The Election – Quotes and Numbers

What I don’t get is WHY are the elections done this way, taking into consideration what happened the last time. There is more room for flaws and corruption. DO we ever stand up as a society?

How I see it, is that they (the government) changes things in the sly before we know what is going on.

Below are some Quotes from our countries decision makers:

"I believe demolishing Hussein’s military power and liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk…"

— Defense Policy Board Member Ken Aldelman, 2/13/02

"Simply stated, There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."

— Vice President Dick Cheney, 8/16/02

"We do know that (Saddam) is actively pursuing a nuclear weapon."

— National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice, 9/10/02

"It is not knowable how long that conflict would last. It could last, you know, six days, six weeks, I doubt six months."

— Secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfield, 2/7/03

"My belief is we will in fact, be greeted as liberators."

— Cheney, 3/16/03

"We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon."

— Deputy Secretary of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz, 3/27/03

"We know where (the weapons) are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and East, West, North and South somewhat."

— Rumsfeld, 3/3/03

"Iraq will not require sustained aid."

— OMB, Director Mitch Daniels, 3/28/03

"Major combat operations have ended."

— President George W. Bush, 5/1/03

"A year from now I’d be surprised if there’s not some grand square in Baghdad that is named after President Bush."

— Former Pentagon Advisor Richard Perle, 9/22/03

There you have it, and who are you voting for?

–¢ Bush has used the word "Evil" 350 times in his speeches.

–¢ 7-10 Israelis want to evacuate the West Bank Settlements.

–¢ "George Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters. He was appointed by God."

— General William Boykin.

–¢ 7 in 10 white evangelicals say Israel was "given to the Jews by God."

–¢ 4 months after our attacks in Afghanistan, researchers found elevated levels of uranium (400 – 2,000 percent higher than normal) in every Afghan civilian tested.

–¢ 7 out of 12 circuit courts are anti-abortion.

–¢ 7 of the Supreme court justices are Republican appointees.

–¢ Cheney’s energy task force produced what can be boiled down to two main recommendations, "lower the environmental bar and pay corporations to jump over it." Adam Werbach

–¢ Congress has promised 3 billion$ in tax cuts to mining corporations to help them access natural gas in underground coal deposits in Georgia’s Powder River Basin. The Bureau of Land Management has calculated that miners will waste a full 700 million gallons of publicly owned water a year in the process..

–¢ Healthy Forest Initiative essentially entails granting logging companies access to old-growth trees and then subsidizing them for brush clearing. they are at risk for being logged at a rate of 10 million board-feet of lumber a year.

–¢ The Bush administration’s Energy Bill snuck a provision that offers energy companies as much as $7.5 billion in tax credits to build six nuclear reactors.

–¢ America’s 1 percent Rich own 40% of the nation’s wealth.

–¢ The top 5% own almost 60% of the nation’s wealth.

–¢ "We are much more unequal than any other advanced industrial country," New York University economics professor, Edward Wolff.

–¢ Almost 940 million people – "live in squalid, unhealthy areas, mostly without water, sanitation, public services, or legal security" worldwide

–¢ UN Reports that in 30 years 1 in every 3 people will live in slums. That is a bigger threat to democracy and global stability than al-Qaeda and international terrorism.