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The Stony Brook Press - Volume 26, Issue 3

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t o
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th in g ;W E
L IV E
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K erry .G o
a h e a d
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v o te
fo r
y o u r
e v il
l i t t l e
c a n d id a te
o n
E le c tio n
D ay,i td o e s n 't m atter.H ow ever,
Ia m
p e e v e dth a t
th e y
c o u ld n 't
com e
u p
w ith
a
b e tte r
c a n d id a te
th a n
K erry .
I
m ean
K erry ?
R e a lly ?
C 'm o n !
A t
th is
p o in tth o u g h ,
a llIc a re
a b o u ti s
v a n q u is h -
in g
B ush.
B e in g
a n
e n v iro n m e n ta lis t
a n d
h u m a n ita ria n ,
I
c a n 't
s it
id ly
b y
w h ile
h e
d e s tro y sth e th in g s
Ic a r e
a b o u t.
Ia m
s t i l lfla b -
b e rg a s te d
a th o w
a n y o n e
c a n
su p p o rt
B ush.
D o
th e y
n o ts e e
th elim b less
a n db le e d in g
c h ild re n
o v e r
i n
Ira q ?
S e rio u s ly ,
w hy
d o
s o
m any
A m e ric a n s
o n ly
h a v e
com passion
fo rth e ir
ow n
p e o p le ?
P e o p le
a re
p e o p le .
T ens
o f
th o u s a n d s
a re
d y in g
o v e r
th e re ,
a n d
th e re
i s
no
ra tio n a le
fo rth a t w h a ts o e v e r.
B efo re
I
e n d
u p
a na n g r y
fu m in g
m ess
a n dlo s e
th ea b il-
i t yt ow rite
s e n s ib ly ,I 'm
g o in gt o
s to p
h e re
a n d
ju s t
l i s t
a ll
o f
B u s h 's
" a c c o m p lis h -
m ents"
th e s e
p a s t
fo u r
y e a rs
a s
o u i
P re s id e n t.J a m a l,
M att,A lex
a n d
W ill,th is
o n ei sfo ry o ub e c a u s e
y o u
g u y sp is sm e o ff.
1 .
H e
in v a d e d
I r a q
w ith o u tju s tifi-
a b le
c a u s e ,9 /1 1
w as
c a u s e d
b y
a
t e r r o r i s t
s e c t
le a d
b y
O sam a
b in
L a d e n
w ho
w as
ir
A F G H A N IS T A N .
W hy
w ere
w e
s u d d e n ly
in
Ira q ?
H e
tric k e d
u n in fo rm e d
m id d le
A m erica
b y
s a y in g
th in g s
lik e
" W e 'll
r i c
th e
w o rld
o fe v il-d o e rs "
a n d
im p ly in g
th a i
a n y o n e
ia g a a in s t
th e
w ar
i s
u n p a trio tic
'G O O D N E S S
N O fW EM U STN EV ERQ U E S T IO N
THE GOVERNMENT.
2 .
L y in g
t o
th ep u b lic
b y
c la im in g
th e y
h a v e
o v e rw h e lm in g
e v id e n c e
o f
th (
lin k
b e tw e e n
S a d d a m
a n d
al-Q aeda.
W ell
a tle a s tth e y
fin a lly
a d m itte d
th e re
w as
n c
lin k
a
y e a r
a n d
8 0 0
d a y s
la te r.
3 .
W eapons
o f
m ass
d e s tru c tio n
m y
a s s .
4 .
G eorge
B ush
i s
af a s c is t.
I n
o u i
d e m o c ra tic
c o u n try ,
h e
c h o s e
n o tt o
lis te r
t o
C ongress
w hen
i tc o n c e r n e d
am a jo rm il-
ita ry
s t r i k e .
H e
la u g h s
i n
th e
fa c e
o f
th <
U n ite d
N a tio n s
b e c a u s e
a c c o rd in g
t o
h im -
s e lf ,m ig h t
a lw a y s
m eans
rig h t.
5 .
O ur fo rm era llie sn o
lo n g e rs u p -
p o rtu s.T h a n k s
alo t D ubya.D o n 'ty o u
s to l
t o
th in k
s o m e th in g
i s
fish y
w hen
o u i
frie n d s
te ll
u s
w e're
d o in g
s o m e th in i
w ro n g ?
6 .
