Wednesday, October 19, 2005

One Year Ago Today

Exactly one year ago today, I posted this item: "Bush's Hometown Newspaper Endorses Kerry."

And with good reason. Last Friday, Doonesbury directed readers to this endorsement from The Lone Star Iconoclast. I recommend you read the whole thing but here is a taste:

'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.

These were elements of a hidden agenda that surfaced only after he took office.

The publishers of The Iconoclast endorsed Bush four years ago, based on the things he promised, not on this smoke-screened agenda.

Today, we are endorsing his opponent, John Kerry, based not only on the things that Bush has delivered,but also on the vision of a return to normality that Kerry says our country needs.'"

Take a look at each bullet. Things have gotten far worse.


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