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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 04:10 PM
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Need help with urls to Bush Lies
CPR-Citizens for Political Reform-is going to have a rally March 20, and they want to post all of Bush's lies on the wall of the courthouse. We'll ask each person who comes to read them and initial those lies that have personally affected their lives. We need urls to websites that have a list of these lies. Can anyone help us? Thanks in advance!
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Melinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 04:18 PM
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1. Some URL's:
Edited on Sun Feb-29-04 04:19 PM by Melinda
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SiriusLiberal Donating Member (67 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 04:26 PM
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4. These are great, thanks!
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 05:18 PM
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7. Fabulous!
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gandalf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 04:19 PM
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2. some hints
Try the archives of
And I think few months ago there was an article in The Nation, putting forward the thesis that Bush lies systematically (in many areas) and verifying this thesis by a list of examples.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 05:20 PM
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8. I'll check it out
Thanks! :)
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jean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 04:19 PM
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3. here's the result of "Bush lies list" from google
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 05:21 PM
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9. Wow!
Appreciate you doing this for me!:)
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bluedog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 04:28 PM
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5. excellent source
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 05:22 PM
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10. A Thousand
thanks! :)
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soup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 04:32 PM
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6. ready for this?
Here's a few:


Bush Exaggerates, Misinforms, Misleads and Waffles 24 Times in One Debate!

Compiled by Jerry Politex

Bush: "There's only been one governor ever elected to back-to-back four year terms and that was me."

Fact: The governors who served two consecutive four-year terms (meeting Bush's statement criteria are): Coke R. Stevenson (2 consecutive 4-year terms) August 4, 1941-January 21, 1947. Allan Shivers (2 consecutive four-year terms) July 11, 1949-January 15, 1957. Price Daniel (2 consecutive four-year terms) January 15, 1957-January 15, 1963. John Connally (2 consecutive four-year terms) January 15, 1963-January 21, 1969. Dolph Briscoe (2 consecutive four-year terms) January 16, 1973-January 16, 1979. George W. Bush (2 consecutive four-year terms) January 17, 1995 to present. Source: Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission.

23 more lies:




Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons.

George W. Bush
Speech to UN General Assembly
September 12, 2002

We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.

George W. Bush
Radio Address
February 8, 2003

We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so.

George W. Bush
Remarks to Reporters
May 3, 2003





A Daily Chronicle of Bush Administration Distortion


Bush's Broken Promises

"You can't say one thing and do another." George W. Bush, 10/31/00 /


Caught of Film: The Bush Credibility Gap


Bush Lied and Our Soldiers Died /


Who Dies for Bush Lies?

If any question why we died,
Tell them because our fathers lied.
Rudyard Kipling

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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-29-04 05:23 PM
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11. I had no idea
there was so much information out there! I think it will be easy to cover the whole courthouse with this information! Thanks!:)
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Melinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-02-04 12:23 PM
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12. From my own archives (Just found them amidst volumes of stuff!):
Edited on Tue Mar-02-04 12:24 PM by Melinda
All sourced, prints out nicely.


CENSORED AND DELAYED 9-11 REPORT: The Bush administration purposefully delayed the release of the report of the Joint Congressional Committee on 9-11 until after the conclusion of the Iraq war to hide facts such as the absence of an Iraq-Al Qaeda link. Once released, the administration censored portions of the report that demonstrated that Bush was briefed on August 6, 2001 about Al Qaeda plans for a possible hijacking in the US and the Saudi role in funding Al Qaeda. (Waterman UPI 07.23.03, Priest Washington Post 07.25.03)

KILLED TREASURY DEFICIT STUDY: The administration deep-sixed a 2003 Treasury Department study that projected that the equivalent of an immediate and permanent 66 percent across-the-board income tax increase would be required to eliminate a projected $44.2 trillion budget deficit due to Bushs tax cuts. The study found that the future health care and retirement costs of the baby boomers would overwhelm the treasury. Sharp tax increases and massive spending cuts are unavoidable if the U.S. is to meet benefit promises to future generations. The report added that the current financial challenge facing Washington is approximately 10 times the publicly held national debt, four years of U.S. economic output, or more than 94 percent of all U.S. household assets. (Hollings Washington Post 06.19.03, Baker Slate 07.11.03, Ferdinand - Utne Reader 05.2003, Malveaux & McCaughan - 05.29.03)

SUPPRESSING EVIDENCE OF RACIAL HARASSMENT WITHIN THE ASHCROFT JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: For over a year, the Justice Department has delayed the release of a KPMG Consulting report on diversity in DOJ. All that DOJ would release is a redacted version that deletes more than half the report including its summary. It is reported that the redacted portions include findings that DOJ faces significant diversity issues and that minorities are significantly more likely than whites to cite stereotyping, harassment, and racial tensions as characteristics of the work climate. (Congressman Conyers

