The first shot in the Democrats' double-barreled strategy for gaining control of the federal government seems to have missed. That shot was intended to cause the United States to lose the war in Iraq and then blame the loss on the Republicans.

The Democrats' second barrel is aimed at the U.S. economy and may hit its mark. The idea is, of course, to wreck the economy and blame the disaster on the Republicans.

The present Democratic Congress refuses to pass legislation which realistically would allow drilling on the continental shelf. If you believe our economy is worse now than it was when the Democrats took over Congress 20 months ago, you might want to vote Republican.

Ed Gomer