3/3/02 8:39:40 AM Pacific Standard Time
What did the President do in his first 6 months?
By: Dr. David A. Sprintzen Professor of Philosophy
Institute for Sustainable Development
C.W. Post College,Long Island University
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548-1300
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The First Six Months of George W. Bush: Whatever your beliefs, know
what your President is doing. Here is a list of his work in his first
* Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically
* Cut federal spending on libraries by $39 million.
* Cut $35 million in funding for doctors to get advanced
* Cut by 50% funding for research into renewable energy sources.
* Revoked rules that reduced the acceptable levels of arsenic in
* Blocked rules that would require federal agencies to offer
bilingual assistance to non-English speaking persons. This,
candidate who would readily fire-up his Spanish-speaking skills
front of would-be Hispanic voters.
* Proposed to eliminate new marine protections for the
Islands and the coral reefs of northwest Hawaii (San
Chronicle, April 6, 2001).
* Cut funding by 28% for research into cleaner, more efficient cars
* Suspended rules that would have strengthened the
ability to deny contracts to companies that violated
safety, environmental, and other federal laws.
* OK'd Interior Department appointee Gale Norton to send out
to state officials soliciting suggestions for opening up
monuments for oil and gas drilling, coal mining, and
* Appointed John Negroponte--an unindicted high level Iran
figure--to the post of United Nations ambassador.
* Abandoned a campaign pledge to invest $100 million for rain
* Reduced by 86% the Community Access Program for public
clinics, and providers of care for people without insurance.
* Rescinded a proposal to increase public access to information
the potential consequences resulting from chemical plant
* Suspended rules that would require hardrock miners to clean
sites on Western public lands.
* Cut $60 million from a Boy's and Girl's Clubs of America
for public housing.
* Proposed to eliminate a federal program designed to help
communities (and successfully used in Seattle) prepare for
* Pulled out of the 1997 Kyoto Treaty global warming agreement.
* Cut $200 million of work force training for dislocated workers.
* Eliminated funding for the Wetlands Reserve Program, which
encourages farmers to maintain wetlands habitat on their
* Cut program to provide childcare to low-income families as
move from welfare to work.
* Cut a program that provided prescription contraceptive coverage
federal employees (though it still pays for Viagra).
* Cut $700 million in capital funds for repairs in public housing.
* Appointed Otto Reich--an unindicted high level Iran Contra
figure--to Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American
* Cut Environmental Protection Agency budget by $500 million.
* Proposed to curtail the ability of groups to sue in order to get
animal placed on the Endangered Species List.
* Rescinded rule that mandated increased energy-saving
regulations for central air conditioners and heat pumps.
* Repealed work place ergonomic rules designed to improve
health and safety.
* Abandoned campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2),
waste gas that contributes to global warming.
* Banned federal aid to international family planning programs
offer abortion counseling with other independent funds.
* Closed White House Office for Women's Health Initiatives
* Nominated David Lauriski--ex-mining company executive--to post
Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health.
* O.K.'d Interior Secretary Gale Norton to go forth with a
controversial plan to auction oil and gas development tracts
coast east of Florida.
* Announced intention to open up Montana's Lewis and Clark
Forest to oil and drilling.
* Proposes to re-draw boundaries of nation's monuments, which
technically allow oil and gas drilling "outside" of
* Gutted White House AIDS Office.
* Renegotiating free trade agreement with Jordan to eliminate
safeguards for the environment and workers' rights.
* Will no longer seek guidance from The American Bar Association
recommendations for the federal judiciary appointments.
* Appointed recycling foe Lynn Scarlett as Undersecretary of
* Took steps to abolish the White House Council on
* Cut the Community Oriented Policing Services program.
* Allowed Interior Secretary Gale Norton to shelve
grizzly bear re-introduction plan scheduled for Idaho and
* Continues to hold up federal funding for stem cell
* Makes sure convicted misdemeanor drug users cannot get
aid for college, though convicted murderers can.
* Refused to fund continued cleanup of uranium-slag heap in Utah.
* Refused to fund continued litigation of the government's
* Proposed a $2 trillion tax cut, of which 43% will go to the
wealthiest 1% of Americans.
* Signed a bill making it harder for poor and middle-class
to file for bankruptcy, even in the case of daunting medical
* Appointed a Vice President quoted as saying, "If you want to
something about carbon dioxide emissions, then you ought to
nuclear power plants" (Vice President Dick Cheney on "Meet
* Appointed Diana "There is no gender gap in pay" Roth to the
Council of Economic Advisers (Boston Globe, March 28, 2001).
* Appointed Kay Cole James--an opponent of affirmative
direct the Office of Personnel Management.
* Cut $15.7 million earmarked for states to investigate cases
child abuse and neglect.
* Helped kill a law designed to make it tougher for teenagers to
* Proposed elimination of the "Reading Is Fundamental"
that gives free books to poor children.
* Is pushing for development of small nuclear weapons to
deeply buried targets--weapons, which would violate
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
* Proposes to nominate Jeffrey Sutton--attorney responsible for
recent case weakening the Americans with Disabilities
federal appeals court judgeship.
* Proposes to reverse regulation protecting 60 million acres
national forest from logging and road building.
* Eliminated funding for the "We the People" education
which taught school children about the Constitution, the Bill
Rights, and citizenship.
* Appointed John Bolton--who opposes nonproliferation treaties
the U.N.--to Undersecretary of State for Arms Control
* Nominated Linda Fisher--an executive with Monsanto--for the
two job at the Environmental Protection Agency.
* Nominated Michael McConnell--leading critic of the separation
church and state--to a federal judgeship.
* Nominated Terrence Boyle--- ardent opponent of civil rights--to
* Canceled 2004 deadline for automakers to develop prototype high
* Nominated Harvey Pitts--lawyer for teen sex video distributor--to
* Nominated John Walters--strong opponent of prison drug
programs--for Drug Czar (Washington Post, May 16, 2001).
* Nominated J. Steven Giles--an oil and coal lobbyist--for
Secretary of the Interior.
* Nominated Bennett Raley--who advocates repealing the
Species Act-for Assistant Secretary for Water and Science.
* Is seeking the dismissal of class-action lawsuit filed in the
against Japan by Asian women forced to work as sex slaves
* Earmarked $4 million in new federal grant money for HIV and
abuse prevention programs to go only to religious groups and
* Reduced by 40% the Low Income Home Assistance Program for
low-income individuals who need assistance paying energy
* Nominated Ted Olson--who has repeatedly lied about his
with the Scaiffe--funded "Arkansas Project" to bring down
Clinton-for Solicitor General.
* Nominated Terrance Boyle--foe of civil rights--to a
* Proposes to ease permit process--including environmental
considerations--for refinery, nuclear, and hydroelectric
construction (Washington Post, May 18, 2001).
* Proposes to give government the authority to take private
through eminent domain for power lines.
* Proposes that $1.2 billion in funding for alternative
energy come from selling oil and gas lease tracts in the
National Wildlife Reserve.
* Plans on serving genetically engineered foods at all
* Forced out Forest Service chief Mike Dombeck and appointed a