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Texas Rankings Under Bush: Do you
Want Some of This?
Sources: (1) National
Education Agency, Rankings & Estimates: Rankings of the States
1999 (2) U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research and
Development (3) U.S. Bureau of Census, Current Populations Trends (4) U.S.
Dept Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics (5)1998
Texas School Survey of Substance Use Among Students: Grades 7-12, Texas
Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (6) U.S. EPA, Office of Pollution
and Prevention (7) Texas Observer (8) Statistical Rankings by State (9)
Rights Council (10) Families
Teen Drug Use Soars 30% Under Bush
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- George W. Bush preaches personal responsibility to the school children of Texas but they can't hear him. The Texas Commission on Alchohol and Drug Abuse conducted the sixth statewide school survey of drug and alcohol use among in-school youths. The findings for grades 7 through 12:
While Governor Bush is running around the United States trying to become President, the children of Texas are drunk, stoned, and clearly in trouble. Texas ranks 48th in public health spending per capita. What are the Governor's priorities?
Governor Bush needs a lesson in cause and effect: Only 65% of Texas Secondary students said that had gotten any information on drugs or alchohol from any school source which is down from 79% when he took office in 1994.
Texas School Survey of Substance Use Among Students: Grades 7-12, Texas
Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in conjunction with the Public Policy
Institue at Texas A&MUniversity, Appendix A & B.
U.S. Dept Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics
42% of Texas High School Students Dropout
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Two out of every five students who enter a Texas public high school never receive a diploma and over half of those who are lost are Hispanic. Yet, Bush has no shame in calling himself the "Education Governor". The dropout rate has increased by 9 percentage points since1985-1986 and 152,000 students dropped out during Bush's first term alone. The loss of human potential is both staggering and tragic but not a word on Texas' greatest problem from Education Governor Bush. For the complete story, read the San Antonio Express-News article from October 30, 1999 or the annual study by the Intercultural Development Research Association.
A U S T I N, July 1-- The Securities and Exchange Commission defines insider trading as "Corporate officers, directors, and employees who traded the corporation's securities after learning of significant, confidential corporate developments". Bush sold $848,560 worth of Harken Energy stock on June 22, 1990, just one week before the company posted spectacular losses and the stock plunged sharply. When the losses were reported to the public on August 20, 1990, the stock plummeted.
According to documents from a two year investigation by the SEC, Bush served on the board of directors of Harken Energy Corporation and his position on a special Harken committee gave him detailed knowledge of the company's deteriorating financial condition. The SEC received word of Bush's trade ten months late.
Bush supporters point out that the stock's value went back up, eventually, and if Bush had held the stock, it would have made him more money. But, knowing when to sell is the golden goose of stock trading and using inside information is insider trading. The SEC investigated but decided not to punish Bush. After all, his dad was President and all five SEC Commissioners are appointed by the President. Furthermore, the SEC's general counsel had actually represented George W. in the Texas Rangers negotiation as reported in Rolling Stone magazine's August 5, 1999 issue. Any doubts?
For the complete story, read
the US News and World Report story from March 16, 1992.
Bush's Home Run: A Critical Look at the Governor's Baseball Deal
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Baseball made George W. Bush rich. And yet, few media outlets have scrutinized how Bush and his cronies bought the Texas Rangers, convinced Arlington to pay for and build a stadium, told the city how much to pay for the land it condemned, refused to pay their debts to the city, and later, cashed out when media titan Thomas Hicks bought the team for $250 million.
the Son of the Vice President Bought a Team
Property Rights, Bush, and Hypocrisy
Buys Team and a Dream of a Real Estate Deal
to Get a Straight Answer - the $1.7 Billion Tax Cut
of the Education Governor
"Texas had a real chance to bring teachers' salaries to the national average," stated Louis Malfaro of the Texas Federation of Teachers, "but George Bush was the spoiler. He was more interested in looking good for the presidential race and needed the money so he could boast about a tax cut." But nobody asked for a tax cut.
Malfaro pointed out that in recent public opinion polls, Texans favor, by a greater than 10-to-1 margin, the state surplus being spent on schools and teachers, not on so-called "tax relief". Bush is clearly playing to a national audience as evidenced by a fundraising letter published in the Texas Observer on May 13th. "Bush's self-serving effort to boost his own political stature fails to take into account what the public favors - more money for education," wrote Malfaro in the Spring 1999 issue of TeacherAdvocate.
