Letters for Saturday — December 17, 2005

• Let’s vote Democrat

Let’s vote Democrat

I do believe that after 50 years of voting a straight Republican ticket I am going to be forced to change my party allegiance.

It has come to my attention that this President and this Congress have out-spent any previous administrations of the past 40 years surpassing even LBJ’s term.

It appears that “W” has increased the the rate of spending by 8 percent, even LBJ only had a 4.6 percent. And this is in money spent after adjusting for inflation. Bush’s tenure “has so far been a return to the Johnson and Carter philosophy of budgeting that gives increases to all categories of spending,” according to the Cato report. Also, members of the Bush administration say much of the spending growth is due to outlays for the war on terrorism. But Cato found that this expense amounts to only 16 percent of defense spending for the past four fiscal years and therefore “cannot explain most of the Bush budget bloat.”

Therefore I am going to hope that the Dems take control of Congress in 2006 and the Presidency in 2008. It will be interesting to see how that Congress and, perhaps, President H. Clinton will be able to do even more for their constituents and all Americans than ” W” has been doing. But as a senior citizen it is looking better and better to me..

I know I am glad that I am old enough that my taxes are almost nil except for the local point of purchase taxes. And it is especially nice to see that my Social Security just keeps rising. It will go up over $100 per month, above what I am currently getting in 2006.

These are really great times for us seniors. My profound thanks for what the politicians have done for us. Mahalo Nui Loa.

  • Gordon “Doc” Smith

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