Cal  Thomas

President Bush supports school choice. John Kerry follows the doctrines of the teachers unions, which want to maintain their monopoly on the minds and spirits of children. Competition works in virtually every area of life, but Senator Kerry opposes competition in education, no matter how many poor and minority children the system fails.

Everyone agrees that Social Security cannot go on like this. With baby boomers about to retire, only an increase in taxes to pay for additional benefits, a boost in the retirement age or a reduction in benefits, or all three, will keep it solvent under its current construct. President Bush would allow younger workers to invest a small portion of their Social Security taxes in private, interest-bearing accounts so they have real money in their accounts when they retire. It's all about who can best decide your future - government or you.

The next four years will present more formidable challenges than the last four. President Bush has demonstrated his resolve to stand against those who would destroy us and damage our way of life. John Kerry's positions on how he would fight terrorism lack conviction and credibility. Electing him would send the wrong message to terrorists and persuade many that the United States is weak.

All wartime presidents make mistakes and President Bush has made some, but on the issue of understanding evil and doing what must be done to resist and repel it, this president sees things more clearly than his opponent. It is why George W. Bush should be given four more years as president of the United States.

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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