George W. Bush's Flip Flops
and Lies

Newest Flip Flop Bush was against Sen. John McCain's call for a law specifically banning cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of foreign suspects in the war on terror and then he was for it. Judge Alito was interviewed before President Bush passed him over and selected Harriet Miers. How is he now the most qualified candidate for the Supreme Court? Newest Lie In his recent news conference, George Bush Jr. suggested that our nation’s “problem” with high gasoline prices was caused by the lack of a national energy policy, and tried to blame it all on Bill Clinton. First, Junior said, “This is a problem that’s been a long time in coming. We haven’t had an energy policy in this country.” This was followed by, “That’s exactly what I’ve been saying to the American people—10 years ago if we’d had an energy strategy, we would be able to diversify away from foreign dependence. And—but we haven’t done that. And now we find ourselves in the fix we’re in.” As is so often the case, Bush was lying. Jimmy Carter's Proposed Energy Policy April 18, 1977

The Bush Record: Top 10 Bush Lies

Bush on Iraq

1. "Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for 
the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the 
form of a mushroom cloud." 

[Bush Remarks, Cincinnati OH, 10/7/02]

Fact: Saddam Did not Have Chief Requirements for Nuclear 

The Washington Post reported, "What Hussein did not have 
was the principal requirement for a nuclear weapon, a 
sufficient quantity of highly enriched uranium or 
plutonium. And the U.S. government, authoritative 
intelligence officials said, had only circumstantial 
evidence that Iraq was trying to obtain those 
materials." Inspectors in postwar Iraq have "found the 
former nuclear weapons program, described as a 'grave 
and gathering danger' by President Bush and a 'mortal 
threat' by Vice President Cheney, in much the same 
shattered state left by U.N. inspectors in the 1990s." 
[Washington Post, 8/10/03, 1/7/04]

2. "The British government has learned that Saddam 
Hussein recently sought significant quantities of 
uranium from Africa." 

[Bush, State of the Union, 1/28/03]

Fact: Bush Administration Knew Claim Was False

In March 2002, both the CIA and State Department 
learned that evidence linking Iraq to Niger was 
unfounded. In October, CIA Director Tenet personally 
intervened with Condoleezza Rice's deputy National 
Security Advisor to have the charge removed from Bush's 
speech to the nation. Rice herself was sent a memo 
debunking the claim. In January, just days before Bush 
uttered the false charge CIA officials tried again to 
remove the language, but the White House insisted it 
remain -- with added the caveat that they had received 
the information from British sources. 

[Bush State of the Union, 1/28/03; Time, 7/21/03 Issue; 

Hadley/Bartlett Gaggle, 7/22/03; New York Times, 7/13/03; 
Washington Post, 7/20/03; NPR, 6/19/03]

3. "In an interview with Polish television on May 30, Mr. Bush cited the trailers [found in postwar Iraq] as evidence that the United States had 'found the weapons of mass destruction' it was looking for." [New York Times, 6/26/03] Fact: State Department Said Bush Rushed to Judgment The New York Times reported, "The State Department's intelligence division is disputing the Central Intelligence Agency's conclusion that mysterious trailers found in Iraq were for making biological weapons, United States government officials said today. In a classified June 2 [2003] memorandum, the officials said, the department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research said it was premature to conclude that the trailers were evidence of an Iraqi biological weapons program, as President Bush has done...Administration officials said the State Department agency was given no warning that the C.I.A. report was being produced, or made public." [New York Times, 6/26/03] 4. "The 'Mission Accomplished' sign, of course, was put up by the members of the USS Abraham Lincoln saying that their mission was accomplished." [Bush, News Conference, 10/28/03] Fact: Sign Was Produced by White House "White House press secretary Scott McClellan later acknowledged that the sign was produced by the White House," though he claimed that the Lincoln's crew had requested some sort of banner. According to reports, "The man responsible for the banner, Scott Sforza, a former ABC producer now with the White House communications known for the production of the sophisticated backdrops that appear behind Mr. Bush with the White House message of the day, like 'Helping Small Business,' repeated over and over." [Washington Post, 10/29/03; New York Times, 10/29/03]

Bush on the Economy

5. "Our budget will run a deficit that will be small 
and short-term." 
[Bush, State of the Union, 2002]

Fact: Deficit Will Be Largest in History and Will 
Exceed $400 Billion Every Year for Next Ten Years

The deficit will exceed $400 billion every year 
through 2014. By 2014, the deficit will reach $708 
billion. In 2004, the deficit is projected to reach a 
record high of $477 billion, dwarfing the previous 
record of $290 billion posted by Bush's father in 1992. 
[Congressional Budget Office, 1/26/04, 2/27/04; 
Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, 1/21/04, 2/1/04]

6. "Tax relief is central to my plan to encourage 
economic growth, and we can proceed with tax relief 
without fear of budget deficits, even if the economy 
softens," Bush promised. 
[Bush Remarks at Western Michigan University, 3/27/01]

Fact: Bush Deficits Due Largely to Tax Cuts

In 2002, due largely to Bush's tax cuts, the federal 
government posted a deficit of $158 billion and 
returned to deficit for the first time since 1997. In 
2004, Bush's three tax cuts over as many years reduced 
revenues by $270 billion. Over 35 percent of the $9.9 
trillion deterioration from 2002-2011 is due to Bush's 
tax cuts. By 2014, tax cuts will account for 40 percent 
of the deterioration. Despite Bush's claims to the 
contrary, only 6 percent of the $477 billion deficit in 
2004 is due to the lackluster economy. 
[Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 10/21/03; 
Congressional Budget Office, 3/04; CBO, Historical 
Budget Data, Table 1; Center on 
Budget and Policy Priorities, 10/27/03]

