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Thursday, May 11, 2006

CONSERVATIVES FLEEING BUSH'S SIDE...............................................................

Concerns over spending, immigration policy running high, experts say

WASHINGTON---Disaffection over spending and immigration hve caused conservatives to take flight from President Bush and the Republican Congress at a rapid pace in recent weeks, sending Bush's approval ratings to record lows and presenting a new threat to the GOPs 12-year reign on Capitol Hill, according to White House officials, lawmakers and new polling data.

Bush and Congress have suffered a decline in support from almost every part of the conservative coalition over the past year, a trend that has accelerated with alarming implications for Bush's governing strategy.

The gallup polling organization recorded a 13-percentage-point drop in Republican support for Bush in the past couple of weeks. These usually reliable voters are telling pollsters and lawmakers they are fed up with what they see as out-of-control spending in Washington and, more generally, an abandonment of core conservative principles.

*It doesn't appear that the Republican Congress cares too much about what these voters have to say, because yesterday they passed the tax-refund for the rich again. And, IT WENT DOWN PARTY LINES. REPUBLICANS-YES and DEMOCRATS-NO!

There are also significant pockets of conservatives turning on Bush and Congress over their failure to tighten immigration laws, restrict same-sex marriage, and put an end to the Iraq war and the rash of political scandals, according to lawmakers and pollsters.


COALESCING AROUND THE BASE

Bush won two presidential elections by pursuing a political and governing model that was predicated on winning and sustaining the loyal backing of social, economic and foreign policy conservatives. The strategy was based on the belief that conservatives, who are often more politically active than the general public, could be inspired to vote in larger numbers and would serve as a relaible foundation for his presidency. The theory, as explained by Bush strategists, is that the president would enjoy a floor below which his supprt would never fall.

*I'd like to know how those voters feel now that they were suckered in by a liar? Why couldn't they see Bush and the Republicans for what they were? Was it just because Bush said that he was a christian? Can they ever rely on another candidate who pretends to be a good christian again? If you're a good christian, you don't have to announce it on a daily basis like Bush did. You just have to live it. That's what turned me off on Bush. Was he trying to convince himself or the people? The good christian voters need to ask for this guys resignation along with Cheney's.

It is now apparent that this floor has weakened dramatically---and collapsed in places.

"A lot of us have been like Paul Revere and sounding the alarm for three or four years," said Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FLA). "Conservatives forgave Bush and Congress for our past mistakes because the war on terrorism was so important...but now there is a great deal of unhappiness. What you are going to increasingly see is a divided Republican Party."

*All of the Republicans that were involved in sounding this so-called alarm for three or four years should resign from office or be voted out. They took advantage of their base by just claiming to be what they thought their base wanted them to be. All along they knew that they were going to vote Bush's way and not the people's! I hope they don't forgive them so easily this time around. After this bunch in Congress, it's time for some new blood. Someone that will work for the people even if it's only for little while. We can't afford to go backwards anymore!

Michael Franc, a top official at the Heritage Foundation, said his organization hosted 600 of its top conservative donors last week and heard more widespread complaining about Republicans than at any other point in the past 12 years. "It begins with spending, extends through immigration and results in a sense that we have Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee for the two parties," Franc said.

*In my opinion, it all starts with arrogance!


DISSATISFACTION IN THE TRENCHES

Ralph Sivillo, a 64-year-old retiree living in Monroe, N.Y., said he started turning against Bush in January. He said Democrats are beginning to look better to him. "I'm really dead against Bush at this point. What's he doing? He's doing nothing. Everybody's just bailing on him because they feel the same way."

*They're not bailing on Bush because he's not doing nothing Mr. Sivillo. They're bailing on him because it's election season. They'll be right back doing his bidding as soon as they get re-elected! That's why they don't deserve to get re-elected. Just look at how Congress voted yesterday. Once again it was for the rich and the vote went down party lines. It's arrogance! The first ones that need to go is the Republican leadership. Both Hastert and Frist. Those are your 2 biggest lap-dogs for Bush.

"He's not well liked," said Douglas Giles, 47, a self-described conservative from Buffalo. "A lot of people don't think he's very good."

*A lot of Bush's arrogance comes from the fact that he "really" thinks that he is loved out there. His people keep all the bad stuff said about him away from him. He's living on a planet of his own! They're afrain that if he finds out how the public really feels about him, he'll go off. He's not very stable at all!

Michael Dimock of the Pew Research Center, a leading polling group, said one of the most striking findings of recent surveys is the growing number of conservatives who "don't see Bush as one of them" as they did earlier. Pew found that Bush has suffered a 24-point drop in his approval rating among voters who backed him in 2004: from 92% in January 2005 to 68% in March.

