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  • OT: LETTER OF THE DAY

    Filed at 5:58 am under by dcobranchi

    or “Why I’m voting for John Kerry.”

    Judging by deficit, Bush likes to spend

    I was surprised when George W. Bush used the tired label “tax and spend” in his nomination acceptance speech to criticize Democrat John Kerry. Federal spending under Bush has grown at the highest rate in the last 30 years, double that of Democrat Bill Clinton. In light of the half-trillion-dollar deficit, it seems that Bush does not object to spending. He is poised to be the first president to not veto a single spending bill.

    One must conclude that he and his Republican party, which controls both houses of Congress, only object to paying for their spending. Better to defer paying the bills to younger generations. To those who believe in small government and fiscal responsibility, take a closer look at the actual budgetary numbers. And re-think your party affiliation.

    David Donohue, Wilmington

    10 Responses to “OT: LETTER OF THE DAY”


    Comment by
    Roy W. Wright
    September 24th, 2004
    at 12:56 pm

    Yes, let’s vote for a Democrat because Bush is almost as bad as one. Makes sense.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 24th, 2004
    at 1:20 pm

    If Kerry wins gridlock is assured. If Bush wins, our grandkids’ grandkids will be paying for the deficits. Which is the more responsible vote?


    Comment by
    Roy W. Wright
    September 24th, 2004
    at 6:47 pm

    Oh, I can certainly understand not voting for Bush and instead letting Kerry win, but I can’t bring myself to support a candidate who is far more wrong than Bush on nearly every issue (and the more important and clear-cut the issue, the more wrong he is).


    Comment by
    Cheryl_O
    September 24th, 2004
    at 7:27 pm

    Is “spending” really your priority this election year? Don’t get me wrong- any other time I would be all for teaching George-Never-A-Veto-Bush (and any other “fiscally conservative” politician)a lesson. IMO, terror is THE issue. John Kerry has no credibility on this issue- especially after the Allawi and Australia fiascos. Have you been drinking the Sullivan kool-aid? LOL


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 24th, 2004
    at 8:12 pm

    Spending and the War on Iraq. Kerry’s right; it was a complete distraction from the real enemy. Heck- Bush won’t even utter the name Osama bin Laden. Remember the “Dead or Alive” quote? Buried in the sands of Iraq.


    Comment by
    Greg
    September 24th, 2004
    at 9:44 pm

    I think the federal deficit is criminal. I thought that in the days when it was 50 billion a year (yeah, I’m that old).
    That said, how about a little honesty here? The debt (and deficit) is a problem going back over 35 years. It didn’t happen in the last 3, or 11 or 15 years. The federal budget is a Frankenstein of entitlements fed by COLAS and growing like a tumor.
    FYI, spending originates in the House of Representatives, not the executive branch. And the veto is of fairly limited effectiveness in reining in entitlement expenditures, most of which have been set into law for a long time (by the congess). The vast majority of the federal budget is non-discretionary spending, set into motion decades ago.
    The sad reality is that regardless of who is president, it is going to take some very radical events to alter the snowballing growth of spending. Even sadder, while everyone whines about the deficit, they all shut up when they hear that reducing it requires they quit sucking on the federal teat.

    Hey kids, a quiz (no googling). What President inserted COLAs into federal budgets?


    Comment by
    Roy W. Wright
    September 25th, 2004
    at 2:44 pm

    Is “spending” really your priority this election year? …IMO, terror is THE issue.

    Spending and other fiscal/economic issues are a lot more important to me than “terror,” which is why I’m not voting for Bush.

    Spending and the War on Iraq. Kerry’s right; it was a complete distraction from the real enemy.

    Thanks for clarifying which of Kerry’s opinions on the war you agree with.


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    September 25th, 2004
    at 3:15 pm

    Roy,

    I agree that in the long term fiscal issues are much more relevant (and dangerous) than what OBL may do.

    Regarding flip-flops- now you’re the one who’s been sipping the Kool-Aid. Do you really want me to list how many issues Bush has flip-flopped in the last 3 years? How ‘about we start with the reason for invading Iraq. It seems like it was first 9/11 connections. Then WMD. Then a few more trial balloons that went nowhere. Then democracy in the Middle East. Then back to WMD and Tony Blair’s 45 minutes to launch. Then nation building when everything else didn’t pan out. I have no idea what the raison du jour is.

    Regardless, it was all unnecessary and a distraction. We are now more hated in the ME than ever. Until this invasion, I would have felt comfortable as an American going into any Arab country. Heck- they loved Americans (even as they hated our government). Now, you couldn’t pay me enough to go into Iraq or Saudi Arabia. So, tell me again how we’re safer because of the war.


    Comment by
    J Aron
    September 25th, 2004
    at 10:49 pm

    Daryl, You mean you would have gone to Iraq while Saddam was in charge.. somehow I doubt that..
    yup all the terrorists are flocking to Iraq now.. that’s wonderful.. now they’ll all be in one place so we (and Iraqis who want peace and prosperity) can get rid of them… maybe that was the original plan..
    I don’t agree with all of what the Bush administration has done.. but I wouldn’t vote for Kerry, he is a Socialist..sheesh Daryl and I thought you were a libertarian.. Actually my prediction is that a strong third party will emerge in the next 4-8 years which will emphasize Constitutional Rights, and a big party shift will occur..


    Comment by
    Roy W. Wright
    September 27th, 2004
    at 1:28 pm

    Regarding flip-flops- now you’re the one who’s been sipping the Kool-Aid. Do you really want me to list how many issues Bush has flip-flopped in the last 3 years?

    Well, thanks, but I’m not voting for Bush. You, on the other hand, did strongly imply that you’d be voting for Kerry.