Week Nine - September 24th, 2004

This Volume has a bit more information than last week’s but I still didn’t get to put as much time in to it than I had hoped to.  At the last minute, I got stuck in Spokane, WA for the majority of the week for work and didn’t have much time to draft up Volume 9.  I did manage to add a fun facts section on our beloved Vice President.  Here you go…

Dubya Fun Fact #17

Dubya is a big fan of the environment.  He uses clever titles like the “Clean Skies Initiative” for his plan regarding environmental protection.  Here are some highlights of Bush’s Clean Skies Initiative in comparison to the Clean Air Act that Clinton passed in the 90’s:

  • Permits twice as much Sulfur Dioxide emissions – a leading cause of acid rain and premature deaths from respiratory disease.
  • Permits 50% more Nitrogen Oxide – a cause of ozone smog
  • Permits 5 times as much Mercury – a cause of brain, lung, and kidney damage as well as reproductive problems.
  • Bush broke a 2000 campaign promise by including NO new controls for Carbon Dioxide – the main contributor to global warming.
  • Permits pollution trading – a practice where one company who doesn’t pollute up to the allowable levels can sell their remaining right to pollute to companies that exceed the legal limitations.
  • Dubya also cut $500 million dollars from the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Other notable facts regarding Dubya and the environment.

  • As Governor of Texas, he changed pollution laws for power and oil companies and made Texas the most polluted state in America.
  • In July of 2001, the U.S (i.e. Dubya) was the only country of the G-8 countries (US, Canada, Japan, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, and UK) to oppose an International Plan for Clearer Energy.

Dubya Fun Fact #18

To please his ultra-religious conservative base, Dubya sent a delegation to the UN children's summit to declare that the use of condoms is not a valid way to fight AIDS and that abstinence is the only solution. This view is shared by few other countries such as Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Syria, and the Vatican (we’re in such good company!).

Dubya’s new budget provides $136 million in additional funding for unproven abstinence-only sex education, bringing the federal total to over $250 million a year.  Recipients of abstinence-only funding must agree not to provide any information inconsistent with abstinence-till-marriage message meaning that safe sex as well as HIV and AIDS issues are often excluded.

Kerry Fun Fact #15

Contrasting Dubya’s valiant efforts to kill the environment, here is some info on Kerry and the environment:

  • Kerry successfully fought Bush’s effort to increase arsenic in drinking water and worked to strengthen the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Kerry consistently supported full enforcement of clean water programs. He also fought off Bush’s attempt to kill critical protections for wetlands.
  • Supports efforts to decrease toxic mercury in more than 10 million acres of lakes and 400,000 miles of streams across the nation. Pushed for mercury rules that would protect women and children. Fought loopholes for old power plants and other facilities.
  • Consistently championed increases in environmental enforcement and has fought to force polluters – not the taxpayers – to pay for cleanup of toxic waste sites.
  • Authored bipartisan legislation requiring reporting of global warming pollutants. Successfully passed legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions and promote domestic energy security.

Dick Cheney Fun Facts of the Week

  • While Secretary of Defense under Bush Sr in the early nineties, Dick had carried out the largest peacetime reduction of U.S. Military forces in history – the key of the reduction was the “outsourcing” of traditional military functions to companies like Brown & Root (Halliburton’s construction and engineering subsidiary.
  • On Cheney’s watch, a Halliburton subsidiary sold $23 million in equipment to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, and the company maintained an office in and sold equipment to Iran.
  • Cheney lobbied against sanctions on Iran until he joined Dubya’s presidential campaign in 2000.
  • Increase in government contracts while Cheney led Halliburton: 91%
  • Cheney's 2000 income from Halliburton: $36,086,635 from stock options and other perks
  • The number of pages of Energy Plan documents Dick refused to give congressional investigators: 13,500
  • Here is a web page that provides some general information about Dick.
  • These facts don’t even touch on his congressional record which I’ll try to touch on in weeks to come.

Links

  • Clip from Daily Show comparing CBS news "scandal" to Iraqi quagmire.  On the page it is the video titled Headlines: Media Culpa
  • 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.  Definitely check out the "Bush Vs Bush from the Daily Show" link.  It is very funny.

Haikus of the Week

Two burning buildings
Evil empowers a fool
'I act for us all'

Too many people
Lives of the rich are worth more
They need more tax cuts

Media (books, CDs, etc.)

Dubya Quote of the Week
"I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question." – George W. Bush, Oct. 4, 2000, Reynoldsburg, Ohio

What the hell is he talking about?  I’m sure there are a lot of people that wish he didn’t live in the 20th century.

Other Quote of the Week

“We will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.” – Dick Cheney, referring to American troops in Iraq.

"When I was Secretary of Defense, my biggest problem was with the Congress of the United States.  Now that I'm chairman and CEO of a Fortune 500 company, my biggest problem is the Congress of the United States." – Dick Cheney, May 8, 1997, during an address to the Export-Import Bank Conference

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