.. Post’s Governors Guide strong families, local control, individual responsibility, and limited responsibility are principles guiding Governor Bush’s major initiatives. He continually states the importance of family and education in society. He says that education is his number one priority. He believes for our society to become compassionate and responsible we must first teach children to read and comprehend. According to this page he says, “Government is necessary, but not necessarily government.” His staff knows that any proposal brought before him must encourage personal responsibility, local control, and fiscal responsibility. He has encouraged a voluntary clean up program for companies and individuals to participate in that has brought back $170 million dollars in property and has created 3,000 jobs. Since his first term 115 older companies have reduced emissions by 100,000 each year.
To make Texas a safer place he has aided in passing anti-stalking laws and no sex offender is allowed to live in Texas without registering first with local authorities. He has declared a zero tolerance for violent crimes on school grounds. If any youth is found in violation of a violent of sexually orientated law he or she must be reported to the teachers of that school and he or she pose a threat they may be placed in alternative education programs. He supports the legal drinking age of 21 and has implemented one of the nations toughest anti-youth-smoking laws. He believes in the death penalty for those who have committed “horrible” crimes.
He also believes that Texas prisons are a place of work and punishment. All prisoners in Texas work either building houses for the needy, farming for food banks, making road signs, Braille books, government furniture, or laundry detergent. He also supports welfare reform, creating jobs and not dependency for those in need, yet his 1997 legislation passed a bill not allowing government to interfere with private charity help for these people. Now Governor Bush was ready to make his stand on a national level. On June 12, 1999 Governor Bush announced he would run for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. He already has the backing of 15 Republican Governors.
Even Kent Hance who beat him in the 1977 congressional elections has contributed money. At the beginning no one took Governor Bush’s bid too seriously but as time went by Bush gained steam and support. He was already miles ahead of the other Republicans and Democrats (Vice President Al Gore and former Senator Bill Brady) hoping to earn the nomination for his or her party. In the Republican race for presidential nomination he faced Elizabeth Dole, Dan Quayle, Steven Forbes, and John McCain. In a Time/CNN poll 55% of those polled would vote for Bush, and 42% for Al Gore, however George Bush had the Republican nominee vote 40% ahead of the runner-up, Elizabeth Dole, who had 14% of the vote according to the Time/CNN poll.
George W. Bush had matured a lot form his past and has impressed enough people in high places to earn the most money in the shortest amount of time ever in an United States presidential campaign according to June 30,1999 edition of the Corpus Christi Caller Times. According to the Caller Times Bush had earned $20 million in just four months leading up to his GOP nomination. Fortunate for Bush he had made a connection with many Americans and not including those who know nothing about him most like him. For Bush supporters it is not the “name brand” that they believe that won him the Presidency, it is the values and policies he stands for.
As Bush came out of the bitter fight for the Presidency he is ready to unite the nation and take his role as leader. President-elect Bush knows that his Presidency has been tainted with the Florida and Supreme Court battles and he must make concessions to be an effective leader. Bush’s top priorities as President are education, health care and health care reform, Social Security, and the budget and tax cuts. The President-elect plans for decentralizing government spills over to privatizing Social Security and parts of national health care. Bush keeps pushing to use the budget surplus for tax cuts and will most likely try to push a tax cut at the beginning of his term.
The rough economic times that have befallen on America will serve as a proving ground for George Bush. The new President will have to forge an economic plan that will better the economy and provide Americans with a sense of safety that was always their with President Clinton. The Cabinet positions that Bush has appointed so far have been labeled savvy and politically sensitive. Following the playbook of Clinton, Bush has selected an ethnic and gender array of people for Cabinet positions. The appointments for Bush’s Cabinet include: Chief of Staff Bush has chosen Andrew Card, a longtime Bush family aide. Card is a former U.S.
transportation secretary and was a vice president for government relations for General Motors. Secretary of State Retired Gen. Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a key figure in the Gulf War, is the president-elect’s choice to lead American foreign policy. Treasury Secretary Bush has nominated Paul O’Neill, 65, the chairman of Alcoa Inc. since 1987 and deputy budget director under President Gerald Ford. Defense Secretary Bush has selected Daniel Rumsfeld, a five-time defense secretary under Republican presidents.
Rumsfeld plans to continue trying to build a Missile Defense System that he started under Reagan. Attorney General Bush has nominated Republican Sen. John Ashcroft of Missouri who lost his bid for re-election. FBI Director Candidates include John C. Jack Lawn, Reagan-Bush Drug Enforcement Agency chief.
CIA Director Possible candidates include Rep. Porter Goss, R-Florida National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Russia expert and former provost of Stanford University. Health and Human Services secretary Possible nominees include Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson; Gail R. Wilensky, former administrator of the federal Health Care Financing Administration; Kay James, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and past executive of the Family Research Council. Education Secretary Possible nominees include Pennsylvania Gov.
Tom Ridge; Sandy Kress, Bush’s education adviser and former Dallas Democratic Party chairman; former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean; Houston school superintendent Roderick Paige; Arizona education superintendent Lisa Graham Keegan; Pennsylvania Education Secretary Eugene W. Hickock. Commerce Secretary Bush has named his friend and campaign chairman Don Evans, a Texas oil tycoon. Agriculture Secretary Bush has nominated Ann Veneman, California’s former agriculture director, to become agriculture secretary. Energy Secretary Possible nominees include Alaska Gov.
Tony Knowles, a Democrat who supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska; defeated Republican Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash.; and Rep. Ralph Hall, a Texas Democrat. Labor Secretary Possible nominees include Rep. Jim Talent, R-Mo.; Rep.
Jennifer Dunn, R-Wash.; former Reagan administration civil rights commissioner Linda Chavez; Connecticut Gov. John Rowland. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Bush has nominated Orange County, Fla. official Mel Martinez. Veterans Affairs Secretary Candidates include ousted Democratic Sen. Chuck Robb, D-Va. Transportation Secretary Possible nominees include Wisconsin Gov.
Tommy Thompson; Elaine L. Chao, former deputy transportation secretary in first Bush administration; Rep. Jennifer Dunn, R- Wash.; Sen. Spencer Abraham, R-Michigan. Office of Management and Budget Candidates include Rep.
John Kasich, R- Ohio. Drug Policy Chief Candidates include John C. Jack Lawn, Reagan-Bush Drug Enforcement Agency chief. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman is Bush’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
As America heads into the new millennium, George W. Bush will be at the helm of the most powerful nation on the planet. Through all the controversy of the election results, President Bush will need to unravel bipartisanship and bring the country together. Many believed that Bush had no chance of becoming President because of his obscurity in the national limelight. However, Bush emerged as person that could appeal to all races and people’s with his personality. Soon, Governor Bush’s record in Texas came into notice and people put their faith into the oil man from Texas. President Bush is ready to lead this nation and only time will tell if the Governor can fit into the Washington circle.