"One can't look at his legacy and say, "He's the education governor," said Association of Texas Professional Educators spokesman Larry Comer to the Austin Chronicle on May 28th. "I don't think he'll be remembered for that at all."
Texas student scores on the Texas Assessment
of Academic Skills (TAAS) tests have been increasing since 1993, when former
Governor Ann Richards instituted a unique accountability system for schools.
"In a relatively short period of time, the whole culture of education has
changed in Texas," said Prof. Richard F. Elmore of the Graduate School
of Education at Harvard University to the New York Times on May
Avoids Property Taxes on Exclusive Vacation Home Using Tax Loophole for
What do you think the land is worth? $217 an acre? That's the tax value after the loophole. Sound like a steal? It's business as usual for Bush who relies on the taxpayer to subsidize his business and his personal life.
Bush takes advantage of a seldom used loophole in the Texas Statutes, Subchapter F, Section 23.81, whose original purpose was to preserve open space in Houston according to former Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis who sponsored the 1977 law. Take a look at the taxing authority's value of one of the 22 parcels that comprise the Rainbo Club. Adjacent parcels are valued at least 4 times higher.
Who picks up the slack? The rest of us. Do you have a special tax break on your property? Are you rich and powerful enough to qualify? Bush claims to be the education governor - as long as someone else foots the bill.
Read the AP story, Bush
uses tax law to cut costs of lakeside retreat.
of Ethics Means Politics as Usual for Bush
How could he accept this money? Because they gave to his presidential exploration committee instead. Bush then pressed for "voluntary compliance" to pollution laws on their behalf. Companies that discharge 984,000 tons per year of EPA-regulated "criteria" air pollutants, which impose human and environmental costs, and smog-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) equivalent to the emissions spewed by 18.4 million cars (twice the number of cars licensed in Texas), into the Texas skies under an exemption to the Clean Air Act championed by his father.
Former President Bush signed amendments to the Clean Air Act in 1990 stating "American heritage is precious. We will not turn our backs or look the other way." His son did for $300,000.
Weak in Foreign Policy
Unlike United States Senators and Representatives who spend years analyzing and voting on foreign policy issues, state governors spend their time at home. Does Bush have the brain power to learn on the job?
Not according to former GOP Texas State Chairman Tom Pauken who held the post from 1994 to 1998. Pauken says he has "real concerns" about a Bush presidency - "It's critical we have someone with the intellect to handle the job. It's one thing to be a governor in a state where Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock had most of the power; but it's a totally different thing to be President." Pauken mocked Bush as a "me-too Republican".
Bush acknowledged he is weak in foreign
policy. "This is a big world and I've got a lot to learn," he stated
June 22nd. Bush is being tutored by various advisors so he won't
continue to refer to Greeks as Grecians or confuse Slovenia with Slovakia.
Conservative Bush Fights to Keep 228,000 Texas Children Off Insurance Protection
Sold Tax Shelters to Father's Rich Friends
"His name was George Bush. That was worth the money they paid him," says Harken founder Phil Kendrick when Bush was made a director at Harken Energy in 1986 and given an angelic deal.
Taking Care of Business
The New Republic, Aug. 16, 1999 - Behind the mask of compassion he has donned for this campaign, he is a die-hard conservative on the issues that have historically been among the most important to American voters--those that pit the interests of business against those of ordinary people in their roles as workers and consumers.
"I'm all name and no money"- George W. Bush, 1986
"I think when it is all said and done, I will have made more money than I ever dreamed I would make," - George W. Bush, 1998, commenting his $15 million gain from the sale of the tax-subsidized Texas Rangers
Mother Jones, Oct. 1992 - The inside story of how three of the Bush boys built private fortunes by trading on their father's name, running with con men, lining their own pockets, and leaving financial ruin in their wake.
The Bush Family Preys Together
Covert Action Quarterly - "This is an incredible deal, unbelievable for this small company," energy analyst Charles Strain told Forbes magazine. Strain failed to point out, however, the one fact that puts the Harken deal in focus: George Bush, Jr., the eldest son of George and Barbara Bush, is a member of Harken's board of directors, a consultant, and a stockholder in the Texas-based company. In light of this connection, the deal makes more sense.
