How Is Bush Doing?

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"Only George W. Bush could celebrate over a record budget deficit of $422 billion, a loss of 1.6 million jobs and Medicare premiums that are up by a record 17 percent, "W stands for wrong — the wrong direction for America." John F. Kerry By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer 9/7/4

Worst President EVER?

He has taken the country into an unwinnable war and alienated friend 
and foe alike in the process;

He is bankrupting the country with a combination of aggressive 
military spending and reduced taxation of the rich;

He has deliberately and dangerously attacked separation of 
church and state;

He has repeatedly "misled," to use a kind word, the American 
people on affairs domestic and foreign;

He has proved to be incompetent in affairs domestic and foreign
Iraq and the battle against al-Qaida;

He has sacrificed American employment (including the toleration 
of pension and benefit elimination) to increase overall 

He is ignorantly hostile to science and technological 

He has tolerated or ignored one of the republic's oldest 
problems, corporate cheating in supplying the military in 

Cost of the War in Iraq


Unemployment Stands at 5% (1% Higher than Clinton's 
Last Year.)
8.2 Million Americans are without Jobs
2 Million without jobs for 27 WEEKS or MORE.


SINCE JAN 20TH, 2001

AMERICANS Living In Poverty

The poverty rate for 2003 is 12.5 up another
1.3 million Americans.
The poverty rate was 12.1 percent in the year (2002),
Up from 11.7 in 2002.
Median household income declined 1.1 percent
between 2001 and 2002.
The poverty rate rose again after having fallen
for nearly a decade to 11.3% (It's lowest level 
for more than 25 years) in 2000.  
In 2002 12.1 million children were in poverty.

Meals on wheels

George Says...
"I hope people around this country realize 
that agencies such as this 
food bank need money."  - Bush, 12/19/02 

George Does...
The 2003 and 2004 Bush budgets proposes to freeze 
the Congregate Nutrition Program, which assists 
local soup kitchens and meals on wheels programs. 
With inflation, this proposal would mean at 
least 36,000 seniors would be cut from meals on 
wheels and congregate meals programs. 
Currently, 139,000 seniors are already on waiting 
lists for home-meal programs. His 2004 budget 
continues the freeze. 


George Says....
Our workers are the most productive, the hardest 
working, the best craftsmen in the world. 
And I'm here to thank all those who work hard to 
make a living here in America. Bush, 9/2/02

George Does...
Bush’s 2003 Budget proposed a 9% ($476 million) cut 
to job training programs and a 2% 
($8 million) cut to the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration. Similarly, his 2004 budget proposes 
a $60 million cut to adult job training programs and 
a total elimination of the Youth Opportunities Grants, 
which provide job training to younger workers.

Home Ownership

George Says....
"Part of being a secure America is to encourage 

George Does... 
According to AP, President Bush's proposed 2004 
budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban 
Development, announced Monday, phases out HOPE VI 
the program Bush visited and touted in Atlanta. 
Renee Glover, executive director of the Atlanta 
Housing Authority said. ‘We didn't anticipate that 
HOPE VI would be eliminated. AP, 2/5/2003 

Children’s Hospitals

George Says....
This is a hospital, but it's also - it's a place full 
of love.  And I was most touched by meeting the 
parents and the kids and the nurses and the docs, 
all of whom are working hard to save lives.  I want 
to thank the moms who are here.  Thank you very much 
for you hospitality. There's a lot of talk about 
budgets right now, and I'm here to talk about the 
budget.  My job as the President is to submit a 
budget to the Congress and to set priorities, 
and one of the priorities that we've talked about 
is making sure the health care systems are funded.
Egleston Children's Hospital, 
Atlanta, Georgia 3/1/01   

George Does...
Bush’s first budget proposed cutting grants to 
children’s hospitals like the one he visited by 
15% ($34 million). His 2004 budget additionally 
proposes to cut 30% ($86 million) out of grants to 
children’s hospitals. 

Personal Bankruptcies

The record-setting pace of new personal bankruptcies 
continues this year, with their number rising 
7.4 percent in the 12 months ending March 31, 2003. 
The data compiled by the Administrative Office 
of the U.S. Courts show 1,573720 new filings 
(a new record).


George W. Bush is shattering records for the worst first 18 
months in office for a U.S. president as measured by the 
benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500. In his first year-and-a-half 
in the White House, Bush presided over a 36.9 percent decline, 
almost twice the percentage drop of Herbert Hoover, 
the president who led the nation into the Depression.

Hoover recorded an 18.6 percent decline and now ranks 
third from the worst, with Richard Nixon in second place 
with a 23.6 percent fall in his first 18 months. 

In other words, in the 75-year existence of the S&P 500, 
no president has seen the stock market index 
fall as much as one-quarter, before Bush’s decline of more 
than one-third.

Ironically, given the Republicans’ business-friendly 
reputation, the four worst performing stock-market 
presidents in the first 18 months are all Republicans.

Ronald Reagan’s 15.3 percent decline joins Hoover, 
Nixon and Bush at the bottom. The top two performing 
presidents, as measured by the S&P in their first 18 months, 
are Democrats, 

Lyndon Johnson at a plus 27.5 percent and Franklin Roosevelt at 
55.1 percent. Bill Clinton ranked sixth with a 4.2 percent 
gain in his first 18 months.

While almost doubling Hoover’s decline in the S&P, 
Bush trailed the Depression-Era Republican slightly 
in the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average, 
which measures the performance of 30 top 
U.S. companies. In Hoover’s first 18 months, 
the Dow fell 24.8 percent. In Bush’s 18 months, 
the Dow’s , drop was 24.3 percent. [NYT, July 22, 2002]

Though some presidents reversed the early 
returns of the stock markets, Bush has so far 
failed to inspire confidence either with his 
personal performance or his policies. 
The stock market has greeted speech 
after speech by Bush with double-digit 
declines in the Dow.

Accelerating Pace The pace of the stock 
market crash under Bush also 
is accelerating. In the 10 trading days since Bush 
visited Wall Street to promote his economic plans, 
the Dow has dropped almost 1,500 points 
or 16 percent. [NYT, July 23, 2002]

The Bush speeches have done little to persuade 
investors that happy days are here again – or for 
that matter, likely in the foreseeable future. 
Bush’s top economic proposals speak to different 
conditions than are apparent today.

His demand for a permanent repeal of the inheritance 
or “death” tax had more appeal to Americans who 
were watching their stock portfolios swell in the Clinton Era, 
along with their inflated dreams of multi-million-dollar 
wealth to pass on to their descendants. 
Now, after a battering of their net worth, 
many of these Americans are simply hoping to 
have enough money to pay for a modest retirement.

Fast-track trade agreements also are out of sync 
with a world far less enamored of U.S. economic 
leadership. Further, deregulation of industry and 
tort reform -- backed by Bush and Republicans 
in Congress -- have helped unleash some of the avarice 
that led to corporate collapses at 
Enron Corp., WorldCom Inc. and other companies.
Missing from Bush’s economic plan is any initiative 
that can inspire Wall Street with visions of 
economic expansion. 

By contrast,
the Clinton-Gore administration promoted 
technological advances like the Internet that 
created a framework for the private sector to innovate. 
In Election 2000, Vice President Al Gore also 
proposed a partnership between government 
and industry to develop environmentally friendly 
vehicles and alternative energy sources, in part, 
to prime the pump for economic growth.

Major stock indexes are Wall Street’s rough 
measures of expected business growth. 

At least during George W. Bush’s first 18 months, 
investors are judging that those expectations are 
lacking – on a historic scale. 
Mail James Richard Howington

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