Tuesday, August 10, 2004

AFGE Responds to Bush Ad Entitled "Ownership"

John Gage, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees slams the latest Bush Campaign Ad...

In a newly released campaign ad, President Bush claims that in a reform agenda, "government must stand with people," and that people must be encouraged "to own something."

"I'd like to remind the president that a government that stands with its people requires a leader who understands that it's the people who own the government,"said John Gage, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). "George W. Bush treats the resources of the U.S. Government as if they were his to sell off to corporations and consultants.

"When the president says that people should be encouraged to 'own their own health plan, or a piece of their retirement,' we can read the code. What he's really saying is, 'trust us as we turn Social Security (news - web sites) into a Wall Street crap shoot,' or, 'why would you possibly need affordable health insurance if we give you a little tax-free savings account?'

"In his ad, the Mr. Bush asserts that those who 'own something,' have 'a vital stake in the future of America.' In truth, all Americans own something; through our taxes, we're all shareholders in the government of the United States. We're well aware of the vital stake we hold in America's future."

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 600,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.

To view the Bush ad in question, visit http://www.georgewbush.com/Default.aspx?toparea=video


Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Kerry is wrong.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

The above annonymous comment is quite "insightful" and shows the depth of knowlege we expect from Kerry's opponents.

We deal in the facts. Bush deals in fooling people who don't look into the facts.

2:27 PM  

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