SUPPRESSING, ALTERING OR MANIPULATING EMPERICAL DATA UNDERMINING THEIR IDEOLOGICAL POSITIONS: A report by the House Committee on Government Reform Minority Staff entitled Politics and Science in the Bush Administration reveal examples such as the administration:

Changing education performance measures to make abstinence-only programs appear effect; deleting information on the efficacy and use of condoms from the Center for Disease Control web site; withholding findings on global warming and other negative impacts on wetlands and preventing any analyses on alternative environmental proposals;
using misleading data to suggest that a functioning missile defense system could be deployed quickly; including information on the National Cancer Institutes web site suggesting conflicting evidence on whether abortion leads to breast cancer when the scientific community has determined no such link exists; and preventing research on agricultural practices having a negative health environmental consequences.

Read the full report Here

DELETED FORECAST OF TAX PLAN AS JOB KILLER: A Council of Economic Advisors forecast showing that the Bush stimulus plan would only create 170,000 jobs per year and would be a job killer after 2007 was removed from its website. (Baker Slate 07.11.03)

DELETED FINDINGS OF GLOBAL WARMING: Prior to release of the EPAs 2003 Environmental Overview, the White deleted a detailed chapter of global warming that found that global warming was due to human factors and that climate changes has global consequences for human health and the environment. (CBS 06.19.03)

CONCEALED ANALYSIS: An EPA assessment of Bushs Clear Skies plan concealed the fact that a proposal by Senator Carper (D-Del.) would provide greater long term benefits at only slightly higher costs. (Gugliotta & Pianin Washington Post 07.02.03)

KILLED LAYOFF REPORTS: The Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly Mass Layoff Statistics report was killed by the administration in December 2002 and only noted in a footnote in the final report. (President Bush I did the same thing to hide his dismal performance.) After this was discovered by the Washington Post, the reports were reinstated. (Baker Slate 07.11.03)

DELETED DECLINING MIN. WAGE: A Labor Department report showing the real value of the minimum wage over time (which would show the workers losing ground under Bush since there has been no increase since 1997) was removed from its website. (Baker Slate 07.11.03)

FORCED SCIENTISTS TO ALTER FINDINGS ON KLAMATH RIVER WATER LEVELS: Karl Rove and Interior Secretary Norton forced National Marine Fisheries scientists to alter findings on the amount of water required for the survival of salmon in Oregons Klamath River to enable farms to use a bigger share of the river water. As a result, more than 33,000 Chinook and Coho salmon died the largest fish kill in American history. (Kennedy Rolling Stone 12.11.03)

RESTRICTING DEMOCRATS ABILITY TO QUESTION ADMINISTRATION: In an unprecedented move, the administration is requiring Democrats to submit all requests for information to Republican chairman of the relevant committee, thereby requiring Republican approval of any such requests. (Milbank Washington Post 11.08.03)



LIE: Bush justified re-imposing the Reagan era gag order prohibiting funding to overseas family planning groups that provide abortion services or counseling on the grounds that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions.

FACT: The US funds that Bush cut off were only used for non-abortion activities. (David Corn 02.05.01)

LIE: Bush withheld $34 million approved by Congress for the United Nations Population Fund Agency (UNPFA) claiming that the program supported Chinas one-child policy.

FACT: Bushs own State Department conducted an investigation and found no evidence that UNFPA has supported or participated in the management of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization in China. Bush suppressed the report and withheld the funds anyway. (NOW Report The Truth About George)

LIE: During the debates, Bush claimed he would not seek to overturn the FDAs approval of RU-486.

FACT: Bush stated he would not accept the FDAs decision and would seek to appoint an FDA commissioner who would make sure the FDA considered the risk. (ABC 10.4.02)


LIE: After being transferred from the Texas Air National Guard I was in on temporary assignment and fulfilled my weekends at one period of time.

FACT: Bush was AWOL and never showed up at the Alabama Air National Guard, despite orders to report on specific days. (

LIE: Bush returned to Houston after his temporary Alabama assignment and performed Guard duty at Ellington Air Force Base.

FACT: National Guard records indicate Bush had not been observed at the Houston base and the units administrative officer has no recall of Bush returning and believed he was still in Alabama. (

LIE: Bush applied to Harvard Business School in 1972 since I was almost finished with my commitment in the Air National Guard and was no longer flying because the F-102 jet I has trained in was being replaced by a different fighter.

FACT: Bushs commitment was through May 1974 and his unit continued to fly F-102s through 1974. (

LIE: Bush claimed that his Guard duty was not an attempt to avoid service in Vietnam since he volunteered for a program that rotated Guard pilots to Vietnam but he never was called.

