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Bush's Most Important Speech Of 2004  
User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8494 posts, RR: 12
Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 978 times:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/02/20040223-10.html

Excerpts that make for a long post, but it's well worth reading.

I also want to acknowledge a man who is not here -- Vice President Dick Cheney spent the day campaigning in Minneapolis and Wichita, but he's recently completed another important assignment. Once again I put him in charge of my vice presidential search committee. He tells me he's reviewed all the candidates, and he's come back with the same recommendation as last time. In fact, I made the choice myself, and I have taken the measure of this man. They don't come any better, and I am proud to have Dick Cheney by my side. I guess that means no Condi for VP, then

We meet during the presidential primary season. We're witnessing a clear trend -- it looks like we have a winner in the Republican primaries. The other party's nomination battle is still playing out. The candidates are an interesting group, with diverse opinions: For tax cuts, and against them. For NAFTA, and against NAFTA. For the Patriot Act, and against the Patriot Act. In favor of liberating Iraq, and opposed to it. And that's just one senator from Massachusetts. Good joke.

The last three years have brought serious challenges. We've given serious answers, and the strong leadership these times of extraordinary change demand. We came to office with an economy heading into recession. We delivered historic tax relief, and the consumer spending and investment that resulted helped lift our economy back to growth, so that people are getting hired again. At a time when competition is not just across town, but across borders and continents, America's productive workers have made this economy the fastest growing of any major industrialized nation. A little bragging but you can't deny he's given us very strong leadership.

We saw war and grief arrive on a quiet September morning -- and from that day to this, we have pursued terrorists across the world. We've captured or killed many of the key leaders of the al Qaeda network, and the rest of them know we're on their trail. There is no cave or hole deep enough to hide them. Amen.

Our opponents have not offered much in the way of strategies to win the war, or policies to expand our economy. So far, all we hear is a lot of old bitterness and partisan anger. Anger is not an agenda for the future of America. We're taking on the big issues with strength and resolve and determination, and we stand ready to lead this nation for the next four years.

Our opponents have their own plan for these tax cuts -- they plan to take them away. They will use that money to expand the federal government. I have a better idea: To keep this economy growing, we will have fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. To keep this economy going, the tax cuts must be permanent. Nice words, now how about actually cutting some government spending? You gotta walk the walk if you're gonna talk the talk.

We must do more to keep this economy growing. We need to protect small business owners and employees from frivolous lawsuits and needless regulation. We need to control the costs of health care by passing medical liability reform. No one has ever been healed by a frivolous lawsuit. We need to pass sound energy legislation, to modernize our electricity system, and to make America less dependent on foreign sources of oil. No one has ever been healed by a frivolous lawsuit. Darn right.

When people have solid assets to call their own, they gain independence and security and dignity, and more control over their future. I believe in private property so much, I want everyone in America to have some.

On issue after issue, the American people have a clear choice. Our opponents are against personal retirement accounts, against putting patients in charge of Medicare, against tax relief. They seem to be against every idea that gives Americans more authority and more choices and more control over their own lives. We'll hear them make a lot of promises over the next eight months -- and listen closely because there's a theme: Every promise will increase the power of politicians and bureaucrats over your income, over your retirement, over your health care, and over your life. It's that same old Washington mind-set -- they'll give the orders, and you'll pay the bills. I've got news for them: America has gone beyond that way of thinking, and we're not going back.

I trust the people, not Washington politicians, to make the best decisions for their own money, their own health, their own retirement, and their own lives.

September the 11th, 2001 taught a lesson I have not forgotten. America must confront threats before they fully materialize. In Iraq, my administration looked at the intelligence and saw a danger. Members of Congress looked at the intelligence, and they saw a danger. The United Nations Security Council looked at the intelligence, and it saw a danger. The previous administration and Congress looked at the intelligence, and made regime change in Iraq the policy of our country. We all knew Saddam's history well. He waged aggressive wars against neighboring countries, and aspired to dominate the Middle East. He cultivated ties to terrorists. He built weapons of mass destruction. He hid those weapons. He used chemical weapons against thousands of Iraqis and Iranians.

