Thread: IAFF Endorses Al Gore
09-17-2000, 11:13 PM #51S. CookFirehouse.com Guest
"Wow, I guess it's a good thing Hillary didn't decide to run for US senator from Texas!"
In the past, she might have made it. We've elected people almost as crooked (from both parties).
Did you watch the debate? What's the true feeling of you folks up there - Lazio or Clinton?
Here's a few more...
If you believe:
Al Gore knows whats best fo you and your family; vote Gore.
You know what's best for you and your family; vote Bush.
Al Gore invented the internet; vote Gore.
Al Gore lied when he said he invented the internet; vote Bush.
The government should penalize married people by confiscating more of there money; vote Gore.
Married people should not be penalized by confiscating more of there money; vote Bush.
The families of the dead should pay taxes the estate a dead person already paid taxes on; vote Gore.
The families of the dead should not have to pay taxes on the estate a dead person already paid taxes on; vote Bush.
In asking not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you; vote Gore.
In asking not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country; vote Bush.
[This message has been edited by S. Cook (edited September 17, 2000).]
09-18-2000, 02:11 PM #52phxfyrFirehouse.com Guest
With George W. Bush as governor, the state of Texas has earned a mass of unpleasant distinctions.
Among all states, Texas ranks second to last in children with health insurance, but first in handing out large tax cuts. The state ranks 41st in people above the poverty line and 43rd in hourly earnings, but first in industrial air pollution. And Texas ranks first in having the country's largest criminal justice system and the most executions, but 34th in per-student education spending.
If this is what Bush has done for Texas, what would he do for America as president?
Take a look at the full array of Texas' rankings (sources are quoted):
*"One of the nation's worst" in public health records. (Adam Clymer, "Bush and Texas Have Not Set a High Priority on Health Care," The New York Times, April 11, 2000, citing data on health insurance, infant mortality, cancer deaths, rates of diseases such as AIDS and diabetes, immunization, access to physicians and "distressful" health conditions along the Texas-Mexico border)
*Second to last in children with health insurance. (Children's Defense Fund, The State of America's Children 2000)
*49th in all people with health insurance. (The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Uninsured in America: A Chartbook, Table 23, May 2000)
*45th in babies born to mothers who received early prenatal care. (Children's Defense Fund, The State of America's Children 2000)
*47th in fully immunized 2-year-olds. (Children's Defense Fund, The State of America's Children 2000)
*45th in SAT scores. (Children's Defense Fund, The State of America's Children 2000)
*34th in per-student expenditures for education. (Children's Defense Fund, The State of America's Children 2000)
http://www.firehouse.com/interactive/boards/frown.gifWorkers' Wages and Rights
*43rd in average hourly earnings. (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment and Earnings, May 2000")
*41st—ninth worst—in overall poverty. (U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census)
*46th—fourth worst—in child poverty. (Children's Defense Fund, The State of America's Children 2000)
*42nd in the proportion of unemployed workers who receive unemployment insurance. (Maurice Emsellem, Katherine Allen, Lois Shaw, "The Texas Unemployment Insurance System: Barriers to Access for Low-Wage, Part-Time & Women Workers," National Employment Law Project, Feb. 1999, p.i)
*49th in union members as a percentage of the population. (Barry T. Hirsch, David A. Macpherson, Union Membership and Earnings Data Book: Compilations from the Current Population Survey, Bureau of National Affairs, 2000)
*1st in giving the largest tax cuts in 1999. (Robert Pear, "States Gather Big Surpluses, Benefit of A Strong Economy," The New York Times, Jan. 5, 2000)
*1st in largest criminal justice system. (Fox Butterfield, "On the Record: Governor Bush on Crime; Bush's Law and Order Adds Up to Tough and Popular," The New York Times, Aug. 18, 1999.
