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CANDIDATES SHOULD HAVE A FISCAL PLAN

The leading weekly U.S. business magazine recently featured an article, "Is Your Job Next?" It led with the rhetorical question: "A new round of globalization is sending up-scale jobs offshore. They include chip design, engineering research, even financial analysis. Can America lose these jobs and still prosper?" This, of course, is in addition to the 2 million regular jobs already sent offshore by Presidents Clinton and Bush in the past decade. For anyone not totally oblivious to the obvious, the answer is an unequivocal no.

The challenge in the 2004 elections will be to wrest away control of our country from the corporate oligarchy now effectively ruling and economically ruining it. We cannot afford to let the corporate-owned Bush run this country into economic ruin for another four years. We do not need a president who pushes for tax cuts for the rich funded in good part by some 30 new tax increases for all levels of wage earners.

We have already been seriously harmed by these so-called "free trade" acts, NAFTA, GATT and now Fast Track Trade Authority. What these free trade acts have given us is shortsighted, greedy CEOs exploiting cheap offshore labor, enhancing their personal bonuses at the expense of millions of hardworking Americans.

Although a conservative, registered Republican, I will support any candidate from any party who proposes a realistic economic program for the United States that will retain and generate good new jobs for qualified and motivated employees and leading to, I believe, a doubling of our standard of living in the next decade. The infrastructure, talent and workers are there to make it happen. Vote only for candidates who have this as their passionately expressed goal, and reject this current, poverty-producing rule by an oligarchy of the wealthy.

ELMER F. CLUNE
Tonawanda

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