Monday, October 11, 2004
7 News Features: Voice Your Choice: The Economy
George Bush senior told us no new taxes. Ronald Reagan taught us Reagan-omics. In year's past, elections were won and lost on the economy. But not until this November have Americans had to choose between two candidates with two such contrasting views. Here's the nighteam's Patrick Fraser with the information you need to "Voice your Choice."
(WSVN) -- For George W. Bush, its like deja vu all over again. Just like his father, a war sent his approval rating skyrocketing.
But just like his father the ratings have been cut in half...Because of a stumbling economy..
His father ignored the economy...This President Bush has not..
President Bush: "I want to be your president for four more years to make the country safer, to make the economy stronger."
The president blames the financial slump on the September 11th attacks. And he promises the country is on the road to recovery. Proof...The Dow has stayed above 10,000. Home ownership is at an all-time high. And corporate fraud has been exposed.
President Bush: "Things are improving, things are getting better. thanks to the most productive workforce in america, and i might say thanks to good policies, the economy is strong and getting stronger."
But if you ask the Democrats, they will tell you the republican policies are hurting the economy. That was the message Bill Clinton hit the first President Bush with...And Kerry and Edwards are using it against this Bush as well.
Senator John Edwards: "I believe we live in an America where there are still two different Americas. One for those who get everything they want and one for everybody else. It doesn't have to be that way."
The two senators maintain the current administration has divided our country into the haves and have-nots.
That over two million jobs have been lost since Bush took office ..that the president has run up the largest deficit in history..
And that the number of people living in poverty and without health insurance continues to rise..
John Kerry: "Everything's going up in America except for the wages of Americans under this administration and im going to change that."
Kerry's plan for change begins with tax incentives for companies that keep jobs in America. To cut the bush deficit, he suggests cutting spending on everything but healthcare, education and security. He says he would keep the tax cut for middle class Americans..and take back the tax cuts for people making over $200,000 dollars a year.
John Kerry: "Its time for a president who says yes to good jobs with higher wages...yes to a government that stays within its budget and yes to businesses that can outcompete anybody in the world."
President Bush believes the key is more tax cuts...To bring down the deficit he's accused of running up...He wants to limit spending on everything except defense and security.
President George Bush: "My philosophy is government sets its priorites and lets people keep as much money as possible. i think you can spend your money better than the federal government can."
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