*1st in executions. (Anthony Lewis, "Shallow and Callous," The New York Times, June 17, 2000) (OK: That's not bad, I'm pro-death penalty)
*1st in industrial air pollution. (The Sierra Club, cited in Peter Marks, "The 2000 Campaign: The Ad Campaign; Bush Environmental Record," The New York Times, May 24, 2000)
*1st in factories violating clean water standards. (The Sierra Club, cited in Peter Marks, "The 2000 Campaign: The Ad Campaign; Bush Environmental Record," The New York Times, May 24, 2000)
*1st in most smog alerts in 1999. (Bob Herbert, "Bush Goes Green," The New York Times, April 6, 2000)
*1st in most carcinogens discharged into the air. (Bob Herbert, "Bush Goes Green," The New York Times, April 6, 2000)
Look, there's more to this election than a small folder on firehouse.com. Please don't base your decision on ther personal opinions of forum members. Do your homework! Consider what is best for yourself and your family! There are many websites out there that can help you do your own research and reach an informed and intelligent decision. Project Vote Smart is one at www.vote-smart.org.
09-18-2000, 02:17 PM #53phxfyrFirehouse.com Guest
[QUOTE]Originally posted by S. Cook:
[B]"Wow, I guess it's a good thing Hillary didn't decide to run for US senator from Texas!"
In the past, she might have made it. We've elected people almost as crooked (from both parties).
Did you watch the debate? What's the true feeling of you folks up there - Lazio or Clinton?
Well, it looks like we agree on one thing! Lazio is a far better candidate than Hillary Clinton! Of course, my belief is that she is a political novice playing with NYS as her "toy" and I have never been a fan of carpetbaggers (a political term for those of you with your minds in the gutter) and that she is.
09-18-2000, 06:58 PM #54S. CookFirehouse.com Guest
OK first let me say we agree on more than just Hillary. Read some of my other posts and you'll see that I believe voters should do their homework.
Now on to the long, boring but fun stuff.
"*One of the nation's worst" in public health records."
Clymer and the NY TImes couldn't print it if it wasn't true right?
The "healthcare in Texas" arguement is useless. Bush was hamstringed by state laws enacted by previous democratic administrations.
As soon as he was allowed to, Bush signed legislation that:
1. Started the CHIP program (childrens health insurance program)and immediately outpaced similar states in enrolling children in CHIPs . In the first five months, Texas enrolled more than 17 percent of all eligible children. In contrast, the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia enrolled 7.3% of elligible children.
Bush also ensured that children of legal immigrants would be elligible, something not allowed by the Clinton/Gore admin. (ref. Senate Bill 445, 76th Legislature; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Press Release, 11/8/98).
2. Slowed the growth of the uninsured to .3% over the Governor's term, while the national rate has increased almost four times as fast. (U.S. Census Bureau, March Current Population Survey: Years 1981 to 1999. U.S. Census Bureau, Health Insurance Historical Table 4. Health Insurance Coverage Status and Type of Coverage by State; All Persons: 1987 to 1998.)
3. Signed legislation providing an $80 million increase for Medicaid reimbursements to physicians and hospitals providing care for the poor. (Appropriations Bill, 76th Legislature)
4. Increased the utilization rate for dental care is almost double the national average (20% nationally and 38% in Texas).[Texas Health and Human Services Commission]
5. "*49th in all people with health insurance."
Texas provides an estimated $4 billion in health care to the uninsured through local and state initiatives. The number of Texans without health insurance is on the decline and the national uninsured rate increased four times faster than in Texas. [US Census Bureau]
6. "*47th in fully immunized 2-year-olds."
Texas has improved the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) participation rates every year, moving from a 29% rate in 1993 to a 61% rate in 98 (latest figure). Texas has moved from the bottom third of the states nationally to among the highest in the country (national participation 54% and Texas is 61%).
7. First state in the nation to allow a patient to appeal an HMO's decision to deny care. (SB 386, 75th Legislature)
1. 1st in student improvement on test scores, especially for African-American and Hispanic students. (National Education Goals Panel)
2. 9th in teacher pay, when adjusted for cost of living and teacher experience. In 1999, Texas ranked 24th in the nation, up from the 43rd ranking when Governor Bush took office. (Texas Education Agency; Texas Governor's Office of Budget and Planning)
3. "*34th in per-student expenditures for education."
