LETTER: The last good Republican president

George H.W. Bush was the last good Republican president. He put the country above the super rich and party. Neither Ike nor Bush could be elected to anything in the GOP today. Bush gave us NAFTA, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Clean Air Act that reduced acid rain and save the lakes and forest of the Eastern U.S. and Canada. Sulfur dioxide pollution that causes acid rain has been reduced substantially since 1990.

The current GOP is working to reverse the Clean Air Act and destroy the EPA, which was created by Nixon. The GOP is chipping away at the Americans with Disabilities Act and will eventually eliminate it if given a chance.

Bush was more concerned about the deficit than a campaign promise. He signed a tax increase to pay for spending increases. He was the last Republican president to be concerned about the national debt. Republicans are only concerned about the debt when there is a Democratic president in office. His son, George W. Bush, cut taxes and increased spending. This caused the national debt to spiral upwards. Under Trump and the Republican Congress, the national debt will increase in four years. What happened to fiscal responsibility?

Bush was heavily involved in the internal affairs of several Central American nations. We would have the leaders removed and replaced with governments we liked.

We were no friend of the people of Latin America. Our actions in Latin America have caused the caravans coming to the southern border. Trump’s big mouth and xenophobia only made the matter much worse. We are our own worst enemy.

Hank Shiver, Mission