Subject: The First Year of George W. Bush
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 16:48:37 -0400
The First Year of George W. Bush: Whatever your beliefs,
know what your President is doing. Here is a list of his accomplishments:
* Significantly eased controls and safeguards on field-testing
of genetically engineered crops.
* Cut federal spending on libraries by $39 million.
* Cut $35 million in funding for doctors to get advanced
* Cut by 50% funding for research into renewable energy sources.
* Revoked rules that reduced the acceptable levels of arsenic in
* Blocked rules that would require federal agencies to offer
bilingual assistance to non-English speaking persons. This, from
a candidate who would readily fire up his Spanish-speaking
skills in front of would-be Hispanic voters.
* Proposed to eliminate new marine protections for the Channel
Islands of California and the coral reefs of northwest Hawaii.
* Cut funding by 28% for research into cleaner, more efficient
cars and trucks.
* Suspended rules that would have strengthened the government's
ability to deny contracts to companies that violate workplace
safety, environmental and other federal laws.
* OK'd Interior Department appointee Gale Norton to send out
letters to state officials soliciting suggestions for opening up
national monuments for oil and gas drilling, coal mining, and
* Appointed John Negroponte - an unindicted high-level Iran
Contra figure - to the post of United Nations ambassador.
* Abandoned a campaign pledge to invest $100 million in rain
* Reduced by 86% the Community Access Program for public
hospitals, clinics and providers of care for people without
* Rescinded a proposal to increase public access to information
about the potential consequences resulting from chemical plant
* Suspended rules that would require hardrock miners to clean
up sites on Western public lands.
* Cut $60 million from a Boy's and Girl's Clubs of America
program for public housing.
* Proposed to eliminate a federal program (used successfully in
Seattle) designed to help communities prepare for natural
* Pulled out of the 1997 Kyoto Treaty global warming agreement.
* Cut $200 million of work force training for dislocated workers.
* Eliminated funding for the Wetlands Reserve Program, which
encourages farmers to maintain wetlands habitat on their
* Cut program to provide childcare to low-income families as they
move from welfare to work.
* Cut a program that provided prescription contraceptive coverage
to federal employees (though it still pays for Viagra).
* Cut $700 million in capital funds for repairs in public housing.
* Appointed Otto Reich - an unindicted high-level Iran Contra
figure - to Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American
* Cut Environmental Protection Agency budget by $500 million.
* Proposed to curtail the ability of groups to sue in order to
get an animal placed on the Endangered Species List.
* Rescinded rule that mandated increased energy-saving efficiency
regulations for central air conditioners and heat pumps.
* Repealed workplace ergonomic rules designed to improve worker
health and safety.
* Abandoned campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2),
the waste gas that contributes to global warming.
* Banned federal aid to international family planning programs
that offer abortion counselling with other independent funds.
* Closed White House Office for Women's Health Initiatives and
* Nominated David Lauriski - ex-mining company executive - to post
of Assistant Secretary of Labour for Mine Safety and Health.
* O.K.'d Interior Secretary Gale Norton to go forth with a
controversial plan to auction oil and gas development tracts off
the coast eastern of Florida.
* Announced intention to open up Montana's Lewis and Clark
National Forest to oil and drilling.
* Proposed re-drawing the boundaries of national monuments, which
would technically allow oil and gas drilling "outside" of
* Gutted the White House AIDS Office.
* Renegotiating free trade agreement with Jordan to eliminate
safeguards for the environment and workers' rights.
* Will no longer seek guidance from The American Bar Association
on federal judiciary appointments.
* Appointed recycling foe Lynn Scarlett as Undersecretary of
* Took steps to abolish the White House Council on Environmental
* Cut the Community Oriented Policing Services program.
* Allowed Interior Secretary Gale Norton to shelve citizen-led
grizzly bear re-introduction plan scheduled for Idaho and Montana
* Continues to hold up federal funding for stem cell research
* Makes sure convicted misdemeanor drug users cannot get
financial aid for college, though convicted murderers can.
* Refused to fund continued cleanup of uranium slag heap in
* Refused to fund continued litigation of the government's
tobacco company lawsuit.
* Proposed a $2 trillion tax cut, of which 43% will go to a
handful of the wealthiest of Americans.
* Signed a bill making it harder for poor and middle-class
Americans to file for bankruptcy, even in the case of daunting
* Selected as his Vice President a man who said on "Meet the
Press, "If you want to do something about carbon dioxide
emissions, then you ought to build nuclear power plants."
* Appointed Diana ("There is no gender gap in pay") Roth to the
Council of Economic Advisers.
* Appointed Kay Cole James - an opponent of affirmative action
- to direct the Office of Personnel Management.
* Cut $15.7 million earmarked for states to investigate cases
of child abuse and neglect.
* Helped kill a law designed to make it tougher for teenagers
to get credit cards.
* Proposed elimination of the "Reading is Fundamental" program
that gives free books to poor children.
* Is pushing for development of small nuclear weapons to attack
deeply buried targets; which weapons would violate the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
* Proposes to nominate Jeffrey Sutton - attorney responsible
for the recent case weakening the Americans with Disabilities
Act - to federal appeals court judgeship.
* Proposes to reverse regulations protecting 60 million acres of
national forest from logging and road building.
* Eliminated funding for the "We the People" education program
which taught schoolchildren about the Constitution, the Bill of
Rights and citizenship.
* Appointed John Bolton - who opposes nonproliferation treaties
and the U.N. - to Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and
* Nominated Linda Fisher - an executive with Monsanto - to the
number two slot at the Environmental Protection Agency.
* Nominated Michael McConnell - leading critic of the doctrine
of separation of church and state - to a federal judgeship.
* Nominated Terrence Boyle - ardent opponent of civil rights -
to a federal judgeship.
* Canceled 2004 deadline for automakers to develop prototype
* Nominated Harvey Pitts - lawyer for teen sex video distributor
- to head EC.
* Nominated John Walters - strong opponent of prison drug
treatment programs - to be Drug Czar.
* Nominated J. Steven Giles - an oil and coal lobbyist - to be
Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
* Nominated Bennett Raley - who advocates repealing the
Endangered Species act - to be Assistant Secretary for Water and
* Is seeking the dismissal of class-action lawsuit filed in the
U.S. against Japan by Asian women forced to work as sex slaves
* Earmarked $4 million in new federal grant money for HIV and
drug abuse prevention programs to go only to religious groups
and not secular equivalents.
* Reduced by 40% the Low Income Home Assistance Program for
low-income individuals who need assistance paying energy bills.
* Nominated Ted Olson - who has repeatedly lied about his
involvement with the Scaiffe-funded "Arkansas Project" to
bring down Bill Clinton - to be Solicitor General.
* Nominated Terrance Boyle - foe of civil rights - to a
* Proposes to ease permit process - including environmental
considerations - for refinery, nuclear and hydroelectric dam
* Proposes to give government the authority to take private
property through eminent domain for power lines.
* Proposes that $1.2 billion in funding for alternative
renewable energy come from selling oil and gas lease tracts in
the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve.
* Forced out Forest Service chief Mike Dombeck, and
appointed a timber industry lobbyist
Compiled by Dr. David A. Sprintzen, Professor of Philosophy
Co-Director, Institute for Sustainable Development, C.W. Post
College, Long Island City, NY