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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal





    Saturday, September 11, 2004

    ``It's the (economic) dishonesty, stupid'' 

    An inordinate amount of attention continues to be focused on the Vietnam era performances of Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic challenger for president, and George W. Bush, the incumbent.

    The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth claim Kerry exaggerated his war wounds and record. Not a single official record supports the contention, but the group has raised $6.7 million from those who buy into the assertion.

    CBS News and its managing editor Dan Rather have reported that memos indicate President Bush failed to do his duty in the Texas Air National Guard and received preferential treatment. Some question the authenticity of the information. Others wonder what's the point of the emphasis on a long-ago war.

    The New York Times' columnist Paul Krugman
    has the answer: ``It's the dishonesty, stupid.''

    ``It's the same pattern of dishonesty, this time involving personal matters that the public can easily understand, that some of us have long seen on policy issues, from global warming to the war in Iraq,'' Krugman writes.

    The Times columnist, a respected economist himself, has much to say on the economy,an issue of substance of particularly consequence in this swing state. Krugman's roster of experts, even those who are tax-cut advocates, all come to the same conclusion: ``anyone who thinks we can overcome our fiscal mess without higher taxes is in denial.''

    The deficit is rising, expenses are climbing and income remains too low due to tax cuts that the Bush administration wants to make permanent. Ohioans in these fiscal circumstances can be found every day - in bankruptcy court.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:02 AM



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