He’s caused our situation to worsen

In response to the April 2 letter, “He’s a strong leader that nation needs,” stating President Bush is doing the best he can in his situation: The writer hit it on the head – his situation. He lied us right into his situation – his war in Iraq.

Thousands of innocents bombed and our own young killed. The cost of his war caused a deficit of $423 billion. Other countries are buying up our debt and what happens if they call for the bill to be paid? You could always ask the top 1 percent to pay it. After all, he cut their taxes so they have a lot more money than the rest of us.

He’s added 1.1 million to the poverty rolls since 2000, now up to 37 million total. So that gap between rich and poor is ever-widening. Much of that poverty is happening to good, hard-working people who had medical emergencies and no health care. More than 6 million have lost what health care they had since 2000.

Stress definitely plays a part in our overall health and who isn’t stressed by the cost of energy, up 50 percent, since 2000. Whether in heating oil or gasoline or natural oil, it affects us all.

Lastly would be the downfall in the spirits of many who have watched the integrity of our government and laws, our very Constitution used to make us fearful of the people we voted into office! These same people – the Republican majority, say it’s all right for them to spy on us and hold people without due process of law. That’s un-American, but they tell you that you are unpatriotic to question it. This is Bush’s doing and his situation.

Janet Langdon-Murphy


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