The Center for American Progress has put up its counter-report to the White House's "2003: A Year of Accomplishment for the American People" report. While not all of their counter-claims are backed up by totally reputable sources (for instance, I tend not to take network tv news as fact without corroboration, be it CBS, ABC, Fox, or whoever), there are plenty of other sources and counter-arguments to cast an unflattering light on some of the administration's claims.
I found the report interesting, and would like to share it with you guys. Here is "Claim Vs. Fact: 2003: A Year of Distortion for the American People".
In case you're wondering about who the Center for American Progress claims themselves to be, here is their statement about their organization:
The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all Americans. We believe that Americans are bound together by a common commitment to these values and we aspire to ensure that our national policies reflect these values. Our policy and communications efforts are organized around four major objectives:
• developing a long term vision of a progressive America,
• providing a forum to generate new progressive ideas and policy proposals,
• responding effectively and rapidly to conservative proposals and rhetoric with a thoughtful critique and clear alternatives, and
• communicating progressive messages to the American public.
We work to find progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems and develop policy proposals that foster a government that is "of all the people, by all the people, and for all the people." We believe in honoring work, building strong communities, fostering effective government and encouraging free and fair markets.
Every day we challenge conservative thinking that undermines the bedrock American values of liberty, community and shared responsibility.
The Center for American Progress advances policies that help create sustained economic growth and new opportunities for all Americans. We support fiscal discipline, shared prosperity, and investments in people through education, health care and workforce training.
The Center for American Progress promotes the cause of liberty. We press for a government that protects our civil rights, safeguards our neighborhoods and lands, and provides equal justice under the law.
In a world of unprecedented threats, the Center for American Progress encourages policies that protect the American people and further our national interests. We promote the need for a strong, smart military and believe that America must safeguard its homeland, fight terrorism and take on threats that know no borders. And we believe that America's interests are advanced when we strengthen alliances and work with multilateral institutions that support the rule of law.
As progressives we stand for policies that unleash the potential of all our people. We are dedicated to promoting concrete ideas that can help create an America that is powerful, just, safe and free.