George W. Bush to speak at lecture series in Sarasota and Republicans offer new ways to help the poor
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01/09/14 Robert Lorei
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Tags: George Bush, Sarasota, Ringling College of Art and Design, Gene Jones, War on Poverty, Marco Rubio

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Gene Jones, President Florida Veterans for Common Sense

Today Radioactivity talks about former President George W Bush’s visit to Sarasota next Tuesday. And Rob Lorei discusses Senator Marco Rubio’s speech yesterday in which he said that the War on Poverty has been a failure.

Next Tuesday morning former President George Bush will speak at the Ringling Town Hall Lecture series in Sarasota- a series sponsored by the Ringling College of Art and Design. In its announcement the college says that “As president, he worked to expand freedom, opportunity and security at home and abroad.” But some in Sarasota are not convinced that the legacy of George W. Bush was a positive one. Rob Lorei interviews Gene Jones, president of the group Florida Veterans for Common Sense on this topic.

Later the show discusses Republicans who are trying to offer new ways to help the poor and lift struggling workers into the middle class now that we are heading into the 2014 midterm elections.

Republican Party leaders are using the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty to criticize programs such as Medicare, foodtsamps and Medicaid- which were developed during the Johnson years- but since then scaled back.

Republicans such as Florida’s junior Senator Marco Rubio offered a series of policy proposals that would shift anti-poverty programs to the states, promote job training and offer tax incentives for low-income workers.

The new year push comes as Obama is pressuring Republicans to extend unemployment insurance and preparing to seek an increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour and extend unemployment benefits to the long term unemployed.

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Rob: While many protested against President George W. Bush's wars and policies, I think it is good that he is visiting Florida communities. This will give some of the public, and more importantly, the press and media, to question Bush about his role regarding the Iraq War. This is especially poignent now with the presence of the Taliban and increasing violence in Iraq going on.



Rob: While many protested against President George W. Bush's wars and policies, I think it is good that he is visiting Florida communities. This will give some of the public, and more importantly, the press and media, to question Bush about his role regarding the Iraq War. This is especially poignent now with the presence of the Taliban and increasing violence in Iraq going on.



Rob: While many protested against President George W. Bush's wars and policies, I think it is good that he is visiting Florida communities. This will give some of the public, and more importantly, the press and media, to question Bush about his role regarding the Iraq War. This is especially poignent now with the presence of the Taliban and increasiing violence in Iraq going on.