H e
r e f u s e d
t o
is s u e
$ 3 4
m illio i
I
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fu n d in g
to r
th e
U n ite d
N a tio n s
P o p u la tio n
F u n d ,
w h ic h
p ro v id e s
p o v e rty -
s tric k e n
c o u n trie s
w ith
b irth
c o n tro l,
m a te rn a l
a n d
c h ild
c a rea n d
H IV /A ID s
p re v e n tio n .
7 .
$ 3
b illio n
d o lla rs
i s
g o in g
* o v e rt o
I r a q
o v e rth en e x tth re e
y e a rs
t o
c re a te
a
s e c r e t
p o lic e
t ow eed
o u t B a a th is tlo y a lis ts ,
a n d
i t w ill
b e
h e a d e d
b y
th e
C IA .
Y et
o u r
ow n
c o u n try 's
p o lic e
a re
u n d e rs ta ffe d
a n d
u n d e rp a id .
8 .
H is
a d m in is tra tio n
i s
a llo w in g
th e
D e p a rtm e n t
o f
E n e rg y
t o
re ta in
ra d io a c tiv e
w aste
a tn u c le a rw aste
dum psin s te a d
o f p la c in g
th e m
i n
perm anent
s to ra g e .
N ow
num erous
dum psh a v e
to x icw aste
s e e p in g
in too u r
g ro u n d
w ater.
W hen
y o u
h a v e
m u ta te d
k id s
w ith
o n e
e y e ,y o u
h a v ed e a ro ldM r.B ush
t o
th a n k .
9 .
I n
1 9 7 3 ,
th eE n d a n g e r e d
S p e c ie s
A ct
w as
c re a te d
i n
o rd e r
t o
e n s u re
p ro te c tio n
th a t
p e s tic id e s
w o u ld
n o th a rm
p la n ts ,
a n im a ls
a n d
fish .
T he
B ush
A d m in istratio n
i s
p ro p o sin g
t o
d o aw ay
w ithi t .T hat p a rtic u la rc la u s e
a ls op ro -
te c ts
hum ans
a s
w ell
b e c a u s e
i tr e s t r i c t s
d a n -
g e ro u s
p o llu ta n ts
lik e
m ercury
i nth e
w aters.
1
P a g e2
i n
6
p re g n a n t
A m erican
w om en
h a v e
s u c h
h ig h
m ercury
c o n te n t
th a t
th e y
a re
e x p o s in g
th e ir
u n b o rn
c h ild
t o
au tism ,
m e n ta l
re ta rd a tio n ,
k id n e y
a n dh e a r t problem s,
e tc
b e c a u s e
B ush
is
d o in g
aw ay
w ith
th e
C lin to n
p la n '.to
h a v e
th e
m ercury
rem oved
fro m
o u rw aters.
1 0 .
G eorge
B ush
h a te s
th ee n v iro n m e n t.
H e
s ig n e d
c o n tra c ts
w ith
lo g g in g
c o m p a n ie s
t o
c u t
dow n
i n
p re v io u s ly
p ro te c te d
re g io n s
lik e -
Y e llo w s to n e
N a tio n a l
P a rk
a n d
th e
T o n g a s s
N a tio n a l
F o r e s t
w h ic h
i s
th e
hom e
t o
m any
e n d a n g e re d
w ild life
s p e c ie s .
H e
h a s
a ls o
a p p ro v e d
o f d rillin g
fo ro ili nm illio n s
o fa c r e s '
p re v io u s ly
p re s e rv e d
la n d .T he
fu n d in g
fo r
th e
p ro p e r
c a re
o f
o u r
n a tio n a l
p a rk s
h a s
b e e n
s e v e r e ly
c u tb y
a s
m uch
a s
$ 6 0 0
m illio n .
1 1 .
G eorgeB ushd o e s n 'tg iv e
as h ita b o u t
th e
p u b lic 's
h e a lth
a n d .s a f e t y .
T he
C le a n
A ir
A cth a s
b e e n
d ra s tic a lly
w eakened
s o
th e re
a re
few er
re s tric tio n s
o n
la rg e
p la n ts
a n d
th e y
a re
a b le
t o
g e taw ay
w ith
c o n ta m in a tin g
th e
a ir
w e
b re a th e .O fc o u rs eth e s eh a z a r d o u sp la n tsa r e n 't
b e in g
re g u la te d ,
i th e lp s
w henth e y
d o n a te
$ 4 8 .
m illio n
d o lla rs
t o
B ush
a n d
th e
R e p u b lic a n
P a rty .
1 2 .
