WSJ: Bush Suffers Arsenic Poisoning, Reports DNC

Bush's Poll Numbers, Popularity Plummeting in Wake of Environmental Assault



Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from Democratic National Committee

    WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Any
 illusions the American people had that George W. Bush may actually favor the
 people over big business were completely erased with his move to roll back
 arsenic standards for drinking water, according to an article in today's Wall
 Street Journal.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000107/DCF015 )
     "President Bush never intended his trademark 'compassionate conservatism'
 to be defined by the level of arsenic he allows in drinking water. But it may
 well come to that," the article says. "The arsenic decision was one of a
 string of early moves by Mr. Bush that stunned environmental activists and
 convinced them -- and many ordinary citizens, as well -- that the president
 was putting the interests of his business backers ahead of environmental
 concerns."
     "The people who voted for Al Gore last year realized that when it came to
 George W. Bush and the environment, the charm would quickly turn to harm. Now
 the rest of the country is realizing that, too," said Democratic National
 Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe. "The American people are not blind.
 They see that between the arsenic rollback, the flip-flop on regulating carbon
 pollution, and his stated desire to drill oil in our most pristine wilderness,
 Bush is more concerned about servicing the big business special interests than
 protecting the people. The public is justifiably outraged, and now Bush is
 paying the price."
     "In part, the surprise over Mr. Bush's environmental decisions reflects
 broader lack of recognition over the new president's conservative bent," says
 the Journal. "Anyone who closely examined his record as governor of Texas or
 his campaign statements shouldn't have been amazed -- he is more conservative
 than his father, for instance, on a number of issues. But his campaign
 messages of racial inclusion and education reform led many to expect a more
 moderate presidency." (Wall Street Journal, 4/20/01)
     "George W. Bush has always been an enemy to the environment, starting with
 his stint as Texas Governor," said McAuliffe. "Under his watch, Houston became
 the smoggiest city in the country, and Texas was ranked worst in the nation in
 overall toxic releases. The American people know that we can't afford let him
 do the same thing to the nation."
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Any
 illusions the American people had that George W. Bush may actually favor the
 people over big business were completely erased with his move to roll back
 arsenic standards for drinking water, according to an article in today's Wall
 Street Journal.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000107/DCF015 )
     "President Bush never intended his trademark 'compassionate conservatism'
 to be defined by the level of arsenic he allows in drinking water. But it may
 well come to that," the article says. "The arsenic decision was one of a
 string of early moves by Mr. Bush that stunned environmental activists and
 convinced them -- and many ordinary citizens, as well -- that the president
 was putting the interests of his business backers ahead of environmental
 concerns."
     "The people who voted for Al Gore last year realized that when it came to
 George W. Bush and the environment, the charm would quickly turn to harm. Now
 the rest of the country is realizing that, too," said Democratic National
 Committee (DNC) Chairman Terry McAuliffe. "The American people are not blind.
 They see that between the arsenic rollback, the flip-flop on regulating carbon
 pollution, and his stated desire to drill oil in our most pristine wilderness,
 Bush is more concerned about servicing the big business special interests than
 protecting the people. The public is justifiably outraged, and now Bush is
 paying the price."
     "In part, the surprise over Mr. Bush's environmental decisions reflects
 broader lack of recognition over the new president's conservative bent," says
 the Journal. "Anyone who closely examined his record as governor of Texas or
 his campaign statements shouldn't have been amazed -- he is more conservative
 than his father, for instance, on a number of issues. But his campaign
 messages of racial inclusion and education reform led many to expect a more
 moderate presidency." (Wall Street Journal, 4/20/01)
     "George W. Bush has always been an enemy to the environment, starting with
 his stint as Texas Governor," said McAuliffe. "Under his watch, Houston became
 the smoggiest city in the country, and Texas was ranked worst in the nation in
 overall toxic releases. The American people know that we can't afford let him
 do the same thing to the nation."
 
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