*I said it before and I'll say it again! Before Bush was re-elected, I used to say that if people thought he was no good now, wait until he serves a second term. He's never going to need another vote from anybody so he's going to really hit hard. He's a phoney! It is beyond me how these people couldn't see it! I still wonder about the other 28% of the people that think he's okay. Have Americans become as arrogant as the rest of the world thinks? At least 28% of them have.

Frank Newport of the Gallup organization cautioned against reading too much into Bush's recent loss of support among conservatives. He ssid the numbers tend to ebb and flow and must be confirmed over several months before it is possible ti conclude the president has suffered irreversible erosion.

Moreover, the public's view of the economy and Washington may have been soured by gasoline prices having topped $3 a gallon over the past month.


TREND WORRIES GOP STRATEGISTS

But GOP lawmakers and strategists, who have reviewed a series of polls released in recent weeks, said the results confirm what they are hearing from voters: Conservatives are demoralized and defecting in worrisome numbers. The most recent Associated Press poll found Bush had a 52% approval rating among conservatives; only 33% had a favorable opinion of the Republican-run Congress.

The GOP lawmakers should be worried. Bush couldn't have done this all by himself, you know! It was Frist and Hastert that brought his agenda to the floor of the Senate and House. And it was the GOP lawmakers that voted for Bush's agenda!

"The problem in my mind, and the only way to explain the very significant erosion is just a disgust with what appears to be a complete abandonment of limited government," said former Republican congressman Patrick J. Toomey, who runs the conservative Club for Growth. Toomey said committment to smaller government has been the unifying idea for most elements of the GOP coalition since Ronald Reagan's presidency. "Republicans have finally had enough," he said, a sentiment echoed by several other conservative activists and lawmakers.

Since Bush took office, government spending has increased by more than 25 percent, the largest increase under any president since Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson. At the same time, Bush and the Republican Congress dramatically increased the government's role in, and overall spending on, education and Medicare by enacting the No Child Left Behind law and new prescription drug entitlement for seniors. David A. Keene, head of the American Conservative Union, said there is a sense of flaccid leadership at the White House and in Congress that beggets "things like frustration, which leads to disgust and apathy" among conservatives.


UNEASE OVER IMMIGRATION

The immigration debate appears to be damaging Bush and GOP lawmakers, too. Conservative voters are saying they want swift congressional action to secure the border and enforce immigration laws, but Bush and Congress are split over the best way to deal with illegal immigrants already in the country.

A new Zogby Interactive poll found that fewer than 25% of respondents who described themselves as conservative or very conservative approved of Bush's handling of the immigration debate. "Unfortuantely, when it comes to controlling our borders, we are about a decade behind where we need to be," said Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX).

Karl Rove, Bush's top political adviser, and GOP leaders are well aware of the problem and planning a summer offensive to win back conservatives with a mix of policy fights and warnings of how a Democratic Congress would govern. The plan includes votes on tax cuts, a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, new abortion restrictions, and measures to restrain government spending.

*Why don't the Republicans find something else other than abortion, gay issues and government spending to run on? You can tell it's election-season. The Republicans pull out these types of topics and wind up making fools out of the conservative base again. IT'S GETTING OLD KARL ROVE. TRY ANOTHER TACTIC. I THINK YOUR CONSERVATIVE BASE IS CATCHING ON TO YOU!

Article By: Jim VandeHei and Peter Baker
MSNBC.com
May 11, 2006
IN BAGHDAD: 30 DAYS, 1,100 EXECUTIONS....................................................

President urges calm, says 'no less dangerous' than bombings

Baghdad, Iraq - President Jalal Talabani said Wednesday that nearly 1,100 bodies found in Baghdad last month, the victims of executions, and urged Iraq's feuding factions to unite against surging crime and terrorism.

Talabani said in a statement that the 1,091 bodies found in the Baghdad area in April were just the tip of the iceberg.

"We feel shock, dismay and anger over the daily reports of the discovery of unidentified corpses and those of others killed around the capital," he said.

"If we add this to the number of corpses that are not discovered, or to similar crimes in other provinces, then the total number...reflects that we are confronting a situation no less dangerous than the results of terrorist acts" such as car bombings and other attacks.

Scores of unidentified bodies turn up around the capital on a daily basis, many bound, tortured and shot execution style in what officials say is an unwavering tide of reprisal sectarian killings.

At least 3,525 Iraqis have been killed in war-related violence this year. These numbers include civilians, government officials, and police and security officials, and are considered only a minimum based on Associated Press reporting.

And yet, the Bush administration "insists" that there is not a civil war going on in Iraq! This administration is nothing but habitual liars and Bush is the leader of the pack!


