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    Ashcroft Out??? Arafat coma, 3 new supreme court justices... OMG soo much good stuff!

    Ewwww. were gonna have a fun year!!!!!!!!!!!!!





    Bush Starts Planning Second Term

    President Bush shakes hands with Vice President Dick Cheney as the President's daughter Jenna, center, looks on during a victory rally, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)


    November 4, 2004 09:11 AM EST


    WASHINGTON - His second term secured, President Bush is reaching out and asking the 55 million people who voted to oust him from office to get behind the ambitious agenda he's laid out for the next four years.

    The work of making good on a raft of tough-to-keep campaign promises begins Thursday, when Bush sits down with his Cabinet for their first such meeting since Aug. 2.

    In a quietly jubilant victory speech Wednesday that came a full 21 hours after the polls closed, Bush outlined the goals he plans to start work on immediately and pursue in the next four years, a period he termed "a season of hope."

    He pledged to keep up the fight against terrorism, press for stable democracies in Iraq and Afghanistan, simplify the tax code, allow younger workers to invest some of their Social Security withholdings in the stock market, continue to raise accountability standards in public schools and "uphold our deepest values and family and faith."

    Other items include reforms to the nation's intelligence community, halving the record $413 billion deficit, expanding health care coverage, a constitutional ban on gay marriage and moving "this goodhearted nation toward a culture of life."

    "Reaching these goals will require the broad support of Americans," Bush said as he asked Sen. John Kerry's disappointed supporters to back him - even though many of his proposals are anathema to those who opposed his re-election.

    "I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust," he said. "When we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America."

    Bush also has pledged a full-court press with Congress, where a continued GOP lock on both houses makes getting his wishes granted easier, but not guaranteed for a lame-duck president.

    The disputed 2000 election left Bush without a mandate, but he governed as if he had one. The White House made clear Wednesday that it believes that mandate did not elude Bush this time, when he became the first presidential candidate since 1988 to win a majority of the popular vote, 51 percent.

    "President Bush ran forthrightly on a clear agenda for this nation's future, and the nation responded by giving him a mandate," Vice President Dick Cheney said, introducing Bush.

    Even before the election, aides started work on a new budget, and the administration is preparing to ask Congress for up to $75 billion more to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and operations against terrorism. The figure indicates the wars' costs, particularly to battle the intensified Iraqi insurgency, are far exceeding expectations laid out early this year.

    Another sticky item could be a Supreme Court appointment, with Chief Justice William Rehnquist, 80, suffering from thyroid cancer. Time and energy also will be consumed dealing with the inevitable rash of Cabinet departures, likely to include at least Secretary of State Colin Powell, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson.

    Still, Bush is sure to spend the remaining days of his first term and much of his second dealing primarily with the same issues that have dominated the last three years - the anti-terror battle, the war in Iraq and the economy.

    In Iraq, where more than 1,100 American soldiers have died and a violent insurgency continues, Bush must seek to fulfill his pledge to turn the country into a model democracy for the Arab world and bring U.S. troops home. He campaigned on a claim of superior ability to lead there, but without describing precisely how he would accomplish either goal.

    But first, some time for rest after a grueling, bitter campaign. After the Cabinet meeting, Bush was headed to the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland for a long weekend.

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    Terrorism is WAY overplayed.......better we spand the money against drunk drivers.......way more likely to get killed by one of those guys

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    Terrorism is WAY overplayed.......better we spand the money against drunk drivers.......way more likely to get killed by one of those guys

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    I agree. Terrorism has been going on for centuries... you cant kill every cell becasue new cells are formed before the old ones are gone. Its really a pointless objective. Rather than spend so much money in destrustion, we should let the CIA and FBI do their job and relay on their intelligence. The FBI warned the white house of the 9/11 attacks several days before it happened but the MEMO went un-noticed for whatever reason.

    Lets let the CIA & FBI do what they do best, just we'll take their reccomendations a little more seriously this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastCoaster
    I agree. Terrorism has been going on for centuries... you cant kill every cell becasue new cells are formed before the old ones are gone. Its really a pointless objective. Rather than spend so much money in destrustion, we should let the CIA and FBI do their job and relay on their intelligence. The FBI warned the white house of the 9/11 attacks several days before it happened but the MEMO went un-noticed for whatever reason.

    Lets let the CIA & FBI do what they do best, just we'll take their reccomendations a little more seriously this time.
    that and we gotta stop leaking info to the media its really ridiculouos what these blood suckers do. They let everyone know that t"hey are expecting an attack at such and such building/camp/area/whatever"......all a terrorist has to do is turn on the news and say "hey! back to the drawing board!"

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