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LETTER: Like predecessor Reagan, Bush blunders often

To The Telegram: The jerk in the White House is running all over Africa and other countries telling them to have free elections, when he and his gang of crooks stole the last two presidential elections in our country -- speaking like a true hypoc...

To The Telegram:

The jerk in the White House is running all over Africa and other countries telling them to have free elections, when he and his gang of crooks stole the last two presidential elections in our country -- speaking like a true hypocrite. When are we going to have a fair and honest election in our country? January '09 can't come quick enough.

That being said, I have a question I can't seem to get an answer for. Maybe someone out there can clear this up for me. As I understand it, there are 900-plus so-called super delegates to the Democratic National Convention this summer to help elect the next president. These super delegates are made up of governors, congressmen and assorted party big shots from around the country. My understanding is that if no one has garnered the required number of delegates from the primaries and caucuses, then it will be up to the super delegates to cast a vote as to who would be the party's choice for president. It appears to me that you and I will have but one vote for president in our primaries or caucuses while the mucky muck political hacks with their super delegate votes will have had two votes for electing a candidate for president. Whatever happened to one-man, one vote? So I think it's time to do away with the Electoral College and elect our president by popular vote.

I'd like to know what makes people, Republicans and Democrats alike, think that Reagan was such a good president. I would like to list a few blunders of many by the actor-turned-politician. He fired the air traffic controllers, which opened the door for union-busting tactics still being used by companies today. In October 1983, 241 American servicemen were killed in a Beirut, Lebanon, barracks bombing. He did not retaliate, but shortly thereafter sent our troops to the little Caribbean island of Grenada to put down a coup by pro-Communist rebels. During his eight years in office, we had a plethora of mergers, 3,000 in '86 alone. Acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, junk bonds and corporate raiders and, let's not forget the savings and loan debacle. He also allowed the sale of arms to Iran to fund the anti-Communist rebels in Nicaragua, a blatant violation of law. Also in '86, he signed into law amnesty for 3 million illegal aliens. He stated, "It would allow millions who are hiding in the shadows to step into the sunlight." Sounds familiar, don't it.

-- Richard "Beaner" Dembroski,

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