The Stealing of the Presidency
Your writers describe Bush as the "accidental President" ("Can Bush heal the nation?" Government, Dec. 25/Jan. 1). There is nothing accidental about his becoming President. He and his network of Republican zealots stole the Presidency in one of the most appalling displays of carefully orchestrated anti-democratic maneuvering this country has ever seen. By seizing power in the way he has--with his buddies on the Supreme Court putting a halt to the vote counting--he has sparked a culture war that has only just begun.
Studio City, Calif.Return to top
This Court's Activism Is Just More of the Same
Your shock at the Supreme Court action ending the election astounds me ("It didn't have to end this way," Editorials, Dec. 25/Jan. 1). This is the inevitable result of the judicial activism that began in earnest with the Warren court. It is the height of hypocrisy for the left to cry "judicial activism" when that is how they have advanced their agenda since the 1950s.
The remedy is to return to the strict constructionists that President-elect George W. Bush wants to appoint and to get a court with the backbone to turn back the tide of judicial activism. But Senate Democrats are already gearing up to "Bork" any judicial appointments that W. may make--because they don't meet their "litmus test." I see nothing on the horizon to save us from business as usual.
Des MoinesReturn to top
Maybe Greenspan Doesn't See All and Know All
Let's not be too quick to give Alan Greenspan a big raise ("Hit 'em up for a bigger raise, Alan," Up Front, Dec. 25/Jan. 1). Many people feel that Greenspan is the greatest thing to happen to this country since TV. First, I would really like to be able to understand his speeches. Second, he may not have understood the dot-coms and hence considered them a big part of his "irrational exuberance" problem to be corrected. Unfortunately, Greenspan slowed a good economy and hard-landed the stock market for 2000, taking with it a big chunk of many people's 401(k)s.
Thomas E. Davis
Edmond, Okla.Return to top
Invest--but Don't Throw Away the Taxpayers' Money
While I agree that investment is necessary for future economic growth, the reality is that much of governmental investment ends up as a waste of taxpayers' money ("To preserve the boom, you've got to invest money," Economic Viewpoint, Dec. 25/Jan. 1). The private sector's investment record is far superior and in fact played a big role in producing the current surplus.
David J. Varnerin
ChicagoReturn to top
An E-Lancer's Ode to a Steady Paycheck
I haven't gotten a pink slip, but I'm feeling the "Pink slip blues" (News: Analysis & Commentary, Dec. 25/Jan. 1). As an independent Web-design contractor, I'm starting to count the incoming jobs in singles rather than dozens. Independent contracting--the work-at-home luxury job of the past few years--is becoming more of a pain than a freedom. I have seen many of my peers migrate to stable jobs for the steady paycheck, and if this keeps up, I may be forced to do the same.
Woodside, N.Y.Return to top