Ask me about the Repuglican Convention ....

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Robert Vogel

Aug 3, 2000, 3:00:00 AM8/3/00
Here I am celebrating the Repuglican convention.

They are against health care, social security, the environment,
labor, minimum living standards, child care, pensions, mass transit,
or about anything that would benefit people.

They are for anything regressive: a tax cut (totally inappropriate
in an already overheated economy), increased job shifting to third
world countries, the drug war (allows subsidies of some of the
worst human rights abusers in Columbia and covert agencies turn
away from drug running into our inner cities.)

The expansion of funding for the miltary, covert agencies, and the
indefensible 'star wars' program makes it clear the U.S. kids will
be sent all over the world to build an empire. We will not be safer.
In fact Republicans, by their actions, are pretty much guaranteeing
the next world war.

They love to privatize...especially public money. But this has to
be a state secret. That's why Republican candidates frequently
come from covert agencies. See

Institute for Public Accuracy 915 National Press Building, Washington,
D.C. 20045 (202) 347-0020 * *

Interviews Available Wednesday, August 2, 2000


WILLIAM HARTUNG,, Senior research fellow
at the World Policy Institute and author of the recent report
"Lockheed Martin and the GOP: Profiteering and Pork Barrel Politics
with a Purpose," Hartung said today: "Bush-Cheney is the arms
industry's dream team. Bush tried to give Lockheed Martin a contract
to run the Texas welfare system. Lockheed Martin VP Bruce Jackson,
a finance chair of the Bush for President campaign, was heard to
brag at a conference last year that he would be in a position to
'write the Republican platform' on defense. Under Cheney, Halliburton
went from 73rd to 18th on the Pentagon's top contractors list.
Cheney's wife, Lynne, serves on Lockheed Martin's board, a service
for which she receives $120,000 in compensation."

President of the National Center for Policy Research for Women and
Families, Zuckerman said today: "Texas has one of the nation's
worst records of health care for children, and yet Gov. Bush did
not support a federal program (CHIP) that provides health insurance
for children who don't have it. Assaults in Texas schools have
increased, and yet Gov. Bush has opposed efforts to limit access
to lethal weapons. Bush's proposed tax cuts will mean less money
for federal programs -- and the GOP has a habit of cutting health
and education programs, not defense... [Dick Cheney has] opposed
some of the most essential programs for children, including school
lunch programs, Head Start, and legislation aimed at preventing
family violence."

JULIE DAVIDS,,, "Bush has been silent on AIDS as governor
and candidate," said Davids, a member of ACT UP Philadelphia, which
is widely credited with forcing the Clinton administration to begin
to back down from its threats to impose sanctions on African
countries that produce legal generic versions of expensive AIDS
drugs. "Bush's extensive ties to the pharmaceutical industry
virtually assure that he will reverse that policy. With millions
of African lives at stake, AIDS drugs for Africa must become a
campaign issue for Bush as well as Gore."

Policy analyst with the Institute for Public Accuracy, Toler said
today: "The Republicans are making it a point to feature attractive
African Americans like Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, but George
W. Bush's official positions on racism, the criminal justice system,
welfare 'reform,' affirmative action and so on are totally contrary
to the interests of African Americans."

MARK CRISPIN MILLER, Professor of media studies
at New York University and author of the forthcoming "Operation
Desert Storm and the Triumph of Illusion," Miller said today: "With
its cinematic tribute to Operation Desert Storm, the Bush-Cheney
ticket demonstrated the same dangerous knack for fantasy that made
that war seem -- on American TV -- like one long happy dream. This
film was a tissue of seductive lies. It erased the U.S. complicity
in Saddam Hussein's military buildup and invasion of Kuwait, the
weeks and weeks of unprecedented bombing from the air, the actual
failure of our very costly high-tech weaponry, and the dreadful
sufferings of the Iraqi people -- sufferings caused directly by
President Bush's war and by U.S. sanctions that continue to this

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020

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