicare costs was warned that he would be fired if he told key lawmakers about a series of Bush administration cost estimates that could have torpedoed congressional passage of the White House-backed Medicare prescription-drug plan. Richard S. Foster, the chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told colleagues last June that he would be fired if he revealed numbers relating to the higher estimate to lawmakers."

FMR. TREASURY SECRETARY THREATENED WITH INVESTIGATION AFTER TELLING TRUTH: Three days after Paul O'Neill criticized the Bush Administration's Iraq policy, the Administration "began an investigation into whether any laws or regulations had been violated by O'Neill." The probe came despite O'Neill having specifically "cleared all of the documents with the Treasury general counsel's office." The probe ended up fully absolving O'Neill.

LINDSEY FIRED FOR TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT COSTS: "Top White House adviser Larry Lindsey when he told a newspaper that an Iraq war could cost $200 billion."

ZINNI FIRED FOR TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREIGN POLICY: "General Anthony Zinni, a retired Marine general who was Bush's Middle East mediator, angered the White House when he told a foreign policy forum in October that Bush had far more pressing foreign policy priorities than Iraq and suggested there could be a prolonged, difficult aftermath to a war. He was not reappointed as Mideast envoy."

TROOPS THREATENED FOR TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT COMBAT IN IRAQ: After soldiers in Iraq raised questions about the Bush Administration's deceptive WMD comments, Gen. John Abizaid said no soldiers "are free to say anything disparaging about the secretary of defense, or the president of the United States. Whatever action may be taken, whether it's a verbal reprimand or something more stringent, is up to the commanders on the scene."

REPORTER DEFAMED FOR TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT TROOPS: "A White House operative alerted cyber-gossip Matt Drudge to the fact that Kofman is not only openly gay, he's Canadian. Drudge said he was unaware of the ABC story until 'someone from the White House communications shop tipped me to it'White House press secretary Scott McClellan tried to be nonchalant, indicating that he wasn't planning an investigation of the incident."

GENERAL DISPARAGED FOR TELLING TRUTH ABOUT TROOP LEVEL NEEDS: Despite the fact that it appears he was probably accurate, "Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz criticized the Army's chief of staff, Gen. Eric Shinseki, after Shinseki told Congress in February that the occupation could require 'several hundred thousand troops.' Wolfowitz called Shinseki's estimate 'wildly off the mark.'"

CIA BLAMED FOR TELLING TRUTH ABOUT BOGUS IRAQ-NUCLEAR CLAIM: Despite the CIA having made advance objections to the White House about the false Iraq/nuclear claim, "President Bush and his national security adviser yesterday placed full responsibility on the Central Intelligence Agency for the inclusion in this year's State of the Union address of questionable allegations that Iraq's Saddam Hussein was trying to buy nuclear weapons."

CIA OPERATIVE EXPOSED BECAUSE HUSBAND TOLD TRUTH ABOUT IRAQ: According to government sources, "Administration officials leaked the name of an undercover CIA officer to a journalist after her husband, former U.S. ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, publicly challenged President Bush's claim that Iraq had tried to buy uranium ore from Africa. 'Clearly, it was meant purely and simply for revenge,' a senior official said of the alleged leak."
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