2001-02-03 / Columnists

Failte...by James Conway Sullivan

With President Bush in the Oval Office, things are moving along with his cabinet choices. All seems well. But, what is more interesting than his cabinet picks is what issues he has stressed during his first week in office.

His tax cut plan has been co-sponsored by Senator Zell Miller (D. GA). If the 50 Senate Republican go along with it, and of course some Democrats will join in, we’ll finally get a tax break for hardworking Americans who created the surplus and prosperity to begin with. Tax relief is needed and was promised by Bush in the campaign. I, for example, pay about 40 percent of my salary in taxes. We finally have an administration that understands this is the taxpayers money – the surplus – not just the government’s money. And make no mistake -- if there’s a surplus – spend it they will! Instead, we are getting a chance to get back some of the money that we paid.

Promise number one – tax relief – is in sight!

Another promise, education reform, is on the table right now. The politicos are debating and discussing Bush’s new plan and it seems fruitful. Standards and accountability are the cornerstones of his plan, plus school vouchers (where schools don’t work). Isn’t it about time that professional educators are held to the same standards as everyone else? Shouldn’t they also have to produce results and be accountable? There is also hope—First Aid CPR—for the non-public schools with vouchers. Non-public schools, which have done so much good for this nation, finally get a share—simple fairness!

The second promise is on its way!

He also dealt with outlawing some foreign aid programs that give abortions and similar "guidance". Putting the moral ramifications aside for a moment, I don’t feel that it is the American taxpayer’s responsibility to be the world’s abortion sponsor and primary payer. Bush also will seek to outlaw the heinous partial birth abortion later on in his administration.

Realistically, in a nation so evenly split on abortion, no one is seeking to just ban all abortions. There must be consensus. But there is consensus in some areas. Poll after poll finds the majority of Americans support some form of abortion—but oppose partial abortions and abortions simply used as a method of birth control.

Promise three is being dealt with – less abortions!

I’m looking forward to lower taxes, a reformed and revamped educational system, vouchers, and less abortion.

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