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Voters' views: Nancy O' Leary Pew

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Nancy O'Leary Pew
Name: Nancy O'Leary Pew
Age: 50
Lives: Seattle, Washington
Works: Librarian
Last election voted: Democrat
In 10 words or less: "Concerned American wife, mother, grandmother, librarian, friend, neighbour, activist"

On the evidence of the failed pledges of last year's speech, I cannot believe or trust anything in this year's address.

A year ago in Bush's State of the Union address he put his weight behind his plan for Iraq, his version of social security reform and his prescription drug plan.

A year on, the war rages on without direction or purpose and there is no end in sight.

The American people rightly rejected the notion that social security should be a savings plan rather than an insurance plan.

The expensive prescription drug programme, which has no limits on the prices drug companies can charge, is confusing and does not serve our elders well.

This year Bush paid lip service to bipartisan co-operation and liberal ideology.

Over and over, he presents his policies in words friendly to average Americans but in practice he erodes their rights, safety and economic security while insisting on spying and the reinstatement of the Patriot Act.

In addition, he cuts money for student loans, supports the importing of cheap goods and the outsourcing of our middle class jobs and attacks our environment in the name of corporate profits.

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The federal response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina has shown a gross lack of competence and responsibility for our citizens.

Freedom, liberty and democracy begin at home. How can Bush bring these rights to the world while dismantling them at home?

Bush's policies hurt Americans. His interpretations of the constitution and the law allow him to authorise jailing, imprisonment and spying on people, violating the most sacred values of our democracy.

He is strengthening his ability to interpret the law in these ways by appointing loyal Supreme Court justices.

Polls in the US indicate increasing dissatisfaction with Bush, the Republicans and their culture of corruption.

We want a government of integrity that cares about the welfare of its citizens.

I am ready for a change in Congress in 2006 and a major change in the White House in 2008. Mr Bush's presidency has been a colossal failure.




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