FACT: Bushs application included a box to be checked specifying whether he did or not want to volunteer for overseas duty. Bush checked the no box. ( In addition, despite scoring 25 out of a possible 100, Bush qualified for the single available pilot spot due to pressure from his father who was then in Congress. ( See documentation in DOJ files detailing how strings were pulled for Bush at and


LIE: The Bush administration makes much of the fact of its commitment to Bible study; from the daily White House Bible study meetings to Don Evans recruiting Bush to give up the bottle for two years of scriptural boot camp with intensive study of Acts and other parts of the New Testament.

FACT: Bushs religious devotion may be more show than substance. When Don Evans was asked whether he understood what Acts was about, he answered no. When candidate Bush was asked what Bible passage did you read this morning, he refused to answer saying I think youre trying to catch me as to whether or not I can remember where I was in the Bible. (Franken Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them)


LIE: After initially opposing McCain-Feingold, Bush jumped on the bandwagon once it was a fait accompli. In July 2002, he cut a deal with Senator McCain to appoint a pro-reform candidate (Ellen Weintraub) backed by McCain to the Federal Election Commission.

FACT: As Senator McCain plainly stated, while the administration wanted to share in the widespread public approval of campaign finance reform by . . . signing the legislation . . . hes cooperating behind the scenes with opponents of the law in Congress and on the Commission to weaken it as much as possible. Bush sat on the Weintraub nomination until the Bush FEC issued regulations creating huge loopholes contrary to the express language of the law to permit (i) party committees to raise soft money through independent committees, (ii) federal officials to engage in fundraising, and (iii) permitting candidates to raise soft money through independent committees. In the words of Senator McCain, hey flat-out broke their word. (Arianna Online 12.09.02, Public Citizen Analysis of How FEC Is Undermining the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002)


LIE: When asked by David Frost about the demonstrators protesting his visit to the UK, Bush responded that Freedom is a beautiful thing, I would first say, and arent you lucky to be in a country that encourages people to speak their mind. And I value going to a country where people are free to say anything they want to say.

FACT: Under Bush, the FBI has been monitoring political demonstrations and other legal activities such as using the Internet for fundraising for the first time since the Nixon-Hoover era. In addition, after 9-11 then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said that Americans need to watch what they say, watch what they do. Similarly, Attorney General Ashcroft labeled any criticism of the Patriot Act as aiding terrorists. (Daily Mis-Lead 11.24.03)

LIE: Attorney General Ashcroft told there is no evidence of racial bias in the administration of the federal death penalty.

FACT: A September 2000 Justice Department report concluded there was racial bias in the administration of the federal death penalty. (People For the American Way Report on Attorney General Ashcrofts First Year)


LIE: At the 2000 Republican National Convention, Bush claimed that if called on by the commander in chief today, two entire divisions of the Army would have to report, Not ready for duty, sir.

FACT: This claim was contradicted by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Cohen and Bushs own foreign policy advisor Richard Armitage. (Franken Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them)

LIE: The Bush administration spread stories that the outgoing Clinton administration vandalized the White House with obscene graffiti, file cabinets glued shut, phone wires cut and pornography left on fax machines.

FACT: The General Accounting Office found no evidence of vandalism, wires slashed, equipment damaged or other evidence to match the allegations. (Boston Globe 05.28.01)

LIE: The Bush administration claimed that regulations issued during the final weeks of the Clinton administration were ill-considered and ill-intentioned.

FACT: Virtually all regulations issued during the final weeks of the Clinton administration had been developed over a period of years and are consistent with practices of prior administrations. (Washington Post 06.09.01).


(UPDATED!) LIE: Bush has lauded the great courage of those serving in Iraq and has proclaimed that ur men and women in uniform give America their best and we owe them our support.

FACT: Bushs support has been in words only, as he has requested major cuts in the Impact Aid program providing funds for the schooling of 900,000 children of military families. (The Daily Mis-Lead 10.13.03)

In addition, one million children living in military and veteran families are denied child tax credit help in the Presidents tax cut, including 260,000 of children with parents in active duty. (Center for American Progress 12.13.03)

LIE: Bush told the VFW that Veterans are a priority of this administration . . . and that priority is reflected in my budget.

FACT: In 2003, Bush killed an emergency funding request that included $275 million for Veterans medical care, while his 2004 budget requests falls $1.9 billion short of maintaining what the American Legion called an inadequate status quo. (The Daily Mis-Lead 10.21.03)

LIE: In June 2001 Bush stated that the US would not deploy a missile defense system that doesnt work.

FACT: Bush then proceeded to deploy the missile defense system even though a General Accounting Office report found only limited data for determining whether the system will work as intended. (Corn The Nation 10.13.03)


(UPDATED!) LIE: In signing the No Child Left Behind Act, Bush declared Were going to spend more on our schools and were going to spend it more wisely.