In 2002, the United Nations Security Council yet again demanded a full accounting of Saddam Hussein's weapons programs. As he had for over a decade, Saddam Hussein refused to comply. So we had a choice to make: Either take the word of a madman, or take action to defend America and the world. Faced with that choice, I will defend America every time. Listen up, folks, this is the reason why America went into Iraq.

On national security, Americans have the clearest possible choice. Our opponents say they approve of bold action in the world, but only if no other government disagrees. I'm all for united action, and so are the 34 coalition partners we have in Iraq right now. But America must never out-source America's national security decisions to the leaders of other governments. Amen

We also know that the greatest strength of this country lies in the hearts and souls of our citizens. We're strong because of the values we try to live by -- courage and compassion, reverence and integrity. We're strong because of the institutions that help to give us direction and purpose -- families, and schools, and religious congregations. These values and institutions are fundamental to our lives, and they deserve the respect of our government.

We stand for a culture of life in which every person counts, and every person matters. We will not stand for the treatment of any life as a commodity to be experimented upon, or exploited, or cloned.

And we stand for a culture of responsibility in America. We're changing the culture of America from one that said, "if it feels good, do it," and "if you've got a problem, blame someone else," to a culture in which each of us understands we're responsible for the decisions we make. If you're fortunate enough to be a mother or a father, you're responsible for loving your child with all your heart. If you're concerned about the quality of the education in your community in which you live, you're responsible for doing something about it. If you're a CEO in America, you're responsible for telling the truth to your shareholders and your employees.



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User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 953 times:

the one he will hold after he hopefully lost the election would be my pick for his #1 speech ever


10=2
User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8494 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 932 times:

Dream on, Zak. The Democrats need to put up a far better candidate than Kerry is. Hatred of the President isn't going to win them the election.

User currently offlineL.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 932 times:

BOOHOO! BUSH IS EVIL LETS RAISE TAXES!

Yep, great line to get elected with.


User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3219 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 918 times:

Hmmmm...not a lot of response on this topic, MD-90, but I'll get on-line. I agree it was a pretty good speech. I really agree with your comments about "actually cutting government spending". I am disappointed with some of the administration's actions, but overall, I think increased bureacracy and spending are "his" paramount failures. Many can imagine different scenarios, some better, some worse, if Mr. Gore was in the White House, but my personal feeling is that we would be in much deeper shit if that had been the outcome. Regards...Jack


all best; jack
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 918 times:

Ok where do I start with this one?

We delivered historic tax relief

And historic national debt.

so that people are getting hired again

In India, yes. In America, not so much.

A little bragging but you can't deny he's given us very strong leadership.

I can, and I am.

We saw war and grief arrive on a quiet September morning -- and from that day to this, we have pursued terrorists across the world. We've captured or killed many of the key leaders of the al Qaeda network, and the rest of them know we're on their trail. There is no cave or hole deep enough to hide them. Amen.

Agreed. I actually agree with this statement. E Pluribus Unum.

Our opponents have not offered much in the way of strategies to win the war, or policies to expand our economy. So far, all we hear is a lot of old bitterness and partisan anger. Anger is not an agenda for the future of America. We're taking on the big issues with strength and resolve and determination, and we stand ready to lead this nation for the next four years.

We are the ones not being bipartisan? What about his all-republican cabinet? That one's a little one-sided as well, dont ya think? Anger not on the agenda for the future of america? What about all the people you fry in Texas every year? Determination? Going on Vacation for half of your term? Determinated to sit on the lazy boy is what I see. Ready you are not.

Our opponents have their own plan for these tax cuts -- they plan to take them away. They will use that money to expand the federal government. I have a better idea: To keep this economy growing, we will have fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. To keep this economy going, the tax cuts must be permanent. Nice words, now how about actually cutting some government spending? You gotta walk the walk if you're gonna talk the talk.

