WALLACE: Senator Levin, I want to change subjects with you. You have joined a chorus of Democrats who have accused this president and this administration of basically misleading, some say even lying, the country into this war.
And I want to ask you about one specific case, if I can. You've charged repeatedly that the president said before the war that you couldn't distinguish between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. Aren't you distorting what the president actually said
LEVIN: No, that's exactly what his words were.
WALLACE: That you couldn't distinguish.
LEVIN: That's exactly right.
WALLACE: Well, let's take a look at what the president actually said in September of 2002. Here it is.
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GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Both of them need to be dealt with. The War on Terror is — you can't distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the War on Terror. I can't distinguish between the two because they're both equally as bad.
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WALLACE: The point, Senator, is he wasn't saying that Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda were linked. He was specifically asked which one is more dangerous, and he was saying he couldn't distinguish and say one was more dangerous than the other.
LEVIN: Yes, but what he also said in the same sentence was that Saddam Hussein would like nothing more than to use a terrorist network to attack and to kill, and that is not what the intelligence was, which said that Saddam Hussein was, quote, "intensely secular, wary of Islamic revolutionary movements."
That's what the intelligence was, and yet the president tried to link those two, and he did so much so much so that the majority of the American people — the majority of the American people believed, when we went to war, that Saddam Hussein had attacked us on 9/11. And on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln immediately following the war, when he said mission accomplished, the president of the United States said we have removed an ally of Al Qaeda. Those were exactly his words. They were not allies.
WALLACE: Senator, he was specifically...
LEVIN: The intelligence community...
WALLACE: Senator, if I can ask a question here, he specifically was asked at one point if there was any evidence that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11, and he said no, there wasn't. And again, because — you know, we can go into all of these things, but that specific quote there where you say he couldn't distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein — he wasn't saying that they were linked at all.
He was saying one was as bad as the other, and when he said in that same answer something about that Saddam Hussein would like to use a terrorist network, he wasn't saying that they would like to use Al Qaeda. So you're making a link there that the president never made.
LEVIN: He made the link so strong that the majority of the American people believed, when we went into Iraq, that Saddam Hussein had actually attacked us on 9/11.
Where do you think the American people got that impression from except from their leaders? And he specifically, again, on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, when that big banner was up there, mission accomplished, he said we have removed an ally of Al Qaeda. How much more link can there be?
WALLACE: So even after we played that sound bite that indicates that he didn't say that you couldn't distinguish, meaning that they were linked, you're still saying that that's what he said, even after you've heard what he actually said.
LEVIN: No, he said exactly what you said. He'd like nothing more — what you said, when you talk about the War on Terror, you can't distinguish between Al Qaeda and Saddam.
He then went on to say what you said. But then he went on further to say that Saddam Hussein would like to use a terrorist group against the United States, but that's not what the intelligence was saying.
The specific CIA intelligence was that assisting — assisting — Islamic terrorists against the United States would be an extreme measure for Saddam Hussein, and so the CIA was saying that there was no operational effective link at all, and yet the president, the vice president...
WALLACE: Actually, the CIA...
LEVIN: ... and other people were...
WALLACE: Senator, Senator, again, I think you're distorting the information. The director of the CIA, George Tenet, testified before Congress that, in fact, there were links and that there had been training.
I don't know, Senator Lugar, you've got a...
LEVIN: No, no, not training.
Talk about Fair and balance, was the world not watching what really went on with President Bush and the war. Mr. Wallas should write a book on propaganda and how to make a liar look innocent.
MINIMUM WAGE: HOW THE CONGRESS, SENATE,
BUSINESS AND LOBBYIST KEEP AVERAGE WORKERS POOR.
The Fair Labor Standard Act, covers private and public employment. It requires employers to pay the federal minimum wage. Now I agree that some type of help should be given to the small business person, but when you are talking about a business that rely on people working for a little of nothing and mostly with no type of medical insurance, then I draw the line.
How can anyone work for $5.15 an hour and take care of a family or just themselves? The average worker, who is poor, has been working for $5.15 since 1997, that's about $10,712 a year way below the poverty line.
Now ask yourself Mr. and Mrs. small business, could you and your family make it on the type of pay that you expect the average worker to make it on?
For seven years the Senate, and Congress has been on a wine and dine date with the Lobbyist, who protect the big business/small business, while the average worker has caught hell. Didn't Katrina show you just how bad it was with the type of pay you have allowed to be paid to the average worker.
There are 18 states that pay a higher minimum wage, they are:
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, $6.60
NEW JERSEY, $6.15
NEW YORK, $6.00
RHODE ISLAND, $6.25
Congress has given itself their yearly pay raise of $3,000 plus. Why don't you guys (Congress), do the right thing for once. Give that pay raise back to help small business deal with a pay raise that is long over due for the workers and please, show those lobbyist the bottom of your shoe.
GUESS WHAT AMERICA
If you are poor, a senior, a college student, a middle class worker, a republican, a democrat and just not rich, then I'm sorry to have to be the one to tell you this. The Republican party don't care about you. They are taking from you, to have exactly what they need to give the rich, their big business friends and to one another.
The combined impact of the tax and spending reconciliation bills before Congress thus will be to increase the deficit, making it clear that the spending cuts in reconciliation — many of which disadvantage low- and moderate-income families — are being used not to reduce the deficit but to offset a portion of the cost of tax cuts, over three-quarters of which would benefit households with incomes over $100,000.
Risk of cervical and other cancers after
treatment of Cervical intraepithelial nealasia
Women who have had pre-cancerous cells removed remain at higher than average risk of developing cervical cancer in the 20 years following treatment, says research in the British Medical Journal.