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Bush: Definitely back on the hash
1/14/04, 5:12pm (Last Edited: 1/14/04, 5:13pm)
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From the net:

http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Jan/01142004/nation_w/12
8954.asp

"President plans to spend $1.5B to promote marriage Administration officials say they are planning an extensive election-year initiative to promote marriage, especially among low-income couples.

For months, administration officials have been working with conservative groups on the proposal, which would provide at least $1.5 billion for training to help couples develop interpersonal skills that sustain "healthy marriages."

The officials said they believed that the measure was especially timely now because they were facing pressure from conservatives eager to see the federal government defend traditional marriage, following a decision by the highest court in Massachusetts. The court ruled in November that gay couples had a right to marry under the state's Constitution."

We are putting in billions upon billions of dollars into Iraq... we have a huge deficit that is growing by the day (that didn't exist before Bush took office)... and he is allocating 1.5 billion for government-sponsored marriage counselling?

Bush *IS* a member of the "less government," Republican party, correct?

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Re: Bush: Definitely back on the hash
1/15/04, 3:58am
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>From the net:
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>http://www.sltrib.com/2004/Jan/01142004/nation_w/12
8954.asp

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>"President plans to spend $1.5B to promote marriage
>Administration officials say they are planning an extensive
>election-year initiative to promote marriage, especially among
>low-income couples.
>
>For months, administration officials have been working with
>conservative groups on the proposal, which would provide at
>least $1.5 billion for training to help couples develop
>interpersonal skills that sustain "healthy marriages."
>
>The officials said they believed that the measure was
>especially timely now because they were facing pressure from
>conservatives eager to see the federal government defend
>traditional marriage, following a decision by the highest
>court in Massachusetts. The court ruled in November that gay
>couples had a right to marry under the state's
>Constitution."

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>We are putting in billions upon billions of dollars into
>Iraq... we have a huge deficit that is growing by the day
>(that didn't exist before Bush took office)... and he is
>allocating 1.5 billion for government-sponsored marriage
>counselling?
>
>Bush *IS* a member of the "less government," Republican party,
>correct?

How about just eliminating the marriage penalty that we pay in our taxes???

No..that would make too much sense....

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Re: Bush: Definitely back on the hash
1/15/04, 8:57am
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It gets more ridiculous all the time, doesn't it.

It's maddening that we are paying to rebuild Iraq and gas prices are going up and up and up. Why dont we take control of their oil? Why doesn't the president do something about that?

I thing counselling for potential marriage is a great idea BUT it shouldn't be a presidential initiative.

And I'm still waiting to see him do something worthwhile about the state of healthcare in this country....and helping seniors pay for their medications.

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1/15/04, 4:49pm
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>It's maddening that we are paying to rebuild Iraq and gas
>prices are going up and up and up. Why dont we take control
>of their oil? Why doesn't the president do something about
>that?

Because there is a prevalent Arabic argument (or "liberal" argument, as Bush, Limbaugh, or Coulter would call it) that the oil is the only reason we are involved in the Middle East at all. There is a lot of truth to this, I think... but, we have to make it APPEAR that it isn't true.

>I thing counselling for potential marriage is a great idea BUT
>it shouldn't be a presidential initiative.

Me, too. Marie and I had "marriage encounter" through her church (was a fun time for this Jewish boy, but I digress)... but, I do believe that it was useful... AND, that it should be promoted either through a private business or through the church ONLY -- NOT by our government.

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