T h is
c o m in g
e le c tio n ,
h e
h a s
d irty
tric k su ph iss l e e v e .M illio n so fA m e ric a n s
w ill
b e
b a rre d
fro m
v o tin g
i n
th e
P re s id e n tia l
E le c tio n
b e c a u s e
o f
le g a l
b a rrie rs
a n d
o th e r
so rts
o f
d irty
tric k s
lik e
in fo rm in g
th e m
th e y
c o u ld
n o t
v o te
b e c a u s e
o f
th e ir
o u ts ta n d in g
p a rk in g
tic k e ts .
T he
b la c k
p o p u la tio n
i s
e s p e -
c ia lly
ta rg e te d .
1 3 .
U nder
th e
P a trio tA c t,
m any
o fo u r
rig h tsw illb ere lin q u is h e d .
F o r e x a m p le ,
ap re -
v io u s ly
n e e d e d
ju d g e
m a n d a te d
s e a r c h
w arran t,
i sn o
lo n g e r
re q u ire d
fo r
a n
a u th o rity
fig u re
t o
e n te ry o u r hom e.
1 4 .
B ush
ru le s
o n
h is
ow n
p e rs o n a l
b e lie fs .
A
g o o d
p re s id e n t
ru le s
w ith o u tp re ju -
m .:
b ed
B yJ o a n
L e o n g
d ic e .
H e
d o e s n 't
su p p o rt
g a y
m arriag e
a n d
h a s
a c tu a lly
c a n c e lle d
a n
a n n u a l
G ay
P rid e
P a ra d e
a fte r
p r e s s u r e
fro m
c o n s e rv a tiv e
re lig io u s
g ro u p s.
1 5 .
H e d o e s n 'tr e s p e c tth e
C o n s titu tio n .
H e
i s
te a rin g
dow n
th e
w a lls
o f
s e p a ra tio n
b e tw e e n
c h u rc h
a n d
s ta te
w h ic h
h a s
b e e n
e n fo rc e d
fo r
o v e r2 0 0
y e a r s .$ 3 0 .5
m illio n
d o l-
la rsh a v e
b e e n
g iv e n
t o
8 1
o rg a n iz a tio n s
t oh e lp
th e m
w ith
fu n d in g
c h u rc h -re la te d
g ro u p s
a n d
o th e rre lig io u s
fa c tio n s .
1 6 .
T he
2 0 0 4
fe d e ra l
d e fic it
i s
a n
a s to u n d in g ly
p ro je c te d
$ 4 2 2
b illio n .
L asty e a r
i tw as
$ 3 7 5
b illio n .
H ow
m uch
w illi tb e
n e x t
y e a r
i fh e
i s
s t i l lp re s id e n t?
1 7 .
B ush
s t i l l
s ta n d s
f i r m
o nth e
b e lie f
th a to u ts o u rc in g
b a d ly -n e e d e d
A riericanjo b st o
c h e a p
fo re ig n
m a rk e ts
i sg o o d
fo rth e
econom y.
m illio n
A m e ric a n s
a re
u n e m p lo y e d .
1 8 .
A n o th e r
r e a s o n
fo r
in v a d in g
I r a q
a sb e c a u s e
h ew a n te d
to -lib e ra te
th e .Ira q i
e o p lea n d
h e lpth e m
g e tb a c ko nth e irfe e t.
[ec la im e d
th a tth eU .S . w o u ldn o tb eap e r-
ia n e n tfo rc e
i nth ec o u n try .Y et alm osta ll
ra q ic itiz e n s
a re
p a y in g
tw ic e
th e
am ount
fm oneyfo re le c tric
b illsth e yu s e d
t o
p a y
n d
th e y
s p e n d
h a lf
o fth e
tim e
.w ith o u t
ow er.
I n s te a d
o fre b u ild in g
pow erp la n ts ,
e
i sb u ild in g
m ilitary
b a s e s
a lre a d y .
1 9 .
S in c e
th e
p re s id e n tia le le c tio n s
a re
ig h t
a ro u n d
th e
c o rn e r,.A m e ric a n
tro o p s'
e a th
to llm ust rem ain
lo w .
W a rp la n e s
a re
o w
w id e ly
u s e d
t o
b lo w
u p
a re a s
w here
ie y
h a v e
ah u n c h
a b o u t
w here
in s u rg e n ts
r e
h id in g .
T h is
w a y ,.n o
m o re
A m e ric a n s
ie .
In s te a d ,
Ira q i
c itiz e n s
s u c h
a s
c h il-
re n
a n d
w om en
a re
c a s u a ltie s
in s te a d .
n o th e r
1 7
in n o c e n tliv e s
ta k e n ,
a
c o u p le
o z e n
fam ilies
d e s tro y e d ,
b u t
o h
w e ll,
a t
e a s ti t ' s
th e m
a n dn o tu s.
