Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Don't Forget

During the Republican convention, while everyone praises George Bush and his "great record", let's not lose sight of the facts.

Since he took office;
1.2 million people in America have lost their jobs, bringing the total to 8.2 million.

The number of Americans living below the poverty line has increased by 4.3 million to 35.9

million - 12.9 million of them children.

The number of Americans with no health insurance has increased by 5.8 million - with 1.4 million

losing their insurance in 2003. The total now stands at 45 million.

Forty percent of the 3.5 million people who were homeless at some point last year were families

with children, as were 40 percent of those seeking emergency food assistance.

Median household income has fallen more than $1,500 in inflation-adjusted terms in the last three

years, and the wages of most workers are now falling behind inflation.

Average tuition for college has risen by 34 percent, while 37 percent of fourth graders read at a

level considered "below basic."

One third of the president's $1.7 trillion in tax cuts benefits only the top 1 percent of

wealthiest Americans.

He failed to fulfill his pledge to get Osama Bin Laden "dead or alive".

Traded the moral high ground for preemptive war and the horrors of Abu Ghraib.

Never attended a funeral or memorial service for any of the 975 soldiers killed in Iraq.

Pulled out of the Kyoto agreement on global warming.

Gutted the Clean Air Act and initiated the rollback of more than 200 environmental regulations.

Backed a constitutional amendment to outlaw gay marriage.

Refused to follow through on his promise to extend the assault weapons ban.

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