Originally created 10/31/04

Online Exclusive: Don't vote for more of the same



I read the letter to the editor from the Grovetown resident ("Stop blaming our president and vote for him," Oct. 24) who said we should vote for President Bush even though he made mistakes, which he won't admit to. We also have to overlook the many things that have happened to our country.

Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq with reasons that were false. Saddam Hussein was captured, and that allowed thousands of terrorists to enter Iraq who couldn't with Saddam in power. It has been estimated that, after the invasion, there were 5,000 insurgents. Now it is estimated to be 12,000. We have lost more than 1,000 American lives, and many more Iraqis have died.

We will have to overlook the more than $7 trillion national debt, and the $400 billion budget deficit. Any tax relief that we got is being eaten up by local and state taxes and the high cost of fuel.

Our federal government will be spending $125 million annually for medical care for Mexican immigrants, and will provide free transportation for illegal immigrants back to Mexico and any South American country they came from. Many who have drug discount cards are paying as much now for prescriptions as they were 12 months ago. This is because of the manufacturers raising prices twice.

We have to overlook the fact that, in 2002 and 2003, the Democrats tried to get money to upgrade the FBI and provide better security at our nuclear installations and ports. Bush rallied his Congressional Republicans in opposition. He said that America couldn't afford it. So much for national security.

Our environmental laws have been gutted. Wages have sunk. Layoffs are still taking place.

Do we want four more years of the same, or would you rather vote for a change?

Ernest H. Hickman, Aiken, S.C.