2nd Featured President
President George W. Bush
There has been a lot of controversy over President Bush because of the bad press that was going out throughout the world. America and President Bush was not liked because of America being considered infidels in Muslim countries. On the world stage many demonstrations showed how much they disliked America and President Bush .
The United States has always been a country that believes in human rights and so it was necessary for us to go into Iraq because Sadam was gassing his people, along with other crimes against humanity. The people of Iraq tried Sadam for human rights violations and he was convicted and was justly put to death. As far as Afghanistan is concerned, some of the liberal secular progressives have forgotten what happened on September 11th.
United States had to take up her arms in order to fight terrorism so we would be safe here at home. President Bush is l a good man and he accomplished a lot in his eight year tenure. Let us forgive and look at the positive. You will see plenty of accomplishments that offset what critics say is not so good of things that he did as president.
- May 26: The 2001 Bush Tax Cuts [HR 1836] (through reconciliation procedure)
- June 7: Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001
- September 18: Authorization for Use of Military Force
- September 28: United States-Jordan Free Trade Area Implementation Act
- October 26: USA PATRIOT Act
- November 28: Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act
- January 8: No Child Left Behind Act
- March 9: Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002
- March 27: Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002
- May 13: Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
- July 30: Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
- October 16: Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq
- October 29: Help America Vote Act
- November 25: Homeland Security Act of 2002
- March 11: Do-Not-Call Implementation Act
- April 30: PROTECT Act of 2003 (Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to end the Exploitation of Children Today Act) (see also Age of consent)
- May 23 : The 2003 Bush Tax Cuts [HR 2] (through reconciliation procedure)
- May 27: United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003
- May 28: Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003
- September 3: United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
- September 3: United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
- November 5: Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003
- December 3: Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003
- December 8: Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003
- December 16: Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM)
- April 1: Unborn Victims of Violence Act (Laci and Conner’s Law)
- July 17: United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
- August 3: United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
- February 18: Class Action Fairness Act of 2005
- April 20: Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005
- May 11: Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 [HR 4297] (through reconciliation procedure)
- August 2: Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
- August 8: Energy Policy Act of 2005
- August 10: Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2005 (SAFETEA)
- October 26: Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act
- December 21 : The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 [H. Con Res. 95] (through reconciliation procedure)
- January 11: United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
- March 9: USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act
- July 27: Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act
- August 17: The Pension Protection Act of 2006
- September 30: Iran Freedom and Support Act
- October 4: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007
- October 17: Military Commissions Act of 2006
- October 26: Secure Fence Act of 2006
- February 13: Economic Stimulus Act of 2008
- October 3: Public Law 110-343
- Div. A: Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008
- Div. B: Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008
- Div. C: Tax Extenders and Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2008
President Bush vetoed 12 pieces of legislation, four of which were overturned by congress:
- July 19, 2006: Stem Cell Research Enactment Act of 2006
- May 1, 2007: H.R. 1591, U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007
- June 20, 2007: Stem Cell Research Enactment Act of 2007
- October 3, 2007: State Children’s Health Insurance Program Expansion H.R. 976
- November 2, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 1495, Water Resources Development Act of 2007. Overridden by House, 361-54 (277 votes needed). Overridden by Senate, 79-14 (62 needed), and enacted as Pub.L. 110-114 over President’s veto.
- November 13, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 3043, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008. Override attempt failed in House, 277-141 (279 votes needed).
- December 12, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 3963, Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007. Override attempt failed in House, 260-152 (275 votes needed).
- December 28, 2007: Pocket Vetoed H.R. 1585, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. A later version of the bill that changed a minor provision of which the President disapproved was quickly passed by Congress (H.R. 4986) and was enacted with the President’s approval as Pub.L. 110-181 on January 28, 2008.
- March 8, 2008: Vetoed H.R. 2082, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. Override attempt failed in House, 225-188.
- May 21, 2008: Vetoed H.R. 2419, 2007 U.S. Farm Bill. Overridden by House, 316-108 (283 votes needed). Overridden by Senate, 82-13 (64 votes needed). Enacted as Pub.L. 110-234 over the President’s veto. Due to a clerical error, this act was repealed by Pub.L. 110-246.
- 18 June 2008: Vetoed H.R. 6421, 2007 U.S. Farm Bill, re-passed by Congress to correct a clerical error in HR 2419. Overridden by House, 317-109 (284 votes required). Overridden by Senate, 80-14 (63 votes needed). Enacted as Pub.L. 110-246 over the President’s veto.
- July 15, 2008: Vetoed H.R. 6331, Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act. Overridden by House, 383-41 (283 votes required.) Overridden by Senate, 70-26 (64 votes required). Enacted as Pub.L. 110-275 over the President’s veto.
Administration and Cabinet
1. Banned Partial Birth Abortion — by far the most significant roll-back of abortion on demand since Roe v. Wade.
2. Signed two income tax cuts, one of which was the largest dollar-value tax cut in world history.
3. Turned around an inherited economy that was in recession, and deeply shocked as a result of the 9/11 attacks.
4. Killed Clinton’s “ergonomic” rules that OSHA was about to implement; rules would have shut down every home business in America.
5. Killed the Kyoto Global Warming Treaty.
6. Mostly successfully executed two wars in the aftermath of 9/11/01: Afghanistan and Iraq. 50 million people who had lived under tyrannical regimes now live in freedom.
7. Pushed through THREE raises for our military. Increased military pay by more than $1 billion a year.
8. Signed the LARGEST nuclear arms reduction in world history with Russia.
9. Challenged the United Nations to live up to their responsibilities and not become another League of Nations (in other words, showed the UN to be completely irrelevant).
10. Heeding the words of our own Declaration of Independence, the president laid out the non-negotiable demands of human dignity for all people everywhere. On January 29, 2002, he said, “No nation owns these aspirations, and no nation is exempt from them. We have no intention of imposing our culture. But America will always stand firm for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity.” As stated by the President, they are a virtual manifesto of conservative principles:
* Equal Justice
* Freedom of Speech
* Limited Government Power
* Private Property Rights
* Religious Tolerance
* Respect for Women
* Rule of Law