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On Sept. 8, the Trib reported that President Bush requested $87 billion for ongoing costs in the occupation of Iraq.

This is from the leader of the party that promotes itself as the party of fiscal responsibility and smaller government. Yet the administration’s deeds contradict its words.

With the president’s request, the projected deficit for 2004 is near $550 billion. The Congressional Budget Office, in August, projected the deficit growing to $1.4 trillion over the next 10 years.

This is a conservative estimate, which does not take into account President Bush’s tax cuts being renewed, or the prescription drug benefit likely to pass Congress and to be signed by the president. When these factors are taken into account, the projected deficit is $3.7 trillion. That’s entirely unacceptable.

The America people have a choice. One candidate for president has managed an economy, delivering 11 years of balanced budgets while lowering his state’s overall tax burden and encouraging the creation of many high-tech, well-paying jobs and providing health care for 96 percent of Vermont’s children.

His name is Howard Dean. Visit www.deanforamerica.com for his vision for winning America back.

Andrew Lewis
Regent Square

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