Re John LaPorte’s Feb. 21 letter, “You’re wrong on Obama”:
John, you’re on the wrong side of history!
Your deficit and debt remarks did not tell readers why those are so high. GOP presidents racked up $11 trillion, vs. $6 trillion for Democrats. Remember the credit card spending by Bush-43? Two unpaid wars and two huge tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 resulted in his $6 trillion debt and the recession.
Government spending should be higher now than it was in the 1940s. Our population was 140 million then, vs. 310 million now.
“Job creation is stuck in neutral” was a false remark. Under Bush-43, 750,000 were being laid off per month. During Obama’s first term, 6.2 million jobs were created. Oh yes, GOP governors laid off 500,000 public-sector workers: police, firefighters, teachers. Corporations are holding back $2 trillion not invested in the economy: why?
Your best remark was that Obama is “clueless.” Again, weak on facts. Our president crafted the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the stimulus. We all know that the GOP opposed this, and all other Obama recovery plans. But boy, when the funds were allocated to GOP states, their governors held gala ribbon-cutting events. Remember Obama’s auto bailout plan, opposed by Mitt Romney? It put one million assembly line workers back on the job. And what did the GOP House do to Obama’s American Jobs Act? It killed it. Hundreds of thousands of construction workers would be repairing over 70,000 bridges, roads, tunnels and airports today if it had passed.
Why did the GOP “just say no” to all Obama’s recovery agenda? Remember in 2010, GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell’s famous remark, “Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term.” Folks, whatever happened to the GOP’s 2008 presidential campaign slogan, “Country first”?