2 0 .
H e
p u tsc h ild re n
la s t.B ushd r o p p e d
c h ild
ta x
c re d itp ro v is io n
o n
M ay
2 8
t
h ,
0 0 3
w h ic h
w o u ld
h a v e
a id e d
1 2
m illio n
h ild re n
i n
lo w -in c o m e
fam ilies
b u t
n o w
h e y
w ill
re c e iv e
n o
b e n e fits
w hatsoever.
;u td o n 't
w o rry , th e
1 %
o f th e
U S
w ho
a re
Ire a d y
filth y
ric h
w illg e tth e m o n e y
th a t
h o s e
c h ild re n
n e e d e d .
2 1 .
H e
i s
s e n d in g
8 0 0
m em bers
o f
th e
8
t
hA rm y
R eserve
D iv isio n
o fft o
I r a q
fo r
y e a r.
T h a t's
fu n n y
i s n 'tit? B e c a u s e
th e y
r e
a
non-com bat
u n it
th a t
d o e s
n o th a v e
h e irow n
w eapons
o rv e h ic le s .
2 2 .
D u b y a 'sd e a ro ldR u m sfeldp r o p o s e d
ou seIR S
in fo rm a tio n
a s
am eans
o ffin d -
i g
n o n a c tiv e
fo rm er
r e s e r v is ts
o f
th e
U S
4 -- ;
T% .
A4+
V
,V ,,
1% ,y% -& f
r
t 'Z
m iiitary .
liu n
ttn e y
s a y
w en a v e m ore
n
t a n
e n o u g h
v o lu n te e rs
fo r
Ira q ?
H e r e 's
t o
a n o th e r
b lo w
t o
p e rs o n a l
p riv a c y .
2 3 .
G eorge B ush
d o e s n 'tc a r ea b o u ta n y -
o n e ,e s p e c ia lly
th e
e ld e rly .M e d ic a re
prem ium s
h a s
b e e n
d ra s tic a lly
h ik e d
u p
m o n th ly .
T h is
a ffe c ts
m illio n s
o f
re tire d
A m e ric a n s
a n d
th e
e ld e rly
w ho
re c e iv e
th e s eb e n e fits . M any
s e n io r
c itiz e n s
w ill
p a y
e v e n
m o re
fo r
a lre a d y
c o s tly
p re s c rip tio n
d ru g s. W hy?
B ecauseth e
p ro v is io n
i n
th e
B ush
M e d ic a re
B ill
p ro h ib its
M e d ic a re
fro m
n e g o tia tin g
fo r
lo w e r
p ric e s
fro m
d ru g
c o m p a n ie s
a n d
i t
b lo c k s
th e
im p o rta tio n
o f
c h e a p e rd ru g sfro m
C anada.I t 'sn osu rp riseth a t
th o s e
d ru g
c o m p a n ie s
c o n trib u te
enorm ously
t o
th eB ush
c a m p a ig n .
2 4 .
T o
h e lp
u s
w ith
o u r
c o lle g e
e d u c a -
tio n , he isp ro p o sin g
a$ 2 7 0 m illio n
c u t fo rP e ll
G rants.H is
"N o
C h ildL eftB e h in d "
in itia tiv e
i s
a
tra v e s ty ,
4 8
e d u c a tio n
p ro g ra m s
w ill
b e
c u t
a n d
1 8
o th e rs
w illb eu n d e rfu n d e d .
2 5 .
H e
re a lly
h a te s
th e
e n v iro n m e n t.
O ver2 0 0e n v iro n m e n ta lla w s h a v eb e e nc h a n g e d
AL o o kB a c ko nB u s h 'sT e r
3 8 ,2 2 8R e a s o n s W hyH e M ustb eD e fe a
AL o o kB a c ko nB u s h 'sT e i
3 8 ,2 2 8R e a s o n s W hyH e M ustb eD e fe a
B yJ o a r
t ob e n e fitc o rp o ra te
a n d
p o llu te rin te re s ts .
T he
" C le a n -S k ie s
In itia tiv e "
w ill
g iv e
le e w a y
t o
1 7 ,0 0 0
o ld e r
c o a l-b u rn in g
p la n ts
b y
n o t
re q u irin g
th e m
t oh a v e
g oth ro u g h
th ep r o c e s s
o f
c le a n in g
o u t
h a z a rd o u s
p o llu ta n ts
b e fo re
re le a s in g
th e m
in to
th eatm osphere.
