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To the editor:
To everyone who is either liberal or conservative:
President Bush has been in office 7 1/2 years. The first six the
economy was fine despite 9/11 and other outside forces. In fact,
almost two years ago the consumer confidence was at a five-year
high. Regular gas was about $2.19 and the unemployment rate was 4.5
percent. The Dow Jones hit a record high of over 14,000, and
Americans were buying new cars, taking cruises, vacations, etc.
But Americans wanted a change, so in 2006 they elected a
Democratic Congress and we received a change all right, because in
the past two years consumer confidence has plummeted and gas prices
went over $4 a gallon. Unemployment is over 6 percent. We Americans
have seen our home equity drop by over $12 trillion, and home prices
are still dropping. More homes are being foreclosed than I have ever
seen or imagined. The Dow Jones is in trouble, with the hope that
the bailout will help. We have seen almost $3 trillion evaporate
from our stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and/or state and federal
[to top of second column in this letter]
So we thought we wanted change in 2006 and we elected a
Democratic Congress, and now we have it: the problems they either
created or failed to solve the past two years they have been in
Remember, the president does not have any control over the issues
outlined in this letter; only the Congress does. The Democratic
Congress has done nothing the past two years to help solve these
problems. Now the Democratic candidate for president says he is
going to give us all some more change along with his Democratic
How much of this change can we stand?
Les Van Bibber
October 22, 2008]
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