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(Note to Jess: Please view this post as its intended...just good honest debate...and nothing personal.)
Well, since consistency of opinion is so important to you I guess you'll be voting Kerry. Kerry's position has been very consistent, but when it has changed, it was mostly in reaction to Bush's flip-flops---like the 87 billion vote thing. Besides, Bush has flop-flipped on more and bigger issues that Kerry ever has. Here's a few of Bush's big flops:
1) When debating with Al Gore he said he was against nation building, but now we are doing it on the largest scale in our country’s history. (see Iraq and Afghanistan.)
2) Prior to invading Iraq and with an obvious attempt to link these figures together, GW said, “you can't distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror... they're both equally as bad, and equally as evil, and equally as destructive.” He would later say that there’s no question Saddam had ties to al Queda. He would admit finally that Saddam had nothing to do with 9-11 and that he had no connection to al Queda.
3) For months, Bush opposed the 9/11 commission, but eventually gave in to public pressure. Now, he touts its creation as one of his accomplishments. hmmm
4) During his first election campaign, Bush was for free trade, but then he imposed steel tariffs to limit said free trade. Then, when the world was going to fine us, he eliminated the tariffs re-allowing free trade. (Where does he stand? Did he let the world veto him?)
5) Bush was against big government and the creation of the “Homeland Security” department. But he now brags about its creation and has backed the largest federal government expansion in over 50 yrs.
6) In 2000 Bush felt the gov. should stay out of the same sex marriage debate, but in 2004 he backed a ban on same sex marriage with a constitutional amendment.
7) He once said we can’t win the war on terror, but within the month said that we can and are.
8) Lastly, he criticized the Clinton-Gore team for not putting pressure on OPEC to lower oil prices, but now in a far more severe situation, he has yet to do it himself. And a member of his team has said that Bush will not personally lobby them to change their minds.
(I would also point out that three days after the 9-11 attack—which was mostly done by Saudi Arabians----Bush smoked a cigar with prince Bandar on a balcony of the White House. Something about that rubs me the wrong way.)
So Jess, there you go. Bush is a bigger flip-flopper…so I guess you’ll be voting Kerry. (wink, wink)
Source: CBS News
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