The nation's economy is not a simple beast, trained and tamed as easily as a dog and cat. It's a mammoth labyrinth that doesn't respond to the snap of a politician's fingers.

For that reason, we should not be looking to any elected leader, regardless of his or her party affiliation, to find a way to immediately change the course of our soft economy.

Fixing our fiscal ills should not be about how much more money the Democrats or Republicans can put back in our pockets, or whose pockets should get the most.

It should be about ensuring the conditions are ripe for businesses, big and small, to invest in expansions, and for individuals to save and invest in those businesses. This will lead to the creation of jobs.

To that end, President Bush's proposed end of the tax on stock dividends is a step in the right direction, but the impact will not be immediate.

The average taxpayer needs to feel more positive about the future, and that can only be done through job security and the expansion of businesses.

With so much of the economy now geared to consumer spending, the average citizen remains fundamentally important. However, he or she cannot feel secure if the unemployment rate keeps rising.

We encourage Republicans and Democrats in Washington to find a common ground for an economic stimulus package that doesn't throw away long term stability for the sake of easy answers. At the same time, Americans need to be shown that the economy will rebound and their futures will remain secure.



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