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Under Bush, only the wealthy are thrivingas the Wall Street Journal attests

John Alden Briggs Jr.Frisco

I read with amusement letter writer Ron Bristol’s argument why senators aren’t elected president (SDN, July 20).Aside from the fact that another JFK from Massachusetts did become president, I argue that the 2004 election will not rest on a campaign handlers’ interpretation of John Kerry’s voting record; more likely it will be a referendum on George W. Bush’s abysmal performance as our nation’s chief executive. Without citing the entire litany of failures and disasters that have occurred during his watch, here are two reasons I believe the presumptive Republican nominee will be hightailing it to his Texas ranch come next January.The economy: That the July 20 Wall Street Journal (WSJ) leads with an article on how the so-called economic recovery has primarily benefited the highest-income Americans should come as no surprise to anyone.According to the WSJ article, “Lower- and middle-income families have benefited from some of these (economic) trends, but not nearly as much. For them, paychecks and day-to-day living expenses have a much bigger effect. Many have been squeezed, with wages under pressure and with gasoline and food prices higher.”The Bush policy of borrow and spend while at the same time promoting huge tax breaks for multinational corporations, and the richest among us will have more of an impact on the outcome of this election than whether or not John Kerry supported a particular appropriation for the war in Iraq. The environment: We here in Summit County, blessed as we are with a special sense of place, are particularly suspect of a president who has so little regard for the environmental protections that so many leaders, both Republican and Democratic, have worked diligently to put into place over the years. Cynical attacks on the nation’s clean air, clean water and wilderness laws underscore how seriously out of touch this administration is with core values of a vast majority of Americans.John Alden Briggs Jr.Frisco

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