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Dean calls for end to 'culture of corruption'


Dean calls for end to 'culture of corruption'
By JOSIE HUANG, Portland Press Herald Writer
LEWISTON — The Bush White House is the most corrupt administration in U.S. history since President Warren G. Harding's, said Howard Dean during his first visit to Maine as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Dean's comments Saturday came as top White House advisers are being investigated for their roles in the outing of a CIA operative and Tom DeLay, the former second-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, faces conspiracy and money-laundering charges.

"The first thing we're going to do is we're going to have ethics come back to Washington again," said Dean, the keynote speaker at Saturday night's annual fundraising dinner for the Maine Democratic Party at the Lewiston Armory.

To deal with the "culture of corruption," Dean said, there needs to be an ethics code in Congress and stronger campaign finance laws.

Dean, a former Vermont governor who was once a front-runner in the 2004 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, alluded to criticism that Democrats have been too timid and vague in their message and have not capitalized on Republicans' weaknesses.

Dean said that if Democrats don't stand up for themselves, voters won't have any reason to believe they would be well-represented.

"We have to stand up and say who we are and why we believe what we believe," he said.

Dean said if the Democrats were to regain power, the party would be strong on national defense. He said the party never would send troops abroad without telling them the truth about why they were going, and without adequately arming them.

Dean said that Democrats also would make sure every American has access to health insurance.

"If 40 industrial nations can do it and balance the budget at the same time, it's time to have somebody in the White House who can chew gum and think at the same time," he said.

More than 400 party loyalists listened as Dean described Democrats as a party of moral values, while criticizing Republicans as trying to divide Americans over race, sexual orientation and country of origin.

Dean said Republicans should not have interfered in the Terri Schiavo right-to-life case.

"I'm tired of the ayatollahs of the right wing," Dean said. "We're fighting for freedom in Iraq. We're going to fight for freedom in America."

Dean urged Maine Democrats to run for state office in 2006, and to maintain Democratic control of the State House that Gov. John Baldacci needs to push through his initiatives.

Maine is the 33rd state Dean has visited since taking over as chairman this year. He received several standing ovations during a program that also included Baldacci and Democratic U.S. Reps. Tom Allen and Michael Michaud.

The purpose of the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner was to raise money and rally the party faithful, and the event often took a light-hearted tone. Allen made one of several DeLay jokes of the night when he said he heard there was a new television show called "Desperate House Leaders."

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HOW DID WE GET IN THIS MESS - U-ALL - ?

from the ( Re-Written) DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE
by RogerART.com

First Published in Feb, 2001

.

To PROVE that MILLIONAIRES, in disproportionate numbers to the US Population,

have Monopolized and bought the Government…

Compare the numbers below.

Approximately 286 million people make up the American Population.

280 MILLION PEOPLE have LESS THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

6 MILLION PEOPLE have MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

Yet in the bush family government most are MULTIMILLIONAIRES.

Comparing these numbers is proof and confirms that

Millionaires Overwhelm, WE the PEOPLE, in the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches of Government

And this is criminal.

BUSH is a MULTI-MILLIONAIRE and part of a MULTI-MILLION Dollar Family Political Business

CHENEY is a MULTI-MILLIONAIRE and OIL WAR PROFITEER with serious energy conflict of interests

MOST ALL of the bush CABINET and APPOINTEES are MULTI-MILLIONAIRES

6 of the 9 SUPREME COURT JUSTICES are MILLIONAIRES

MORE THAN 100 people in the HOUSE and SENATE are MILLIONAIRES

The Numbers above Confirm that there is a Conspiracy in America Today.

Treason has Occurred

and

the FIX is in…

.

Continued at

http://www.RogerART.com

Thank U, RogerART.com

Dean's got the '06 campaign slogan!

"Weighing the Uniqueness of the Bush Administration's National Security Decision-Making Process: Boon or Danger to American Democracy?"

by: COL. LAWRENCE WILKERSON, USA (RET.) FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 2002-2005

Entire speech on video or transcript can be found here:

http://www.newamerica.net/index.cfm?pg=event&EveID=520

He spells it all out. Pass this on to everyone who has ears................!

Cspan's book tv aired an interview today with Scott Ritter and Seymour Hersh. They seemed to concur that the first Democratic candidate to stand up against the war would get rapid support from Dems. Is Dean standing up? Sounds like it. Democrats need to think and speak clearly and forcibly. We need to offer not just criticism but provide alternatives to the bushco policies. This is a good start.

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