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Democratic Party Response to State of the Union Address

Following President Bush’s State of the Union address, the Democratic response was delivered by Senator Jim Webb, the Virginian freshman whose election gave the Democrats control of the Senate.

This is the prepared text of Senator Webb’s response.

Good evening.

I’m Sen. Jim Webb, from Virginia, where this year we will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown — an event that marked the first step in the long journey that has made us the greatest and most prosperous nation on earth.

It would not be possible in this short amount of time to actually rebut the president’s message, nor would it be useful. Let me simply say that we in the Democratic Party hope that this administration is serious about improving education and health care for all Americans, and addressing such domestic priorities as restoring the vitality of New Orleans. [Read more…]


President George W. Bush’s 2007 State of the Union Address

President George W. Bush has delivered his sixth State of the Union address to a joint session of the United States Congress.

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This is the prepared text of President Bush’s State of the Union Address.

President Bush Delivers the State of the Union AddressMadam Speaker, Vice President Cheney, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

This rite of custom brings us together at a defining hour – when decisions are hard and courage is tested. We enter the year 2007 with large endeavors underway, and others that are ours to begin. In all of this, much is asked of us. We must have the will to face difficult challenges and determined enemies – and the wisdom to face them together.

Some in this Chamber are new to the House and Senate – and I congratulate the Democratic majority. Congress has changed, but our responsibilities have not. Each of us is guided by our own convictions – and to these we must stay faithful. Yet we are all held to the same standards, and called to serve the same good purposes: To extend this Nation’s prosperity … to spend the people’s money wisely … to solve problems, not leave them to future generations … to guard America against all evil, and to keep faith with those we have sent forth to defend us. [Read more…]


Bush Announces Extra 20,000 Troops To Iraq

President George W. Bush has announced that he will send an additional 20,000 combat troops to Iraq.

In a nationally televised address, Bush said the “surge” was designed “to help the Iraqis carry out their campaign to put down sectarian violence – and bring security to the people of Baghdad.”

Bush said five brigades of troops will be deployed to Baghdad “to help Iraqis clear and secure neighbourhoods, to help them protect the local population, and to help ensure that the Iraqi forces left behind are capable of providing the security that Baghdad needs.” [Read more…]


Let’s Impeach The President: Neil Young

Neil Young has recorded a song calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush.

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Neil Young

Let’s Impeach the President

Let’s impeach the president for lying
And leading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door
He’s the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
And bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war
Let’s impeach the president for spying
On citizens inside their own homes
Breaking every law in the country
By tapping our computers and telephones
What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees
Would New Orleans have been safer that way
Sheltered by our government’s protection
Or was someone just not home that day?
Let’s impeach the president
For hijacking our religion and using it to get elected
Dividing our country into colors
And still leaving black people neglected
Thank god he’s racking down on steroids
Since he sold his old baseball team
There’s lot of people looking at big trouble
But of course the president is clean
Thank God


President Bush’s 2006 State of the Union Address

President Bush has delivered the annual State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress in Washington DC. Less ambitious in scope than in previous years, reflecting his loss of political capital, Bush stuck fast to his foreign policy goals and proposed limited domestic policies.

The speech began with a tribute to Coretta Scott King, widow of the slain Martin Luther King. Mrs. King died today.

In the speech, Bush reiterated his commitment to US intervention in Iraq. He called for the Congress to renew the Patriot Act. Domestically, Bush called for the Congress to make permanent tax cuts and set out a plan to cut the US oil imports from the Middle East by 75% by 2025. He proposed a range of research initiatives into alternative fuel sources, such as ethanol. [Read more…]


Bush Claims Success In Iraq, Urges Resolve

President George W. Bush has claimed success in Iraq, linking the war there with the September 11 attacks on the United States, and urged resolve.

President BushIn a televised address to the nation, Bush said: “Not only can we win the war in Iraq – we are winning the war in Iraq.”

In the latest of a series of speeches and interviews on his Iraq policy, Bush said the Iraq coalition “will remain on the offense”. He claimed success in establishing “the institutions of a unified and lasting democracy” and said the coalition “is moving forward with a reconstruction plan to revive Iraq’s economy and infrastructure”. [Read more…]


Bush Defends Bugging Program

Electronic eavesdropping without warrants was “fully consistent with my constitutional responsibilities and authorities”, according to President George W. Bush.

Delivering his weekly radio address live from the Oval Office, Bush reacted to revelations in the New York Times that he had ordered the National Security Agency to conduct a bugging program without first obtaining warrants. The president claimed the program was “a vital tool in our war against the terrorists”.

Bush also called on the Senate to re-authorise the Patriot Act which was passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. [Read more…]


Iraq A Flawed Policy Wrapped In Illusion: John Murtha

John Murtha, a Congressman from Pennsylvania’s 12th District, has introduced a resolution to the United States House of Representatives that demands the termination of the American military deployment in Iraq “at the earliest practicable date”.

Murtha, the most senior ranking Democrat on the House Defence Appropriations Subcommittee, is a decorated Vietnam veteran who voted in support of the Iraq invasion in 2003.

Murtha told the House: “Our military has done everything that has been asked of them, the U.S. can not accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring them home.” [Read more…]


2005 State of the Union Address: George W. Bush

President George W. Bush has delivered the first State of the Union Address of his second term.

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This is the prepared text of President Bush’s State of the Union Address. [Read more…]


Democrats Respond To State Of The Union Address

Following President Bush’s State of the Union Address, the House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid delivered the Democratic response.

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This is the text of the joint address by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. [Read more…]