Yes. Reduce spending. And what's all this about not wanting to expand the federal government? What about this thing you created, Dubya, called the P-A-T-R-I-O-T Act? Didn't that expand the gov't power a little bit?

We must do more to keep this economy growing. We need to protect small business owners and employees from frivolous lawsuits and needless regulation.

Yes, what about the large businesses that are enforcing sweat-shop conditions? What about Wal-Mart who is being allowed to monopolize and decimate the quality and economy of rural america? What about NIKE and the Asian sweatshops? What about that?

On issue after issue, the American people have a clear choice. Our opponents are against personal retirement accounts, against putting patients in charge of Medicare, against tax relief. They seem to be against every idea that gives Americans more authority and more choices and more control over their own lives.

Right, and we are also opposed to the Patriot act.

September the 11th, 2001 taught a lesson I have not forgotten. America must confront threats before they fully materialize. In Iraq, my administration looked at the intelligence and saw a danger. Members of Congress looked at the intelligence, and they saw a danger. The United Nations Security Council looked at the intelligence, and it saw a danger.

Maybe you shouldn't go on Vacation so much, and actually get some of what you call "intelligence." The Security council saw no danger in Iraq. Why do you think they voted against the war?

He waged aggressive wars against neighboring countries, and aspired to dominate the Middle East.

Which we helped them do right up through the '80s.

He cultivated ties to terrorists.

And America.

He built weapons of mass destruction

Which we helped him to accomplish.

In 2002, the United Nations Security Council yet again demanded a full accounting of Saddam Hussein's weapons programs. As he had for over a decade, Saddam Hussein refused to comply. So we had a choice to make: Either take the word of a madman, or take action to defend America and the world.

It is my opinion that we would have gone either way, considering that the weapons inspectors never found anything, and they even told everybody this, and still, where's the weapons?

If you're a CEO in America, you're responsible for telling the truth to your shareholders and your employees.

What about the President of the United States of America? Does he have that same responsibility?

I think it's time to vote this Hypocrit out of office.

DLKAPA






User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3219 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 897 times:

DLKAPA; you bring good points to the table but dilute the thrust of your analyzations with less than well-presented jabs:

(Saddam's WMDs) "...which we helped him to accomplish."
Not exactly done on GWB's watch.

"...and we are also opposed to the Patriot Act."
Who is "we", and just how great is the opposition?

Nike, etc. "...sweatshop conditions"
started the day GWB took office?

"Maybe you shouldn't go on vacation so much..."
C'mon, that's pretty trite.

"What about all the people you fry in Texas every year?"
I would be outraged, too, if GWB was spending AF1 time and fuel to go down and pull the switch every time.

Good grief, why wreck some valid observations with the above-listed tripe? Your message would go a lot further and mean more to more people. Regards..Jack




all best; jack
User currently offlineVafi88 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3116 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 893 times:

"Maybe you shouldn't go on vacation so much..."
C'mon, that's pretty trite.

It was reported that in his first year, Bush spent over 40% relaxing, and not working, campaigning, speech giving, etc...




I'd like to elect a president that has a Higher IQ than a retarted ant.
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 884 times:

I agree that some of my opinions have pervaded strongly into my above post, but I feel that Dubya, in his self-righteousness, in-fact clearly takes many Jabs at the liberal front, then accuses them of being "one-sided" and "partisan biased." To me that just seems hypocritical.

The "We" that I was referring to was the Liberal front. And what about Dubya's protection of Enron and Halliburton? Some of the Sweatshop labor is occuring right on Bush's Watch, over in Asia and South America it is still happening.

DLKAPA


User currently offlineCytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 568 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 882 times:

(Saddam's WMDs) "...which we helped him to accomplish."
Not exactly done on GWB's watch.