RELIGIOUS VIOLENCE

Sunni Arabs, who form the minority in the country but were once the power brokers under Saddam Hussein, say they are being targeted by so-called Shiite death squads operating either from within the Shiite-led Interior Ministry, or with the ministry's tacit approval.

Shiites say thousands of their community have had to flee their homes to escape threats by Sunni extremists.

Leadership of the Interior Ministry - a key to securing the country against the steadily escalating wave of violence - has been a main stumbling block in the formation of the new national unity government.

Prime Minister-designate Nouri al-Maliki has said the interior and defense portfolios will be filled by independents unaffiliated with individual parties or militias.

But many lawmakers say that the next interior minister will likely be a Shiite, and several have floated the name of the current minister, Bayan Jabr, a member of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.

*There isn't anybody in Iraq that isn't affiliated with someone. This was the only way to survive in Iraq and it appears like it will be going back to their same old ways. Iraq has become a failure at every turn.

Saying that behind every unidentified corpse is "an orphan, a starving father or a grieving wife," Talabani, himself a Kurd, warned that these daily abductions and murders are stoking a "climate of suspicion among the sons of the nation."

He said terrorists are capitalizing on the weakness of government institutions and stressed that the formation of the new government will help create a climate in which such attacks can be halted. But Talabani also called on all factions "to issue a fatwa (religious edict) condemning these crimes, irrespective of who perpetuated them."


BOMBING, SHOOTINGS

Meanwhile, attacks continued around Iraq on Wednesday.

Near Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Iraqi civilians to work, then planted a bomb aboard the vehicle that exploded when rescue workers arrived. In all, 11 Iraqis were killed and six wounded.

Thirteen Iraqis were killed in other attacks, including four off-duty policemen in Ramadi, officials said.

Casualties from a suicide truck bombing in the northern city of Tal Afar on Tuesday night rose to 22 dead and 134 wounded. The U.S. military flew some of the wounded to other cities when the local hospital was overwhelmed.

Article By: The Associated Press
May 10, 2006
PELOSI URGES PASSAGE OF THE RESPECT FOR AMERICA'S FALLEN HEROES ACT

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today urging passage of H.R. 5037, the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act, sponsored by Congressmen Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Silvestre Reyes (D-TX):

"I urge all my colleagues to vote today for H.R. 5037, the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act.

"I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this bipartisan legislation that will ensure grieving military families are protected from protestors spewing a message of hatred. For our men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and for their families, we must act today to ensure they receive the respect and the moments of solemnity they have earned and deserve.

"No Americans stood stronger and braver for our nation than those who served in the Armed Forces. Our soldiers have courageously answered when called, gone where ordered, and defended our nation with honor. Their noble service reminds us of our mission as a nation - to build a future worthy of their courage and sacrifice.

"Americans may debate and disagree about foreign domestic policy. This is the essence of our democracy. But when it comes to our military men and women, America must stand united and honor them as the heroes they are."


News From House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
May 9, 2006
FAMILIES IN ILLINOIS CAN DO BETTER THAN THE GOP BUDGET....................

Today, American families are struggling because the Bush White House and the most corrupt Congress in history have failed to focus on America's priorities. The Republican budget does not honor the basic American values we all share: honesty and integrity in our government, economic prosperity, a strong national defense, a health care system that works for everyone, and a strong public education system. Democrats are united, focused and totally committed to taking the bold steps necessary so that American families can rebuild the communities that are the heart of our democracy. Together, families in Illinois can do better.

American Jobs That Will Stay in America. Over 170,900 jobs and 158,800 manufacturing jobs have been lost in Illinois alone, with 355,869 looking for work. [BLS, 1/06] Family income has dropped by $4,395 since 2000. [CPS, 10/05] But Republicans have missed every opportunity to jump-start our economy. The Republican budget slashes funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership by 58% and eliminates the Advanced Technologies Program [Budget of the U.S. Government, 2/06]. It also eliminates $45,127,000 in funding for vocational education in Illinois. [FFIS, 2/06] Democrats would promote prosperity by creating new jobs, middle class tax relief, and awarding companies that create jobs at home.

Lowering Energy Costs and Our Dependence on Foreign Oil. As of January of this year, home heating costs were expected to increase by 74% in Illinois' region of the country, and gas prices had increased by 31 cents in Illinois since May of 2004, an increase of approximately 15% percent. [EIA, 1/06; AAA Fuel Gauge Report, 1/06 and 5/05] Republicans have failed to address high energy costs, passing an energy bill with billions of dollars in subsidies for big oil and gas companies. Now, the Bush Administration is refusing to call for extra funds for low-income home energy assistance (LIHEAP) this winter, even though the number of applicants for assistance has increased by 0 in Illinois. [National Energy Assistance Directors Association, 12/05] Democrats are fighting to lower energy costs and decrease our dependence on foreign oil.