George W. Bush - The Dark Side
Bush Jr. has made a lot of money off of three business deals. In each one, his contribution is hard to perceive, yet he walked off with hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars in deals arranged by his father's political cronies.
The Governor's Sweetheart Deal
Texas Observer, Jan. 30, 1998 - Governor George W. Bush and the other owners of the Texas Rangers are deadbeats. Rich deadbeats, but deadbeats nevertheless.
Bush as Businessman
CNN, May 13, 1999 -Bush's track record: Investors got back only 45 cents on the dollar, but few complained. Investors also got tax deductions averaging more than 80 cents on every dollar invested.
Bush's Business Partners
Houston Chronicle -One man in particular who is largely responsible for Bush's wealth, Fort Worth billionaire Richard Rainwater, controls companies that have received millions of dollars worth of favorable actions from the state of Texas.
Bush's Business Partners Benefit from State Business
As Texas Gov. George W. Bush developed the group to buy the Texas Rangers baseball club for $86 million in 1989, he began an association with the businessmen who would figure in many other deals.
Richard Rainwater, the Man Behind Bush
Jim Hightower -For more than a decade, George W. Bush has not made a move without consulting The Man and I don't mean his father.
Tax plan would help top Bush contributor
Houston Chronicle -The tax reform bill supported by Gov. George W. Bush would save at least $2.5 million in school property taxes for a company founded by Bush 's billionaire business partner and top campaign contributor, Richard Rainwater of Fort Worth.
Rainwater: Tax Plan Would Save Millions for Bush Partner
A school tax overhaul pending in the House - and supported by Gov. George W. Bush - would save the governor's billionaire business partner at least $2.5 million in property taxes.
Downloading The Bush Files
Texas Observer - Nov., 1998 - As we approach the holiday season, Governor George W. Bush has a lot to be thankful for.
Building's sale to Bush's partners loses millions for teachers' fund
Corpus Christi Caller Times - The pension fund for Texas teachers lost $44 million in 1996 with the sale of an Austin office building to a firm run by three business partners of Gov. George W. Bush. A spokesman says the governor had no knowledge of the investment.
Bush on Pollution
Polluters' donations to Bush criticized - Austin American-Statesman
Dirty Air, Dirty Money - Texans for Public Justice
Bush 'CAREs' for Big Air Polluters - Texans for Public Justice
Karl Rove: The Man Behind The Bush
"Karl Rove is the Republican Party in Texas." - Political consultant Mark McKinnon
Top Bush aide brings aggressive style to effort - Dallas Morning News
Rove a Mile for a Camel - Texans for Public Justice
Texas Corporate Interests Financed Bulk of Bush Races - Los Angeles Times, July 14, 1999 - An examination of Bush's fund-raising in Texas for the 1998 and 1994 gubernatorial campaigns found that much of the money came from contributors with major stakes in state regulation.
Bush Is Lone Star for GOP Cash in Washington - Washington Post, June 22, 1999 - The Republican political establishment is throwing Texas Gov. George W. Bush a coming-out party in Washington tonight that will be the largest presidential fund-raiser ever here.
Bush on Campaign Finance Reform - Dallas Morning News
Bush Dodges Spending Limits - Texans for Public Justice
Search a database of Bush's funders - Center for Responsive Politics
Other Bush News Clips
The Coronation of George II - Austin Chronicle - May 28, 1999
Running On Empty, the Truth About Compassionate Conservatism - The Nation
News Coverage Beats Around the Bush - Austin Chronicle
Boy George - Village Voice
Bush Helps Bury Funeral Probe - Texans for Public Justice
Driving on the Right - Washington Post
Bush Profile - National Review
Bush's Free Ride - Dallas Observer
Bush takes tobacco donations - Dallas Morning News
Prodigal Son - Salon Magazine
Group says Bush accepted tobacco funds - Daily Texan
A little political humor - About.com
More humor - Bush, it's what's for Dinner - FishyNews
The Bush Watch - The most comprehensive website there is on George W., all the latest news.
of a Bush White House & Republican Majority - Bush, Trent Lott &
doctrine of which Bush is certain is that heaven is only open to those
who accept Jesus Christ. - Houston Post
George skips year of National Guard. AWOL
"I will do everything
in my power to restrict abortions."
"I saw the report that
children in Texas are going hungry. Where? You'd think the
governor would have heard if there are pockets of hunger in Texas."
" Please," Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, "don't kill me."
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