Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 08/05/07 18:22
by Dave Mindeman
It is hard to envision any kind of problem that Bush can fix. His visit to the Twin Cities was long on rhetoric, but his track record on following up is....well, it has questionable results.
His eagerness to offer his "help" led to yet more promises:"I do promise that she's(Transportation Secretary Mary Peters) going to listen to the local authorities to find out what the folks here need. I do promise that when she sees roadblocks and hurdles in the way to getting the job done she'll do everything she can to eliminate them."
And his track record on previous promises?...well judge for yourself. Here's the list:
On the Partisan Divide:"And at the end of the day it will require leadership - a president who will set a new tone in Washington. A president who will reach across partisan lines and bridge political differences. That's what I intend to do."
(Federal Document Clearing House Political Transcripts, June 2, 2000)
On Solving Problems:"I came to this office to confront problems directly and forcefully, not to pass them on to future Presidents or future generations."
(White House Web Site, October 16, 2003)
"Our budget will run a deficit that will be small and short term..."
(White House Web Site, January 29, 2002)
On Funding NCLB:"Some say the No Child Left Behind Act doesn't provide enough money to meet our goals. ...People say, well, it's an unfunded mandate to put accountability systems in place. No, the accountability systems are largely funded by the federal government."
(White House Web Site, May 11, 2004)
"...We will make our country less dependent on foreign sources of energy."
(President Bush, President Bush's Acceptance Speech to the Republican National Convention, September 2, 2004)
On Clean Air:"With the help of Congress, environmental groups and industry, we will require all power plants to meet clean air standards in order to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide within a reasonable period of time."
(Governor George W. Bush, Campaign Speech, September 29, 2000)
On Climate "Change": "My administration is committed to a leadership role on the issue of climate change. We recognize our responsibility and will meet it at home, in our hemisphere and in the world."
(CNN, June 11, 2001)
On International Relations:"I don't think it's the role of the United States to walk into a country and say, `We do it this way, so should you'...I think one way for us to end up being viewed as the ugly American is for us to go around the world saying, `We do it this way, so should you'... I think the United States must be humble and must be proud and confident of our values...If we're an arrogant nation, they'll resent us. If we're a humble nation, but strong, they'll welcome us."
(Federal Document Clearing House Political Documents, October 11, 2000)
On Getting Al Qaeda:"I view the hunt for al Qaeda as part of the war on terror. And it requires all assets, intelligence assets and military assets, to chase them down and bring them to justice."
(White House Web Site, February 23, 2004)
On Resources Needed for Iraq: "The United States is committed to helping Iraq recover from the conflict, but Iraq will not require sustained aid. Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq is a country rich with an educated populace, abundant and valuable natural resources like oil and natural gas, and a modern infrastructure system."
(White House Web Site, Office of Management and Budget, March 27, 2003
On Tracking International Nuclear Materials:"The next president must press for an accurate inventory of all this [nuclear] material. I'll ask the Congress to increase substantially our assistance to Russia in dismantling as many of their weapons as possible, as quickly as possible."
(Bush-Cheney 2000 Web site)
On Playing Politics With Terror: "I have no ambition whatsoever to use [the war on terror or 9/11] as a political issue."
(Washington Times, January 24, 2002)
On Veterans (1):"Veterans are getting very good health care under my administration, and they will continue to do so during the next four years."
(Third Presidential Debate, October 13, 2004)
On Veterans (2): "We've reduced the backlog of disability claims by about a third. We will reduce it even further."
(Remarks by the President of the American Legion, August 31, 2004)
On Veterans (3):"[When I am President, we] will not have our veterans standing in line waiting for benefits that they've been promised."
(Federal Document Clearing House Political Transcripts, September 7, 2000)
On the CIA Leak: "If someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration,"
July 19, 2005, Press Conference:
On New Orleans:"When one resident of this city who lost his home was asked by a reporter if he would relocate, he said, "Naw, I will rebuild, but I'll build higher." That is our vision of the future, in this city and beyond: we will not just rebuild, we will build higher and better."
President Bush: Sept. 15, 2005 Address to the Nation
On Keeping Promises:"A promise made will be a promise kept, should I be fortunate enough to become your president."
- George W. Bush, October 10, 2000
So forgive me for being skeptical.