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As further evidence of my childhood political interest, I present the following “editorial” that I wrote in sixth grade:
Believe Me, Bush Would Have Been Better!!!
To trust Clinton or not to trust Clinton. That is the question, my friends. January 20th, former President Bush will have moved out like a lamb of the White House and Clinton will move in like a lion.
I think Clinton will not do a very good job of being the president because I think women shouldn’t have the right to choose if they want abortion unless they’ve been raped or have AIDS, etc.
I think Bill Clinton is so greedy that he would probably say: “Gee, George, I never knew things cost so much!!!! Let’s see what I have in my wallet. WOWEE!!!! $750!?!?! I must raise taxes to get more money!!!” If he cuts the defense budget like he said he would, and a war was declared, we would not be prepared.
I think Bush would do better than Clinton because Bush does not allow abortion unless you’ve been raped, or if the mother would die if she had the baby. Bush and the government created 45 million jobs during his term. The Democratic Congress were the ones who wanted the tax after he had said “Read my lips, no new taxes”. Bush also vetoed two quota bills. Clinton accused him of dealing with problems after they are already a crisis. I agreed with him when he said that everybody is paying too much money in their taxes.
I don’t think Perot would have done a very good job because my family and I go on a trip to Utah about twice a year. We usually spend about $150 on gas for the whole trip. If there was a 50 cent gas tax, we would have to pay 50% more which would be $225. He would also raise unemployment until 1995. However, he is also as brave as a bull because he freed two prisoners of war. Perot seemed to be a good businessman but a bad person to run the office of the president since he is not experienced with politics in any sort of way.
Clinton just got elected, so watch your wallet!!!! In the next four years, this world will have lots of education and barely any defense. Just hope that we won’t get war declared on us!!!
The logic and clarity (or lack thereof) in this letter amazes me. And no, I have no idea what I meant in the first half of the third paragraph.