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Tag: recession


OBAMA: Most criticism has been undeserved

Another letter writer (TNT, 7-8) raises the question of Barack Obama’s ranking as a U.S. president, giving three reasons for finding him wanting in his political role.

I too have been disappointed, and did not vote for a major party candidate in 2012. But criticism of Obama as president has generally been excessive, as people seem to forget that no president since Abraham Lincoln took over at a worse juncture in our history.

On the day that Obama became president (Jan. 20, 2009), the country was deeply involved in two hot wars (going nowhere), the country’s financial system was in

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ECONOMY: Big-government programs not the answer

In an attempt to change the narrative from the disastrous Obamacare rollout, President Obama and the Democrats are reaching back into their playbook to fire up the base. The “new” campaign will be about income inequality. Sound familiar?

Obama spent nearly a trillion dollars trying to create jobs and economic growth. The results? Income inequality (income gap) is worse, job creation has been modest (mostly low-paying and part-time jobs), middle-class incomes have declined and the number of people in poverty has soared.

Obama blames the Great Recession and Republican obstruction. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, the recession

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ELECTION: Obama deserves our vote, appreciation

When I voted for Barack Obama in 2008, I wanted a president to keep our country safe; prevent a depression and get us out of the mess George W. Bush got us into; make the best effort to improve our health care; and preserve the programs hard-working Americans have invested their hard-earned money into, such as unemployment compensation, pensions, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other beneficial programs that help the poor and middle class.

President Obama has only disappointed me once, and that is his never-ending determination to compromise with the worst Congress in American history. It was a total

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ECONOMY: U.S. risking another depression?

Re: “Moody warns of downgrade” (TNT, 9-12).

My first action after reading the article was to send a letter to each of our members of Congress asking them the question, “Is this what you want to happen?”

If you thought the recession following the downgrade by S&P in 2008 was bad, beware of the one following a downgrade by Moody’s.

But I really must take issue with the reporter who referred to the recession of 2008-2009 as the “Great Depression.” The real “Great Depression” occurred during the 1930s. I know. I lived through both, and  there is no comparison.

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OBAMA: Quotes some might find humorous

These are 10 selected quotes from President Obama over the last three years.

1. The private sector is doing fine.

2. You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.

3. We can see the positive impacts right here at Solyndra.

4. I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.

5. Over the last 15 month, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been to 57 states.

6. The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of a recession.

7. The thing about hip-hop today

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OBAMA: Don’t make same mistake twice, voters

In 2008, candidate Barack Obama promised to change the tone in Washington and usher in a new era of bipartisanship. For those who believed him, they thought he was just what the country needed. What happened?

Within months, Obama broke many of his promises like transparency, C-Span coverage and posting bills on the web for five days before being signed into law. His stimulus package had virtually no bipartisan support, and he ignored the Republican plan which included more tax credits for small businesses and greater tax cuts for the middle class.

The stimulus worked great for the auto workers,

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DEBT: Stop blaming victims of the recession

I watched both President Obama’s State of the Union address and the Republican response from Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

As a retired teacher, I got worried when I heard Daniels talk about cutting Social Security and Medicare. For most retirees, these are the only ways they are able to pay their bills and stay healthy.

Moreover, I don’t think it was either Social Security or Medicare that created the deficit. To me, we are in debt because big corporations have all these tax loopholes, and millionaires and billionaires actually have lower tax rates than a lot of middle-class folks here

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ROMNEY: His wealth isn’t what’s frightening

Let’s be fair and realistic when discussing Mitt Romney’s tax returns. The tax code gives him (and any other wealthy person) certain deductions that aren’t available to the rest of us. Why shouldn’t he take advantage of them?

I’m not his apologist (he doesn’t need one and I wouldn’t be so presumptuous, anyway), but why attack him or any other candidate for being rich? In truth, wealthy people are the only ones who can afford to run for national office these days. Anybody who clings to the romantic notion about some poor person running for president just isn’t paying attention.

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