Bush Rhetoric: ÂThis is a hospital, but it's also - it's a place full of love. And I was most touched by meeting the parents and the kids and the nurses and the docs, all of whom are working hard to save lives. I want to thank the moms who are here. Thank you very much for you hospitalityÂ There's a lot of talk about budgets right now, and I'm here to talk about the budget. My job as the President is to submit a budget to the Congress and to set priorities, and one of the priorities that we've talked about is making sure the health care systems are funded.Â Â Egleston Children's Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia 3/1/01 Bush Reality: BushÂs first budget proposed cutting grants to childrenÂs hospitals like the one he visited by 15% ($34 million). His 2004 budget additionally proposes to cut 30% ($86 million) out of grants to childrenÂs hospitals. Bush Rhetoric: ÂWe're dealing with first-time responders to make sure they've got what's needed to be able to respond. Â Â Bush, 3/27/2002 Bush Reality: Bush had been saying that he was proposing $3.5 billion in ÂnewÂ money for first responders. However, his budget tried to cut more than $1 billion out of existing grants to local police/fire departments to fund this. Then, in August of 2002, Bush rejected $150 million for grants to state and local first responders. BushÂs decision prompted the President of the Firefighters Union to say, ÂPresident Bush, don't lionize our fallen brothers in one breath, and then stab us in the back by eliminating funding for our members to fight terrorism and stay safe.Â The President of the Virginia firefighters association said, ÂThe president has merely been using firefighters and their families for one big photo opportunity.Â Bush Rhetoric: ÂI said when I was running for President, I supported ethanol, and I meant it. (Applause.) I support it now, because not only do I know it's important for the ag sector of our economy, it's an important part of making sure we become less reliant on foreign sources of energy.Â Â Bush at South Dakota Ethanol Plant 4/24/02 Bush Reality: According to the AP, BushÂs 2004 budget proposes to eliminate funding for the bioenergy program that funds the Dakota Ethanol Plant he visited. [4/22/02] Bush Rhetoric: Under the headline ÂBush lauds Albuquerque woman for volunteerismÂ the AP reported on BushÂs visit to New Mexico to tout Lucy Salazar, a volunteer with the Even Start literacy program. ÂOne of the things I try to do when I go into communities is herald soldiers in the armies of compassion, those souls who have heard the call to love a neighbor like you'd like to be loved yourself, and have followed through on that call; Lucy Salazar is a retired federal government worker. She teaches reading skills to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children -- incredibly importantÂ And oftentimes, citizens such as her never get the praise they deserve. Lucy, thank you for coming and representing thousands of people like you.Â - Bush, 4/29/02 Bush Reality: According to the Associated Press, Bush proposed Âto slash funding 20 percent for the Even Start program, which offers tutoring to preschoolers and literacy and job training for their parentsÂ Â the very program he was touting in New Mexico [2/4/02]. Bush Rhetoric: ÂWe've got to do more to protect worker pensions.Â Â Bush, 8/7/02 Bush Reality: Just four months after touting pension security, BushÂs Treasury Department announced plans to propose new rules that Âwould allow employers to resume converting traditional pension plans to new Âcash balanceÂ plans that can lower benefits to long-serving workers. Such conversions are highly controversial. Critics contend that they discriminate against older workers in violation of federal lawÂ [Washington Post, 12/10/02] Bush Rhetoric: ÂThis administration is committed to your effort. And with the support of Congress, we will continue to work to provide the resources school need to fund the era of reform.Â Â Bush, 1/8/03 Bush Reality: The PresidentÂs 2003 budget Â the first education budget after he signed and touted the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) - proposed to cut NCLB programs by $90 million overall, leaving these programs more than $7 billion short of what was authorized under the bill. BushÂs 2004 budget for NCLB is just 1.9% above what he proposed in 2003 - $619 less than needed to offset inflation.