Monday, May 17, 2004

We got to do something about all these Arab-Americans being profiled...

And secondly, there is other forms of racial profiling that goes on in America. Arab-Americans are racially profiled in what's called secret evidence. People are stopped, and we got to do something about that. My friend, Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan, is pushing a law to make sure that, you know, Arab-Americans are treated with respect.

George W. Bush, October 12, 2000.

I was doing some research and started reading the second Presidential Debate from 2000, and found the above quote stunning. Here's another interesting one, this time Gore rebutting Bush's non-response to his point that Texas ranked at the bottom of the nation for providing health care to children, women and families.

GORE: Well, I don't know about the -- all these percentages that he throws out. But I do know that the -- I speculate that the reason why he didn't answer your question directly as to whether my numbers were right, the facts were right, about Texas ranking dead last in families with health insurance and 49th out of 50 for both children and women, is because those facts are correct.

And as for why it happened, I'm no expert on the Texas procedures. But what my friends there tell me is that the governor opposed a measure put forward by Democrats in the legislature to expand the number of children that would be covered, and instead directed the money toward a tax cut, a significant part of which went to wealthy interests. He declared the need for a new tax cut for the oil companies in Texas an emergency need. And so the money was taken away from the CHIP program.

Wow, that sounds exactly like what's been happening to our country for the last four years!


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