The letter by Keith F. Cornell is the type of subjective, Bush-hating diatribe usually found in the L.A. Times.
Get your facts straight, Keith. Cheney divested himself of Halliburton stock and donated most of his "Golden Parachute" to charity. The Bush family made their money in independent oil, not like the Gore family holdings in Occidental oil.
As far as deficits go, California doesn’t have the burden of a major war or security costs of the federal government.