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2004-08-03 - 9:08 a.m.

Quick, Ridge! This is an Emergency!"

  • Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry emerged from his national convention with a small lead over President Bush...

  • Consumer Spending Plunges to 3-year Low

  • The middle class is weathering the brunt of the financial hard times -- not Bush and his cronies. Bush needs this country's job statistics to grow at a rate of 380,000 jobs per month just to claim that he has broken even in his term as President.

  • D'ya think that's going to happen? In Bush's first three years, people were laid off at the second-fastest rate on record.

  • And what about the deficit...they predict the largest deficit ever this year...something like $445+ billion.

  • There are those who accuse Bush and the Republicans of Overspending,
    Howard Dean, a former rival of Mr. Kerry for the Democratic nomination, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN on Sunday: "I am concerned that every time something happens that's not good for President Bush, he plays the terrorism trump card. His whole campaign is based on the notion that 'I can keep you safe, therefore at times of difficulty for America stick with me,' and then out comes Tom Ridge. It's just impossible to know how much of this is real and how much of this is and I suspect there's some of both in it."

    John Kerry disavowed Howard Dean's assertions, but did say that he thought Bush had waited far too long, had done far too little. Joe Lieberman said: "Anybody who would think this would be political must be crazy." And I'm not the only one who believes this is a real political possibility: Check out Bex's Blog today.

    Today, we know just what Senator Kerry meant when he said "too little, too late." There is nothing new. The orange alert issued yesterday is based on information just gleaned, but the reconnaissance took place THREE YEARS ago. Maybe Howard Dean is right! Call me crazy! Why the rush to upgrade the alert unless it had something to do with Kerry's standing with the voters? Yesterday I wondered what it would take for a Red Alert -- now I think I know. Maybe elevating to a red alert would mean we should really pay attention - red stands for REAL!

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