"Bad Economics Is Bad Politics" (editorial, Jan. 1) states, "In fact, the President seems oblivious to the nation's mounting economic woes." That's a poor call. I think President Bush is very well aware of the status of the economy. For some odd reason, The Times and others cast shadows on Bush for the plight of the economy.
Why not blame the weak-kneed majority in Congress? After all, isn't it the majority in Congress who continue to approve massive, compounding government debt and waste? Isn't it a fact that it is the Democrat-controlled Congress that seeks higher taxes to spend more?
You state, "The President should read his lips--then move to acknowledge the recession and set out an agenda to ease us out of this mess."
How about an agenda from Congress to cut government waste and excessive spending? How about some resourceful action out of Congress to create incentives to save, to invest, to nurture a growing market economy? How about lowering taxes, rather than increasing them?
And finally but foremost, how about American people holding their representatives, senators and President accountable by voting for term limitations for Congress and the line-item veto for the President?
VICTOR H. JASHINSKI, Newport Beach