Two presidents' track records

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, June 01, 2006

I'd like to thank Jeremiah Crockroft for replying to my question of what positive achievements President Bush has made over the last six years. Mr. Crockroft considers Bush's invasion of Iraq and the "hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens celebrating the liberation of their country" to be one of Bush's victories. I wonder, with the devastation of Iraq and the daily slaughter going on since our invasion, whether Iraqis think they are better off. Some polls indicate they don't. Mr. Crockroft also accuses President Clinton of getting "under-the-table compensation." What does that mean? Does Mr. Crockroft have any evidence for that accusation?

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During President Clinton's two terms, Republicans spent four years and $45 million of taxpayer money to finance Ken Starr's investigation of Whitewater-gate, Trooper-gate, Travel-gate, Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky, etc. Arch-conservative Richard Mellon Scaife spent millions of his own money paying people to smear the Clintons with all kinds of crazy allegations. All of these were proven false, except for Clinton's affair with Lewinsky, which had nothing to do with "high crimes and misdemeanors" - the Constitutional grounds for impeachment.

The Republican pattern is to make outrageous, unsubstantiated claims, which slander people and mislead the public. Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq and Iraq's alleged collusion with al Qaeda are just two more examples of the Big Lie technique used by Republicans to propagandize and manipulate. Scandals, true or false, sell newspapers. Today's press rarely demands evidence. When they do, the accusations, but not the resulting suspicions, evaporate.

Mr. Crockroft asked, "What did your president do for eight years, Mr. Hebert?"

Well, in Clinton's 1999 State of the Union address, he reported that, under his presidency, there were "nearly 18 million new jobs, wages rising at more than twice the rate of inflation, the highest home ownership in history, the smallest welfare rolls in 30 years - the lowest peacetime unemployment since 1957.

"For the first time in three decades, the budget is balanced. From a deficit of $290 billion in 1992, we had a surplus of $70 billion last year."

Today, May 31, 2006, the national debt is $8,358,927,405,742. Each American's share is $27,943. Perhaps cutting taxes while waging war is not a very smart idea.

Lisle Hebert

Juneau



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