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Balanced budget a farce

Recent polls show President Clinton's approval rating at 68 percent. His private improprieties seem not to concern most Americans, because, allegedly:

1. The economy is the best it's been in 30 years.2. The deficit is only $22 billion this year and will be nonexistent next year.

In reality, however, the following is what has occurred to make last year's deficit appear small, and resultantly give the economy a luster of which it is not deserving:

1. The Clinton administration has taken $400 billion from Social Security; this has increased federal unfunded liabilities to over $15 trillion.

2. Defense spending has been reduced again by tens of billions of dollars to its lowest in decades, and this great nation goes improperly defended.

3. The Clinton administration has counted as part of the nation's revenues the federal government's $65 billion share of the massive tobacco settlement, which may or may not be completed in 1998. Even with all this, the Department of the Treasury still lists the national debt at the end of 1996 as $5.224 trillion and at the end of 1997 as $5.413 trillion, for a difference of $188 billion. What does this say about the man who occupies the highest office in this great land?

One who could not manage his personal life with dignity should surely not be entrusted with the executive power of a nation. And this is evidenced by a national budget that, despite effusions to the contrary, has not been balanced. A public figure's private life apparently is a good indicator of his/her public integrity or lack thereof.

Collective personal integrity is reflected in the type of leaders we elect. Have we lost ours? The emperor has no clothes. The fraud must be stopped. Notify your congressman. Impeach Clinton now.

Frank Staheli

Santaquin