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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

"Will Say Anything To Get Re-elected"

A former White House official is accusing the Bush administration of failing to fulfill its commitment to faith-based charities. David Kuo, former deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Innitiatives, pointed out that the initial plan to allow tax-breaks without itemization for donations to charities was instead replaced by a measure that primarily benefited the wealthy--the estate-tax repeal.

He also pointed out that these faith-based programs received only $500 million over the first four years of Bush's reign, $6.3 billion less than what Bush had originally promised. He states that the administration is promoting the expansion of these programs when, in fact, funding has been cut and that the "grandly announced new programs aren't what they appear."

One example he cites, is the anti-gang initiative announced by Bush in his State of the Union address to be headed by Laura Bush. The program was hailed as new, but the $50 million funding is coming from another poorly funded program intended to help religious charities apply for federal grants.

The Peach just sees this as another example of how Bush will say and do anything to stay in power, including his version of the shell game.

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