Electors need to fully understand John Howard's definitions of Core and Non-Core promises. For him, a core promises are those which he keeps in mind to hold traction for number crunching votes for the next federal election in 2010. A non-core promise, of which there will be many after November 24, are those he didn't intend to hold but were attractive to the electorates at the time with his pork barrelling. And while we are discussing porkies, Mr Howard should be aware that it is not funds belonging to his government but monies belonging to the Australian taxpayer of which he and his cohorts are trustee custodians, pure and simple. To hoard a large portion of the budget surplus as a war-chest come election time, rather than spending as his term progressed on much needed areas such as health, roads and general welfare is nothing short of a national disgrace. Out in the electorates he takes us for mugs. This letter of mine was published yesterday in Brisbane's Courier Mail and the Tweed Heads Coolangatta Daily News newspapers.