- The Washington Times - Friday, November 9, 2001

Great American tax-cut movement is alive and well

There's further proof that Tuesday's election was "No mandate for big government" beyond what you cite in your Nov. 8 editorial.

By a whopping margin of 59 percent to 41 percent, voters in Washington state approved Initiative 747, a ballot measure that limits the growth rate of property taxes there to 1 percent annually. Property tax increases beyond this limit would require approval by a majority of voters in the affected jurisdiction. In addition, Colorado voters turned down a variety of state and local measures that would have raised taxes or diverted funds for everything from monorails to jails.

The fact that I-747 prevailed in a politically liberal state like Washington is even more remarkable considering that the other forces arrayed against it outspent proponents of the measure by a 3-1 ratio. Their unsuccessful effort to sabotage tax limits sank to a new low, however, when opponents launched a slick ad campaign depicting I-747 as a slap in the face to firefighters the heroes of September 11.

Rather than push the electorate headlong into the arms of big government, the recent terrorist attacks reminded many voters of the principles that make our nation worth fighting for, chief among them personal economic freedom. Even after September 11 not to mention Nov. 6 the great American tax-limitation movement is alive and well.


PETE SEPP

Vice president for communications

National Taxpayers Union

Alexandria

Readers respond to Clinton's ' terror is U.S. debt' speech

Former President Bill Clinton reasons that we are experiencing foreign terror on our own soil because of our history of internal terror slavery and the harsh treatment of American Indians ("Clinton calls terror a U.S. debt to past," Nov. 8). He also seems to think we Americans are suffering for the crusades, even though they were fought in the 11th and 12th centuries, long before the American founding. I hope the rest of America recognizes this prattle for what it is: good old Arkansas hogwash.

Wednesday's speech at Georgetown University was classic Clinton, an attempt to shift the blame for our current state of affairs away from his presidency. He says we need to pay more attention to our enemies and the way we are viewed by the rest of the world. Where was that attention during his presidency? He says we need to spread freedom and democracy. Which country did his administration successfully help democratize? He says we ought to pay for the education of the world's children because it is cheaper than going to war. I don't remember him proposing such a program during his presidency.

Oh yes, the former president also had the audacity to warn Americans that we must rid ourselves of our "arrogant self-righteousness." (He arrived 45 minutes late.) Don't we have an ambassadorship available? To Antarctica, perhaps?


ROBERT G. SNOPEK

Woodbridge, Va.





Your article "Clinton calls terror a U.S. debt to past" is inaccurate and misrepresentative of the speech Mr. Clinton gave at Georgetown University.

As a Georgetown student, I attended the former president's speech on Wednesday, and after reading your article, I was perplexed to see how his words could be construed in any way as a statement that the United States was somehow paying a debt to its past. In reality, Mr. Clinton was simply explaining the history of the use of terrorism, and he pointed to its use even within the United States regarding the treatment of American Indians and slaves. He used this as evidence that while terrorism has always existed, it has never prevailed.

Mr. Clinton's speech to a diverse crowd of students on campus provided hope and vision during a time in our history when we are all struggling to remain strong and have courage. Your story incorrectly implied meanings and unstated partisanship in a speech intended to lift our heads and embrace a positive future for our country.


MATTHEW RUESCH

Washington




So Bill Clinton thinks that when "people are kept in kind of a permanent state of collective immaturity it becomes quite easy for them to believe that someone else's success is the cause of their distress." It seems to me that is exactly the type of class-warfare tactic Mr. Clinton used to get elected and re-elected. He also talked about "the nature of truth," stating that God has limited us from knowing "the whole truth."

Perhaps he should ask God what the meaning of "is" is. Has this man no shame?


BOB BYRNE

St. Louis




Bill Clinton's remarks to Georgetown University students, in which he opined that America is "paying a price today" for its past sins, were ignorant and twisted. They do, however, confirm America's inherent strength.

A country that survived eight years with this individual at its helm has little to fear from Osama bin Laden and his suicidal followers.


DAVID LUKEN

Kensington




I agree with Bill Clinton that we are paying for our past but I believe that the past we are paying for is his presidency. Were it not for Mr. Clinton's lame, half-hearted responses to the various acts of terror committed during his tenure, we would not be in this current mess.

Where was Mr. Clinton when terrorists were blowing up embassies, barracks and ships containing members of our military and civil service? Unfortunately, I think our country will be paying for damage done by Mr. Clinton for years to come. Thank goodness we now have someone in office who can take care of the situation. Can you imagine Al Gore in the Oval Office right now?


KATIE SPICER

Springfield




I am an American, but I grew up in the Middle East and lived in Lebanon and Libya for several years. Bill Clinton's speech at Georgetown University neatly deflects his own direct responsibility for galvanizing Islamic terrorism and once again demonstrates his prowess at subverting the truth.

For many years, the extreme Islamic fundamentalists have labeled the United States as the "Great Satan." When the sordid details of the Monica Lewinsky affair were published globally on the Internet and broadcast by the worldwide media, Osama bin Laden and every other Islamic extremist could point to the president of the United States and the leader of the free world to validate their propaganda.


LEITH SWANSON

San Diego




It is shameful enough that former President Bill Clinton took the occasion of his speech at Georgetown University to act as a poster boy for the "America got what it deserves" crowd. But he showed his trademark state of denial and lack of shame when he said the U.S. government is "woefully" lacking on several key terrorism-prevention areas. Hello? Who was president for the past eight years and did nothing in those areas?


MARY MIGALA

Hummelstown, Pa.




Well, well, well. Bill Clinton is still at it, trying to rewrite his legacy. He states that America is "woefully" ill-prepared. I think the reason we are somewhat ill-prepared is that he, as president, gutted the military and our intelligence-gathering efforts. His legacy is that he left us ill-prepared. We didn't get that way in 10 months.


FRANKIE GUINLE

Memphis, Tenn.


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