Letter: Thanks for trip down fantasy lane, Paul
I enjoyed the trip down fantasy lane as told by Paul Lidbeck. As with most fantasies, Mr. Lidbeck relied on myths and not facts. For instance, he complains that President Obama continues to blame President Bush for the financial catastrophe that led this country to the brink of a financial ruin. The fact is the greatest financial crisis since the “Great Depression” happened as a result of President Bush’s policies of deregulation and lowering taxes. A third grader could figure out that math. If you spend more than you take in you will have a bigger debt.
Following Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush declared war on two countries, Afghanistan and Iraq; however, he never included the cost of those wars in the budget. He would submit the cost to the Republican led Congress and they approved the expenditure without a question as to how that expenditure was going to be paid for.
Add those two long unfunded wars and you really lay the groundwork for a financial crisis that rocked the international financial world. As a result of eight years of deregulation and reduced taxes, Bush was responsible for an increase of over $5 trillion for the wars alone.
As to Mr. Lidbeck’s last complaint that President Obama has not met with the GOP leadership in five months, implying that it is President Obama’s fault that he has not met with the GOP leadership In fact, President Obama had a meeting scheduled with the GOP leaders for Nov. 17, 2011. The GOP leaders cancelled that meeting, not President Obama.
As to the rest of the GOP drivel on how President Obama has not accomplished anything, I direct Mr. Lidbeck and other extremists on the right to the fact that Senator Mitch McConnell, (R) of Kentucky has declared multiple times that his only goal is to make sure that President Obama is a one term President. Not that he will carry out his duty as a senator but only to make sure that President Obama is a one-term President.
Call me naive, but I thought any and all of those politicians that we elect to Congress are to first act in the best interest of the .country not to carry out a vendetta against the President of our country.