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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

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."

For the full article, click here.


At 8:30 AM, Blogger Really said...

To what degree is the legislature responsible? Is Bush solely responsible? Shouldn’t we put our target on a few more people than the President alone? I’m thinking that the legislature is accountable for all these things listed. Am I wrong in my thinking?

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Outrage said...

No, you're not wrong. While the president bears primary responsibility, especially when his (or someday, her) party controls every branch of government, the legislature also deserves a great deal of it.

The track record we have is not great: Oil prices have more than doubled in the last few years under a government that refuses to take seriously the need to aggressively pursue alternative energy policies or promote conservation. We are engaged in a war that has made us hated around the world. The surplus that was supposed to save Social Security is gone. "No Child Left Behind" left behind the funding that was supposed to make the initiative a success. The economy is spinning wheels... which in turn exacerbates each of the other problems mentioned above. AIDS prevention funding cannot be allocated because it would go against this administration's anti-birth control principles. We cannot be taken seriously on the world stage because our president is a joke. What does President Bush have to run on? The Republican party's efforts to make handguns legal again in Washington D.C.?

However... if someone wanted to toss out the current Senate and House majority leaders along with President Bush, I would not object.


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