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Look Past a Davis Recall to Address Budget Woes

May 08, 2003

I had to chuckle when I read your May 6 front-page headline "Rep. Issa Launches New Davis Recall." This is the same Issa who assured me while running for his congressional seat in 2000 that the election of George W. Bush would ensure economic opportunity and vitality for our country. After that huge misjudgment, I'm not sure Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) is qualified to assess the relative merits, economically, of any politician or economic policy, for that matter.

After two years of the ongoing Bush disaster, it's clear to rational people that Republican multimillionaire businessmen are a large part of the problem, not the solution.

If Issa wishes to lay blame for the ongoing and deepening economic and budgetary crises afflicting our state and our nation, he should stop playing the politics of personal aggrandizement and start doing his job, representing the people of his district instead of the warped economic agenda he shares with his multimillionaire Republican businessmen. I'm not holding my breath.

David M. Evans

San Clemente

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Why doesn't Issa contribute his six-figure donation to the ailing California budget instead of wasting it on an impracticable effort to recall Gov. Gray Davis?

Elizabeth Wallace

Trabuco Canyon

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Re "The Yard Sale of the Century Could Ease the Crunch," Commentary, May 5: William F. Shughart II's advising the sell-off of surplus state property is the most brilliant idea I have heard in a long time. With the California economy a shambles, this is surely no time to be raising taxes. Selling these properties is just the kind of miracle that the state needs to stave off insolvency.

Unfortunately, a windfall of this proportion undoubtedly would be treated as all such blessings have been in the past, just more money to be squandered by our immature legislators and our spendthrift governor. Perhaps this idea needs to wait for wiser leadership.

Kit Maira

San Fernando

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