I read Shirley Schilling's letter "Barrett is the conservative of choice" (June 7), and I have to admit it was glowing in her support for Gresham Barrett's run for the governor's office.
She states he scored an average of 96 from the American Conservative Union and an "A" rating from the National Taxpayers Union plus a perfect 100 five times from the Eagle Forum. No one can say Gresham is not a true conservative.
She also stated that he was strongly pro-life. President George H.W. Bush and the first lady, Barbara, also were pro-life during his term in the White House -- but when he left office, Barbara Bush, in an interview with Barbara Walters, stated they were pro-choice. That tells me you have to say whatever is necessary to get votes.
Now let's take a look at the conservatives' record the last 30 years.
In 1980, President Reagan promised in his campaign to balance the budget in three years. At that time the national debt was $1 trillion. When he came into office he cut taxes on the rich (trickle-down economics), and when he left office we owed $4 trillion. Most working people realize wages have not kept up with the cost of living since then.
In came the first President Bush, and when he left we owed $5 trillion.
President Clinton came in (you know this liberal is going to spend us into the ground) and when he left we still owed $5 trillion, the Treasury was full of money and we started paying off the national debt. He had a plan to pay off the debt in eight years.
In came gunslinger George W. Bush, who was determined to go to war. But the war he started was on borrowed money, mainly from the Far East. The national debt soared from $5 trillion to $12 trillion, and he left an economy that drove the debt even higher.
The conservatives' record is not one that I would brag on. They got us into a mess that is going to be hard to fix. Looking at the record, I think we might need a liberal in the governor's office.