FACT: Bush has under funded the No Child Left Behind program by $6 billion for FY2004 alone and by $15 billion over his first three years. Most of the under funding is in the area of Title I of the Act which provided funds to schools with low income or disadvantaged students. (The Daily Distortion 10.24.03, New Democratic Network 12.02.03)

LIE: In a September 2003 speech, Bush claimed that his budget boosted spending for elementary and secondary education to $53.1 billion -- a 26 percent increase.

FACT: Bushs budget for elementary and secondary education is only $34.9 billion (his entire education budget is $53.1 billion) and the boost he refers to is actually a $900 million cut. (Corn The Nation 09.15.03)

(Including Black Out Lies)

LIE: The Bush administration claimed that its regulation of mountaintop removal mining (i.e., leveling mountain peaks to extract coal) would improve environmental protections.

FACT: The Bush administration rejected a tougher Clinton administration proposal and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) determined that the administrations proposals cannot be interpreted as ensuring any improved environmental protection. The FWS also found the Bush proposals belie four years of work and accumulated evidence of environmental harm, and would substitute permit process tinkering for meaningful and measurable change. In the two decades since the practice began, 724 miles of streams have been buried and 7 percent of the Appalachian forest cut down. (Shogren Los Angeles Times 01.07.04).

LIE: The Bush administration claims that its Health Forest Initiatives will improve forest health and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires while upholding environmental laws restoring our nations forest.

FACT: Congressional Research Service reported that the initiative may increase the risk of fire since imber harvesting removes the relatively large diameter wood that can be converted into wood product but leaves behind the small material, especially twigs and needles that contributes to such fires. The impetus behind the bill was not to prevent fires, but because the timber industry wanted to increase commercial logging with less environmental oversight. (Center for American Progress 12.13.03)

LIE: The administration claims that it has offered stringent new rules that will result in dramatic reductions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury.

FACT: The administrations new rules weaken Clean Air Act requirements for mercury emissions by requiring that plants reduce such emissions by only 1/3 of what is required by the Clean Air Act reducing current emissions from 48 tons to 34 tons by 2010 instead of a reduction to 5 tons by year 2007. The rules also will result in 1.4 million tons more of air pollution. (Daily MisLead 12.05.03, Center for American Progress 12.13.03)

LIE: The Bush administration claims it has imposed stringent new rules on power plant emissions.

FACT: The new Bush rules gutted Clean Air Act restrictions to allow utilities to avoid having to install expensive new anti-pollution equipment when they modernize their plants. The EPAs civil enforcement chief resigned in protest, while another senior EPA lawyer wrote to Christie Whitman that the administration seems determined to weaken the rules we are trying to enforce. (Center for American Progress 12.13.03)

LIE: In 2002, EPAs Assistant Administrator for Air Quality Holmstead told two Senate committees that the proposed rule changes gutting the Clean Air will not have a negative impact on enforcement cases. In response to questioning as to whether discussed the impact of the proposed rule changes with EPA and Justice Department enforcement officials, he replied, Yes, that was one of the primary issues that was discussed. What I can say is, based on numerous meetings that I have had, which included staff attorneys from
FACT: At that time, EPA enforcement agents repeatedly told Holmstead and others that the proposed rule changes would inevitably undermine ongoing clean air enforcement cases, possibly by prompting courts to accept a more lenient standard. EPAs former chief of enforcement stated that the new rules substantially complicate current litigation and act as a disincentive for companies to settle. A General Accounting Report also concluded that the policy will hinder current enforcement actions (Pianin Washington Post 10.10.03, Shogren Los Angeles Times 10.24.03)

LIE: In promoting his New Source Review rule, which rewrites the Clean Air Act to permit older power plants to upgrade without installing pollution control devices, President Bush stood outside Detroit Edison Monroe Power Plant claiming that existing EPA rules were too complicated to permit the plant to implement upgrades quickly.

FACT: The Edison Monroe plant, which is the 8th largest emitter of sulfur dioxide in the US, had received the go-ahead from the EPA to proceed so long as it adhered to its stated intention of not increasing emissions as a result of the project. Under the new Bush rule, Edison Monroe can increase its emissions by 30,000 tons per year or 56 percent. (The Daily Mislead 09.17.03)

LIE: A 2003 EPA ad campaign targeted at Hispanics claimed the administrations Clear Skies initiative would create purer air, better health and a more brilliant future for the United States.

FACT: The Bush initiative would allow power plants to discharge additional levels of sulfur dioxide, mercury and nitrogen then currently permitted under the Clean Air Act. Sulfur dioxide and other pollutants are associated with diseases such as emphysema and asthma that disproportionately afflict minority populations (The Daily Mis-Lead 10.20.03)

LIE: In 2001, Bush reversed a Clinton administration regulation reducing the arsenic levels in drinking levels from 50 ppb to 10 ppb claiming that the regulation was a last minute decision, with EPA administrator Todd-Whitman claiming the 10 ppb standard was not based on the best available science.

