From email@example.com Wed Oct 18 18:12:21 2000
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 22:36:31 -0500 (CDT)
From: Rich Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [CAN-RW] Lesser of Two Evils?
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000 14:58:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Herbert Walker <email@example.com>
apparently this was posted on a conservative-oriented bulletin board at:
Reasons not to vote for Bush (Need Help)
From Herbert Walker
15 October 2000
ISSUE: Privatizing Government Services-
GORE: Rallied opposition against bush when he wanted
federal permission to contract out 14,000 Medicaid and
food stamp jobs in Texas.
BUSH: Sought an exemption to federal law to allow
private companies to run the state welfare program:
proposed privatizing a state hospital to benefit a
former business partner/contributor.
ISSUE: Minimum Wage-
GORE: As Senator voted for increases three times and
as Vice president pushed for an increase in 1996: is
pushing for an increase now to $6.15 per hr.
BUSH: Opposes a real minimum wage increase: proposed
allowing states to opt out of the proposed federal $1
GORE: Co-sponsored the Civil Rights Act of 1990:
Strongly supported the 1994 Crimes Bill, which
included his Violence Against Women Act, and the Hate
Crimes Prevention Act. 42% of Clinton-Gore appointees
are women; 59% of judicial nominees are women and
minorities, the highest ever.
BUSH: Opposes affirmative action. Refused to support
comprehensive Texas Hate Crimes legislation. Less Than
1/3 of Governor Bush's appointees are women.
ISSUE: Protecting a woman's right to choose- (I don't
debate this issue but but government or Christians
have no right to tell me as a woman what I can or cant
do it is a personal issue)
GORE: Supports the right to choose; is endorsed by the
National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action
BUSH: Is Anti-choice; signed almost 20 anti-choice
provisions. Says he is the most anti-abortion
ISSUE: Protecting Our Environment-
GORE: Supported Legislation to strengthen Safe
Drinking Water Act, accelerated toxic site cleanups,
negotiated treaty to reduce global warming, proposed
bill to reduce auto emissions, and reached agreements
to protect national forests.
BUSH: Texas has worst pollution in nation; 75% of its
air pollution produced by companies that donated $500
or more to BUSH and were "grandfathered" out of the
Clean Air Act in Texas. Texas ranks 3rd worst for
toxic water pollution in 1999.
ISSUE: Right to organize-
GORE: Believes organizing is a "fundamental right that
should never be blocked, stopped, and never, ever
taken away" and personally lobbied for public sector
collective bargaining in Maryland and Puerto Rico.
BUSH: Proudly touts Texas' Right to Work status. His
Department of Economic Development brags about the
state's low wages and anti-labor climate.
ISSUE: Paycheck Deception-
GORE: Opposed the anti-union "Paycheck Protection"
proposal to deprive those represented by unions of
their political rights.
BUSH: Supports so-called "Paycheck Protection"
ISSUE: Social Security and Pensions
GORE: Supports setting aside at least 2/3 of budget
surplus to protect Social Security and Medicare;
opposes raising the retirement age, cutting benefits,
or privatizing Social Security; cosponsored the
Employee pension Protection Act.
BUSH: Supports partially privatizing Social Security;
would consider raising the retirement age for younger
Americans. Broke campaign promise in Texas teachers by
cutting funding for their public pension plan and
proposed raiding the fund to pay for administrative
GORE: Supports investing $115 billion to decrease
class size, hire new teachers, and make preschool
available to all; opposes vouchers that would take
money from public schools.
BUSH: Ridiculed plan to hire new teachers, while Texas
ranks 47th in reading skills and minority students are
twice as likely to drop out as white students.
Supported school voucher plan that would divert money
away from public school education.
ISSUE: Equal Pay-
GORE: Strongly supports efforts to close the wage gap;
was praised for leadership by the National committee
on Pay Equity.
BUSH: Has taken no public position on pay equity for
ISSUE: Health Care-
GORE: Fought for Medicare to cover mammograms and
supports adding prescription benefits; co-sponsored
breast cancer legislation; fought for patients bill of
rights with the right to sue HMO's and the right for
women to choose their Ob/Gyn as their primary
BUSH: Refused to support a request for $40 million in
state funds for breast cancer exams, even though the
state health commissioner supported it. Supported weak
Patients Bill of Rights with no right to sue HMO's,
final say by HMO's on what is medically necessary, and
no right for women to choose their Ob/Gyn as their
GORE: Helped expand the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Proposes tax plan that helps working families,
including expanding the child care and Earned Income
Tax Credits, expanding health care coverage through
targeted tax credits, and giving a deduction for
BUSH: Proposed a tax plan so risky and costly that
even House republicans avoided voting on it. The plan
would drain budget surpluses and could force cuts in
Medicare, education, and child nutrition programs to
give tax breaks to the rich. Proposed over 70 tax
increases in Texas despite a promise not to raise
taxes. Poorest Texans shoulder most of the tax burden.
ISSUE: Working for our children-
GORE: Supports expansion of Family and Medical Leave
Act: proposes spending $182 million for quality
childcare. Under Clinton / Gore, largest drop in child
poverty in 30 years.
BUSH: Texas ranks 48th worst state for raising
children (including immunizations, dropouts rates, and
teen pregnancy); 24% of Texas children live in
ISSUE: Head Start-
GORE: Increased Head Start funding by 68%, increasing
enrollment by 200,000 children. Proposed a $600
million increase in funding. BUSH: Supports a tax plan
that would cut $2.9 billion in Head Start funding and
deny the program to almost $400,00 children.
In addition to this I also remember that he was
involved in the Silverado scandal and weaseled out
because of his Presidential connections at the time. I
cant find that specific article but I find it
interesting that no-one has brought that up during
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