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BUSH'S VICTORY AT THE POLLS IS BAD NEWS FOR AMERICANS

The Republican strategy of appealing to emotional factors -- fear, self-sacrifice and retaining the leader in a time of crisis -- was effective. These certainly trumped the rational factors of financial disaster -- a $7 trillion debt, the loss of lives and resources in a war that wasn't necessary and being isolated from our former allies in the world.

If the Bush administration continues its go-it-alone strategy as the world's policeman, cutting taxes while increasing spending and borrowing to pay for all of its internationally aggressive policies for the next four years, will there be anybody who can pull us out of this financial, economic and international hole? This country reminds me of the Titanic, with President Bush shouting, "trust me, full speed ahead." We all know what happened in that picture.

Dick Czarnecki

Sanborn

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