Thursday, October 28, 2004

Recent commentary: Issues

"What's the No. 1 issue in the presidential campaign?"

(published 23-Aug-2004, Appleton Post-Crescent)

1a) The War On Terror: The terrorists of today are like the anarchists of the Victorian era. They will go to any lengths to destroy us. They are implacable. There is no truce. They were our enemies long before 9/11. Appeasement isn't an option: they spit on our peace offerings. Withdrawing isn't an option: they will pursue us into our homes. Our only option is to do our best to defeat them utterly. 1b) The Economy: Some -- mostly Democrats -- insist it's still awful. That puts them in the uncomfortable position of having to downplay every positive thing that's happened as a result of our economic recovery after the Clinton years and 9/11. Bad economic news is good political news for them. 1c) Energy Policy: If there's any way to get OPEC to drink its oil then we go for it.

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