Internet Video Outlines the Real "State Of The Union"

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President expected to deliver modest final address on Monday.

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What fantasy will Bush sell this year? What progress will conservatives applaud, and then conspire with Bush to obstruct?

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As the country prepares for the State of the Union address on Monday, a new Internet video released today by the Campaign for America’s Future reveals how President Bush broke the central promises he made in last year’s speech. While Bush touted responsible spending, health care for all, energy independence, a strong economy and political progress in Iraq, the administration actively blocked progress on all these fronts. The video asks, “What fantasy will Bush sell this year? What progress will conservatives applaud, and then conspire with Bush to obstruct?” The video is available at http://www.ourfuture.org/SOTU-truth-vp.

With little time left in office and a diminishing role on the national stage, Bush’s final State of the Union address is expected to skip bold proposals and offer a timid approach to the nation’s economic and foreign policy problems.

“THE REAL STATE OF THE UNION”
Internet Video Script :90

ONSCREEN: [Text: It’s that time of year again …]

BUSH: Madam Speaker, Vice President Cheney, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens. (State of the Union 2006)

ONSCREEN: [Text: What did Bush promise in his State of the Union last year?]

BUSH: To spend the people’s money wisely. (State of the Union 2006)

ONSCREEN: [Text: In 2007, half of the federal budget went to military defense, not including Iraq. Only 6% went to education. (White House Office of Management and Budget)]

BUSH: A future of hope and opportunity requires that all our citizens have available and affordable health care. (State of the Union 2006)

ONSCREEN: [Text: Bush vetoed health insurance for 4 million children. Twice. (Children’s Defense Fund, Jan. 2, 2008)]

BUSH: For too long our nation has been dependent on foreign oil. (State of the Union 2006)

ONSCREEN: [Text: Conservatives killed an energy independence bill because it repealed tax cuts for oil companies. (Mufson, Washington Post, Dec. 13, 2007)]

BUSH: This economy is on the move and our job is to keep it that way. (State of the Union 2006)

ONSCREEN: [Text: Median household income fell nearly $1,000 since Bush took office. (U.S. Census Bureau)]

[Text: The housing collapse took $2 trillion from American homeowners in 2007. (Bajaj, New York Times, Oct. 25, 2007]

BUSH: The great question of our day is whether America will help men and women in the Middle East to build free societies and share in the rights of all humanity. (State of the Union 2006)

ONSCREEN: [Text: Only 2 out of 8 benchmarks for national reconciliation in Iraq have been fully met. (Christoff Congressional testimony, Govt. Accountability Office, Oct. 30, 2007.]

BUSH: Like many before us, we can work through our differences, and achieve big things for the American people. (State of the Union 2006)

ONSCREEN: [Text: Last year, Bush threatened to veto 86 bills. Republican senators filibustered twice as many bills in 2007 as any year on record. (Campaign for America’s Future, Dec. 18, 2007)]

BUSH: And whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure. (State of the Union 2006)

ONSCREEN: [Text: But that’s what we got …]

[Text: What fantasy will Bush sell this year? What progress will conservatives applaud … and then conspire with Bush to obstruct?]

[Text: For the real state of the union, visit ourfuture.org. Campaign for America’s Future]

**NOTE: To view “The Real State of the Union” or to obtain an electronic copy, please visit http://www.ourfuture.org/SOTU-truth-vp or contact Anne Thompson at athompson@ourfuture.org.**

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Anne Thompson
202-587-1614
athompson@ourfuture.org

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