Hit 'em Where it Counts

by Edmond L. Day | 11/14/03 6:00am

To the Editor:

When are candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for president in 2004 going to start to talk about the make-or-break issues? Beating up on President Bush over the war in Iraq will not win an election. The president will wrap the flag around himself at the appropriate time, designated by a pollster, and the Democrats will lose momentum.

The economy, health care and the ever-quickening pace of jobs going overseas is where the real action is. I listen in the media to what most people assume to be head-case lefty's talking down the president on the war. These people might as well be on the payroll of the committee to reelect George Bush.

The war in Iraq is taking on a life of it's own that cannot be predicted by the CIA nor determined by the Department of State or the United States military. This is a runaway war. Like a runaway truck, the damage can only be assessed after it has run it's course.

Add to the runaway Iraq war the likelihood of military action against Syria and North Korea. America will hemorrhage young lives, resources and more money than the budget can absorb -- money that would be better spent on health care and infrastructure.

What the presidential candidates should be discussing is a Marshall Plan for healthcare and infrastructure (rebuilding American Cities). As the cities of a nation go, so goes the nation. American cities are on a fast track to hell.