Sunday's edition contained two letters which need rebuttal.
Scott Markle wrote "Take the hate out of discourse." I wholeheartedly agree. I do take exception, however, with his statement "President Obama has done an admirable job of stopping the fiscal bleeding." Really? Solyndra comes to mind, the solar energy company that the Obama administration favored. Wikipedia notes: "... the Federal Financing Bank, a part of the Department of the Treasury, loaned Solyndra $527 million. The taxpayers are not expected to recover much of that money." That was a gift. Executives received personal benefits courtesy of Obama.
CBS news reported on March 12, "The national debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during eight years of the George W. Bush presidency." While doing this, Obama continually blames Bush for the debt while ignoring the fact that he himself is increasing it while taking virtually no action to reduce spending. An admirable job? I think not.
Markle also paints the tea party with an overly broad brush based upon the comments of Michelle Jefferson. Should Republicans paint all Democrats based upon the comments of David Iacono?
On the same day, Ross Dangel wrote about Obamacare and also had comments critical of the tea party. He wrote, "The Affordable Care act is not the perfect solution, but it is certainly much better than nothing." We haven't had "nothing." We have a system, imperfect as it is. Care is available to those without insurance.
My problems with Obamacare are several. Plan details received virtually no publicity prior to being passed. Then Speaker Nancy Pelosi remarked, "You'll find out what's in it after we pass it." Who accepted that position? Apparently most Democrats did. The plan was not vetted. Was it posted on the Internet prior to the vote? Was the debate on C-Span? Those were two Obama promises. