The Advocate Messenger's endorsement of Ernie Fletcher for governor has no substance whatsoever. Apparently, the newspaper thinks we can trust the instincts of a fighter pilot, even though the track record of our current "fighter pilot" leader, Bush, is woefully dismal. Let us just consider unemployment figures in this county, which have tripled since Bush took office. This is the Republican economic plan in a nutshell - tax breaks for the wealthy, who prosper no matter who is in power, and misery, uncertainty, and unemployment for the rest of us. When Republicans talk about lowering taxes, watch out: What they really mean is that they want to shirk their responsibility as citizens, to have services but not to have to pay for them, and to shift tax burdens onto those least capable of carrying them.
The Advocate-Messenger also endorses Fletcher because he is a doctor. Presumably we will all have a chance to see how a doctor, beholden to the very special interests that have caused the health-care crisis, tries to bring that crisis under control. Fletcher has a history of voting against patients' rights and for the interests of pharmaceutical manufacturers. That is, when he has bothered to vote at all, having missed more than 50 votes.