September 29, 2002
Re "Daschle Accuses Bush of Playing Politics on Iraq," Sept. 26: Finally! I didn't think the Democrats would ever find their voice. They have been like sheep, refusing to utter a word against either rushing to war with Iraq or postponing the huge tax cut that was passed last year. One can question these things without being unpatriotic, despite what Vice President Dick Cheney suggested after 9/11. This is a democracy, not a monarchy. Peggy Schulz Sherman Oaks Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.
December 17, 2001
There he goes again (Michael Ramirez's cartoon, Commentary, Dec. 13). The Times' official radical-right cartoonist reasserts his partisanship in the depiction of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) asking someone on the phone to relay his thanks to Bin Laden that he can spend money. The low insult to Daschle and the dishonesty of the characterization of his providing for unemployed workers while ignoring Republican attempts to make mammoth giveaways to multinational corporations is appalling.
December 6, 2001
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and his Democrats continue to stall on passage of any meaningful economic stimulus package ("Bush Renews Call for Tax Cuts," Dec. 2). Daschle has been promising since the beginning of October to pass a viable economic stimulus package but, as usual, it is all talk. The Democrats continue to push for a spend-and-more-spend stimulus with a lot of pork in it. By the time Daschle and his merry band of Democrats complete any useful economic stimulus package it could be next year.
January 8, 2002
Re "Bush Says He Won't Budge on Tax Cuts," Jan. 6: President Bush vowed that his [10-year] $1.35-trillion tax cut would be repealed only over his dead body. Instead of stimulating the economy, his tax cut resulted in more massive layoffs and hard times for America's poor, homeless and unemployed. The Republicans seem to have only one solution for our economic woes--cut taxes for the rich and corporations, increase military spending and spending for prisons and the failed war on drugs, and when the inevitable deficit ensues, balance the budget on the backs of the poor.
March 22, 2003
If truth is the first casualty of war, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) got hit by shrapnel ("Daschle Under Fire by Lawmakers for Criticism of Bush's Diplomacy," March 19). The insults Republicans have directed at him cannot blunt his message: The Bush administration has brought us to war because of a spectacular failure of diplomacy. Lives will be lost because of the seemingly willful incompetence of President Bush, and his supporters in Congress need to come to grips with that if we're ever going to straighten this mess out. John J. Flynn Culver City Daschle may have been tardy with his criticism (editorial, March 21)
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May 31, 1999
Re "Critics Assail Contents of Report on China Spying," May 26: Chinese espionage is like a long-festering disease. It eats away silently for years. There is no way to treat it during this covert phase. After the disease has spread, the symptoms are exposed and action must be taken. President Clinton's national security advisor, Sandy Berger, has stated that he briefed Clinton about Chinese espionage years ago. The president did not take action to stop it. Instead he compounded this malfeasance by relaxing export controls, allowing China to buy critical missile technology and enabling China to target our cities with nuclear weapons.