State funding for public schools increased by $8.3 billion, representing a 37 percent increase in state funding per student. (Appropriations Bill 74th Legislature; Appropriations Bill 76th Legislature)
Under Governor Bush, 56 percent of all new state spending was dedicated to public education. (Appropriations Bill 74th Legislature; Appropriations Bill 75th Legislature, Appropriations Bill 76th Legislature)
Provided $200 million to abolish social promotion. (Appropriations Bill, 76th Legislature)
Provided $25 million for after-school programs. (Appropriations Bill, 76th Legislature)
Workers' Wages and Rights
1. "*43rd in average hourly earnings."
How does this compare when the cost of living is factored in? We have a low cost of living. If I make $40K here, I need to make $43K in Phoenix, $52K in Denver, $57K in LA, $56K in Arlington VA.....
1.2 million jobs created, representing more than 10 percent of new jobs created nationwide and 48,000 new businesses. (Texas Workforce Commission; Bureau of Labor Statistics; Texas Department of Economic Development)
Lowest unemployment rate in twenty years -- 4.7 percent. (Legislative Budget Board, Texas Fact Book, January 2000; Texas Comptroller, Texas Economic Indicators, 1980-2000; Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Unemployment 1970- Present¨)
2. "41st—ninth worst—in overall poverty"
Under Governor Bush, the poverty rate decreased 21.5 percent and the total number of Texans in poverty decreased 17 percent. (U.S. Census Bureau, March Current Population Survey: Years 1981 to 1999. U.S. Census Bureau, Historical Poverty Tables | People Table # 21, Number of Poor and Poverty Rate, By State: 1980-1998)
Under Governor Bush, Texas has experienced unprecedented economic growth. The current average unemployment rate is 4.7 percent, the lowest in twenty years. (Legislative Budget Board, Texas Fact Book, January 2000; Texas Comptroller, Texas Economic Indicators, 1980-2000; Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Unemployment 1970- Present)
Under Governor Bush, more than 1.4 million jobs were created in Texas, representing more than 10 percent of new jobs created nationwide. In addition, more than 48,000 new businesses have opened. (Texas Workforce Commission; Bureau of Labor Statistics; Texas Department of Economic Development)
"*46th—fourth worst—in child poverty."
Under Governor Bush, the child poverty rate decreased 19 percent and the overall number of children living in poverty also decreased 19 percent.(U.S. Census Bureau, Historical Poverty Tables, Peoplem Table #20, Poverty Status of Related Children under 6 years of age: 1969-1998: Texas Health and Human Services Commission reports; Texas Poverty Statistics for selected Age Groups: 1988-1997; and Demographic Profile of the Texas Population Living in Poverty, 1998)
"*49th in union members as a percentage of the population."
We are a right to work state and employees that wish to may join/form a union if a simple majority (>50%) of the "shop" choose to do so. Change the workers mind and you change your statistic. This can hardly be blamed on Bush.
"*1st in giving the largest tax cuts in 1999."
Yeah, Texas confiscates less of my money and we STILL have a surplus.
"*1st in largest criminal justice system."
Yep, we got quite a few criminals. But...
"Texas is a safer place to live: violent crime has decreased 20 percent and violent juvenile crime has decreased 38 percent under Governor Bush."
"*1st in executions."
GREAT, one less murderer that may accidentally on purpose end up back on the street.
"*1st in industrial air pollution./*1st in factories violating clean water standards./*1st in most smog alerts in 1999./*1st in most carcinogens discharged into the air."
You forgot FIRST in cleaning all this mess up. Texas toxic emmisions have been reduced at rates greater than any other state.
Does it make sense that since most of this country gets all of its hazardous chemicals from Texas that we would have more polution than the others?
