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Obama good, GOP bad

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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I wish to take issue with Bill McQuade for calling Barack Obama in his July 17 letter, “Writer’s all wrong,” a “bad” president. It’s time for a reality check.

Here are five significant accomplishments of our 44th president. 1) Unemployment reduced from 10.2 percent under Bush to 6.1 percent on July 1, 2014, resulting in 52 consecutive months of job growth (9.5 million). 2) federal payroll fell to the lowest level in nine years. 3) Dow went from 6,700 points under Bush-43 to a historic high of 17,100 under Obama. 4) The annual fiscal budget debt dropped from $1.2 trillion in the last year of Bush to $500B in 2012 and 2013. 5) After 9/11, George W. told the nation we would get Osama Bin Laden, “Dead or Alive.” Ten years later, Obama ordered our elite Navy Seals to put him out of action … and they did!

Mr. McQuade said, “Imagine if there was a Republican president and all the scandals happened.” Folks, we don’t need to imagine. Here are three major GOP presidential scandals, which sent dozens of White House officials to prison! 1) Several of Warren Harding’s “Ohio Boys” were convicted and served time for their role in the Teapot Dome oil scandal. 2) 48 of Richard Nixon’s staff went to jail for their part in the Watergate break-in. Oh yes … Nixon resigned, but was pardoned by another GOP President: Ford. 3) Ten of Ronald Reagan’s top advisors were convicted and jailed for their part in the Iran-Contra Affair. Independent counsel John Towers found Reagan guilty for violating an act of Congress. However, being a sitting president, he got off “scot-free.” Thus, the public dubbed Reagan the Teflon President.

To my knowledge, no one in the Obama Administration has been convicted in all those GOP “witch-hunt” scandals! Folks, look at those GOP leaders who want to sue or impeach our president … the nerve of them!

Anthony G. Pilla
Forest Hills

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