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In his fanciful “Where was Barbara Boxer’s anger under Clinton?” (Other Voices, Jan. 8), Jim Edwards begins by asking where Ms. Boxer’s anger was when Clinton “forced the largest tax increase in American history….” He forgets, of course, that the tax was on the already well-to-do and resulted in setting the stage for years of unprecedented prosperity and a record surplus. Even those whose taxes were raised benefited.

The present administration prefers to give tax cuts to the wealthy, and we have gone from our record surplus to a record deficit and lost over 2 million jobs, whereas the Clinton administration gained over 20 million jobs.

His [column] is full of such misrepresentations. The most glaring was about late-term abortions. The fact is: Bill Clinton signed a bill outlawing late term abortions way back when he was governor of Arkansas. While president, he offered to sign another such bill for the U.S., provided there were provisions for considering the health of the mother. The Republican politicians, however, wanted an issue and refused. They obviously didn’t give a damn about the babies. There is anger to be directed in this matter, but not at Clinton.



Jack Flannigan

Grass Valley


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