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  ConfidenceDecember 20, 2006 20:22

A term used by George W. Bush to avoid further questions on his relationship with a political, military, or foreign entity. Used as in, "Mr Bush voiced confidence in his new defence secretary."

  CongressNovember 02, 2006 11:07 The Congress of the United States is the legislative branch of the federal government of the United States. It is bicameral, comprising the House of Representatives and the Senate
 
  Cowboy UpFebruary 06, 2006 00:00 This phrase was used by George W. Bush after the attacks of September 11, 2001. The expression was meant to imply that a posse would be formed and Osama Bin Laden would be hunted down. As of 2006, Bin Laden remains free.
 
  Critical ToolMarch 03, 2006 16:32 A 'critical tool' is an action, policy, or asset, widely believed to be amoral or illegal, but perceived as acceptable when discussed in the context of a greater hurt or action.

Guantanamo Prison Camp, the illegal nuclear pact with India, and the approval of voiding of all law near any US border are examples of 'critical tools in the war on terror.' Others are illegal domestic wiretapping and library record searches.

  Dead or AliveFebruary 07, 2006 05:16 Term used by president George W. Bush after September 11, 2001 to imply that Osama Bin Laden was wanted 'dead or alive' as in old Western wanted posters. Apparently, the phrase has no time limit or implication for capture as Bin Laden is still alive and free. In that sense, Bush got one wish as Bin Laden is 'alive.'
  Democrat PartySeptember 03, 2006 22:49

The Republican Party seems to be systematically attempting to rename the Democratic Party to be the Democrat Party, possibly because they want to remove the connotation that the Democrats are somehow... well... more democratic! Truthfully, we didn't believe it at first, but after reading articles about the use of the term 'Democrat Party' and then hearing it used by a range of Republicans throughout the party on national radio and television news, it truly seems to be a unified tactical move.

Apparently the term dates back at least to use by Barry Goldwater in the 60's.

  Enemy, TheFebruary 06, 2006 00:00 "The Enemy" is an abstract term used by the Bush Administration to refer to any person, organization, or country that opposes the Bush agenda. The term vaguely refers to terrorists, terrorist supporters, and opposition politicians who don't want to see Americans' Constitutional rights trampled by the Defense and Justice departments. Vice president Dick Cheney is especially good at invoking the term when attempting to frighten listeners into agreeing to upping defense spending.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales used the term today to explain why he would not divulge details of the warrant-less wiretap program. As in, "the enemy may be listening to these proceedings."


 
  Entitlement ProgramFebruary 06, 2006 15:39 An Entitlement Program is considered to be government spending on anything that a competitive, self-sufficient capitalist ought to be able to do for themselves. Entitlement Programs include Medicaid, Medicare, the Low Income Heating Assistance Program, and Head Start. Fiscal conservatives (most 2000-era Republicans) generally believe that the federal government should not be paying for Entitlement Programs. Think "anything that might take care of grandma in her old age, or little Billy in the orphanage."
 
  Executive PrivilegeMarch 20, 2007 11:23

A presidential right to be asserted whenever it is necessary to squash public discourse on an issue that may politically damage the administration's position on some law, foreign policy issue, or purely political activities. The assertion of Executive Privilege basically allows the president to withhold any correspondence or testimony that may be undesirable to have in public view.


 
  Federal Budget DeficitFebruary 06, 2006 15:46 The Federal Budget Deficit is the amount of money that the Federal government spends above what it 'earns' in a given year. Earnings should be considered taxes, levys, and interest, just like your private finances. If you spend more on groceries, clothes, mortage, and utility bills each month than you earn, then you are running a monthly budget deficit. The projected US Federal Budget Deficit is likely to be around $500 billion.
 
  Heck-of-a-JobFebruary 06, 2006 00:00 President Bush has used this term to refer to the activity of his political appointees, most notably Michael Brown (a.k.a "Brownie"), the disgraced former head of FEMA. The phrase seems to mean that Bush has complete confidence in the person even though the person has improper credentials for the job and Bush has no real idea of what the person is doing.
  HypocracyMarch 07, 2007 11:21

The do-as-I-say-but-don't-do-as-I-do position that has led to many Bush administration policies such as spending control (or lack thereof), leaking information to the press, and using the courts for political purposes.

  Islamic FascismSeptember 03, 2006 22:50

Term introduced by the Bush administration to both polarize their Christian base and to attempt to marginalize anyone who stands up for religious freedom or is against the Iraq war. The term is also consistent with attempts by the Bush administration to frame the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts in WWII language, which is another base rallying strategy.

  LeakMarch 07, 2007 11:19

The release of information without revealing sources that is to be used by the Bush administration for political gain while decrying its use outside the Oval Office when used by other party members or political opponents for similar gain.

See also... Hypocracy.

  MarsDecember 20, 2006 20:16

One of many distractions used by George W. Bush wherein he commits political effort, but no actual time or money, to propose an auspicious goal for the US to rekindle patriotism and popular support. In reality, the goal of putting humans on Mars, like the goal of spending more on AIDS prevention in Africa, fell by the wayside, pushed out by 'emergency budget requests' for Iraq and Afghansitan.

  National DebtFebruary 06, 2006 15:47 The National Debt is the outstanding money that the US has borrowed to pay for Federal Budget Deficits. The National Debt is currently in the trillions of dollars and, I believe is more than the US takes in in taxes in a given year.
 
  Noble CauseFebruary 06, 2006 00:00 President George W. Bush, vice president Dick Cheney, and Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld use this abstract term to refer to the reason for invading foreign countries and for the deaths of US soldiers overseas. Used as in "So-and-so died for a Noble Cause."

Also used to show support for constituents' efforts without stating explict support or agreement with the cause. As in, "You folks demonstrating against Roe v. Wade are fighting for a Noble Cause."

  Non-Security Discretionary SpendingFebruary 06, 2006 15:36 Any spending that is not on homeland security or so-called defense. This term was used in the 2006 State of the Union Address by George W. Bush. Examples would include Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, and petroleum company subsidies.
 
  Paper trail (Re: elections and voting)August 08, 2006 14:02

Having just voted this morning and watched as some of the voting in an upper-middle-class Denver neighborhood went awry because some of the machines wouldn't allow voting for primary races, we at FTR can understand why a major issue in the US right now is the concept of accountability and auditability for voting results.  The most commonly used term in reference to this is the demand for a "paper trail" wherein voters would receive a receipt that they could trace back to the system to make sure that the voting system correctly recorded their vote.  The practicality of such a system has yet to be tested and tamper-proofing any voting system in a partisan-controlled federal bid process will be difficult.

  SacrificeDecember 20, 2006 20:14

A term used by George W. Bush to describe the process whereby those Americans and Iraqis who have far less means and control than does he must go without simply because he makes a decision. The most recent use of the term has been to imply that the US population will have to spend more money and send more young troops into the black hole that Iraq has become.