2 6 .
I n
o rd e r
t o
m eet
re q u ire m e n ts
fo r
jo b
q u o ta s ,
M c D o n a l d 's
w o rk e rs
n o
lo n g e rw o rk
i n
afa st-fo o d
e n v iro n m e n tb u tth e y
a reh o ld in g
a" m a n u fa c tu rin g "
jo b .
2 7 .
H e
i sth e
a ll-p o w e rfu l
c o n tro lle r
o f
a ll
m e d ia .
B ush
o rd e re d
th a t
n o
m e d ia
b e
a llo w e d
t o
s h o w
th e
h u n d re d s
o f
fla g -c o v e re d
c o ffin sc o m in g
hom efro m
Ira q .
2 8 .
S in c e
h e
c a n n o t
c o n tro l
a l- J a z e e r a ,
h e
w ill
a n n ih ila te
th e m .
A
c o rre s p o n d e n t
fo r
th e
Ira q i
new sgroup
w as
k ille d
i n
A p ril
2 0 0 3 .
F ew
h o u rsa fte rth a taU Sje t, tu rn e d
i t sfo c u s
o n
a n
a l- J a z e e r a
o ffic e .
F re e d o m
o f
th e
p r e s s
is
p ro h ib ite d .
O ppose
h im
a n d
y o u
w illb e
b lo w n
t o
p ie c e s .
2 9 .
$ 1 6 6 .5
b illio n
d o lla rs
h a v e
a lre a d y
b e e n
s p e n t
o n
B u s h 's
w ar
t o
r i d
o f
th e
e v il-
d o e rs .
B illio n s
a reb e in g
spent everyday
o n
th e
w ar.B ushi sre q u e s tin g
fo r even m orefu n d in g
t o
c o n tin u e
d w e llin g
i n
Ira q .
3 2 .9
m illio n
A m e ric a n s
a reliv in g
i n
p o v e rty
w ith
o v e r
3 9 %
o f th e m
b e in g
c h ild re n .C o u ld n 'tju s tsom e
o fi t
g o
t oth o s e
liv in g
i nm isery?
P re tty
p le a s e ?
.3 0 .
G eorge
B ush
i s
a
ra d ic a l
rin g -w in g
re lig io u s
c h a u v in is tic
p ig
w ho
d o e s n 't
c a re
fo r
th e
e n v iro n m e n t
o r
hum an
life .
H e
th ro w s
h is
su p p o rt
t o
e x tre m e
re lig io u s
g ro u p s
a n d
h is
id e o lo g ie s
a re
p ra c tic a lly
e q u iv a le n t
t o
th e
A fg h a n i
T a lib a n .
H is
a d m in is tra tio n
d is g u is e s
th e
3 7 ,0 0 0
d e a d
i n
I r a q
a s
p ro g re ss
o n
rid d in g .
o fi n s u r g e n t s .T hey
d o
n o td is c lo s e
th e
f a c tth a t
a t
le a s t
2 5 ,0 0 0
o f
th o s e
k ille d
w ere
in n o c e n t
w om en
a n d
c h ild re n .
H e
su p p o rts
lo g g in g
i n
a ll
o u rn a tio n a l p ro te c te d
f o r e s t s
a n d
e v e n
i nra in -
f o r e s ts
th a td o n 't
b e lo n g
t o
u s
i n
o th e r
c o u n -
t r i e s .
H e 'd
ra th e r
s e e
th e
m oney
u s e d
fo r
h im
a n d
h is
p a rty
in s te a d
o f
d o in g
th e
rig h tth in g
a n dm a in ta in in g
as a f e
a n dh e a lth y
e n v iro n m e n t
fo r
a ll
u s
t o
liv e
in .
H e
i s
m a k in g
su re
h is
w e a lth y
frie n d s
a re
s ta y in g
ric h
w h ileth e
m id-
d le -c la s s
a n d
p o o ra reg e ttin g
p o o re r.H e
d o e s -
n 't
s e e m
t o
c a re
th a t
th e
e ld e rly
h a v e
e n o u g h
p ro b le m s
p a y in g
th e ir
p re s c rip tio n
d ru g s.
H e
d o e s n 'tc a r e
fo ro u r
e d u c a tio n .
H e
d o e s n 'tc a r e
th a tm any
c o lle g e
g ra d u a te s
w illb ejo b le s s
d u e
t o
h is
su p p o rt
o f, o u ts o u rc in g .
