The GOP and HIV/AIDS Funding

 

 

Over 70 million people have been infected with HIV-AIDS, but only one has been cured. Thanks in large part to the generosity of the United States, over 8 million people world wide are now on life saving antiretroviral therapy.
1.7 million people died of an AIDS related illness last year. The International AIDS Society Conference is in Washington this week for the first time in 22 years, and Laura Bush will be speaking to the gathering.
AIDS prevention is a major focus for rockstar Elton John. He says the president who did the most for AIDS victims was George W. Bush: “He was an amazingly informed about AIDS. I had so much respect for him, especially when the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was announced when he gave $15 billion to AIDS.
“He knew what he was talking about. One of the old adages in life is never judge someone until you meet them. I didn’t like his policies but I have to say when I met him, I found him well informed and determined to do something about the AIDS situation so I changed my opinion of him. I learned a lesson.”
The Bush initiative was largest amount of funding by any nation to fight a single disease. The major issue facing prevention efforts today is not a lack of technology or funding, but the social stigma associated with HIV, which deters individuals from accessing both education and treatment programs.
Bush was well known for his Freedom Agenda and says “One aspect of freedom is for people to be free from disease.” He has made three trips to Africa since leaving office.

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Did The Bush Tax Cuts Fail?

 

 

Why weren’t even more jobs created during the Bush years? Because we were at full employment for 5.5 years. John Merline of Investor’s Business Daily says “A key attack line in President Obama’s campaign stump speech these days is to claim that the country has tried Mitt Romney’s economic policies already, and they were a dismal failure. ‘The truth is,’ Obama says, ‘we tried (that) for almost a decade, and it didn’t work.’ . . .
“The month after Bush signed that 2003 law, jobs and the economy finally started growing again. From June 2003 to December 2007, the economy added 8.1 million jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“The unemployment rate fell to 5% from 6.3%. Real GDP growth averaged close to 3% in the four-plus years after that, and the budget deficit fell steadily from 2004 to 2007.
“What’s more, the rich ended up paying a larger chunk of the federal income tax burden after Bush’s tax cuts went into effect. . . Obama is correct that the country has tried a combination of deregulation and tax cuts before. That took place under President Reagan.
“Reagan aggressively deregulated entire industries, while putting the brakes on new federal rules. As a result, regulatory compliance costs fell 8% during his time in office, and staffing dropped almost 7%. At the same time, Reagan’s tax cuts knocked taxes as a share of GDP down by 6%.
“The result was an almost eight-year economic boom in which real quarterly GDP growth averaged 4.3%. That’s nearly double the average growth rate Obama’s economic policies produced during the 3-year-old recovery.”

Who Will it Be? Remembering When Kerry Picked Edwards as a Running Mate

 

WHO WILL IT BE? Today’s New York Times is claiming the Romney vice presidential choice may be announced this week. Reporter Jeff Zeleny says, “Romney has reached a decision, his friends believe, and he may disclose it as soon as this week.”
Zeleny believes former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) is the frontrunner with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) as the backup.
Jim Geraghty of National Review says the best way to get a scoop on Romney’s decision is to watch his campaign plane.
Geraghty remind us that John Kerry’s 2004 selection of then Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) was broken by the U.S. Aviation Network website. Their members made the announcement after witnessing the repainting of the Kerry aircraft.

Don’t Be Discouraged, There Will Be Better Times, A Lesson From George W. Bush

Many GOP candidates marched in parades today but hopefully they received a better welcome than what happened to George and Laura Bush on July 4, 1978 in Muleshoe, Texas. Bush was then 32 and running for Congress in a race he would lose.
In the GOP primary Bush received only 6 out of 230 votes in that county. In “Decisions Points,” he wrote:
“The way I saw it, I had plenty of room for improvement. Laura and I smiled and waved at the spectators from the back of our white pickup truck. Nobody cheered. Nobody even waved. People looked at us like we were aliens.
“By the end I was convinced the only supporter I had in Muleshoe was the one sitting next to me.”
Muleshoe is the home of “Ol Pete,” the National Mule Memorial. When Bush was elected President, the Texas Historical Commission had “Ol Pete” removed from his permanent home to travel to Washington, D.C. He was guest of honor at the Texas Inaugural Ball, and appeared on the Texas float in the Inaugural Parade. Few people then knew of Bush’s memory of Muleshoe.

