A letter to the Editor of The Packer
Post Office Box 2939
Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66201
To the Editor:
Being a new subscriber to your fine weekly newspaper about the wholesale produce business (with a personal interest in retail produce and an intellectual interest in food plants), I was quite surprised to read the right-wing smear attack on Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean in a recent column by Larry Waterfield entitled, "Dean will have a tough time selling self across U. S." (The Packer, December 22) and so I must take up my pen to disagree.
I believe that George Bush will have a very tough time in the coming November Presidential election. He has truly abysmal record in many areas: the domestic economy has been stagnant for three years, regardless of the endless cheerleading by professional economists and Administration officials. Over two million jobs have been lost since Bush took office. Our traditional manufacturing jobs have gone to Mexico and China. Now our professional technical jobs are being "outsourced" to India and other low-wage countries. Bush has done nothing about these problems except to grant favors to and cut taxes of his wealthy corporate friends. The federal budget deficit is growing rapidly under Bush and is becoming a serious problem with no end in sight for mounting deficits.
The so-called war on terrorism has been distracted with the needless invasion of Iraq. The people of Iraq obviously do not want to be in a corporate crown colony of Halliburton and Bechtel corporations. Bush lied repeatedly about WMD and imminent threats to U. S. security to con the U. S. Congress and the American people to go along with his neo-colonial fantasy of remaking Iraq. Now our occupation of Iraq is an endless quagmire with no easy exit. And now Bush wants to open our southern border with Mexico and let in millions of illegal aliens. So much for security...
Also, Bush has been attacking our civil liberties and our Constitiution rights for no good reason. Increasing environmental degradation is also high on the list of Bush failures. I would suggest that Howard Dean will easily beat the clueless hapless Bush even if he hails from small, rural Vermont.
James K. Sayre.
Bottlebrush Press, Lafayette, California
8 January 2004