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OBAMA: President deserves support to continue reforms

Letter by Bob Snider, Gig Harbor on Sep. 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm with 29 Comments »
September 22, 2010 2:26 pm

Re: “A poignant, sad whisper rises above all the shouting” (Kathleen Parker column, 9-22).

This column is part of a deluge of vague complaints about the president’s performance. Frankly, the level of resistance from Republicans from day one of the Obama administration has been unprecedented. Given that the economic downturn was closer to the Great Depression than a recession, it is reasonable to expect that it will take awhile for progress to be made.

Let’s examine how past Republican presidents dealt with recessions. Both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush cut taxes, allowed abusive industrial practices and drove up the federal deficit, the same deficit that the Republicans are now howling is too high. A majority of the debt (70 percent) was accumulated under Reagan and the two Bushes.

While President Obama has increased the deficit, he greatly reduced the impact of the economic depression he inherited from Bush. He has also has started turning around the practices of Bush’s administration of totally ignoring the abusive practices of large businesses (health care reform, bank reform, oil industry reform).

The president and the Democrats are taking a lot of heat from the rich and powerful now, which tells me that he must be doing something right. If you want to see real misery in this country, let the Republicans have power.

We need to support the president and the Democratic Party to continue the progress that has been made thus far.

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  1. menopaws says:

    This letter is right on the money…….The Republicans want to turn the clock back–no financial oversight of the banking industry, let the insurance companies continue to ruin health care……Anyone who expects miracles is just crazy. It took a very long time to dig this hole we are in…and all the screaming about the deficit is just smoke and mirrors…….they didn’t much care when MILLIONS of American taxpayer $$$ disappeared in Iraq……..In fact, Paul Bremmer was given the Medal of Freedom by Bush….Just like his buddy “Brownie”: an incompetent man who can’t account for money given to rebuild Iraq…..These people count on short memories and low IQ’s to regain power. I pray they are wrong………

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    Nice letter, except it was devoid of any facts. Reagan took over from Carter, the worst president ever. Reagan took over with 20% home loans and double digit inflation. And, a new term coined just for Carter: Misery Index. Reagan shortly turned that around with tax cuts. Things didn’t change much thereafter. Clinton enjoyed a Dot Com bubble, and Bush enjoyed it’s demise. Whatever the shape of the country when OhBummer took over, the economic indicators are all WAY down since. “Crats cannot point to one country that has taxed it’s self into prosperity.

  3. Sumner401 says:

    Great letter Bob!
    I just wish that message of truth would get out more than it is.
    The republicans have worked very hard to destroy the country and we need to stop them before they finish the job.

    75% of our debt is due to republican spending.

  4. Sumner401 says:

    blain, where are you ‘facts’?? Everything you said has been more than proven wrong.

  5. Great letter. Good luck with the deniers.

  6. “The president and the Democrats are taking a lot of heat from the rich and powerful now,”

    Who? Like Bill Gates Sr.? Hugo Chavez? Putin? Oprah? John Stewart? Chris Matthews? Lady GaGa? Madonna? Sean Penn? Who are these rich and powerful who are giving the libs heat? Please list some names.

  7. nwcolorist says:

    People can say anything they want about who caused the deficit. And you can say that a dog has five legs if you count the tail as a leg.

    Without facts to back it up, it’s just a lot of hooey..

  8. iamjimbo says:

    “President deserves support to continue reforms”… after-all… he does have a Pulitzer Peace Prize… plus, “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it”….

  9. “We need to support the president and the Democratic Party to continue the progress that has been made thus far.”

    Nope. We don’t.

    Vote!

    P.S. Love your list of “rich and powerful” I Spring. You left out Brangelina and Michael Moore.

  10. Sumner401 says:

    colorist, you can’t be serious, everyone knows who is responsible for the deficit and the debt. And when your grown up and honest about it, you admit it’s the republican party.

  11. “Whatever the shape of the country when OhBummer took over, the economic indicators are all WAY down since.”

    Have you been living in a shell? Did you forget that the country was falling apart economically in late 2008? Astonishing that anyone could make that statement and actually believe it.

  12. the3rdpigshouse says:

    The marxist/socialist anti-American “OH-Bummer” and his socialist democrat lap-dogs in Congress must be removed from office ASAP in the interests of rebuilding our great nation!!

  13. OldLefty says:

    cirrus:

    There is no way that you will ever get a Conservative to admit that the economy went south due to the Bush Administration. Don’t try.

    TEApublicans love “truth”, it’s FACTS they can’t stand.

  14. Yep Pigs, ol’ Karl Marx is rubbing his hands with glee at the prospect of the top 2% having their tax rates returned to Clinton-era 37%.

    That has to be in the Communist Manifesto somewhere…… “The communist revolution will be made complete by a 37% tax rate on over $250,000″

  15. Sumner401 says:

    The fascist/conservative anti-American republicans and their fascists conservative lap-dogs in Congress must be removed from office ASAP in the interests of rebuilding our great nation!!

  16. the3rdpigshouse says:

    And another great day in the USA! – How is all that “Hope” & “Change” working for you lefties today??!

  17. Roncella says:

    The Republicans were absolutely correct in being the party of NO. Obama’s and the Democrats in Congress out of control spending needs to be stopped and this November is the first step in stopping the out of control spending.