FACT: The new EPA standard was the result of a decade of work. After the Bush administration reversed the 10 ppb, the National Academy of Sciences found that the 10 ppb standard was not only scientifically justified but that the standard could be less than 10 ppb. Under pressure, the Bush administration reinstated the 10 ppb standard even though the best available science suggested a lower standard was warranted. (Corn The Nation 10.13.03)

LIE: The Bush administration claimed that drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) was necessary to secure Americas energy needs.

FACT: A US Geological Survey concluded that drilling at ANWR would yield only approximately two years worth of oil consumption. (Corn The Nation 10.13.03)

LIE: President Bush stood before a Snake River dam and claimed credit for an increase in salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest.

FACT: Experts stated that he increased salmon was due to weather and tidal patterns in the Pacific Ocean. The increase happened in spite of the Bush administration which has fallen short of court mandated targets to improve salmon habitats and water quality. Wild salmon are still below the levels necessary to ensure their long term survival. In the summer of 2003, the water levels for the Snake and Columbia River violated the targets 93% and 100% of the days, while also violating the Clean Water Act temperature standards 77.5% and 77.4%. (American Rivers 2003 Salmon Migration Report Card 10.03.03, New York Times 10.14.03, Geranios AP 10.16.03, New York Times.)

LIE: In August 2003, the EPA denied a petition from environmental groups asking the agency to regulate carbon dioxide and other emissions from new vehicles, claiming that EPA lacked the authority to regulate greenhouse gases.

FACT: The claim that EPA lacks this authority is contradicted by case law and the opinion of two prior EPA general counsels. (Zitner, Polakovic and Shogren Los Angeles Times 08.29.03, Lee New York Times 08.29.03)

LIE: Vice President Cheney wrote to Congress requesting that they rein in the GAOs investigation of his Energy Task Force meetings claiming documents responsive to the inquiry concerning the cost associated with the work have already been provided.

FACT: The GAO was forced to go to court to obtain the documents and lost. Cheney only produced 77 pages of useless documents which was not a complete production in response to the GAOs request. Cheney stonewalled the GAO to hide the cozy deliberations the task force had with energy industry representatives. (Dean 08.29.03)

LIE: As a candidate, Bush criticized the Clinton administration for not making a greater investment in the nations electricity grids and promised he would seek modernization of the grids.

FACT: While the Bush White House initially called for steps to modernize the electricity grids, it did nothing to implement them. Even worse, it allowed House Republicans to defeat Democratic efforts to spend $350 million on grid modernization and played an active role in derailing $2 billion in low-interest loans for expanding transmission capacity in the Pacific Northwest. (American Politics Journal 08.16.03; Allen Washington Post 08.23.03, The Daily Mis-Lead 10.15.03)

LIE: Secretary Norton told Congress that drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge would not harm the regions caribou population. She also reissued a scientific report as a two page paper that claimed drilling would not result in a negative impact to wildlife.

FACT: Secretary Norton altered or omitted key scientific conclusions prepared by federal biologists that contradicted her view. Biologists also found that drilling would harm must oxen, snow geese and polar-bear populations and would violate an international treaty protection bears, but these findings were suppressed. In the words of one Fish and Wildlife Service Official, to pass along facts that are false, well, thats obviously inappropriate. (Politics and Science in the Bush Administration, Kennedy Rolling Stone 12.11.03)

LIE: Vice President Cheney argued that ANWR drilling would only affect 2000, acres of Dulles Airport out of a total 19 million acres.

FACT: The 2000 acres Cheney cities are not contiguous. In fact, the oil is located in 35 discrete sites spread across the reserve and to extract oil it would be necessary to have roads and a pipeline covering 135 miles of wildlife habitat. (David Corn 4.13.01)

LIE: During the 2000 campaign, Bush pledged to impose mandatory emission reductions for carbon dioxide.

FACT: Bush abandoned this pledge once elected. (CNN 03.13.01, Washington Post 03.25.02)

LIE: President Bush claimed there is insufficient scientific evidence of global warming as part of his justification for withdrawing from the Kyoto Treaty.

FACT: The National Academy of Sciences 2001 report stated that there is general agreement that the observed warming is real and particularly strong within the past 20 years and that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities. Similarly, an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that global temperatures were rising dramatically and this was due in part to human-induced emissions. (Revkin New York Times 01.12.03, Corn The Nation 10.13.03.)

LIE: Bush asked Congress to exempt the military from environmental laws protecting endangered species and migratory birds on the grounds that compliance hampered military training.

FACT: A General Accounting Office report found little evidence to support this claim. (New York Times 07.09.02)

LIE: Bush claimed that conservation would be part of his national energy policy.

