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Thursday, October 14, 2004

MoveOn Student Action  
Tonight Bush claimed he had “increased Pell Grants”, and called Kerry’s factual correction a “litany of misstatements.” Bush seems to need some help, so here are the facts:

In 2000 Bush promised to increase the maximum Pell Grant by $1,050 - to $5,100. (1) Since taking office he fought bipartisan support in congress every year to avoid even coming close to keeping that promise.

For the last three years Bush proposed a maximum increase of 100 dollars (1/10 of his promise), then a freeze, and then a $50 dollar cut – leaving the Maximum Pell Grant at $4,050 - $1,050 less than his promise. (2)

His proposed budget for 2005 proposes another freeze on maximum Pell Grants for all but a handful of students. (3)

So in the same time inflation has spiraled 35%, the real purchasing power of Pell Grants has not even kept pace with inflation. (4)

As a consequence, approximately 400,000 students every year have been priced out of college. (5) It is hard to imagine anything more terribly wrong for our country and our future than that.

This is just the tip of the iceberg on how Bush betrayed our generation and hurt our education.

http://www.moveonstudentaction.org/

Bush can distort and deceive, but thanks to you he can’t outrun the truth.

Notes:
(1) Bush’s 2000 campaign website http://web.archive.org/web/20001110132800/www.georgewbush.com/issues/education.html (2) College Dreams Deferred and Denied: The Bush Record on HigherEducation, Democratic Staff of The House Appropriations Committee, May2004 www.house.gov/appropriations_democrats/pr_040513.pdf
(3) College Dreams Deferred and Denied: The Bush Record on HigherEducation Democratic Staff of The House Appropriations Committee, May2004 www.house.gov/appropriations_democrats/pr_040513.pdf
(4) The Washington Post, April 14, 2004 (from San FranciscoChronicle):
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/04/14/MNGCH64NEP1.DTL
(5) Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (quoted fromAmerican Council on Education)http://www.acenet.edu/washington/letters/2002/07july/alliance.senate.approps.cfm