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 six months:

           * Significantly eased field-testing controls of genetically engineered crops.

           * Cut federal spending on libraries by $39 million.

           * Cut $35 million in funding for doctors to get advanced paediatric training.

           * Cut by 50% funding for research into renewable energy sources.

           * Revoked rules that reduced the acceptable levels of arsenic drinking water.

           * Blocked rules that would require federal agencies to offer bilingual assistance to non-English
              speaking persons. This, from a candidate who would readily fire-up his Spanish-speaking
              skills in front of would-be Hispanic voters.

           * Proposed to eliminate new marine protections for the Channel Islands and the coral reefs of
              northwest Hawaii. San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 2001

           * Cut funding by 28% for research into cleaner, more efficient cars and trucks.

           * Suspended rules that would have strengthened the government's ability to deny contracts to
              companies that violated workplace safety, environmental and other federal laws.

           * OK'd Interior Department appointee Gale Norton to send out letters to state officials
              soliciting suggestions for opening up national monuments for oil and gas drilling, coal mining,
              and foresting.

           * Appointed John Negroponte - an un-indicted high level Iran Contra figure - to the post of
              United Nations ambassador.
           * Abandoned a campaign pledge to invest $100 million for rain forest conservation.

           * Reduced by 86% the Community Access Program for public hospitals, clinics and providers
              of care for people without insurance.

           * Rescinded a proposal to increase public access to information about the potential
              consequences resulting from chemical plant accidents.

           * Suspended rules that would require hardrock miners to clean up sites on Western public lands.

           * Cut $60 million from a Boy's and Girl's Clubs of America program for public housing.

           * Proposed to eliminate a federal program designed to help communities (and successfully
              used in Seattle) prepare for natural disasters.

           * 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 property.

           * Cut program to provide childcare to low-income families as they move from welfare to work.

           * Cut a program that provided prescription contraceptive coverage to federal employees
              (though it still pays for Viagra).

           * Cut $700 million in capital funds for repairs in public housing.

           * Appointed Otto Reich - an un-indicted high level Iran Contra figure-to Assistant Secretary
              of State for Inter-American Affairs.

           * Cut Environmental Protection Agency budget by $500 million.

           * Proposed to curtail the ability of groups to sue in order to get an animal placed on the
              Endangered Species List.

           * Rescinded rule that mandated increased energy-saving efficiency regulations for central air
              conditioners and heat pumps.

           * Repealed workplace ergonomic rules designed to improve worker health and safety.

           * Abandoned campaign pledge to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2), the waste gas that
              contributes to global warming.

           * Banned federal aid to international family planning programs that offer abortion counselling
              with other independent funds.

           * Closed White House Office for Women's Health Initiatives and Outreach.

           * Nominated David Lauriski - ex-mining company executive-to post of Assistant Secretary of
              Labour for Mine Safety and Health.

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