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ELECTION: Sandy shows Obama at his best

Letter by Bambi Lin Litchman, Tacoma on Nov. 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm with No Comments »
November 1, 2012 1:58 pm

Hurricane Sandy roared in with unimaginable fury before the 2012 election. President Obama suspended campaigning, stepping up with decisive, steady leadership. He is working tirelessly with state governors to repair the destruction. It is inspiring to see him and Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey collaborating to help the millions who are suffering.

Hurricane Sandy highlights some campaign issues. On the right, some want to shrink government down to the size of a pea. Yet when something occurs like Sandy, we see that an effective, strong federal government benefits us all. United we stand; divided we fall.

However, in 2011 Romney stated he’d defund the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), assigning relief to the states and to private businesses which would then profit from disasters. Post Hurricane Sandy, Romney refuses to discuss his previous FEMA statements.

Upon inauguration in 2008, Obama inherited the most devastating national financial condition since the Great Depression. To compound matters, congressional Republicans immediately vowed to oppose him. Their intransigence harmed the citizenry.

Despite virulent opposition, Obama has repaired much of the damage he inherited, and has accomplished a great deal. He passed health care reform, the economy is improving, the auto industry is thriving, Osama bin Laden is dead, consumer confidence is up, and we are out of Iraq and will soon leave Afghanistan.

Imagine what he could do with increased congressional cooperation. Re-elect Obama.

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