12:45 PM EDT, July 24, 2012
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s increasingly irrational rhetoric in his criticism of President Barack Obama bears closer scrutiny ("No, Mr. President, nobody else 'made that happen,'" July 22).
Mr. Ehrlich is not content to challenge Mr. Obama's policies on their merits. Rather, he paints a president with a "far-left mindset," cultivated by left-wing radicals who imprinted his young mind with a "worldview" that now "seeks to transform our market economy and culture" by expanding federal power into "every nook and cranny of the U.S. economy."
Far-left mindset? Every nook and cranny?
This sounds like the script from "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
And horror of horrors, the transformation which Mr. Obama seeks would bear comparison with a "European Social Democrat economic model."
It's not likely that Mr. Obama would ever succeed in such a transformation, even if he were so inclined, but it should be noted that European social democracy, whatever its failings, has provided universal health care, superior public transportation systems, lower poverty, better education and the kind of family-friendly child-care and parental leave policies which the U.S. can only envy.
Indeed, much of Europe's current economic problems can be attributed to the same kind of big bank machinations that brought on our own great recession in 2008.
Mr. Ehrlich is certainly entitled to his right-wing opinions, but he needs to tone down his over-the-top rhetoric if he wants to be taken seriously.
Howard Bluth, Baltimore
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