Amarillo Globe-News

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Editorial: Bush deserves second term

Issues prove president best choice

Forget for a minute, if escaping the presidential campaign deluge is possible, the irrelevant issue of who served more admirably in the U.S. military - President George W. Bush or U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the Democratic presidential nominee.

What happened, or didn't happen, 30 years ago is not the issue the American electorate should be concerned about, but rather what will happen in the next four years.

It is for that reason that voters should support Bush and grant the president a second term in the highest office in the land.

The candidate best suited to guide the nation in the next four years cannot be determined by a Swift boat or yellowing memos from the National Guard.

Voters should look at each candidate's track record and support of issues that truly matter.  If the electorate does that accurately and fairly, Bush will once again take the oath of office that he has upheld strongly and effectively for the past four years.

These are the issues voters should consider:

  • Ever since the fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001, the role of the president of the United States changed drastically.  We believe the ongoing war on terrorism is the central issue in this race, and the president has more than proven he is up to the challenge.  America's commander in chief must be decisive, forthright and strong in leading the war on terrorism.  Since America suffered its worst terrorist attack on its home soil, America's military has conquered the Taliban regime and deposed a murderous tyrant, Saddam Hussein, who represented a threat to America's national security.  The threat of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida remains, but the ability of this band of thugs to harm America has been greatly weakened, and they will eventually meet their fate.  The president deserves credit for taking a stand and protecting America. Kerry, on the other hand, plays both sides of the war debate, citing votes granting the president authority to invade Iraq but then criticizing the war effort.  When it comes to the war on terrorism, there is no place for Kerry's notorious flip-flopping.

  • Closer to home, when it comes to taxes, the differences between Bush and Kerry are even more apparent.  While the national economy continues to rebound under Bush, who inherited a sagging economy from his predecessor, Kerry wants to take back the tax cuts that have allowed taxpayers, businesses and corporations to keep more of their own money.  Tax policy can be debated endlessly, but the truth is as simple as this: Under Bush, Americans will keep more of their own hard-earned money.  Under a Kerry administration, the federal government will take more out of every American's paycheck and then decide how to spend it. Which tax policy is preferable?

  • Terrorism and taxes are the two main issues, but there are other secondary issues that favor Bush over Kerry.  In the 2000 presidential campaign, Bush favored privatizing Social Security, and the president continues to support this promising initiative despite Congress' unwillingness to even address Social Security's future. Education, under "No Child Left Behind" legislation Bush championed, now has some semblance of accountability and national test scores indicate public school students are benefiting.

    It is only September, and there is a long way to go until Election Day, but the performance, capability and record of both candidates is out there for each and every voter to see and digest.

    When these characteristics and qualifications are considered, and not erroneous campaign propaganda, George W. Bush is the clear choice.

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