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Jul-23-2008 02:09printcomments

National Bush Legacy Bus Tour to Make Latest Stops in Portland and Salem

A 45-foot, 28 ton Rolling Bush Museum Makes Latest Stop on National Tour / Local OR Progressive Leaders to Hold Sen. Smith Accountable for Enabling Disastrous Bush/Conservative Policies That Have Harmed Our National Security, Ruined the Economy and Sacrificed Key Domestic Priorities.


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(PORTLAND, Ore.) - In what supporters of the President have dubbed his "legacy year," Americans United for Change, the progressive issue-advocacy group best known for leading the successful fight to beat back President Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security in 2005, has hit the road its latest effort -- the Bush Legacy Bus.

The 45-foot long, 28 ton, clean bio-diesel-powered museum on wheels features several interactive exhibits on how two terms of failed conservative policies supported by Bush and his allies – including Sens. John McCain and Gordon Smith – have weakened America’s security abroad while neglecting and undermining important priorities here at home.

The Bush Legacy Tour will make two stops in Oregon – first on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008 in Portland at 12:00 PM PT at Tom McCall Waterfront Park by SW Yamhill and SW Taylor, and then on Thursday, July 24th, in Salem at 10:00 AM PT at State Capitol Plaza (Wall of Water), 980 Court St. N.E.

Americans United will be joined by Oregon Action and other local OR labor and progressive leaders to hold Sen. Gordon Smith accountable for voting in lockstep with this President’s worst policy failures 81 percent of the time in the last full congressional term, according to Congressional Quarterly.

He stood with Bush on everything from tax cuts for millionaires that never managed to ‘trickle-down’ to everyone else; to a 2005 Republican energy bill written by and for big oil companies making record profits that did nothing to lower gas prices; to keeping U.S. troops struck in the crosshairs of a religious civil war in Iraq.

The bus will be opened to the public where the people of Oregon will be given the chance to reflect on how 8 years of failed Bush/conservative polices have left behind an economy in shambles, millions more without health insurance, an endless and mismanaged war in Iraq that has stretched our military to the breaking point, and thousands each day losing their jobs, their homes, and their dignity.

The Bush Legacy tour kicked off in Washington D.C. on June 24th and will travel coast-to-coast throughout the summer, making nearly 150 stops in the hometowns of Bush’s allies in Congress, both national political conventions and symbolic and historic locations like New Orleans and Crawford, TX. Click here to visit the Bush Legacy Tour homepage: bushlegacytour.com.

Jobs with Justice, AFSCME, ACORN, SEIU/OPEU, Oregon Health Action Campaign, Oregonians for Health Security, will bring the 45-foot, 28 ton Rolling Bush Legacy Museum to be Opened to Public / Sen. Smith to Be Held Accountable for Enabling Disastrous Bush Policies That Have Harmed Our National Security and Sacrificed So Many Domestic Priorities.

1st Bush Legacy Bus Stop in Portland, Oregon, happens Wednesday, July 23rd at 12:00 PM at Tom McCall Waterfront Park by SW Yamhill and SW Taylor in Portland.

The 2nd Bush Legacy Bus Stop happens in in Salem, Thursday, July 24th, 2008 at 10:00 AM, at the State Capitol Plaza (Wall of Water), 980 Court St. N.E., Salem, Oregon.



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jobob July 29, 2008 9:30 pm (Pacific time)

if you read the article, you would know who funded it.learn to read.


Nightengale July 25, 2008 8:10 am (Pacific time)

My primary comment deals with a brief subject mentioned in this article that deals with the millions (I heard the number 47 million plus) who do not have healthcare, for a variety of reasons. Does anyone know of any country that has a good working national healthcare sysytem? There is something kind of scary putting our government in charged of a massive healthcare program. Also would those here illegally be given the same healthcare package as U.S. citizens? How could you not, but then can you imagine the anger and resentment that would develop. There would be highly armed security personnel all over to keep the peace in my opinion, and I doubt if they would be able to keep the peace. Whatever happens this will be a very difficult program and am confident that all the lawmakers will not be using the same health program as the masses. Many of you know that the Veterans Administration struggles to provide medical care for our veterans. Canada and England's national system is getting worse, so when you hear some politico say that we will work out the "bugs", you believe them? This is a very emotional topic, but letting the government get more power over the health system beyond medicare (major fraud happening constantly!) is asking for real trouble. There are many types of programs out there, public and private, I suggest we ease into this before we go full board into the "red-tape abyss!" Though this will be an election issue, it most likely will be overshadowed by our energy problems, for that is what is really hurting our economy. Currently over 75% of Americans as per major pollsters want drilling offshore and ANWAR, etc. . So those who are obstructing this will have a real wake-up call. The November election will be about energy policy, and the voter's are not going to be flumoxed on this issue.


Anonymous July 23, 2008 12:47 pm (Pacific time)

Anyone know who funded this tour?

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