Originally created 09/26/03

Four more years of Bush unthinkable

George W. Bush's presidency has been an unmitigated disaster, and four more years of this should be unthinkable. The responsibility lies solely with the president.

While Mr. Bush's record on protecting the environment and our Bill of Rights is troubling, this letter will be limited to his record on the economy and our security, for which we have the following facts:

His economic plan has helped those not needing help, and instead of creating jobs - which should be our main target - more than 2.5 million jobs have been lost since his inauguration. This is the worst loss of jobs for any president since the Depression over 70 years ago.

The budget, which had been in surplus when Mr. Bush came into office, will see a half-trillion dollar deficit in the upcoming year - a record, even without a promised prescription-drug plan. So much for our future.

On security, the war in Iraq has left that land in chaos and a magnet for the enemies of America working to see us fail. Death and destruction increase each month there.

Iraq is now a powder keg, waiting for a match. Regardless of how Iraq shakes out, our problems with those who would harm us are far worse. On Sept. 11, 2001, we learned how bitterly we are hated in some quarters. Mr. Bush's war has made enemies around the world, and more enemies spell more terrorists.

The nuclear threat posed by North Korea has worsened under the policies of this president. His well-publicized willingness to be the first to escalate a conflict to nuclear war is truly frightening.

The self-inflicted crisis our country is in today is far worse than what confronted former President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, when his party's Eugene McCarthy stepped in and challenged him for office. No Republican has yet challenged Mr. Bush for the 2004 nomination. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) - anyone - where are you?

Victor Reilly, Aiken, S.C.


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