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Quotes - Dubya the Policymaker (2001 and earlier)
(Dubya's command of the issues in full relief)
We're looking at border policies, both with Canada and with Mexico. And we'll continue doing what we're doing now, which is any time we get a lead, we're going to disrupt — we're going to bring them in and give them a chance to protect Americans.
Which is of course every Canadian/Mexican's dream, Crawford, Texas, Dec. 31, 2001
REPORTER: Sir, would you consider bringing — or asking Congress to come back early and finish the economic stimulus?
REPORTER: Are you angry at anyone in Congress?
DUBYA: No, I'm not angry at all. I'm joyous. I welcome the holiday season. No, but I don't intend to bring them back early.
REPORTER: What is the impact of not passing a stimulus before the end of the year?
DUBYA: Well, the impact was it was disappointing.
REPORTER: What about for the American people?
DUBYA: Well, we'll just have to see. We'll have to see what the effects are. And we'll have time when they come back to take a look-see at the state of the economy. We're continuing to get mixed signals. Hopefully, the economy will be good, but we'll just have to — we'll deal with it when we get back.
Dubya's sense of immediacy in passing an economic stimulus package fades in the end there. And the chief impact in not passing the package was Dubya's disappointment. How terrible for
And I must say, relations with Congress are a heck of a lot better than they have been in the past, because congressmen and senators of both parties are interested about what's doing right for the American people.
Frank admission that congressional politicians, even those in his own party who have run both houses until recently, typically operate in direct conflict with what's right for the American people, Town hall meeting, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001
Because when I was coming up, and a lot of other older-looking people here who were coming up with me — that would never have happened in the past.
In reference to changing security relationship between US and Russia. The statement makes a little more sense if you substitute "coming up" with "growing up", but not much more. Town hall meeting, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001
The problem with the kind of federal approach and only federal approach is, is that we may encourage you to become trained in a job that doesn't exist. And so the real thing is, is there money available for job training? Is there money available from the federal government to say to Governor Bush of Florida, here is some dough. Set up a system that will actually match people with skills and jobs that exist.
Looking for a system supporting jobs that exist, which certainly seems sensible enough, Town hall meeting, Orlando, Florida, Dec. 4, 2001
And so one of the areas where I think the average Russian will realize that the stereotypes of America have changed is that it's a spirit of cooperation, not one-upmanship. That we now understand one plus one can equal three, as opposed to us and Russia we hope to be zero.
Sheer genius. Don't know what it means. Crawford High School, Crawford, Texas, Nov. 15, 2001
Oh, I read all kinds of speculation about what this administration was or was not going to do. What I'm telling you is, is that we are fully committed to the Mitchell process. And we are fully committed to working with both sides to bring the level of terror down to an acceptable level for both.
Dubya pitching well-adjusted terror that everyone can agree to, White House, Oct. 2, 2001
Now, there are some who are second-guessing tax relief. You hear the voices begin to filter out of their home states. I presume those who now oppose tax relief are for raising your taxes.
If you're against Dubya's tax relief plan, you're for raising taxes, apparently, San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 29, 2001
One of the interesting initiatives we've taken in Washington, D.C., is we've got these vampire-busting devices. A vampire is a — a cell deal you can plug in the wall to charge your cell phone.
Denver, Colorado, Aug. 14, 2001
There's a lot of people in the Middle East who are desirous to get into the Mitchell process. And — but first things first. The — these terrorist acts and, you know, the responses have got to end in order for us to get the framework — the groundwork — not framework, the groundwork to discuss a framework for peace, to lay the — all right.
Trying to explain the Mitchell process, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 13, 2001
You can't pass a law that says 'thou shalt love thy neighbor' or 'you will be neighborly'. That's because America is full of just such decent people.
Actually, it's because America is a democracy that such a law can't be passed, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 13, 2001
It's a meaningful piece of legislation for this part of the country because a lot of people make their living on the farm and on the ranch. And we want our families to be on the farms and ranch.
On signing the 2001 Farm Bill, Crawford, Texas, Aug. 13, 2001
We have a responsibility and Congress needs to bring me a bill that will help the patients who come to these hospitals maintain a reasonable insurance, and a bill that doesn't help lawyers.
Trying to make sense for the media at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia, Jul. 3, 2001
I haven't had a chance to talk, but I'm confident we'll get a bill that I can live with if we don't.
Referring to the McCain-Kennedy patients' bill of rights, Brussels, Belgium, Jun. 13, 2001
Russia is no longer our enemy and therefore we shouldn't be locked into a Cold War mentality that says we keep the peace by blowing each other up. In my attitude, that's old, that's tired, that's stale.
Des Moines, Iowa, Jun. 8, 2001
Can't living with the bill means it won't become law.
Referring to the McCain-Kennedy patients' bill of rights, Brussels, Belgium, Jun. 3, 2001
But I also made it clear to [Vladimir Putin] that it's important to think beyond the old days of when we had the concept that if we blew each other up, the world would be safe.
Washington, D.C., May 1, 2001
I had no idea we had so many weapons. What do we need them for?
Demonstrating grasp of America's nuclear weapons system, White House, May 1, 2001
I'm going to say it in the administration, it is important for us to use our resources and technologies to develop such a system so as to make threats to people around the world that, you know, as obsolete as possible, as irrelevant as possible. And that threat's not only in the Far East, but in the Middle East, as well, and to our own homeland.
To John King, CNN interview Apr. 25, 2001
If you live off the land, the people who care more about that than the people who live off the land — the reason I bring that up is because I want — a good policy understands the proper role of the federal government.
Remarks by the President to Environmental Youth Award Winners, Washington, D.C., Apr. 24, 2001
First, we would not accept a treaty that would not have been ratified, nor a treaty that I thought made sense for the country.