Bush on His Own Policies

7. "We must uncover every detail and learn every lesson September the 11th." [Bush 11/27/02] Fact: Bush Initially Opposed Independent 9-11 Commission Bush opposed an independent inquiry into 9/11, arguing it would duplicate a probe conducted by Congress. In July 2002, his administration issued a "statement of policy" that read "...the Administration would oppose an amendment that would create a new commission to conduct a similar review [to Congress's investigation]." [Statement of Administration Policy, Executive Office of the President, 7/24/02; Los Angeles Times, 11/28/02] 8. "Bush had pushed hard for the Medicare drug benefit, but said he would not sign anything that exceeded $400 billion." [Boston Globe, 1/30/04] Fact: Bush Administration Intentionally Hid Cost of Plan To Win Votes in Congress In late January 2004, the Administration announced they had underestimated the total cost of the package by $135 billion. Bush relied on a $400 billion figure for the first decade of the prescription drug benefit in persuading fiscal conservatives to support the plan last November. But less than two months after signing the legislation, and two years before the benefit becomes available to seniors, the Department of Health and Human Services revised the number up to $535 billion. According to the Washington Post, "Among a small group of lawmakers who negotiated the bill's final version, 'it was an open secret' that administration officials believed 'there is no way this is $400 billion.'" [New York Times, 1/30/04; Washington Times, 12/8/03; Washington Post, 1/31/04; Boston Globe, 1/30/04; New York Times, 2/2/04] 9. "We will require all power plants to meet clean air standards in order to reduce emissions of...carbon dioxide." [Bush speech, "A Comprehensive National Energy Policy," 9/29/00, Saginaw, MI] Fact: Bush Overruled Whitman, Broke Campaign Promise to Regulate Carbon Dioxide Emissions In March 2001, in a letter to Republican Senators, Bush overruled then-E.P.A. Administrator Christine Todd Whitman and backed off a campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, after encountering strong resistance from the coal and oil industries, as well as Republicans. "I do not believe, however, that the government should impose on power plants mandatory emissions reductions for carbon dioxide, which is not a 'pollutant' under the Clean Air Act," Bush wrote in his letter. Many conservationists view curbing carbon dioxide emissions, like "greenhouse gases," as a key to reducing global warming. [AP, 3/13/01; Washington Post, 3/14/01; Bush letter to Senator Chuck Hagel, 3/13/01]

Bush on Bush

10. "I'm a uniter, not a divider." [Bush, Austin American-Statesman, 7/30/00] Fact: No, He's a Divider The Washington Post reported, "As Bush begins the final year of his term with Tuesday night's State of the Union address, partisans on both sides say the tone of political discourse is as bad as ever -- if not worse." One senior administration official said, Bush could have built "trust and goodwill" by pursuing more broadly appealing initiatives. One former Bush aide said the White House "relished the 'us versus them' thing." [Washington Post, 1/18/04] After former Ambassador Joseph Wilson publicly challenged Bush's claim that Iraq sought uranium in Africa, his wife--a covert CIA operative--was exposed by columnist Robert Novak. Novak said her identity was given to him by senior administration officials. "A senior administration official said that before Novak's column ran, two top White House officials called at least six Washington journalists and disclosed the identity and occupation of Wilson's wife... 'Clearly, it was meant purely and simply for revenge,' the senior official said of the alleged leak. Sources familiar with the conversations said the leakers were seeking to undercut Wilson's credibility." [Washington Post, 9/28/03] Bush called on senior White House advisers and the Republican Party leadership to wage attacks against Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. According to the Washington Times, "The White House is escalating its attacks against Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle... [W]ith polls showing the Republican Party is losing some support in its handling of the economy, President Bush last week ordered senior advisers to take the gloves off and sharpen their rhetoric." [Washington Times, 12/7/01]

Flip Flops

Bush is against campaign finance reform; 
then he's for it.

Bush is against a Homeland Security Department; 
then he's for it.

Bush is against a 9/11 commission; 
then he's for it.

Bush is against an Iraq WMD investigation; 
then he's for it.

Bush is against nation building; 
then he's for it.

Bush is against deficits; then he's for them. Bush is for slashing overtime pay for American workers then he is against it. Bush is for free trade; then he's for tariffs on steel; then he's against them again. Bush is against the U.S. taking a role in the Israeli Palestinian conflict; then he pushes for a "road map" and a Palestinian State. Bush is for states right to decide on gay marriage, then he is for changing the constitution. Bush first says he'll provide money for first responders (fire, police, emergency), then he doesn't.
Bush first says that 'help is on the way' to the military ... then he cuts benefits. Bush-"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. Bush-"I don't know where he is. I have no idea and I really don't care. Bush claims to be in favor of the environment and then secretly starts drilling on Padre Island. Bush talks about helping education and increases mandates while cutting funding. Bush first says the U.S. won't negotiate with North Korea. Now he will
Bush goes to Bob Jones University. Then say's he shouldn't have. Bush said he would demand a U.N. Security Council vote on whether to sanction military action against Iraq. Later Bush announced he would not call for a vote. Bush said the "mission accomplished" banner was put up by the sailors. Bush later admits it was his advance team. Bush was for fingerprinting and photographing Mexicans who enter the US. Bush after meeting with Pres. Fox, he's against it.
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