AUSTIN, Texas -- No one has been waiting with bated breath for me to make up my mind about the Democratic presidential candidates, but I have, and you might be interested in how I got there. I'm for Howard Dean -- because he's going to win. "
· Key contract decisions postponed again
· Blair drawn into row over lack of 'level playing fields'
Oliver Morgan, industrial editor
Sunday December 7, 2003
The Observer [London]
Halliburton, the engineering group formerly run by US vice-president Dick Cheney, has been given $1 billion worth of reconstruction work in Iraq by the US government without having to compete for it, thanks to repeated delays in opening up a key contract to competition. "
"The Politics of Payoff By E. J. Dionne Jr.
Tuesday, December 2, 2003; Page A27
President Bush likes to talk about the need for 'fiscal sanity in Washington.' His decision to run up the national debt is entirely sane -- as long as you understand his real purpose. Bush doesn't care a whit about deficits. That's because he is not a fiscal conservative. He is a political conservative out to buy himself a majority in 2004 and spending the next generation's money to do it. "
"Election Is Now for Bush Campaign Early Efforts Aim To Amass Voters
By Dan Balz and Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, November 30, 2003; Page A01
President Bush's reelection team, anticipating another close election, has begun to assemble one of the largest grass-roots organizations of any modern presidential campaign, using enormous financial resources and lack of primary opposition to seize an early advantage over the Democrats in the battle to mobilize voters in 2004."
This article clearly demonstrates why no Democrat can afford to be complacent.