Bush attacked his opponents today, saying, "If
you're going to make an accusation, you ought
to back it up with facts." (1) But on everything
from the economy to national security, this high
standard stands in sharp contrast to the president's
Iraq, President Bush said before the war that
Iraq "recently sought significant quantities of
uranium from Africa" (2) despite the CIA previously
warning the White House not to make this factually
inaccurate statement (3). He also said there was
"no doubt the Iraqi regime continues to possess
the most lethal weapons ever devised" (4) despite
receiving repeated warnings that there was little
hard evidence Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction
after 1991 (5). He even said that "we found the
weapons of mass destruction" when none had been
economic policy, President Bush said that, with
his tax plan, "by far the vast majority of the
help goes to the people at the bottom end of the
economic ladder." (7) In fact, according to Congress'
bipartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, households
making less than $40,000 - roughly the bottom
half of the economic ladder - would receive only
10 percent of Bush's income tax cut.
the budget, President Bush said, "This nation
has got a deficit because we have been through
a war." (8) He said this two months after his
own budget acknowledged that his economic policies
and tax cuts for the wealthy - not the war - were
what created the largest deficits in American
1. Remarks by President Bush and Prime Minister
Balkenende of the Netherlands in a Photo Opportunity,
2. State of the Union, 01/28/2003, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=22470.
3. "Bush Aides Disclose Warnings From CIA", Washington
Post, 07/23/2003, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=22471.
4. President Says Saddam Hussein Must Leave Iraq
Within 48 Hours, 03/17/2003, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=22472.
5. "Doubts, dissent stripped from public Iraq
assessment", Mercury News, 02/09/2004, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=22473.
6. Interview of the President by TVP, Poland,
7. "Serial Exaggerators", Fair.Org, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=22475.
8. President Discusses Plan for Economic Growth
in Ohio, 04/24/2003, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1208987&l=22476.
Posted: March 18, 2004