Bush's broken promises

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The Bush campaign is fond of painting John Kerry as not trustworthy and a “flip-flopper.” In reality, it is President Bush who has consistently promised one thing and done another.

He pledged fiscal restraint, yet promptly turned huge budget surpluses into never-ending deficits. He spoke of protecting the Social Security trust fund, only to raid it to hide the true size of those deficits. He promised tax cuts favoring the lower and middle classes, but the rich got richer. He said he would protect the environment, but according to Robert Kennedy Jr., Bush “will go down in history as America's worst environmental president." He claimed states' rights on gay marriage. Now he promotes a constitutional amendment that would prevent it. Compassionate conservative? Uniter, not a divider? I don't think so.

The most flagrant of President Bush's broken promises, however, have been on Iraq. He and his administration misled Congress into granting him the authority to invade Iraq. He promised Congress he would use that authority as a last resort. He rushed to war. Whomever becomes the next president will have an uphill battle making Iraq a successful endeavor.

One thing is certain, the president has had his chance. He screwed up, and it's time for a change. I'm more than ready to give John Kerry the opportunity to make good on his promises. The president has already proved that he can't keep his.

Don Polster

Salt Lake City