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Fiscal conservatives neededTo the Editor:
Congressional Democrats are employing illogical arguments in their recent attacks on President Bush. First of all, the President's policies could not have possibly caused the present economic uncertainty because the slide started in 2000, before Bush was even elected President, much less inaugurated. President Bush's policies have barely been implemented, and there has not been nearly enough time for them to have a significant economic impact. We are clearly in a Clinton economy.
Regardless of this fact, Democrats are blaming President Bush's tax cuts for the faltering economy. What is their solution? If the tax cuts were harmful as Democrats claim, are they proposing a tax increase to "fix" the "problem"? Democrats fail to recognize that reducing the tax burden on the economy allows business to invest and grow, creating jobs and helping keep the economy afloat. Tax cuts are especially important during difficult economic crimes, something President Bush recognizes.
While Democrats complain about the federal deficit, they are pushing an extremely expensive "prescription drugs benefit" in the U.S. Senate, the cost of which would balloon the deficit. It is difficult to take criticisms of the deficit seriously from people who propose massive increases in government spending in the form of a new federal entitlement program.
What we need in Congress are more public servants who will recognize that the money they spend and the taxes they collect do not belong to them. That money belongs to the people. We need fiscal conservatives who will reduce government, not expand it.