Bush's hometown newspaper votes against him
The Lone Star Iconoclast, newspaper of Crawford, Texas, has endorsed John Kerry for president. In an editorial entitled "Kerry will restore American dignity," the Iconoclast writes:
Few Americans would have voted for George W. Bush four years ago if he had promised that, as President, he would:
• Empty the Social Security trust fund by $507 billion to help offset fiscal irresponsibility and at the same time slash Social Security benefits.
• Cut Medicare by 17 percent and reduce veterans’ benefits and military pay.
• Eliminate overtime pay for millions of Americans and raise oil prices by 50 percent.
• Give tax cuts to businesses that sent American jobs overseas, and, in fact, by policy encourage their departure.
• Give away billions of tax dollars in government contracts without competitive bids.
• Involve this country in a deadly and highly questionable war, and
• Take a budget surplus and turn it into the worst deficit in the history of the United States, creating a debt in just four years that will take generations to repay.
In 2000, the Iconoclast endorsed Bush. This year, given the above outcomes of Bush's first term, the Crawford newspaper calls John Kerry the candidate with "the proven intelligence, good sense, and guts to make it happen."
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