Strong National Defense. Over 10,510 brave men and women from Illinois are serving their country in Afghanastan and Iraq. [DOD Legal Residence/Home Record for Service Members Deployed, 1/06] But there is only $50B in the Republican budget for America's military operations overseas. Democrats would enhance our national security with a strong military, sound diplomatic alliances, and by providing our troops with the resources they need.

Strong Homeland Security. The Republican budget slashes funding for the COPS program by 79%. It eliminates the Local Law Enforcement Grant program, which provided $12,835,959 in funding to local law enforcement in Illinois, so they have the training and equipment they need to keep communities safe, and provided no new funds for the CDC Bioterrorism program. [DHS 12/3/04; FFIS, 2/06] Democrats would provide new resources for our first responders and tighter security at our ports and borders.

Health Care System That Works for Everyone. There are 1,764,000 people without health insurance in Illinois, a 60,000 increase since 2000. [CPS, 10/05] The cost of health insurance has increased by $1,247 - a 76% increase. [KFF 2005; MEPS 2005] But the Republican budget eliminates $99M in preventive and community health funding nationwide. In addition, the Bush budget cuts Medicare by $36B over the next five years, resulting in $939,167,444 in cuts to hospitals, nursing homes, and home health providers serving seniors and people with disabilities in Illinois. [The Health Economics and Outcomes Research Institute at Greater New York Hospital Association, 2/06] Democrats would create a health care system that lowers the cost of health care and strengthening employer based coverage.

Strong Public Education. Republicans have underfunded No Child Left Behind by $55B over the past five years nationwide. Under the Republican budget, 159,372 children in Illinois will go without promised help in reading and math. It provides $283,188 less for children with disabilities than promised. [Senate Appropriations Committee, Democratic Staff, 2/06] And the budget freezes funding for Head Start, which places pressure on states to cut services for 834 children in State. [NHSA, 2/7/06] Democrats would provide opportunity through high quality early childhood education, strong public schools, and affordable college education.

Community. The budget eliminates a program that provides food to 16,439 low income seniors each month in Illinois. [USDA, 1/25/06] It also eliminates $29,668,000 in funding from the Community services Block Grant, which works to lessen poverty in communities, and $21,634,000 from the Social Services Block Grant, which provides social services directed toward achieving economic self-support or self-sufficiency. [FFIS, 2/06] Democrats would expand affordable housing and help build American communities.

*It doesn't look so good for the Republicans after you see it written down on paper now, does it?
LEGISLATION TO PROTECT MILITARY FUNERALS TO PASS U.S. HOUSE..........

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives debated and is expected to pass bipartisan legislation today to ensure that families of service personnel who have died serving our nation can hold dignified funerals for their loved ones.

Congressman Silvestre Reyes, a Democrat from El Paso, Texas, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, served as the lead Democratic co-sponsor of the bill, known as the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act.

Organized protests have recently taken place throughout the United States at funerals of soldiers killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Some protestors have held signs that read "Thank God for IEDs" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." The Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act would restrict these protests.

Reyes led the debate on the Democratic side of the aisle on the floor of the House of Representatives today. The bill enjoyed strong bipartisan support led by Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), and all members of the Democratic leadership signed onto the bill.

"In El Paso, our community has mourned the loss of 20 servicemembers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in our current missions in Iraq and Afghanastan," said Reyes. "As a Vietnam combat veteran, and member of the House Veterans Affairs and House Armed Services Committees, I knew I had to do my part to ensure our nation's heroes are given the burial they deserve."

The Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act would:

* Prohibit all demonstrations during and 60 minutes prior to and after funerals taking place at Department of Veterans Affairs national cemeteries or the Department of the Army's Arlington National Cemetery (the only areas over which the federal government maintains jurisdiction);

* Impose a 500-foot restriction on demonstrations near national cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery during the funeral and for a brief period before and after the funeral to allow mourners to enter and leave the cemetery grounds in peace;

* Allow for a civil infraction for violations, including monetary fines and/or jail time of six months to a year, as consistent with authority granted to the Secretary of Veterans to maintain order in National Cemeteries under current regulations; and

* Express the sense of Congress that all states should enact similar restrictions for state and private cemeteries, as well as funeral homes.

"This legislation is narrowly drafted to allow the families and friends of our fallen heroes to lay their loved one to rest in peace and dignity, while protecting our freedom of speech," said Reyes. "By restricting where these protests could take place, this legislation will allow families to mourn in peace, while operating within the parameters of the Bill of Rights."

This was a media release from
Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)
May 10, 2006