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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 January 2005, 11:44 GMT
Voters' views: Jorge Caspary
In the run up to the 2004 American presidential election we asked a panel of voters to share their views and predictions ahead of the outcome. Here, on Inauguration Day, they look ahead to President George W Bush's second term.

Jim Hill
Jim Hill:
Sudbury, Mass.
Corey Harrison:
Chicago, Illinois
Jorge Caspary:
Tallahassee, Florida
Shankar Iyer
Shankar Iyer:
Fairfax, Virginia
Nancy O'Leary Pew
Nancy Pew:
Seattle, Washington
Neil Sherman
Neil Sherman:
Germantown, Tenn.
Chase Erwin
Chase Erwin:
Arlington, Texas
Rhonda Buie:
Arlington, Washington

Jorge Caspary

MEET THE PANEL
Name: Jorge Caspary
Age: 41
Lives: Tallahassee, Florida
Works: Civil engineer
Voted: Republican
In 10 words or less:
"Bolivian immigrant, geologist, father-of-three, moderate Republican"
President Bush has performed as well as expected.

Both home and abroad, there are substantial expectations on his administration.

At home, the trade deficit is a factor which will have to be dealt with.

I would like him to work towards healthcare reform for the millions of uninsured.

Also, social security and immigration will be reformed and he is to be commended as the first president willing to tackle these problems.

He has assembled a team with experience on diplomatic and economic fronts.

The choices of Condoleezza Rice and Robert Zoellick as her deputy show that trade talks with China are inevitable.

Our panel - where they live

Ms Rice will also adopt a more conciliatory note with our allies and the Arab world. Donald Rumsfeld will depart at some point.

On the judicial front, President Bush will fill both Supreme and Federal Courts with judges aligned with more conservative views.

Overall, between now and 2008 the US will be in its post 9/11 maturity phase.

Domestically, it will be a more terror-astute society.

It will continue to be a beacon for millions of immigrants and its economy will continue to be strong.

Abroad, the second Bush term will culminate with a reduced presence in Iraq, but hopefully a more stable Middle East.


Your comments:

Perhaps Jorge should be asking why it is that under Bush's first term the sheer volume of Americans that live below the poverty line and cannot afford Medicare has risen in terms of millions? This is precisely what Bush did on a smaller scale when he was governor of this state and it is usually second generation immigrants that find it hardest to get out of this hole.
Martin Suarez, Dallas, Texas, USA

If Mr Caspary wanted a president to assist the uninsured in the USA, he should have cast his vote for the other candidate.
Marton, Munich, Germany

I really can't understand how Jorge can be proud of Bush's policies. Yes, he is tackling social security and immigration - for the worse that is. What does "its economy will continue to grow strong" mean? We've suffered a record deficit! And thanks to Bush, stability in Middle East is even further away. With all this, of course Americans have to be more "terror-astute", because we are in a lot of danger.
Writtika Roy, USA

Does Jorge really expect George W Bush to do anything about the millions of uninsured? If anything, his fundamentalist free market policies will result in further inequalities in healthcare access, as drug costs continue to skyrocket and unions weaken.
Peter, Brunswick, ME, USA

If stability in Iraq is the goal, I don't see the wisdom in reducing our military presence when we never had enough soldiers there in the first place. Iraq has been a centre of religious violence for hundreds of years. A small deployment of troops protecting the government buildings and oil infrastructure will not calm this centuries-old storm.
Jon, Rohnert Park, USA

I'm not exactly sure which country you're talking about, but our economy is horrible now, and on the decline. Our national debts have increased. Our import/export ratio is leaving the US economy worse off by the day. Meanwhile, we're spending millions of dollars for this inauguration and a devastating war under the guise of something even the US doesn't have - freedom and democracy.
Shyrie, Philadelphia, USA

When I hear the views of people like Mr Caspary, I honestly start believing that for the past four years, one of us has been living in an America located in some parallel universe. Bush cannot solve the social security crisis. We had a perfectly good fix for social security (Al Gore's plan of financing it through the surplus would have pushed social security into solvency through 2075), but Mr Bush destroyed that option through trillions of dollars in tax cuts, half of which went to the top 1% of earners. To do this is unwise. To do it during wartime is in my opinion reckless.
Jovan Ivosevic, Los Angeles, California, USA





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