    Obama does not have a clue on what to do about the economy. His whole staff has left him and more will leave before the new year.

    Obama could have got some Republican support to help the economy in more jobs and business expansion. Obama’s big problem is he attacks and attacks Bush and the Republicans every day.
    Then Obama scratches his head wondering why the Republicans will not help him or support or adivise him on correcting the mess we are in.

    Obama needs to change corse quickly but he is too stubborn to change his beliefs on the free enterprize system that has made America so successful for so many people.

  18. hansgruber says:

    Here we go..again.
    The National debt as or Sept 21 stands at $13.476 Trillion (S13,476,661,616,652.10)
    The National Debt the day Reagan took office in Jan 20 1981 was $997 Billion
    $1.86 Trillion increase over 96 months ($19.3 Billion per month)
    The National Debt the day Bush 41 took office Jan 20, 1989 was $2,857 Trillion
    $1.554 Trillion increase over 48 months ($32.3 Billion per month)
    The National Debt the day Clinton to office was Jan 20, 1993 was $4,411 Trillion
    $1.316 Trillion increase over 96 months ($13.6 Billion per month)
    The National Debt the day Bush 43 took office was $5,727 Trillion
    $4.899 Trillion increase over 96 months ($51 Billion per month)
    (The National Debt the day Obama took office $10,626 Trillion
    The National debt 20 months after Obama took office $13,476
    $2.85 Trillion increase in 20 months ($142.5 Billion per month)
    Dem Presidents increased the national debt $4.166 Trillion over 116 months. ($35.9 Billion per month)
    GOP Presidents increased the National debt $8.313 Trillion over 240 months. ($34.6 Billion per month)
    The GOP has controlled the White House for 20 years since 1981, during their 20 years; they are responsible for 67% on the national debt. The DEM have controlled the White House for 9 years 8 months and are responsible for 33% of the National Debt.
    You’ll notice that Obama is currently borrowing 3 times the amount that Bush 43 borrowed.
    Whats funny is I broke this down for Sumner41 regarding the Controlled Congresses. Reagan had 6 years of DEM Controlled Congress and 2 years of a split house. Bush 41 had 4 years of DEM controlled Congress. Clinton had 2 years of DEM controlled Congress and 6 years of GOP Controlled Congress. Bush 43 has 2 years split houses, 4 years GOP and 2 years DEM Controlled Congress and Obama will have 2 years of DEM controlled Congress.
    DEM Controlled Congress increased National Debt $7.429 Trillion (55%)
    GOP Controlled Congress increased National Debt $3.084 Trillion (22.8%)
    Split Houses of Congress increased National Debt $2.963 Trillion (22%)

  19. eagle_beak says:

    “president deserves time to continue reforms” –
    what has really been going on is a planned and systematic takeover of our American way of life. Obama is just a figure-head, not really in charge of anything…… a mere puppet for the Progressive Socialist (communist) groups that are really the ones writing the bills – that is why Pelosi herself did not know what was in the bills-
    we have everything that is “politically correct” shoved down our throats with the charge that anyone who complains is bigotted, racist, Islamaphobic, etc . — all a part of the master manipulation to tear down capitalism, effect world re-distribution of wealth (meaning taking from us), and proceed with the world government, world currency, erode our economy, and all the rest of the Progressive agenda. if you don’t know that, then you are truly naive.
    God bless America and help us make our country strong!

  20. Sumner401 says:

    And again hans I have to ask you to show your cause and effect.
    Repeating talking points the way roncella does puts in the same bottom league as he.
    What has the evil Democrats done to cause the melt down?
    You clearly can’t answer that question because you know they have done nothing to cause it.

    75% of our debt is the result of republican spending.
    it’s the stone cold fact and you can’t refute it.

  21. Bob, if you want specific complaints, check out a copy of David Limbaugh’s latest book, Crimes Against Liberty, number two on the NYT Best sellers list.
    Then get back to me.

  22. Sumner401 says:

    The spread of ODS is gaining, the mental illness of the right is getting worse.

  23. hans – are those “real” dollar figures that take inflation into account?

  24. hansgruber says:

    “75% of our debt is the result of republican spending.
    it’s the stone cold fact and you can’t refute it.”-Sumner41

    I already did.

  25. Sumner401 says:

    No you haven’t hans, not by a long shot.
    You’ve been beaten on this many times now, sorry.

  26. Roncella says:

    Sumner, Your beliefs are Extreme far left Liberal, how does it feel to be so far left when compared to Most Independents, Conservatives, Tea Party Folks, and Enlightened Democrats, Republicans ?

  27. You want facts? Robert Sherer will give you facts. Get a copy of “The Great American Stickup.”

    Sherer is a bonafide leftist, so even you Dimocrats can read it and weep.

  28. sumner is obviously not wrapped too tight and doesn’t have both oars in the water, but I can say this for sure, sumner is a liberal! So, expect nothing more than mumblings and incoherent comments.

  29. “As President Clinton’s Treasury secretary, Rubin, the former cochair of Goldman Sachs, led the fight to free the financial markets from regulation and then went on to a $15-million-a-year job with Citigroup, the company that had most energetically lobbied for that deregulation. He should remember the line from the old cartoon strip Pogo: “We have met the enemy and he is us.

    “The Great American Stickup”–Robert Scherer

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