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    George W. Bush's First 100 Days

    FDR started the tradition of a new administration reviewing its own first 100 days after his Inauguration in 1933. The following post is shamelessly paraphrased and quoted by this poster from PBS Newshour Articles, pertinent links are given Historians and analysts have looked at incoming administration's first 100 days since then as "setting the tone" for what is to come. George W. Bush's First 100 Days 1/20/2001 and counting... Day 1 Reversed dozens of Clinton's initiatives including environmental protections Day 3 Blocked US funds to international family planning groups who provide abortion counseling and services in foreign countries. Day 4 Reform and funding for higher education standards introduced the voucher system which benefitied charter schools rather than public. Day 10 Created office to distribute US funds to faith based groups for social service work; criticized as breaking down the wall between church and state. Day 18 Treasury Secretary O'Neill defends Bush's budget plans, says there will be a "trillion dollars ... over this next 10-year period. ... sic... We have in front of us a continuation of ... a golden era of economic prosperity." http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/economy/jan-june01/oneill_2-8.html Day 20 Budget proposal includes refund of $ 1.6 trillion via tax cuts Day 24 Bush ask for $5 billion increase in military spending Day 27 US Navy submarine rams and sinks Japanese fishing boat carrying high school students, killing 9, says "Oops, sorry" to Japan. Commander gets official slap on the wrist and honorable discharge. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military/jan-june01/collision_02-12.html Day 28 Bush orders air strikes on radar stations in Baghdad, killing 2. Day 39 First address to Congress televised to the public, outlining his administration's goals. Day 40 Presents $1,960,000,000,000 ($1.96 Trillion) budget: increased funding for education (mixed + & - to the plan), reduced funding for research and energy conservation, eliminated funding for anti-drug programs in public housing, ended program for marine and coastal protections. Day 50 Bush advisors promote reduced carbon dioxide emissions to fight Global Warming. Day 53 Bush reneges on campaign promises for environmental controls saying "It's too expensive," undermining his EPA chief and succumbing to special interest groups. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/environment/jan-june01/co2_3-14.html Day 60 Bush reverses Clinton initiative to reduce arsenic levels in drinking water. Day 63 Bush's EPA chief announces the U.S. withdrawal from the 1997 Kyoto Global Warming Agreement, its desire to open up the pristine National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling in Alaska, and other environmental initiatives like the "Clean Air Act." http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/environment/jan-june01/bushenv_3-29.html Day 73 US spy plane collides with Chinese fighter jet off the coast of China, creating international crisis as 24 US crew men held in China. "Oops, we did it, but no apology." http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/jan-june01/china_plane.html Day 82 Bush finally says "I'm sorry" without admitting guilt to get 24 US navy crewmen released. Day 87 Bush upholds two Clinton environmental policies regarding wetlands protections. Day 91 Three day summit with North American leaders to discuss Free Trade Agreement. Day 100 Hosted lunch for 535 members of the Senate and House of Representatives. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/jan-june01/100_days.html The curtain goes up to the next 100 days Day 194 Bush goes on vacation for the month of August. Day 214 Bush's Incredible Shrinking Budget Surplus: "Congressional Budget Office numbers ... will be presenting us with a projection of budget deficits, exclusive of Social Security and Medicare-- for some years to come. And that means we've got to sit down with this budget and rethink our priorities. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/economy/july-dec01/surplus_8-21.html Day 235 U.S. mainland is attacked in a 3 pronged assault by foreign terrorists for the first time in history, killing 2,752 civilians. Day 666 Bush administration promises to limit environmental protections and make it easier for ranchers to graze livestock on public lands. "The Department of Interior is seeking ways to prevent federal laws like the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act from restricting grazing on public lands. We should not be using the Endangered Species Act... as a land management tool. It is not there as a tool for zoning on federal lands." Immediately upon taking office, Roosevelt set the U.S. on a 100-day course to recovery. Let's hope P-E Obama will be able to do the same.
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