H e
d o e s n 't
c a re
th a tm any
a n im a lsw ill
g oe x tin c t
w ith
h isn e w
le n ie n c y
a n dc u ts
o n w ild life
p ro g ra m s.H e
ju s t
d o e s n 'tc a r e .
3 1
th ro u g h
3 8 ,2 2 8 .
1 ,1 9 8
c o a litio n
s o l-
d ie rs
a re
d e a d .
1 ,0 6 0
w ere
A m ericans,
1 3 8
w ereo th e r
c o a litio n
tro o p s.
A n o th e r
1 ,1 9 8
re a -
s o n s
w hy
Ih a te
b u s h .
T he
3 7 ,0 0 0
d e a d
w om en,
c h ild re n ,fa th e rs ,
s is te r s ,b ro th e rs
a n d
fam ilies
i nI r a q
a rea n o th e r3 7 ,0 0 0
re a s o n s
w hy
Ia m
n o t
v o tin g
Bush. Those
3 7 ,0 0 0
d e a d
w illn e v e re v e r
h a v e
a n o th e r
s a y -o n
this m atter,b u tIs t i l lc a n .
" T h e
c a r eo f hum anl i f e and happiness,a n dn o t
th e ird e s tr u c tio n ,i sth efir s ta n d o n ly
o b je c to f
g o o d g o v e r n m e n t...T h e
m asso f m a n k in dh a sn o t
b e e n
b o r n
w ith
s a d d le s
o n
th e ir
b a c k s ,
n o r
a
fa v o r e dfe w
t o
r id eth e m ."
T hom as
J e f f e r s o n
S b id e n tsD e b a tea sP re s id e n tia lE
O n
O c to b e r
6
t
h ,
th e
C o lle g e
D e m o c ra ts
a n d
th e
C o lle g e
R e p u b lic a n s
fa c e d
o ff
i n
w hat
tu rn e d
o u t
t o
b e
a
h e a te d
a n d
in fo rm a tiv e
d e b a te .
E m u la tin g
th e
fo rm at
o fth e
p re s id e n -
tia l
a n d
v ic e -p re s id e n tia l
d e b a te s ,
tw o
re p re -
s e n ta tiv e s
fro m
e a c h
c lu b
v e rb a lly
s p a r r e d
in
K e lly
D in in g
H a ll;th eo n ly
tw istb e in gth a ts tu -
d e n ts
fro m
th e
a u d ie n c e
a s k e d
th e
q u e s tio n s
w h ile
th e
m o d e ra to r
sim p ly
k e p t
e v e ry o n e
o n
ta s k .
R e p re s e n tin g
th e
D e m o c ra ts
w ere
J e f f
L ic itra
a n d
Q ais
G h a fa ry ,
w h ile
R o b e rt
J .
R om ano
a n d
A lexsandra
B o ro d k in
g a v e
v o ic e
t o
th e
R e p u b lic a n s .
F ro m
th e
c o m m e n c e m e n t,
L ic itra
a n d
R om ano,
th e
a p p a re n t
p o in t
m en
fo r
th e ir
re s p e c tiv e
s id e s ,seem ed
t o
ta k e
o n
th e
a p p e a r-"
a n c e
a n d
p e rs o n a
o f
th e
c a n d id a te
th e y
w ere
re p re s e n tin g .
L ic itra
u s e dh iso p e n in g
rem arks
t oim m e d ia te ly
g o
o n
th e
o ffe n siv e
b y
u s in g
th e
fa c ts
t o
r i p
in to
B u s h 's
fo re ig r
a n d
d o m e s tic
p o lic ie s .
D o n n in g
a
b u tto n
dow n
sh irt w ith
th e
s le e v e s
ro lle d
u p ,L ic itrau tiliz e d
b o thth e
c o n -
te n t
o f
h is
m essage
a n d
h is
o u tw a rd
im a g e
t o
c o n n e c t w ith
th ea u d ie n c e .
A lth o u g h
th ecrow d
seem ed
t o
b ere la tiv e ly
m ix e d
i nterm so f p o lit-
ic a l le a n in g s ,L ic itra 'sta c tic sp a idd iv id e n d s
a s
h e
a n d
G hafary
w ere
th e
fre q u e n tre c ip ie n ts
o f
a p p la u s e
th ro u g h o u tth eh o u r.
R om ano,o nth eo th e rh a n d ,h a dth eo p p o -
s i t e
e f f e c t
w ith
h is
o p e n in g
rem arks.
