is for the sportsmen in your life. It may be you, or a significant other,
a relative or a friend. Hunters and anglers as a group supported Bush in
2000. Now they are having second thoughts.
Here are the results of a national survey by the National Wildlife Federation. 68% of sportsmen polled say they voted for Bush in 2000; 66% reported that they were conservatives; 42%, Republicans and 91%, male.
A majority praised Bush's wildlife funding initiatives
but complained that he was wrong on major conservation policies specifically
relating to clean air and clean water.
* 68% say wetlands should be protected; manmade wetlands are nowhere near natural ones.
* 64% believe that global warming impacts hunting and fishing; 34% say it will have little or no impact. When asked whose voice in the administration counts in the formation of conservation policy:
* 40% say the oil and gas industry; 15%, hunters and anglers; 8%, conservation groups; 8%, scientists; 7%, developers.
* 69% opposed the administration's proposal to give flexible compliance goals to coal-fired power plants which will increase mercury pollution.
* 58% oppose the administration's plans to withdraw protection for 20 million acres of wet lands.
* 57% oppose Bush's exemptions to the Safe Water and Clean Water Acts given to oil and gas industries. Everyone should be interested in the following plans of the Bush administration in light of Bush's comments on regime changes in Iran.
House bill HR.163 establishes a no-deferment draft of both men and women aged 18 to 26 to be implemented by June 2005.
S.89 is the same bill in the Senate due out in March.
The appropriation of $28 million to fund work needed to set up a draft.
The Pentagon is already filling the 10,350 positions on the nationwide draft boards and the 11,070 positions on the appeal boards. If these clips have got you thinking, pass them on along with this link to a War Quiz. http://mamafanfan.blogspot.com/2003_02_23_mamafanfan_archive.html
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