Best Way to Beat Bush Budget Cuts? Don't Invite Him to Visit, Says the DNC

Bush Proposes Cuts to Children's Clubs a Week After Visiting Them



Apr 13, 2001, 01:00 ET from Democratic National Committee

    WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- George W. Bush had nothing but praise
 last week for the Boys and Girls Clubs, saying in a visit to a club in
 Delaware that, "government can ... facilitate programs" for mentoring kids.
 At a Boys and Girls Clubs fundraiser last February in South Carolina, he said,
 "The Boys and Girls Clubs represent the best of America."
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000107/DCF015 )
     At the same time that Bush and his Administration visits the Boys and
 Girls Clubs, the Bush budget zeroes out all the funding from the program.
     "George W. Bush has visited six different Boys and Girls Clubs -- first as
 a candidate and now as President -- and has spoken at length about the great
 things they do. Slashing their funding does not seem like the best way to
 encourage that kind of work," said Democratic National Committee (DNC)
 Chairman Terry McAuliffe.
     On Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson also visited
 a Boys and Girls Club, this one in Washington, D.C.  While at the club, he
 trumpeted the budget's "spending for children," but neglected to tell the club
 that the Administration was cutting the organization's funding. (Washington
 Post, 4/12/01)
     The Boys and Girls Clubs aren't the only places Bush has used for a photo-
 op with kids.  Last month President Bush visited Egleston Children's Hospital
 in Atlanta and called it a "place full of love."  But Bush's budget cuts $35
 million from a pediatric training program that benefits Egleston and similar
 children's hospitals. (Associated Press, 4/10/01; Atlanta Journal
 Constitution, 3/29/01)
     "George W. Bush has a funny way of showing his respect for programs he
 likes," said McAuliffe.  "Cutting funding to groups he visits seems to be some
 sort of trend for Bush.  It's too bad he doesn't support these organizations
 as strongly as he supports the special interests."
     Visit the DNC's Website at http://www.democrats.org .
 
 

SOURCE Democratic National Committee
    WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- George W. Bush had nothing but praise
 last week for the Boys and Girls Clubs, saying in a visit to a club in
 Delaware that, "government can ... facilitate programs" for mentoring kids.
 At a Boys and Girls Clubs fundraiser last February in South Carolina, he said,
 "The Boys and Girls Clubs represent the best of America."
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000107/DCF015 )
     At the same time that Bush and his Administration visits the Boys and
 Girls Clubs, the Bush budget zeroes out all the funding from the program.
     "George W. Bush has visited six different Boys and Girls Clubs -- first as
 a candidate and now as President -- and has spoken at length about the great
 things they do. Slashing their funding does not seem like the best way to
 encourage that kind of work," said Democratic National Committee (DNC)
 Chairman Terry McAuliffe.
     On Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson also visited
 a Boys and Girls Club, this one in Washington, D.C.  While at the club, he
 trumpeted the budget's "spending for children," but neglected to tell the club
 that the Administration was cutting the organization's funding. (Washington
 Post, 4/12/01)
     The Boys and Girls Clubs aren't the only places Bush has used for a photo-
 op with kids.  Last month President Bush visited Egleston Children's Hospital
 in Atlanta and called it a "place full of love."  But Bush's budget cuts $35
 million from a pediatric training program that benefits Egleston and similar
 children's hospitals. (Associated Press, 4/10/01; Atlanta Journal
 Constitution, 3/29/01)
     "George W. Bush has a funny way of showing his respect for programs he
 likes," said McAuliffe.  "Cutting funding to groups he visits seems to be some
 sort of trend for Bush.  It's too bad he doesn't support these organizations
 as strongly as he supports the special interests."
     Visit the DNC's Website at http://www.democrats.org .
 
 SOURCE  Democratic National Committee