George W. Bush – Happy 65th Birthday


George W. Bush made tough decisions and kept our nation safe. He did not spend 2.5 years criticizing his predecessor.
America was fortunate to have him as its Commander-in-Chief. Even though his contemporaries were not, the verdict of history will be kind. In 2008 no one predicted Barack Obama would continue all of Bush’s war on terror policies, initiate his own surge, and extend all of his predecessor’s tax cuts.
Bush liberated 50 million people in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the height of his power, Saddam Hussein controlled a one million man Army, sent rockets into space, financed and trained dozens of terrorist groups, and came close to developing an atomic bomb. Thanks to the United States, there are no longer any political prisoners, no executions, no torture at Abu Ghraib Prison and no limit on the freedom of expression.
Now 236 U.S. bases have been turned over to Iraq, and while the terrorists remain, they have to contend with a vigorous, well equipped and well trained Iraq National Army. Millions of pieces of equipment have already left Iraq, and the promises of the former President have been fulfilled. He told us when “Iraq’s Army stands up, America will be able to stand down.” This was a watershed event and Iraq will represent a whole new era in the history of the massively undemocratic Middle East.
The 315 million people of the Middle East will eventually have a better life because of him, and the World Health Organization credits him with saving over 10 million lives in Africa.
He didn’t always succeed but worked diligently on efforts such as reforming entitlement programs and trying to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It would have been far better for the nation if Bush’s reforms had been enacted.
During the last campaign critics said Bush’s TARP program would lose $700 billion. Now it has made a profit. Taxpayers will not lose anything, and we avoided another great depression.
Bush came to office in a recession and left with a recession, but the Bush tax cuts rescued the economy and provided the nation with low unemployment, low inflation, and continued growth for 5½ straight years. The Dow Jones reached an all time high, and the tax cuts got America out of the dot com recession.
According to the CBO, the Bush tax cuts increased revenue brought into the federal government by 37% over projections from the time they were enacted in 2003 to 2006. In 2007, the CBO stated tax receipts were 11% over projected revenue.
Bush’s average spending-to-GDP (19.6%) compares to Bill Clinton (19.8%), George H.W. Bush (21.9%), and Reagan (22.4%). It also shows that his deficit-to-GDP was 2%—half that of Bush 41 and Reagan.
Deficits under Bush, as a percentage of GDP, were lower than the average over the past 30 years. Why weren’t even more jobs created on Bush’s watch? Because unemployment was at 4.5% for the majority of his administration. Economists consider a 5% rate full employment. It was a rate that had not been seen since the 1950’s.
In 2006, 37 Democratic congressmen wanted to impeach Bush because of the Patriot Act, FISA, the troop surge, the treatment of detainees, military commissions, predator drones, rendition, the use of presidential signing statements, and reductions in Medicare. President Obama now has the same position on all of these issues. I miss W.

Conservatives Need to Stop The Bilderberg Conspiracy Theory Nonsense

Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) spoke to the 2007 Bilderberg Conference about energy security and policies which resulted in his state being responsible for 37% of all private sector job growth in America. The Governor is not a traitor, he is not controlled by the Bilderbergers, and has done nothing to jeopardize America’s sovereignty.

The three day annual meeting of the Bilderberg Group is now being held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Today’s Alex Jones radio program denounced the gathering for attempting to destroy America’s sovereignty and plotting to create a single global currency. Similar to most accusations made by Jones, the claims have no merit and there is no evidence to support them. Since 1945 the world has had a single reserve currency, and it is the American dollar. Continue reading

Advancing The Cause of Freedom — George W. Bush’s Second Inaugural Address

 

January 20, 2005. Bush describes his freedom doctrine and calls for the overthrow of tyrannies and the establishment of democracies. He makes it clear that human rights should be a guiding principle of U.S. policy.

With protests now occurring in Egypt, Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen, the Bush Second Inaugural Address has never been more timely. President Bush said only liberty would “break the reign of hatred and resentment” which had led to 9/11. Bush kept his promise to advocate human rights and democratic reforms and his record is well documented in the Middle East WikiLeaks cables. Excerpts from Bush’s address appear below.

For a half century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders.

The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation. It is the honorable achievement of our fathers. Now it is the urgent requirement of our nation’s security, and the calling of our time.

So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture.

Our goal is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way.

We will encourage reform in other governments by making clear that success in our relations will require the decent treatment of their own people.

All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

Our country has accepted obligations that are difficult to fulfill, and would be dishonorable to abandon. Yet because we have acted in the great liberating tradition of this nation, tens of millions have achieved their freedom. And as hope kindles hope, millions more will find it. By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well – a fire in the minds of men.

From the viewpoint of centuries, the questions that come to us are narrowed and few. Did our generation advance the cause of freedom?

We go forward with complete confidence in the eventual triumph of freedom.

When our Founders declared a new order of the ages; when soldiers died in wave upon wave for a union based on liberty; when citizens marched in peaceful outrage under the banner “Freedom Now” – they were acting on an ancient hope that is meant to be fulfilled.

America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength – tested, but not weary – we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.