Erik Jensen (Readers' Forum, Nov. 14) compares the end of Clinton's second term with the end of Bush's first term — different time frames. He uses a deficit figure of $413 billion, not the actual 2007 figure $162.8 billion, or the projected $155 billion for 2008. I looked at an old photo of myself and noticed that I had a full head of hair!

He further uses only one additional metric to judge the state of the economy — an oil price of $100 a barrel, yet to be reached. Apparently GDP, unemployment rates, job creation, inflation rates, disposable income, corporate profits and interest rates are no longer primary measures for the state of the economy.

Scot Wallace

West Valley City