Then shouldn't he be focusing on those former U.S. leaders who approved the supply of weapons and chemicals to him? He once mentioned he makes no distinction between terrorist organizations or those who support terrorist organizations. So why aren't the former officials going to jail like Saddam?

Nike, etc. "...sweatshop conditions"
started the day GWB took office?


Has he changed it? Or addressed it? Or even thought about it?

There was a Canadian documentary on last night called 'The Corporation' that said that workers in some sweatshops make a commission of something like 3/10 of a cent on items which retail in America for over 50 bucks.

WOW! No wonder American companies close up shop in America to go overseas. What a gold mine!


User currently offlineTYSGoVols From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 634 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 877 times:

I don't exactly recall our last President doing anything to curb sweatshops. Maybe I missed something there but, wasn't he Liberal. After all he/she was a Clinton. I know that was a bit of a school yard name calling thing but I couldn't help it.

In Christ
Garen B.



Rocky Top You'll Always be home sweet home to me, Good ole' Rocky Top WOOOOO
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 875 times:

Yes, Clinton was a Liberal, and were it not for the whole sex scandal thing, I think he could have been remembered as a good president.

No, you didn't miss anything, he didn't focus on Sweatshop labor, and it's ok if you felt like childish name calling, sometimes I feel that way to.

DLKAPA


User currently offlineTYSGoVols From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 634 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 871 times:

The whole Hillary ran the White House joke. I am sorry I can't think of Clinton as a good President. It is not based on the sex scandal it is based on his actions. The one thing that stands out in my mind is the fact he could have arrested Bin Ladin in 1998. I am not saying he could have known what he was up to but, he did know about the Kenyan Embassy bombing. Clinton had the opportunity to arrest him. The Syrians offered him to u sand Bill said no. At least we can agree to disagree on this issue. I see Dubya as being a great President and I believe History will vindicate him in time.

In Christ
Garen B.



Rocky Top You'll Always be home sweet home to me, Good ole' Rocky Top WOOOOO
User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3219 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 860 times:

Not surprisingly, personal feelings come into strong play in discussions, and they should, but the deal here seems to be that the most strong-minded opinions of some rely on the total negitavism (not a dis on DLKPA; he has some valid points), but would somebody stop to think about the feasibility of changing "right now!" the policies that have been massaged and manipulated for years and years?

For example, the "off-shore sweat-shop situation", and this is not a one-thrust slam on the 8-yr Clinton administration, but GWB has been in office for la lot less time and some of you guys want changes "right now"? Hell, this shit has been going on for more than several administrations. Is it right? No. Should it be a priority? Yes. Should it be THE priority? Given the current circumstances, it probably shouldn't be THE priority, but yes, political plans to address these situations should be being formulated by the administration (BTW, who here on A.net works in or has a direct line to the oval office and can testify for sure that such ideas aren't being addressed right now as we yap?). If these and other important considerations aren't on the executive table, well, shame on them; the wrong guys are in the board room, and there are enough people (if they aren't too lazy to get off their fat asses to vote) to make the next election a real race. Conversely, the same apples to the republicans.

I personally don't think that GWB is as bad as some of you do. I have observed (and voted in) natonal elections since 1963, and I don't think he's that bad. I admit, too, that I have friends with the same age/voting record as I do and they feel opposite (they're wrong, of course) but that doesn't mean they're not my friends. Regards...Jack








all best; jack
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 855 times:

(they're wrong, of course) but that doesn't mean they're not my friends.

I was about to put you on my Respected users list, until I saw this line. How is somebody's opinion to be construed as Factually Wrong?

DLKAPA


User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3219 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 848 times:

Guess I should have put  Smile on "they're wrong, of course", but I'm entirely sure everybody else got it. Regards, again..Jack


all best; jack
User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2642 posts, RR: 18
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 826 times:

It's a great GW speech. I am very sure that his speech writers made sure to use lots of little words, so GW woundn't stumble over the big words.

The sooner the world is rid of this moron, the safer we will all be.


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