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11-07-2013, 06:16 PM
- John Ellis "Jeb" Bush was born February 11, 1953 in Midland, Texas, the second son of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

- Jeb Bush: Co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force. http://www.cfr.org/immigration/us-immigration-policy/p20030

- On Tuesday September 10, Jeb Bush, chairman of the board for the National Constitution Center and former governor of Florida, presented former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Democrat) with the group’s annual Liberty Medal.

It is hard to understand why Gov. Bush would want to bolster Secretary Clinton’s credentials in such a way. Her actual lifetime accomplishments are so razor thin that an award celebrating her lifetime accomplishments presented by a likely Republican presidential candidate will drastically help her in this regard.

This decision becomes even more questionable on Bush’s part when considering the timing.

The day after the ceremony, 9/11/13, was the first anniversary of the attack on America’s consulate in Benghazi, which many believe could have been avoided had then-Secretary of State Clinton not bungled it so badly. There is still an open investigation regarding her State Department’s gross negligence that possibly led to the death of four Americans in Benghazi that night.

The National Constitution Center’s website has a long profile of Secretary Clinton which tries to provide some reasoning for the decision to give her this award. It is striking to note though, that there are very few, if any, actual accomplishments noted.

It finally praises Clinton for “advocating for universal health care.”

Secretary Clinton’s tireless advocacy for the nationalization of the healthcare industry, one sixth of the American economy, will not be seen as much of an accomplishment after Obamacare wrecks the economy with skyrocketing healthcare costs and severely decreased quality of care.

Clinton playfully joked that the two ex-presidents are “let’s face it, the classic odd couple of American politics.” She said the duo “just had one of their annual play dates up in Kennebunkport,” at the Bush family compound in Maine.

“Jeb and I are not just renewing an American tradition of bipartisanship. We’re keeping up a family tradition as well,” Clinton said.


- From 2004 to 2007, Bush served as a Board Member for the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB). Created by Congress, the board's purpose is to establish policy on reports examining K-12 students' academic progress in America's public and private schools. Since then Bush's education foundation has advocated for the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

- October 2013 - As Florida education officials concluded three days of public hearings on the Common Core education standards, former Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday again strongly defended the standards at a national education forum in Boston.

State education officials have started avoiding using the term “Common Core” in describing the standards, which guidelines, designed to help children think more critically, laying out say youngsters across the country should know at each grade.

The Summit ended with a closing keynote by Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, and former White House chief of staff for President Obama. No need to describe its contents. He is for the Common Core, financed by the Obama administration's "Race to the Top." For Jeb Bush, it gave the Summit a glowing patina of nonpartisanship.

- In 1990, Jeb Bush interceded with his father, the president, to pardon Orlando Bosch, a Cuban exile whom Attorney General Dick Thornburgh called an "unrepentant terrorist." Bosch was released from prison and granted residency in the U.S.

- In April 2013, Jeb Bush authored a cover story for Newsmax magazine, arguing that America's entitlement system risked collapse unless there was a course correction in U.S. public policy. Bush touted a six-point plan to restore growth to the economy, including a key plank calling for more legal immigration. "A growth agenda is inextricably linked with a welcoming immigration policy", he wrote.

- Father George Herbert Walker Bush, advocated during speeches for “A New World Order”
on September 11, 1990 and March 06, 1991.

- Father George Herbert Walker Bush, member and Director of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

- Brother George W. Bush signed the Repeal the 4th Amendment Act (Patriot Act).

- Florida budget grew by 27% during Jeb Bush's terms. Cato Institute criticized Bush for having overseen "explosive growth" and gave him a grade of "D" for controlling spending. (Dec 2009)

- Jeb Bush said that the banker bailout that gave failed banks over 700 billion dollars of tax-payer money was “The
right thing to do“. Quoted: “Bank bailouts were needed to avoid financial unraveling.” (Aug 2009)

- Jeb Bush’s positions puts him in line with Romney. Bush said that he thought some aspects of the bank bailout were necessary. Bush worked as a consultant for Lehman Brothers before its collapse, and currently serves as a senior adviser to Barclays Capital. (2012)

- OpEd: 1990 S&L bailout included $4M to Jeb Bush; 7-figure contribution that US taxpayers made to Jeb's net worth. (Feb 2007)

- “We are not safe; not in our homes, not anywhere”, Jeb said in a speech officially kicking off his campaign. (Feb 2007)

- Jeb Bush: Fewer death-row appeals; faster executions. (Jan 2000)

- Jeb Bush: Build more prisons; private contracts OK. (Jul 1998)

- Jeb Bush: Florida Forever: $1 Billion for environmental land purchases. (Dec 2009)

- Jeb Bush: U.S. tech revolution needs more foreign-born scientists. (Mar 2013)

- Jeb Bush: “the US is committed to intervene and provide support to the state of Israel.” (2004)

- Jeb Bush: Biometrics for tourist visas (Mar 2013)

- Jeb Bush promised an open administration, however he built new barriers to the state's public records law, forcing requesters to wait weeks or months, and then pay hundreds and thousands of dollars, to obtain information that should have been theirs for the asking. He instituted a regime of message control - rewarding journalists who carried his official line, punishing those who did not, but also attempting to censor outside entities. (2007) http://www.ontheissues.org/Next_Bush.htm

- Jeb Bush: Maintain state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms. “I support an instant background check for all guns purchased at a gun show.” (1998)

- Jeb Bush increased transportation budget by 96% over 8 years. (Dec 2009)

- Jeb Bush: $24M for X-ray truck inspection & bioterrorism labs. (Jan 2002)

- OpEd: Jeb Bush not distancing himself from brother's Afghan policy. (Mar 2013)

- Jeb Bush: Encourage regime change in Iran; keep military option open. (Nov 2010)



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