George Bush saying that "America is addicted to oil . . ."

. . . is about like Pablo Escobar telling John Belushi he has a cocaine problem.

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Addicted to Rhetoric: Bush's State of the Union

Senate Candidate Calls President Out for Empty Rhetoric

Cincinnati, OH - Paul Hackett, Iraq War veteran and Democratic candidate for Senate in Ohio, responded this evening to President Bush's State of the Union address.

ADDICTED TO OIL?

The President said America is addicted to oil and far too energy dependent.

Paul Hackett said, "A former oil executive telling us we are addicted to oil is like a tobacco company executive complaining that their employees take too many smoke breaks. Exxon made almost $11 billion last quarter, while Americans are paying surging prices to fill their gas tanks and heat their homes. The President should stop blaming Americans and put pressure on his cronies in the oil industry to develop and sell the technology we need to become less energy dependent on foreign AND domestic oil."

HEALTH CARE

The President wants to change the healthcare industry in America.

Paul Hackett said, "The last time this President `fixed' healthcare, senior citizens were left with a confusing Medicare prescription drug plan. Here in Ohio only 11 percent of our seniors that need drug benefits have actually signed up. That is no way to `fix' healthcare."

The President said "we must confront the rising cost of care, strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, and help people afford the insurance coverage they need."

Paul Hackett said, "How? The 1.3 million Ohioans without insurance would like to know. The hard working men and women of Ohio wanted to hear specific plans to help them, not more meaningless political rhetoric. I believe every single American should have access to the same healthcare offered to members of Congress."

JOBS & THE ECONOMY

The President said that he would strengthen our economy "by strengthening our economic leadership in the world."

Paul Hackett said, "Well, the 347,000 unemployed Ohioans would disagree with him. You strengthen the economy here in Ohio by keeping plants open, keeping jobs in Ohio instead of sending them to China and Mexico and giving people a living wage, healthcare and educational opportunities so they can provide for their families and improve their lives."

IRAQ & THE WAR ON TERROR

The President said, "If we were to leave these vicious attackers alone, they would not leave us alone."

Paul Hackett said, "One question for the President: Where is Osama bin Laden? And why did you direct American forces to stand down when he was trapped at Tora Bora?"

The President said "to defeat the terrorists is to defeat their dark vision of hatred and fear by offering the hopeful alternative of political freedom and peaceful change."

Paul Hackett said, "Well, Mr. President, you surely don't do that at the business end of an M-16. At this point, we have accomplished all we can militarily and are doing little to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, and THAT is how you bring about true political freedom and peaceful change. Our armed forces are painting schools in Iraq - a terrible misuse of American military power. We need to let the military set a timetable to bring our troops home safely."

REPUBLICAN CULTURE OF CORRUPTION

The President's lack of attention to the culture of corruption on Capitol Hill and in his White House.

Paul Hackett said, "President Bush recycled ideas from State of the Unions past and threw in some empty political rhetoric. He helped spread the crisis of confidence Americans have in their government by ignoring rampant corruption and cronyism on Capitol Hill and the White House. It is unfortunate that the President did not take head on the Republican culture of corruption with a true plan for reform."

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Kaine's Response

Well, Bush just announced the end of his presidency. He proposed nothing with any scale. For example, he went from trying to destroy Social Security to trying to get a study done on Social Security.

Now let's see what newly-minted homophobe Tim Kaine has to say in response...

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SOTU: Bush's "alternative energy" a day late and gallon short

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I read in the news yesterday that President Bush will be using his tonight SOTU speech to talk about "alternative energy". Well this President is a day late and gallon short if he wants to talk about conserving energy, considering the only "national energy plan," the Bush Administration (whose top leaders are former oil executives) and the Republican Congress have developed was centered around their efforts to repay the energy industry for its strong political support.  With the price of gasoline and home heating fuels higher than ever, Americans must find it hard to believe that the Bush White House and the Republican Congress have spent the past few years developing a national energy policy.

The only thing their "national energy plan" has done so far is to provide a dizzying array of tax breaks and special subsidies for various parts of the energy industry, without significantly lowering the cost of energy for American consumers and businesses, or reducing our country's dependence on foreign oil. -LMS  

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The Reinforcement of Conservative Church and Politics

The latest news is that President Bush has directed at least more than a quarter of the 15-billion federal AIDS campaign money to religious groups such as the one that is headed by Billy Graham's son, and most of these religious groups/churches are extremely conservative in their methodology and ideology. For example, they advocate abstinence rather than the use of condoms in prevention of AIDS. I realize it is hard to argue the fact that many religious organizations and churches have positive influences on social goods and contribute to the general welfare of society. We also have to realize that a vast majority of Americans do claim that Faith/Religion play an integral part of their lives. However, there is something disturbing about the reinforcing nature between conservative churches and conservative President, especially when there is public fund involved. It is true that religious Conservatives have always been a solid basis of GOP. But since the Presidency of George W. Bush, the conservative churches have been actively involved in politics and lobbying activities, which a religious, non-profit organization should not do under U.S. tax law. And now we may have the first hint of the conservative President giving the economic benefit back to these churches. While none of this is happening in large scale to cause a total public outrage yet, it is certainly very disturbing.

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