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Pm bush part two

“Making of a prime minister”
After wining the leadership of the conservitive party,bush quickly resigned as premer of texas and went to philidalfia. He had to govern behind the veil sense he was no t an m.p.
On his first day he met with the tory cauckus,had a private meating with outgoing leader jack kept and even met with the prime minister.
Bush hired some well conected people to his staff. Karl rove became his chief stratigest. Rove was a key party insider. Rove would be come to known as bush’s brain and the architect.
Karen hughs who worked with him in the premeres office came with him to philly.  He also chose condaliza rice who had worked on national security isues for hia farther as his foregn policy advisor.
Once he was elected to the house,he took his seat and go to work. Many comented that he looked like a prime minister.
Bill Clinton continued to push for programs that invested in education and other programs.bush critisized these programs as being too coastly and prone to missmanagement. He was careful with his tone. He did want to be seen as anti education or anti the little guy.
In the sumer of 1998,terrorist linked to saudi born osama binladen attacked american embisies in kenya and Tanzania. In response,pm Clinton ordered targets in athgamistan and suden be hit. Inteligence said these were command and control facilities for the terorist group. As it terns out,one was an asprin factory.
In a heated exchange during prime minister’s questiones,bush acused Clinton of not having a clue when it comes to tatics. Clinton responded by saying “last time he checked,the new york mets did blow themselves up at sporting events”
In November of 1998, iraq kicked out weapons inspectors,they aslo tried to defy the no fly zone imposed on them after the gulf war in 1991. Great briten asked america to paticipate in bombing strikes on iraq. Clinton incisted this was not a war and did not ask for any vote in parliament. Bush was critical of this move. Bush said there should be a decleration of war.
The bombing was just a responce. There were no lasting consqiqances. Bush said that sadom hausien had to go. There was speculation that a prime minister bush would deal with sadom hauisein different then pm Clinton or even his farther.
While being leader of the opposition,bush comisoned a study on “fesibility of regime change in iraq” the author of that study was former minister of national defense dick chaney.
In spring of 1999,the congress of viena decided to deal with the situation in the balkens. After the colapse of the rusan empire,Yugoslavia split into several contries.  Serbian president slobidon Milosevic was acused of war crimes in the breakaway republic of Kosovo.
The congress of viena voted to send trops to Kosovo to protect the ethnic Albanians. As a member sate,america was asked to paticipate. Instead of a decleration of war,pm Clinton asked for parliamentry permission to send trops and orther forces.
Opposition leader bush was sceptical of the operation. He was opposed to the concept of nation building . He was also concerned about angering the russans and the chinese. He decided to sign on to the plan. He did express concern in a speach before parliament.
Bush was critical of the government ‘s administration of the conflict. The conflict came to an end when serbean forces agreed to pull out. The congress of viena took charge Kosovo.
Pm Clinton aproved of peace keeping forces to stay in the area.bush was highly critical of that move.
In 2000, bush was silent of the isue of cuben refuge elian Gonzales who the Clinton government had returned to be with his farther in cubba. New hampshire senator bob smith led the charge to have him remane in america. Many wanted smith to tone down his rhetoric.
Although bill Clinton was popular,a series of sex scandal dodged his government. Although in most parliamentry system pm can serve as long as they and the voters want. With the exception of p.m roosivelt,no pm had served for more then two mandates. Clinton decided that he would leave office in steptember of 2000.
During a leadership convention,deputy prime minister al gore defeated former senator bill Bradley for the leadership of the grits. On stemtember second ,al gore became prime minister.
There was speculation on when pm gore would call an election. While bush and the tories perpared for an election. They believed that this was there moment.
Bush asked dick chany now ceo of haliburton to return to politics.he decided to seak his old seat in Wyoming. He convinced colin powel to run for parliament from Virginia. He got donald Rumsfeld to return to politics as well.
The economy has been very good under bill Clinton. Clinton came to power due to the recession in 1992. He made the economy the key point of his 96 campaign. There were signs of an economic downturn. Even before the election was called,bush made the economy an isue.liberal suporters acused bush of talking down the economy.
  In November 16th ,prime minister gore asked governor general madaline Albright to disolve the government and call a new election.
Bush tried to form a coilition of voters similar to what ronald reagon had done. They campaigned hevily in the south.
A big hope was florida where his brother was premer. Jeb bush worked hard to gain seats for George.
Coming into the election,the two parties were neck and neck. Social liberterians were more likely to suport the liberals. As the world entered the new milenium there seamed to be an ideological shift to the left. There was also a resurgence of right wing especially in the south.
Bush who profesed to be an evengelical christian tried to apeal to evengelical voters. He also tried to moderate himself .he refered to himself as a compasionate tory.
Bush campaigned on tax reduction. He also wanted to privitize the social insurance program. Gore was critical of this.
The election seamed to be heading in the direction of the tories. The liberals were stil doing well in the cities.
On election night, the consertives won control of the house with a slight mojority. They won 40 percent of the vote.there was acusation of vote fraud in several rydings in florida. It even garnared protest.it would dog bush’s first mandate. 
Pm gore anounced that he would step down as leader of the liberal party. Joe liberman became interem opposition leader.
Bush was now prime minister.bush knew that it would be a long climb. Bush did not get the decisive victory he wanted. He was now in charge. He had a lot to prove.


Speaker gaphardt part two

  Speaker of the house richard gaphardt encouraged the parties to work together as he took the gaval as speaker. He called for rejection of the politics of personal destruction. He urged republicans and democrats to do the work of the American people not engage in partisan bickering.
The house began work on the minimum wage increase. The minimum wage was passed in the house. They sent it on to the senate where it was passed with 57 yes and 43 no. It was signed into law by the president. The minimum wage went 5:18 to 5:85.
  Then the house worked on an economic stimulus pakege witch would give education tax credet was low income families. The pakege will lower taxis on the midle class. 
The republicans tried to loud it with amandments. Congresman ron paul put a buy American first provision. Congresman steve largent of Oklahoma put an amendment that would alow a moment or silience in the classroom. The bill stalled.
Domastic policy gave way to world afairs. The north atlantic treaty alience decided to take action against serbien president slobodon milosevic for his war crimes comited in Kosovo. President Clinton agried to paticipate in the mission. President Clinton asked for a use of force against serbia. He got it. With the house and senate got democratic control,it passed.
  While gaphardt decided to get his economic pakege passed without the republican amendments. The house pased the pakege.
In the senate, senate mojority leader tom dashle tried to get it without amendments. Senator john askroft of mosori denonced it as a waste of government mony. Ascroft staged a filibuster before the senate.
  There were democrats who had misgivings about it. Many felt that this was not the time to cut taxes on anyone. Gaphardt realy wanted a victory more then just a minimum wage increase.
  The pakege passed the senate on steptember fith 1999. The confrence commite pased a bill that excluded the agregrious parts. President Clinton signed the streghthen American families act. This was viwed as a huge victory for president Clinton and speaker gaphardt.
  There were some calls for gaphardt to run for president. Some saw him as a stronger canidate then vice president gore. Gaphardt who wanted to be speaker for a long time decided to pass on it. Many saw gaphardt as a more sutible sucsesor to Clinton then gore.
Could the democrats keep the house? Republicans tried to go to the middle under the leadership of robert Livingston of Louisiana. A sex scandal forced Livingston to anounce that he would not relection. This left the republican largly leaderless. While dick army was number two,he lacked suport to become leader.
Could the democrat keep control of the house. Gaphatdt was fairly popular. He enjoyed almost as much popularity as the president. With the presidential election ,there was a chance whoever won the presidentcy might create coatales.
To be continued