FACT: The White House spokesman indicates thats a big no. The President believes that is an American way of life. (ABC 05.07.01)

LIE: Bush campaigned that he would expand the aims of the Tropical Forest Conservation Act ask Congress to provide $100 million to support the exchange of debt relief for protection of tropical forests.

FACT: Bush has provided no new funding for the program. (Boston Globe 04.10.01)

LIE: In 2002 Bush promised Nevada residents that sound science, and not politics, must prevail in the selection of a nuclear waste dump.

FACT: The Bush administration is proceeding with creating a nuclear waste dump in Nevada despite a GAO report that scientific testing to determine the facilitys viability would not be complete before 2006. (Washington Post 03.25.02, Christian Science Monitor 03.05.02)

LIE: Bush sought to justify oil drilling in Montanas Lewis and Clark National Forest on the grounds that the people of Montana support it.

FACT: The plan is opposed by Montana residents, but supported by outside oil companies. (Missoula Independent 4.26.01)

LIE: During the tight 2002 South Dakota Senate race, Bush appeared at a South Dakotan ethanol plant and pledge that he supported ethanol because not only do I know its important for the ag sector of our economy, its an important part of making sure we become less reliant on foreign sources of energy.

FACT: Bushs FY2004 budget eliminates funding for the bioenergy program at the South Dakota plant. (Caught On Film: The Bush Credibility Gap)


LIE: Bush attempted to distance himself from Enrons Kenneth Lay by claiming Lay supported his opponent (Governor Richards) in 1994 and he first got to know Lay only after elected.

FACT: Lay gave $37,500 to the Bush 1994 campaign and Lay claims he was very close to Bush at that time. (Slate 01.17.02) The Bush-Lay connection goes back much further, as in 1988, Bush lobbied the Argentinean government to award a contract to Enron. (Mother Jones March-April 2000)

LIE: Bush pledged to increase SEC enforcement in signing the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reform legislation.

FACT: Bushs FY2003 budget cuts SEC enforcement by $209 million. (Boston Globe 12.29.02)

LIE: In the Enron aftermath, Bush pledged to do more to protect worker pensions.

FACT: Four months later the Bush administration announced plans to permit employers to convert traditional pension plans into cash balance plans that lower benefits for long-serving workers. (Caught On Film: The Bush Credibility Gap)


LIE: In 2001 the Bush administration promised to create a $700 million Federal Compassion Fund.

FACT: The President did not allocate a single penny for the fund in his 2001 budget. (Green The American Prospect 07.30.01).

LIE: The Bush administration claims there exists a widespread bias against faith-based organizations (FBOs) in Federal service programs and that complying with federal anti-discrimination employment laws in a major obstacle to FBO participation.

FACT: Recent studies have found no barriers to FBOs participation in government programs and no hard evidence that hiring requirements are keeping

LIE: During his African tour, President Bush touted legislation authorizing spending of $3 billion per year over five years to help fight AIDS in Africa and declared that the Congress must fully fund this initiative, for the good of the people on this continent of Africa.

FACT: That same week, the White House asked for only $2 billion of the $3 billion authorized for FYE 2004. The Bush administration strongly opposed Congressional attempts to increase this amount. The Bush administration now plans to ask for only a small increase in spending for FYE 2005. (Bumiller New York Times 08.26.03, Center for American Progress 12.13.03, Global Aids Alliance 12.02.03)

LIE: On November 24, 2003, Bush boasted that we put the Taliban out of business forever. Similarly, in a September 2003 address to military personnel and families in California, Bush claimed Afghanistan today is a friend of the United States of America. It is not a haven for Americas terrorist enemies.

FACT: Bushs November statement came after a series of US casualties in Afghanistan, a day after the Taliban attack Kabuls most prominent hotel and on the very same day that the Afghan Foreign Minister desperately requested more help in fighting off the Taliban. The resurgent Taliban has forced the UN to remove it staff from parts of the country and led the German ambassador to warn that they threaten the countrys efforts to form a democratic government.

In addition, Afghanistan remains a haven for Al Qaeda, including Osama bin Laden who is believed to be in remote tribal areas near the Afghan-Pakistani border. Bush allowed Al Qaeda and bin Laden to regroup by withdrawing resources from Afghanistan for the Iraq war. (Corn 9.13.03, Daily Mis-Lead 11.25.03)

LIE: In his October 28, 2003 press conference, Bush claimed that I was the first president ever to have advocated a Palestinian state."

FACT: On January 7, 2001, President Bill Clinton said, "There can be no genuine resolution to the conflict without a sovereign, viable Palestinian state that accommodates Israel's security requirements and demographic realities." (Corn 10.28.03)

LIE: During his Asian tour, President Bush told Indonesian news that Congress has dropped opposition to military training programs for Indonesia and that the US was ready to go forward with a new package of training programs.

