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George W. Bush Is Getting Results, Even If No One Notices

I'm sending around an apology card for everyone to sign — it seems a lot of us have been selling Bush short. In an editorial opinion from the Wall Street Journal (newly purchased by Rupert Murdoch) Bush’s commitment to helping the poor and sick abroad has been largely ignored. The piece asserts that once the G-8 summit, now wrapping up, completes its country tally on who is providing the most money to combat disease and hunger, the US will emerge as the conclusive leader — thanks in large part to Bush.

According to the piece, AIDS relief is booming. Before President Bush launched his Emergency Program for AIDS Relief in 2003, only about 50,000 afflicted in sub-Saharan Africa were getting medical treatments. Since the implementation of his plan, the program has expanded to $15 billion reaching an estimated 1.5 million people. And then there's this big rock we call home. To see how Bush's environmental leadership has been overlooked,

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The WSJ piece says that Bush is actually much more environmentally friendly than his opponents give him credit for — as shown by his attempt to toughen the standards set at the Kyoto Agreement, hailed as a pivotal climate change accord. President Bush’s contention was that no agreement regarding the environment would be viable without the cooperation of China and India while costing developed nations untold sums. As a result, the G-8 is bringing China and India into the summit to discuss greenhouse emissions, a feat that would not have happened without Bush’s insistence.

On another note, remember Paul Wolfowitz? He was the US Deputy Secretary of Defense and major architect of the Iraq war who then went on to head the World Bank. It seems that some remarks he made during a speech are echoed and perhaps reaffirmed in another opinion piece — this time from the less conservatively-owned LA Times — warning against aid money, which is then used to prop up corrupt African leaders.

The piece asserts that all financial assistance to corrupt African governments should be cut off so that they collapse allowing “organic African political structures [to] emerge”. Saying that corruption is so endemic to countries like Kenya and Nigeria that police extort bribes, soldiers murder and rape, and teachers merely collect salaries while rarely visiting their classrooms. This 2008 piece suggests that Wolfowitz had the right idea in 2006 when he made the then controversial statement:

We simply can’t afford to turn a blind eye when we do encounter corruption in our projects. In fact, sometimes it’s not just a waste of money; it sometimes leads to buildings that collapse or to medicines that are harmful being given to pregnant women. These are not hypothetical examples; these are real ones.

Could it be that Wolfowitz's call to action is finally being taken up by the mainstream? Is it possible that President Bush’s approach to global warming and AIDS relief will actually earn him the compassionate conservative ribbon he’s been aiming for, silencing detractors? Or as the WSJ piece concludes, "Maybe one day we will all wake up to a world willing to give [Bush] some credit for it." Will this happen?

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UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
You guys are old!! ;)
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
:cheer: CaterpillarGirl! there's a few of us old girls around here. but I think we're young at heart! Or maybe just wild at heart!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I have always held GW in high regard, and gave him the praise he deserves, I dont however turn a blind eye to his mistakes either. I balance them out the way i should. History, and Time will tell. Just realized that when i was born Nixon was president...feeling old now.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Harts - oh absolutely!!! I agree completely. I love and adore my hubby and he's the only man for me and he's gorgeous! but yep looking is fun.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Hee hee! :rotfl: Kim, :feedme: :drool: However, I too do love my hubby. He is the only man for me. And he's a hotty too. I think anyway. But eye candy is fun and healthy. At least that's my plea and I'm stickin to it. :)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
lol harts.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I wrote and then hit the wrong button! :rant: Anyway, again, Lilkim! Christian Bale :drool: My mom and brother met him and said he's really nice. Yes! American Psycho was HOT! :faint: I still :love: Russell Crowe! You hush hypno! I never forgot about the gerber baby thing! :) Hehe! Kimpossible I soooo relate! My gosh I am completely giddy! Little girl giddy over uh several hollywood hotties. :oops:
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Oh man I missed all the fun talk about the hot guys and cocktails! :rant: :) :drink:
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Ah! Forever ago I had stuff to do! I missed Jill! :) :hug: I missed all the banter too. :irk:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I would like one Christian Bale and one Ryan Gosling please! Straight up! :drinks:
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
lol hypno... gosh I have so many hollywood crushes most of which people think I'm crazy to have lol...
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Oh yeah, thanks George
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
That reminds me, what was the topic?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Ryan Gosling is so adorable.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
dang, how come you all have the fun conversations when I'm not here???? See this is the kind of stuff I want to talk about not debating politics and crap lol.. and cab and sy I've never had "special" brownies or tea or anything either, and if I remember correctly I have several years on each of you lol.. you guys are still young there is still time, me eh I'm old now it just wouldn't be the same ;-)
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I don't do stupid crap. I do extradordinary crap. Vacation is officially over :(
lovelie lovelie 9 years
Ryan Gosling. Thats all I have to say.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I know hypno! I love my honey, I can't imagine being with anyone else... ... but if I have to imagine it, its going to be with Daniel Craig. Just remember, at the end of the day, they are just humand probably do the same stupid crap most men do! haha! :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
He could be on your list, like on friends.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Yeah if I were single I would love to unite with Christian, LOL. I need to stop before Citizen spanks my hand. I happy with my honey.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Oops, that went in another convo. Sorry.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I'm sure the parents pretty much always have good intentions, but I can see how it would be difficult for them to decide who's being honest and who isn't.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I feel like Christian Bale is the great uniter among us.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Yeah, we wore these raincoats, then busted them open when we hit the chorus and everyone had on sparkly tanks underneath. For All that Jazz, we had to change "gin" to "ice," but we were allowed to do these kind of suggestive dance moves. The whole thing was a little odd, to me. Oddly enough, we always had at least one drag number in this show every year (different choirs did numbers, then students could also audition outside of the choirs). I don't know if It's Raining Men was ever one of the drag numbers, though...
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Christian Bale!! He is sooooo sexy. Scrumptious.
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