Bush Lashes Out at Critics on Economy

JUNE 17, 2004 - Posted at 2:40 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, DC - President Bush is denouncing critics he says are determined to find clouds on the economic horizon, despite improving news on jobs and growth.

Speaking to a small business group in Washington, the president said those critics "offer dire predictions and complaints" but not constructive policies.

Bush didn't name names.  But he said his critics "don't know where to take the country."

Democrat John Kerry has vowed to scrap Bush's tax cuts for upper income brackets, saying they've done little to create jobs and left America's middle class worse off.

Bush pointed to ten months of job creation and said because of the tax cuts, the U.S. economy has "shifted into high gear."  But he said at every stage of the recovery, "modern-day pessimists" have sought out "a cloud to stand under."

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