FACT: Congressional opposition to the training programs has increased due to concerns that the Indonesian military may have been involved in the killing of two Americans in Papua. In addition, no new programs have been planned or approved. (Priest The Washington Post 10.20.03)

LIE: White House spokesman Ari Fleischer denied tacitly endorsing the Venezuelan coup by stating that the coup was the result of a message of the Venezuelan people.

FACT: That is exactly what he said as the White House foolishly backed the overthrow of a democratically elected government and was the only democracy in the western hemisphere that failed to condemn the coup. In addition, the Venezuela government claims to have a videotape of US officials discussing coup preparations with dissident soldiers. (Jonathan Chait 06.04.02, AP 10.22.03)

LIE: During the campaign, Bush promised Armenian groups that he would ensure that our nation properly recognizes the tragic suffering of the Armenian people who were victims of a genocidal campaign.

FACT: The Bush administration has refused to recognize the Armenian genocide. (Redding Record Searchlight 04.24.01)

LIE: Bush promised Jewish leaders s soon as I take office I will begin the process of moving the U.S. ambassador to Jerusalem.

FACT: Bush has suspended any action to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. (Washington Post 06.13.01)

LIE: President Bush denied blaming the Clinton Administrations Camp David Middle East peace summit for the Palestinian intifada.

FACT: The day before issuing this denial, Bush stated weve tried summits in the past, as you may remember. It wasnt all that long ago where a summit was called and nothing happened, and as a result we had significant intifada in the area. (Slate 4.18.02)


LIE: During the campaign, Bush stated he opposed import fees and would work to end tariffs and break down barriers everywhere, entirely.

FACT: As President, Bush has imposed tariffs on steel and softwood lumber increasing costs to U.S. businesses and consumers and risking retaliatory sanctions. (Washington Post 03.25.02, Business Week 03.25.02)


LIE: Bush claims that he absolutely had no idea and would not have sold had I known."

FACT: Harkens president warned board members of liquidity problems that would drastically affect operations two months before Bushs stock sale. Harkens lawyers also circulated a memo warning executives and directors not to sell any stock. Bush sold his stock for $4/share and it quickly dropped to $1.25. (San Francisco Chronicle 07.05.02, Guardian 11.02.02, Washington Monthly 12.02)

LIE: Bush claims to have cooperated with an SEC investigation of his Harken transactions.

FACT: Bush quashed evidence that Harkens lawyers advised Bush and other executives against selling their stock and only provided it to the SEC after it had ended its investigation. (Guardian 11.02.02)

LIE: Bush signed an agreement in which he promised to hold the Harken stock at issue for six months.

FACT: Bush sold the Harken stock two months later. (The Dubya Report 07.18.02)

LIE: Bush claimed he timely filed the required SEC disclosure form after selling his Harken stock and asserted that the SEC must have lost it.

FACT: Bush did not file until eight months after the deadline for doing so. (Washington Post 07.04.02)

LIE: Cheney claimed that while at Halliburton he imposed a firm policy against trading with Iraq. eve not done any business in Iraq since the sanctions imposed, and I had a standing policy that I wouldnt do that.

FACT: Senior Halliburton executives claim there was no such policy. Halliburtons affiliates signed contracts with Iraq to sell more than $73 million in oil production equipment during Cheneys tenure, helping Iraq increase crude exports by 450% between 1997 and 2000. Senior Halliburton executives were certain Cheney was aware of this business. Cheney also defended circumvention of a Clinton executive order banning US trade and investment in Iran. (Financial Times 10.05.00, Washington Post 06.23.01)


LIE: The Bush administration touted the Medicare prescription drug expansion as creating a modern Medicare system that provides seniors with prescription drug benefits and establishing Health Savings Account (HSAs) which will allow more Americans to save for health care needs and more small businesses to help workers secure health coverage.

FACT: The Congressional Budget Office projects that 2.7 million retirees will lose their current drug coverage through their former employer since employers will drop such coverage once the Medicare benefit becomes available. The plan provides little relief for low income seniors and would cost seniors with drug expenses under $835 per year more than they currently spend. Finally, according to studies, premiums for employer-based coverage could more than double if HSAs became widespread. (Center for American Progress 12.13.03)

LIE: During the debates, Bush claimed that all seniors and not just poor would be covered under his plan.

FACT: Only seniors at or below 135% of the poverty level would be covered in full. (ABC 10.4.02)

LIE: President Bush has argued that medical malpractice reform and allowing small business to buy group insurance would make a big difference in reducing the 43.6 million Americans without health insurance.

