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.