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Monday, August 21, 2006

Politics: RHETORIC VS. REALITY



This morning, President Bush held a press conference.

At the press conference, in addition to his statements calling for staying the course in Iraq, the President also stated that, in the November Election, Republican candidates should run on the issues of fiscal responsibility and the strong economy.

Attached are:

- A "Rhetoric vs Reality" fact sheet comparing the President's rhetoric on fiscal responsibility and the economy with reality.

- Democratic Leader Pelosi's statement on the President's comments on Iraq.

RHETORIC VS. REALITY

GOP RHETORIC ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY:

President Bush, Press Conference, 8/21: At his press conference today, President Bush stated that, in the November election, Republican candidates should run on the issue of fiscal responsibility and decreasing the deficit.

REALITY:

* President Bush and the Republicans have run up the three largest budget deficits in history.

* President Bush has presided over the worst fiscal reversal in our nation's history---turning a $5.6 trillion 10-year surlpus into a $3.0 trillion 10-year deficit.

* Since 2001, President Bush and the Republicans have had to increase the national debt limit four times so far---increasing it to $3 trillion.

* Under President Bush, the national debt is projected to double more than $11 trillion by the end of the decade---burdening our children and grandchildren for decades to come.

* President Bush's policies never achieve a balanced budget over the next 10 years---with a projected deficit of $485 billion in 2016 under realistic assumptions.

* President Bush has borrowed more money from foreign countries than the previous 42 U.S. Presidents combined.

GOP RHETORIC ON THE ECONOMY:

President Bush, Press Conference, 8/21: At his press conference, President Bush also stated, "I'd be running on the economy....I'd say, look at what the economy has done. It's strong."

REALITY:

* President Bush has the worst job creation record of any President since the Great Depression.

* The income of a typical American family has fallen every year of the Bush Presidency, and many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

* Under the Bush economy, at the same time that family incomes are at stagnant or falling, the costs facing average families are rising---from gas prices to health care to college tuition.

* Gas prices have reached the second highest level in history, doubling to nearly $3.00 a gallon ($2.93); and the price of oil is nearly $72 a barrel.

* Family health insurance costs have risen by to 70% (an average of $4,500 per family) since 2000.

* College tuition has risen by 57% at public universities and by 32% at private universities since 2000.


PELOSI STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT BUSH'S COMMENTS ON IRAQ

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on President Bush's comments on Iraq at a news conference this morning at the White House:

"President Bush should have given more thought to the consequences of a failed state in Iraq before he launched his ill-advised invasion almost three and a half years ago. He did not have a plan for preventing chaos in Iraq when the war was started. The mounting death toll in Baghdad and elsewhere in the country is stark evidence that he does not have one today.

"Our troops have been fighting in Iraq longer than we fought in Europe in World War II. The President's promise to keep American forces in Iraq as long as he is in office is no substitute for an effective plan to complete the mission. 'Stay the course' has produced the situation President Bush now decries, and his repeated failure to offer a new direction provides no hope for a lessening of the sectarian violence that is the greatest threat to Iraq's future.

Democrats believe it's time for a new direction in Iraq, with responsible redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq that begins this year. Our soldiers in Iraq should transition to a more limited mission focused on counterterrorism, force protection of U.S. personnel, and training and logistical support of Iraqi security forces."

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