But look at it this way:
- Population/pollution ratio, Texas has 12.6#'s of polution per person, Tennessee has 17.9#'s of polution per person
- How about pollution/area Texas 872#'s of polution, per square mile and Tennessee 2,360#'s of polution per square mile.
Now who has the worst environment?
95% of drinking water meets all meets all standards.
Under legislation signed by Governor Bush, Texas became the 3rd state in the nation to require pollution reductions and permits from grandfathered (older, unpermitted) utilities. Under the plan, they will reduce nitrogen oxide pollution by 50 percent and sulfur dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2003. Environmental Defense (formerly The Environmental Defense Fund) called this law, “the strongest in the nation.” The voluntary emissions reduction program started in September 1999, and grandfathered facilities have until 2003 to obtain their permits. Already, 133 permits have been issued to grandfathered facilities, and about 25,000 tons of air pollutant emissions have been reduced. This is more than any other Texas governor has achieved.
EPA shows Texas leads the nation in reducing toxic releases. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1998 Toxic Release Inventory (the most recent data available from the EPA, released in May 2000), Texas dropped from first to fifth place in 1998 for total emissions to the air, water and soil. Moreover, Texas has led the nation in the reduction of toxic releases by 43 million pounds from 1995 to 1998.
09-18-2000, 08:41 PM #55phxfyrFirehouse.com Guest
**George W. the ENVIRONMENTAOLIST!? I don't think so. Your data is skewed.
In February, the Sierra Club launched its first California TV ads in 2000, highlighting Texas Governor George Bush's failure to protect Texans from pollution and noting that he has received "more than a million dollars in campaign contributions from Texas's worst air polluters." The ads are designed to educate Californians about Bush's record, and to encourage them to ask the Governor to clean up the mess in Texas.
"Air pollution in Texas got worse over the last five years, and Governor Bush has done little to solve this crisis," said Carl Pope, Sierra Club's Executive Director. "Thousands of Texas children continue to have their health threatened by the worst air pollution in the country. That's why we are running these ads to call on Governor Bush to take concrete, comprehensive steps to attack the pollution crisis in Texas."
Pollution problems plague Texas, but Gov. Bush has dismissed complaints, attempting to confuse the issue by taking credit for pollution cuts achieved by his predecessor and those mandated by federal law. In fact, despite requirements in the federal Clean Air Act -- and despite the opportunities provided by the state's enormous amounts of air and water pollution -- Texas has curbed pollution at a slower rate than the rest of the nation.
"Texans worry that the chemicals dumped into our water and air are hurting our parents, our spouses and our children," said Ken Kramer, Director of Sierra Club's Lone Star (Texas) Chapter. "Unfortunately, Gov. Bush has been blowing smoke about his poor environmental record. These ads aim to set the record straight. When Texans have asked Gov. Bush to protect us from pollution, he's turned a deaf ear to us -- maybe he'll listen to folks in California instead."
One of Bush's first actions as governor in 1995 was to cancel an automobile pollution inspection program that would have helped reduce smog from cars in Texas' two most polluted cities, Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
In addition, a loophole in the Texas Clean Air Act allows over 800 hundred aging industrial plants to operate with antiquated air pollution controls and spew out more pollution. These plants produce one-third of the state's industrial air pollution. Gov. Bush refused to support a comprehensive, binding pollution control program. Instead, he worked closely with the oil, gas and electric utility industry to develop a weak voluntary clean up proposal and left the old loophole open. The final rules were passed last May, and only a handful of the aging plants will face penalties if they don't reduce their pollution.
The new television ad, airing in Sacramento and San Jose, builds on TV and radio spots that aired in New Hampshire in November, December and January, and in Michigan in February, which also highlighted Governor Bush's record on air and water pollution.
Now I know you may not like the refrence here ("lousy tree-huggers you might say) but they are an independant organization whose sole purpose is protecting the environment.
**Death penalty: We agreed on that one.
**Lowest earning takes into account the cost of living differences. (Check the reference material)
**Right-to-work state: AKA Right-to-Screw state! This is what your union dollars are going to fight. Lets now forget that the issue of firefighter being placed in the quagmire of social security might be pushed by house republicans again ext year. Another loss from your paycheck!