C la d
i n
a
b la c k
s u it
w ith
th e
u b iq u ito u s
A m erican
fla g
p in ,
R om ano
s e t
th e
to n e
fo r
th e
n ig h t
w ith
o p e n in g
rem arks
o fh is
ow n.
I n
c o n tra s t
t o
h is
D e m o c ra tic
c o u n te rp a rt,
R om ano
p ro je c te d
a n
aura ofa
c o n d e s c e n d in g
fa th e rfig u re ,u s in g
h is
tim e
t o
d e fe n d
th e
a c tio n s
o fth e
p re s id e n t
b y
p a in tin g
a
p ic tu re
o fth e
s ta te
o fth e
c o u n try
a s
o n eo f c o n s ta n td a n g e r
a n d
p e ril
B o ro d k in ,th e
o th e r
R e p u b lic a n ,
a ls o
g a v e
o p e n in g
rem arks.
S p e c ia liz in g
i n
d o m e s tic
is s u e s
t o
c o m p lim e n t
R o m a n o 's
c o n c e n tra tio n
i n
fo re ig n
a f f a i r s ,
B o ro d k in
u s e d
s ta tis tic s
t o
m ake
th e
c a s e
th a t
B ush
h a s
d o n e
a n
a d m ira b le
jo b
h a n d lin g
th e
econom y.
A lth o u g h
th enum bers
sh e
u s e d
w ere
d is to rte d
t o
f i th e ra rg u m e n t,B o ro d k in
m ade
a n
a tte m p t
a t
c o n s tru c tin g
a
lo g ic a l
argum ent
ra th e rth a n
fa llin g
b a c k
o n
fe a r-m o n g e rin g
lik e
h e rp a rtn e r.
I n
term s
o fth e
b o d y
o fth e
d e b a te ,
th e
h o u r w as
s p litin to
ad iscu ssio n
o ffo re ig n
p o l-
'ic y
a n d
th ew ari nIra q ,a n d
o n ea b o u t th ee c o n -
om y
a n dd o m e s tic
is s u e s .
N ots u rp ris in g ly ,
th e
prem ises
fo rth e
w ar
a n d
th e
m erits
o fth e
w ar
w ere
th e
s u b je c ts
o f
s e v e r a l
q u e s tio n s .
L ic itra
perform ed
a d m ira b ly
w hen
i tcam e
t o
u s in g
th e
s tro n g e s t
p o in ts
th e
d e m o c ra ts
h a v e
t o
d e b u n k
th e
re a s o n s
fo rg o in g
t o
w ar,
c itin g
th e
la c k
o f
w eapons
o f
m ass
d e s tru c tio n
fo u n d
a n d
th e
d u b io u s
e ffo rts
o fth e
C o a litio n
o f th eW illin g ;
s p e c ific a lly
m e n tio n in g
th e
f a c tth a tA m erican
tro o p s
h a v ea b s o r b e d
a b o u t9 0 %
o fa ll th ec a s u -
a ltie s thus far.
R om ano
c o u n te re d
th e
sam ew ay
D ick
C heney
answ ered
a
sim ilar
c h a rg e
fro m
J o h n
E d w a rd s
d u rin g
th e
V ic e -P re s id e n tia l
d e b a te ,p o in tin g
o u tth a tth ep e rc e n ta g e
i so n ly
th a t
h ig h
w hen
Ira q is
a r e n 't
fa c to re d
in to
th e
c o a litio n .
W hat
n o
o n eseem s
t o
b em e n tio n in g ,
how ever,
i s
th a t
I r a q
w as
n o t
a
m em ber
o f
th e
" g ra n d
c o a litio n "
w hen
i t
f i r s t
s ta rte d
s in c e
s a id
c o a litio n
w as
fo rm ed
t o
in v a d e
th e ir
c o u n -
try ;re n d e rin g
th a t argum entm o o t.
T he
s e c o n d
h a lf
o f
th e
d e b a te ,
w h ic h
fo c u s e d
o n
d o m e s tic
p o lic y ,
w as'd o m in a te d
b y
th eP .A .T .R .I.O .T .A cta n dth eeconom y.
A t th is
p o in t,
R om ano
seem ed
t o
b e
c o m in g
u n d o n e ;
h e
.b e c a m ee x tre m e ly
d e fe n s iv e , m ade
a g ita te d
g e s -
B y M ik eB illin g s
tu re sw henever L ic itra
o r G hafary
m ade
ap o in t,
a n d
le t
s l i p
som e
rid ic u lo u s
c o m m e n ts .
