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Obama reversed economic slide

Thank you, President Barack Obama, for saving American capitalism. When President Obama took office in January, 2009, the U.S. economy was on the brink of disaster. Under President George W. Bush, we were losing 700,000 jobs a month. Within a year, President Obama reversed this trend, and since 2010, the private sector has created several million jobs. The president's stimulus bill should get some credit. I am always amazed that Republicans in Congress, all of whom voted against the stimulus bill, were back home in their districts taking credit for the federal money that they had brought home. Even Gov. Rick Perry of Texas accepted $3 billion in stimulus money to balance the Texas state budget while blasting the stimulus bill and the big spending Democrats.

This brings me to Gov.Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s opinion piece ("In a gaffe, Obama's worldview is revealed," June 17). President Obama is a progressive, but he is hardly a radical European-type social democrat. If he were, he would have championed a single payer government run health care system, rather than the health care bill that actually passed. The health care bill that passed provided millions of new customers to private insurance companies. In the 1990s, Republicans were in favor of the mandate requiring the purchase of health insurance to prevent freeloaders. When President Obama proposed and passed the requirement, Republicans flipped and now oppose it.

Richard H. Richardson, Crownsville

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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