October 30, 2000
Why Bush should not be President
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Fundamentally, it's not what you say that counts. It is what you can deliver.
And the best predictor of future performance is past performance.
*Children's Rights Council.
Only one accredited child-care center exists for every 2,637 children. A fourth of children still are not immunized by age 2. --Texas Freedom NetworK
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- A quick look at Texas under Bush:
The Education Governor
Teacher salaries at beginning of 1st term 36 (1)
Bush Family Values
Highest number of children living in poverty 2 (3)
Pollution released by manufactuting plants 1 (6)
Quality of Life
Spending for parks and recreation 48 (7)
Sources: (1) National Education Association, (2) U.S. Department of Education
Office of Educational Research and Development (3) U.S. Bureau of Census,
Current Populations Trends (4) U.S. Dept Health and Human Services, National
Center for Health Statistics (5)1998 Texas School Survey of Substance Use Among
Students: Grades 7-12, Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (6) U.S. EPA,
Office of Pollution and Prevention (7) Texas Observer (8) Statistical Rankings
by State (9) Children's Rights Council
Dear Mr. Kirsch,
I read this article today and was astonished that I had not heard anything regarding the SEC's investigation of Bush prior to this. I was not sure if you knew about this or if the issue regarding education is what you are most concerned with, but I thought this might intrigue you regarding his honesty.
Incidentally, I think you are doing the right thing trying to bring the truth to light and commend you on your actions.
(see also more comments from voters)
We've torn apart Bush's only significant accomplishment as governor in 6 years. He ran only on four issues in 1994. His track record on the other 3 issues is worse than his non-existent track record on education.
There was "no improvement" in Texas schools under George W. Bush. Will you hold Bush accountable for not delivering anything on his top priority and for continuing to deceive you about the gains in Texas in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary? .
Will you put this nation in the hands of a man who ignores scientific data that doesnt support what he wants to hear? A man who still maintains that global warming doesnt exist while everyone else in the scientific community acknowledges it? A man who insists that no one in Texas has ever been executed who wasnt guilty in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary including an ABC News Nightline story of a man who get sentenced to death in Texas even though his defense attorney slept through the trial? [Time, Feb 21, 2000]
Or will you let him get away with ignoring the facts and seeing only the things that he wants to see?
Will you trust a man who says one thing and does another? Like how he tells you on national TV that he wants to give you a tax cut, that you deserve it, but then sends his operatives to Washington to make sure that a tax cut doesnt happen? [Time, Feb 21, 2000] Or how he says hell ensure school safety right on his home page, but signs a concealed weapons law allowing guns to be legally carried onto school grounds and into elementary and high school athletic events. Is that what he means by ensuring school safety?
He hasnt produced any results to be proud of in his 6 years as Governor as Texas. Weve just dispelled his biggest accomplishment as a lot of hot air. How about his other 3 promises he made when he ran for governor? The results are even worse.
Lets take welfare reform, for example. We all know, as reported in Time and generally acknowledged, Texas ranks near the bottom in almost every category of social well-beingpoverty, hunger, pollution, children without health insurance.
He said, This is a campaign dedicated to the proposition
that no child should be left behind. Would you like to see the schools and
kids hes left behind in Texas with your own eyes? See
for yourself! Check out these videos! Did you know that 25% of Texas
children have no health insurance? Texas ranks number 1 in children without
health insurance. When there was a real chance to expand health coverage for
hundreds of thousands of children, Bush fought against that coverage and made a
tax break for the oil industry a higher priority than health care for children.
So is that what you thought he meant when he said that his is a campaign
dedicated to the proposition that no child should be left behind?
He said, This is a campaign dedicated to the proposition that no child should be left behind. Would you like to see the schools and kids hes left behind in Texas with your own eyes? See for yourself! Check out these videos! Did you know that 25% of Texas children have no health insurance? Texas ranks number 1 in children without health insurance. When there was a real chance to expand health coverage for hundreds of thousands of children, Bush fought against that coverage and made a tax break for the oil industry a higher priority than health care for children. So is that what you thought he meant when he said that his is a campaign dedicated to the proposition that no child should be left behind?
Here are a couple of more things:
I :: Unequal Justice :: In Tarrant County, the ability to afford an attorney is
often the difference between serving a sentence behind bars or out in the
community, a Star-Telegram analysis has found
Kenneth Paul Jones had DNA and innocence on his
side, yet his inexperienced court-appointed attorney couldn't prevent him
from spending 18 months in jail on a charge of molesting a 4-year-old
OK, so you probably agree at this point that you cant trust what Bush says. But he hasnt been held accountable for his lack of results. Not yet anyway. You can change that.
We can drop to the bottom of the class in other areas he focuses his efforts on. Take welfare reform. That was another one of the four issues he ran on for governor in 1994. We all know, as reported in Time and generally acknowledged:
Here are some excerpts from that article that will help you understand exactly what Bush meant when he said, “This is a campaign dedicated to the proposition that no child should be left behind:”
The bottom line
So why should you suddenly start trusting Bush now? What new evidence do you have that you can suddenly trust him? He said hell leave no child behind, but fought against it. He still said he made progress in education in Texas, but he really didnt and he ignored any data that showed he didnt. He says he wants to give you a tax refund, but he had his people in Washington lobbying against it. So why should you start trusting him now? How can you possibly say you trust a man who consistently ignores overwhelming scientific data like whether global warming exists and the consistent statistical data from two independent highly-reputable nonpartisan sources that we talked about here? You saw the data yourself.
And shall we hold him accountable for his lack of results in the four key issues he ran on for Governor in 1994, and especially his #1 priority where he made no progress at all?
Before you read this message, you were undecided. Weve just showed you how to find all the data to completely shatter Bushs core campaign foundation. But there is so much more to tell.
In summary, Bush is a man who:
Its pretty simple actually. Bush, whos never really succeeded at anything in his life before age 40, admitted to the LA Times that hes not ready to be President. So if you trust him, you shouldnt vote for him. And if you dont trust him, you shouldnt vote for him either. So that it makes it pretty easy, doesnt it?
Hes dangerous. Id never hire him for my company in any position, certainly not CEO. I cant afford to hire anyone who doesnt see the facts clearly. To consider him as the President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, is ludicrous. Its insane.
He trusts you (or at least he says that in his TV ads).
Now that you have the facts, the only question left is: Do you trust him? Will you hold him accountable?
That choice is yours to make on November 7. Please vote!