FACT: According to the Congressional Budget Office, malpractice costs account for a very small fraction of total health care spending and even radical reform would have a relatively small effect on total health plan premiums. In addition, the CBO found that allowing small businesses to buy at group rates would only add coverage for 0.6 million people, as one-third of the nations uninsured are employed by large companies. (The Daily Mis-Lead 10.23.03)

LIE: In banning research on embryonic stem cells, Bush claimed that the ban still would permit research on more than 60 existing lines cells which could lead to breakthrough therapies and cures.

FACT: Only 11 cell lines are now available for research, all of which were grown mouse cells making them inappropriate for treating people. (Politics and Science in the Bush Administration)

LIE: Bush claimed he brought Republicans and Democrats together to enact a Patients Bill of Rights in Texas.

FACT: Governor Bush vetoed such a bill in 1995 and when a veto proof majority passed it, Bush allowed it to become law but refused to sign it. (Washington Post 10.18.00, Salon 10.05.02)

LIE: Bush bragged about a Texas Childrens Health Insurance Program extending coverage to 500,000 children passed while he was Governor.

FACT: Bush fought the program and tried to limit its reach to nearly half its current level. (Salon 10.05.02)

LIE: Bush stressed the need to support childrens hospitals at a 2001 appearance at an Atlanta childrens hospital.

FACT: Bushs first budget proposed cutting grants to childrens hospitals by 15% and his FY2004 budget proposes to cut these grants by 30%. (Caught on Film: The Bush Credibility Gap)


LIE: The White House claims that it has given first responders and public health systems the training and equipment to prepare, prevent and respond to any future attack.

FACT: The White House now concedes that it has not provided enough money to protect against terrorist attacks on American soil. At the same time, the Clinton administration program to add 100,000 cops to local police forces is being rolled back because of funding cutbacks. (Center for American Progress 12.13.03)

LIE: After September 11th, President Bush promised to take every possible measure to guarantee the security of the homeland.

FACT: The Council on Foreign Relations task force headed by former Republican Senator Rudman (which in 2001 warned against a catastrophic terrorist attack on US soil and called for the creation of a Homeland Security Department), concluded that the administration was spending only one-third of what is required to adequately provide for emergency responders. (The Daily Mis-Lead 10.02.03)


LIE: In his December 28th radio address, Bush claimed that the recession began before he took office.

FACT: The economy was still growing at the end of 2000. The recession began during the first year of the Bush administration. (Slate 12.30.02)


LIE: Bush vowed to expand AmeriCorps by 50 percent.

FACT: Funding for AmeriCorps has been cut by $100 million forcing the program to cut volunteers from 2,400 to 575 and close 17 of its 20 programs. (Marshall 08.12.03)

LIE: To date we have arrested or otherwise dealt with many key commanders of Al Qaeda.

FACT: Most Al Qaeda leaders remain at large, including Osama bin Laden and September 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. The US has captured and/or killed as many as 16 lower echelon Al Qaeda leaders. (AP 12.27.02, Institute for Public Accuracy SOU Response)

LIE: We are working with other governments to secure nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union and to strengthen the global treaties banning the production and shipment of missile technologies and weapons of mass destruction.

FACT: The Bush administration has cut funding for programs to remove nuclear materials from the former Soviet Union, rejected a Russian proposal to eliminate thousands of nuclear weapons (preferring instead that they be kept in storage), and blocked efforts to strengthen treaties preventing the spread of biological and chemical weapons. (Institute for Public Accuracy SOU Response)

LIE: Bush asked Congress to add to our security with a major research and production effort to guard our people against bio-terrorist, call Project Bioshield. The budget I will send will propose almost $6 billion to quickly make available effective vaccines and treatments.

FACT: Bush proposed no increase in funding for the National Institute of Health but this did not stop Bush from a photo-op visit the day his budget was released. (Milbank Washington Post 02.07.03)

LIE: We will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, to other presidents and other generations.

FACT: Bushs budget calls for a record deficit of $307 billion deficit without even including the potential cost of a war with Iraq.

DECEPTION: Ninety-two million Americans will keep this year an average of almost $1,100 more of their own money if Congress enacts Bushs 2003 tax cuts.

FACT: Nearly one-third (31%) of all taxpayers, would receive nothing and 64 million taxpayers (nearly half (48%) would get less than $100. An average taxpayer (middle fifth of the income spectrum) will only receive $256 while those with incomes of more than $1 million will receive $90,200. Bushs statement is technically correct, but very deceptive since it conveys the notion that 96 million Americans would receive something close to $1,100. (Citizens for Tax Justice, The New Republic 02.10.03)

DECEPTION: One of Bushs compassionate proposals in the speech was a $450 initiative to bring mentors to disadvantaged children and children of prisoners.

FACT: Bushs 2004 budget allocates $50 million for mentoring prisoners children but cuts other mentoring programs by $64 million. (Milbank Washington Post 02.07.03) (Reprinted with full permission)

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