Why I Support President BushAs the voters begin their...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 01, 1992

Why I Support President Bush

As the voters begin their final focus on the candidates in the coming election, I want to express my feelings on why I support President George Bush.

It is not difficult to understand the public's frustration with government and a desire for a change. I have spoken with constituents over the past two years who are disenchanted with Washington and Annapolis and believe that our leaders are out of touch with the average person. Mr. Perot's on-again, off-again candidacy is essentially based on dissatisfaction with Washington.

However, I would argue against simply changing our commander-in-chief without regard to policies and ideology. Despite the difficult time we are clearly experiencing today, I believe President Bush is the most representative of the public's desire for less intrusive federal government, reasonable regulation and controlled spending. Gov. Bill Clinton, on the other hand, has pledged to pursue and expand policies in almost every phase of the federal government. He apparently believes there is no problem that the federal government cannot solve with a new program . . .

The strength of our federal system has historically been that the states may experiment and find innovative solutions to our problems. Many of us in the Maryland legislature recognize that we must reorganize and "reinvent" state government. Our ability to prioritize the essential duties of state government within existing revenues is the challenge we face in Maryland. I do not see how this job will be any easier with an activist federal government . . .

Christopher J. McCabe

Clarksville

The writer is a state senator from District 14.

Health Care

The greatest threat to our society is not from foreign governments, but from our inept health care system, which affects all races and ages. Untreated physical, emotional and mental diseases take the greatest toll.

At a recent commencement, the guest speaker said the country's leaders are walking backward into the future and advised us to turn around and leap into the future. What kind of respect can we give a government that has created far too many nuclear warheads.

Reduction of educational funding has created a disillusioned, permanent underclass. Unless the military mentality is changed by new leadership, only continued violence will erupt in our communities. The astronomical sums spent on weapons hardware should be spent on creating jobs, funding education, national health care and low-income housing. Employment funded in these areas should strengthen our people.

Recently, in a car wash, a Republican businessman told me he was totally disgusted with the way our country was dying under Reagan and Bush cover-ups and greed. He said he and others new in business were changing their party politics from their traditional Republican support.

I congratulated him for seeing the truth. He said he wasn't the only one.

The No. 1 problem is national health care. We have some pretty wonderful doctors and services. They ought to be provided for all citizens, not just those who can well afford to pay.

If other nations can do it, so can we. Let us turn this nightmare into our democratic dream.

Virginia Bates

Woodbine

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