I n
a
d iscu ssio n
o f
th e
P .A .T .R .I.O .T .
A ct,
th e
D e m o c ra ts
p o in te d
o u t
th a t
th e
docum ent
in frin g e d
o n
c iv il
lib e rtie s
a n d
th a t
th e re
a re
b e tte r
a lte rn a tiv e s ,
s u c h
a sth e
S \u00fd .A ~ .F .
E A ct
I n
re s p o n s et oth is ,
af r u s t r a t e d
R om ano
d e s c rib e d
th e
O rw e llia n
n a tu re
o f
som e
o f
th e
p ro v is io n s
o f th eP .A .T .R .I.O .T .
A cta sn e c e s s a r y ,
e x c la im -
in g ,"W en e e d
s p ie s !
T h a t'sla w
e n fo rc e m e n t!"
A s
fo r
th e
econom y,
B o ro d k in
to o k
th e
re ig n sa n du s e d
th eR e p u b lic a n 's
tim e
t ore ite r-
a te
th e
skew ed
s ta tis tic s
sh e
in tro d u c e d
i n
h e r
o p e n in g
rem arks.
T he m ost c o n te s te d
fig u re
w as
h e ra s s e r t i o n
th a tB ush
h a d
c re a te d
1 .7
m illio n
n e w
jo b s
i n
h is
term .
I n
re s p o n s e ,
th e
D e m o c ra ts
p o in te d
o u tth a t
B ush
h a d
a ls o
lo s t
a b o u t5
m illio njo b s ,m a k in g
th e
a c tu a ln e tg a in
al i t t l eo v e rn e g a tiv e
th re em illio njo b ss in c e
th e
p re s id e n tto o k
o ffic e .
T he
o th e re c o n o m ic
ta lk -
in gp o in tw asta x e s ,
a n d
L ic itra
a tta c k e d
B u s h 's
ta x
c u ts
fo r
th e
w e a lth ie s t
2 %
o f
A m ericans;
a ls o
s ta tin g
th a tK erry
w o u ld
ro ll
b a c k
th e
ta x
c u ts
fo r
th o s e
m a k in g
o v e r
$ 2 0 0 ,0 0 0
a
y e a r.
R om ano
c o u n te re d
w ith
th e
id e a
th a t
ro llin g
th o s e
c u ts
b a c k
w o u ld
p u t
fin a n c ia l
s t r a i n ,o n
b u s in e s s e s ,
s in c e
th e y 're
th e
o n e s
m a k in g
th a t
m uch m oney.
R om ano
w ents ofa ra st o
q u e s tio n
th ea u d ie n c e
b ya s k in g , "'D oy o u
k n o w
a n yb u s i-
n e s s
o w n e rsth a tm ake
le s sth a n
$ 2 0 0 ,0 0 0 ? "
I n
g e n e ra l,
th e
g o a lo f
e a c h
s id e
w as't o
p o rtra y
th e
a rg u m e n ts
o f
th e ir
c h o s e n
c a n d i-
d a te s
a sb e s tth e y
c o u ldi no rd e rt oc h a n g e
afe w
m in d sa n d
g a lv a n iz e
e x c ite m e n tw ith in
th ep e o -
p lew hose
m in d sd o n 'tn e e d
c h a n g in g .
G o in g
b y
th e s e
s ta n d a rd s ,th eC o lle g e
D e m o c ra ts
em erged
a s
th e
c le a r
v ic to rs
b y
th e
e n d
o f
th e
d e b a te .
L ic itra
a n d
G hafary
c o n d u c te d
th e m s e lv e s
ra th e r
im pressively
w h ile
m a k in g
a
num ber
o f
s o lid
argum ents.
R om ano,
o n
th e
o th e r
h a n d ,
becam e
flu s te re d
a n d
d e fe n s iv e
w h ile
m a k in g
a rg u m e n tsb a s e d .o n
f a ls e
a s s u m p tio n s
a n dfe a r-
m o n g e rin g ;
a n d
B o ro d k in
sim p ly
ra ttle d
o ff
skew ed
s ta tis tic s
in -b e tw e e n
ra n ts
b y
h e rp a rt-
n e r.
T hed e b a te
its e lfw as
a ls o
a
great success;
th ea u d ie n c e
becam e
re a d ily , in v o lv e d
a n da b o u t
2 0 0
s tu d e n ts
a lto g e th e r
a tte n d e d ,-a c c o rd in g
t o
o rg a n iz e rs .
Lm :
te d
iL e o n g
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