On the Kyoto accord in an interview with the Washington Post, Apr. 24, 2001
One of the biggest issues is changing the tone in our nation's capital. It's not really an issue like we know it.
National Newspaper Association 40th Annual Government Affairs Conference, Washington, D.C., Mar. 22, 2001
We need to change that attitude about how prolific we can be with the people's money.
Mar. 16, 2001
Part of the problem in dealing with North Korea, there's not very much transparency. We're not certain as to whether or not they're keeping all terms of all agreements.
Reviving a Cold War mentality in his assessment of North Korea, with whom the U.S. only has one agreement (a 1994 plutonium agreement), and to which the North Koreans are compliant according to White House officials, Washington, D.C., Mar. 15, 2001
Those of us who spent time in the agricultural sector, and in the heartland, we understand how unfair the death penalty is ... er ... the death tax is.
Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 28, 2001
My pan plays down an unprecedented amount of our national debt.
Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2001
As you know, I shy away from hypotheticals, Pancho. I'm going to resist the Christmas tree effect of tax policy. I don't want people putting ornaments on my plan.
Presidential press conference, White House, Feb. 22, 2001
The budget caps were busted, mightily so. And we are reviewing... some budgetary reform measures that will reinstate - you know, possibly reinstate budgetary discipline. But the caps no longer - the caps, I guess they're there. But they didn't mean much.
Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2001
I appreciate that question because I, in the state of Texas, had heard a lot of discussion about a faith-based initiative eroding the important bridge between church and state.
White House, Jan. 29, 2001
We say to seniors, "We understand how important prescription drug coverage, so prescription drugs will be an ingrinable part of the Medicare plan."
On principle, there ought to be a limit to how much the federal government can take of anybody's hardworking hard work, of hardworking money.
Financial Times, Oct. 21, 2000
If affirmative action means what I just described, what I'm for, then I'm for it.
St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 18, 2000
I think also what you need to think about is not the immediate, but what about Medicare? You get a plan that will include prescription drugs, a plan that will give you options. Now, I hope people understand that Medicare today is - is - is important, but it doesn't keep up with the new medicines. If you're a Medicare person, on Medicare, you don't get the new procedures. You're stuck in a time warp in many ways. So it will be a modern Medicare system that trusts you to make a variety of options for you.
Dubya attempts to explain his vision for Medicare, Presidential Debate #3, St. Louis, Missouri, Oct. 17, 2000
I don't think we need to be subliminable about the differences between our views on prescription drugs.
Orlando, Florida, Sep. 12, 2000
We don't believe in planners and deciders making the decisions on behalf of Americans.
Scranton, Pennsylvania, Sep. 6, 2000
This campaign not only hears the voices of the entrepreneurs and the farmers and the entrepreneurs, we hear the voices of those struggling to get ahead.
Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 21, 2000
The only things that I can tell you is that every case I have reviewed I have been comfortable with the innocence or guilt of the person that I've looked at. I do not believe we've put a guilty ... I mean innocent person to death in the state of Texas.
All Things Considered, NPR, Jun. 16, 2000
My plan is one, by the way, joined by Democrats as well as Republicans, that understands by taking advantage of the compounding rate of interest, younger workers will be able to have some — have benefits that are — that we anticipate a promise for the long run.
Interview on Fox News Channel, May 18, 2000
John and I both agree, and strongly agree, that if a shareholder, a stakeholder, a labor union member don't have the right to say where their money is being spending, on a campaign or an idea or on an issue, that shouldn't be spent.
Press conference with John McCain, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 9, 2000
In order to make sure there's not this kind of federal — federal cuff link, the federal structure on programs, there needs to be flexibility at the state level.
Campaign speech on education, Mar. 30, 2000
I would have said yes to abortion if only it was right. I mean, yeah it's right. Well no it's not right that's why I said no to it.
South Carolina, Feb. 14, 2000
I think we need not only to eliminate the tollbooth to the middle class, I think we should knock down the tollbooth.
As reported in the New York Times, Nashua, New Hampshire, Feb. 1, 2000
What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think, vulcanize society. So I don't know how that fits into what everybody else is saying, their relative positions, but that's my position.
As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2000
America is not ready to overturn Roe v. Wade because America's hearts are not right.
Strident summary statement regarding two-thirds of the American public, who favor maintaining legal abortions, Mar. 10, 1999
No one is going to threaten the governor of the state of Texas. My job is to enforce the laws of the state of Texas. That is my job and that is what I intend to do.
Responding to non-threatening calls by the Canadian government, USA Today, Amnesty International, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to grant a stay of execution for death row inmate Stan Faulder, San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 8, 1998
We believe in swift and sure punishment, and Texans believe in the death penalty. If you're a Canadian and come to our state, don't murder anybody.
I'm sure Canadians will keep that in mind when making their travel plans, San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 8, 1998
I've always believed the death penalty will deter death.
Not to mention his long-held fondness for contradiction... Austin, Texas, Jan. 15, 1998
Skeptics say, "Governor, if you take away our licenses, we won't be able to earn a living to pay child support." To those parents, I have a simple response: "Pay up."
Apparently not seeing the contradiction, 1995 State of the State Address, Austin, Texas, Feb. 7, 1995
I understand agriculture, I have a vision... we ought to be the country feeding faces all across the world.
Speaking to a group of people involved in agriculture, date unknown
All crime is hate crime.
Governor Dubya Bush during the 1999 Texas Legislative Session, wiping away the notion that "hate crimes" exist and putting a stop to hate crimes legislation he subseqently signed under pressure during the 2000 presidential race, date unknown
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