09-19-2000, 01:10 AM #56S. CookFirehouse.com Guest
I confess, in my opinion the Sierra Club is about as credible as Clinton and Gore put together.
"In addition, a loophole in the Texas Clean Air Act allows over 800 hundred aging industrial plants to operate with antiquated air pollution controls and spew out more pollution."
Bush signed what the Environmental Defense Fund called the "strongest law in the nation" to clean this up.
Texas became the 3rd state in the nation to require pollution reductions and permits from grandfathered (older, unpermitted) utilities. Under the plan, they will reduce nitrogen oxide pollution by 50 percent and sulfur dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2003.
The Environmetal Defense Scorecard shows Texas as 10th on the list for Health Risk from Hazardous Air Pollutants.
They also show a decline from over 815 million pounds in '88 to right at 240 million pounds in '97, hardly an increase.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1998 Toxic Release Inventory (the most recent data available from the EPA, released in May 2000), Texas dropped from first to fifth place in 1998 for total emissions to the air, water and soil. Moreover, Texas has led the nation in the reduction of toxic releases by 43 million pounds from 1995 to 1998.
Unless less is more, a 43 million pound reduction can hardly be translated into a 5 year increase, especially when the data is not available to support the last 5 years ('95-'00) and the 7 years previous ('88-'95) show a 532 million pound TRI reduction.
According to EPA data, Texas under Governor Bush compares favorably to the rest of the nation regarding reduction of the emission of pollutants.
From 1995 to 1997:
Sulfur dioxide emissions in Texas fell by 17.1%, while emissions for the nation as a whole increased by 11.2%.
Nitrogen oxide emissions in Texas fell by 23.6%, while emissions for the nation as a whole increased by 8.2%.
Who is the single largest poluter in teh nation?
09-21-2000, 10:25 PM #57S. CookFirehouse.com Guest
"Lets now forget that the issue of firefighter being placed in the quagmire of social security might be pushed by house republicans again ext year. Another loss from your paycheck!"
You've lost me here, but do you really think Gore will fix social security? He's been taking from it for over 25 years. He's part of the reason it will not be there for us.
He's been talking about fixing it for 25 years. Is it fixed yet?
Here's a guy that claims we'll have record surplus' over the next 10 years yet still refuses to say what he feels that maximum amount is that the government should confiscate from your check.
Easy, he wants as much as he can get.
To redistribute it so you'll end up dependent on him and the rest of the government - socialism.
Pure BS! His own mother-in-law can't depend on him. He doesn't want to help her buy her meds, he wants YOU to pay for your share of her drugs.
He'll buy his dog drugs, but not his mother-in-law?
That's the character we need in the White House? (to be fair I don't know his mother-in-law...)
12-15-2000, 06:42 AM #58dtjFirehouse.com Guest
Did you see Jesse Jackson talking about the final court decisions on the race? He was standing behind the AFL-CIO emblem sounding almost subversive, but exercising his right to free speech.
03-02-2001, 01:08 AM #59phxfyrFirehouse.com Guest
Cut from the headlines of Firehouse Magazine:
"President Bush Says Cut FIRE Act, Project Impact"
Already firing shots at the fire service and he's barely out of his first month. To quote Rush Limbaugh, "See, I told you so."
You voted for him, now your departments will suffer the concequences. Don't worry, you will face changes as well. Social Security is right around the corner.
03-02-2001, 01:16 AM #60mongofire_99Firehouse.com Guest
Social Security is right around the corner.
Great, I can't wait for them to get rid of this racist program and scam. A 10 year old can get better returns than the feds on a "savings account."
03-02-2001, 08:00 AM #61FAMFirehouse.com Guest
It is just terrible, bush cuts 100 million and off with his head and complete silence when the IAFF's team cuts 4.9 billion from the act. POLITICS??? IAFF lost round one and now they want to lose round two for 4 to 8 years. GREAT!
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