Week Eleven - October 8th, 2004

Greetings!

Unlike Dubya, I’m willing to admit when I make a mistake.  I goofed up on my numbering of Dubya Fun Facts.  I used 13 and 14 twice on Volumes 7 and 8.  So I’ve corrected and this week’s numbers are correct.  Anyways…

Frankly, it’s been a good week.  We started the week with every conceivable poll showing that Kerry absolutely dominated Dubya in the first presidential debate last week.  Then earlier this week Edwards held his own against VP Cheney in the one and only Vice Presidential debates.  Yesterday, the Duelfer report was released stating that after months and months of searching, there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and they didn’t even have any programs in place to produce them.  To top off the week, today’s Labor Department report indicates that September job growth was much lower than expected, adding only 96,000 jobs in comparison to estimates from Dubya’s administration of numbers closer to 150,000.

Make sure you watch the second of the presidential debates this evening at 8:00pm.

Dubya Fun Fact #21
According to Congressional Budget Office estimates, Mr. Bush's tax cuts, with their strong tilt toward the wealthy, are responsible for more than $270 billion of the 2004 budget deficit. Increased spending on homeland security accounts for only $20 billion. That shows the true priorities of the self-proclaimed "war president.”  More money for tax cuts to the rich than for protecting the homeland from further attacks.  Here is an article about it (NY Times registration required).

Dubya Fun Fact #22
Another “flip-flop” from Dubya.  Initially the president supported a proposed law that would enable the US to send terror suspects to other countries where torture is used and is considered acceptable.  Only after difficulties with the law and realizing it was just bad policy, Dubya is now distancing himself from the issue.  Here is an article about it from MSNBC.

Dubya Fun Fact #23
Dubya has been less consistent on Iraq than John Kerry.  Following are the various reasons Dubya and Co. have used to “justify” the invasion of Iraq.

  • Saddam has stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons of mass destructions and has nuclear programs that could produce a nuclear bomb in the very near future.  That one didn’t stick because it simply wasn’t true….Next.
  • Saddam has programs in place to produce weapons of mass destruction.  Evident by the theory that Iraq had mobile laboratories where they were producing weapons on the go.  This one also didn’t stick because again…not true.  Next.
  • Saddam has weapons related activities.  Wow, I think they’re starting to reach pretty far for a reason.  Next.
  • Now they are settling on the fact that Saddam had the “intent” to start programs that could produce weapons in the future if sanctions had been removed.
  • Oh yeah…and if all else fails…we liberated the Iraqi freedom and are spreading freedom.

I wonder what they will come up with next.

Fact checking Cheney’s debate rhetoric
Here are just a couple of the lies and distortions that Cheney used in the VP debates on Tuesday night against John Edwards.

Cheney’s mislead: "I have not suggested there's a connection between Iraq and 9/11"
The Truth: As the Washington Post reported, Cheney has repeatedly insinuated and "strongly suggested" that Saddam Hussein was behind the attacks on September 11th.  And in its fact check column today, the Boston Globe says "Cheney has consistently asserted strong prewar links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, even after the 9/11 Commission definitively concluded that there had not been a collaborative relationship between the two. In a radio interview in January 2004, Cheney said: 'I think there's overwhelming evidence that there was a connection between Al Qaeda and the Iraqi government.'”

Cheney’s mislead: "900,000 small businesses will be hit" by the Kerry-Edwards plan to roll back tax cuts for people in the top income bracket.
The Truth: As the Washington Post writes this morning: "This is misleading. Under Cheney's definition, a small business is any taxpayer who includes some income from a small business investment, partnership, limited liability corporation or trust. By that definition, every partner at a huge accounting firm or at the largest law firm would represent small businesses. According to IRS data, a tiny fraction of small business "S-corporations" earn enough profits to be in the top two tax brackets. Most are in the bottom two brackets.”

Cheney’s mislead: "We have added 1.7 million jobs to the economy."
The Truth: On November 2nd, George Bush will be the first president in 70 years to lose jobs. There will be about a million fewer jobs than there were when Bush took office -- and about 7 million fewer than Bush's own post-9/11 estimate. Cheney's using fuzzy math: 1.7 million jobs have been added, but millions more have been lost.

Cheney’s mislead: "The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight."
The Truth: This one-liner was one of Cheney's best zingers of the night, but even it isn't true: Cheney and Edwards have met in public at least twice. They met when Edwards escorted Elizabeth Dole to be sworn in by Cheney as Senator and at the National Prayer Breakfast. At the Breakfast, he even called Edwards out by name, starting his remarks with the words, "Thank you very much. Congressman Watts, Senator Edwards, friends from across America and distinguished visitors to our country from all over the world, Lynne and I are honored to be with you all this morning." You can actually watch video of the two of them shaking hands at www.democrats.org.

Misc. Fun Facts

  • $42,000 = Average amount a Bush Cabinet member will save this year due to cuts in capital-gains and dividend taxes. 
  • $42,409 = Median U.S. household income in 2002.
  • 88% = Percentage of American citizens who will save less than $100 on their 2006 federal taxes as a result of 2003 cut in capital gains and dividends taxes.
  • $116,000 - Amount Vice-President Cheney is expected to save each year in taxes due to Dubya’s tax cuts.
  • Here is a webpage with a long list of facts regarding Dubya and Co.

Debate Schedule

  • Friday, October 8th – Town meeting style debate in Missouri
  • Wednesday, October 13th -  In Arizona with a format similar to first debate except focusing on domestic issues

Links

  • Here is an article about Fox News printing a ridiculous and blatantly false report about John Kerry making comments about being a metrosexual.
  • Here is an article about the performance at the first presidential debate.
  • The official website for Kerry
  • The official website for Dubya
  • Forgot My Lunch - My friend John's website.  On it he has a re-defeat Bush section that archives past Volumes of my weekly BU - - SH - - email as well as some other good info.

Media (books, CDs, etc.)

Haikus of the Week
witless, bored, confused
must prove myself a leader
make the soldiers march

once upon a time
we had democracy here.
now, alas, no more

Dubya Quote of the Week
"I hope the Congress will extend the unemployment benefits for - for the American workers who don't have a job." - George W. Bush, January 6, 2003, Speaking from Washington, D.C.

Other Quotes of the Week
"The court has ordered me to get the country's name off that list, and that's what I'm doing.” - Foreign Minister Roberto Tovar of Costa Rica – September 9, 2004.

You know Dubya is doing wonders with diplomatic relations with the “coalition of the willing” when members send a letter to us asking to be put on a do-not-call list.  Here is an article about Costa Rica’s request to be removed from the US list of coalition members.

"To my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links the two."  - Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld - When asked about any connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. 

Several hours after his appearance, Mr. Rumsfeld issued a statement saying his comments had been "regrettably misunderstood" and that he had acknowledged there were ties between Osama Bin Laden and Iraq based upon CIA intelligence.  If I didn’t know any better…I’d say that’s a “flip-flop.”  Here is an article with the quote.

Please send feedback to me at dfranzwa@gt.com.  If you have any suggestions on material to include in future Volumes, please let me know.  If you disagree with me on anything in my emails, I’d love to hear why.  I welcome all feedback whether it is good or bad.

Doug Franzwa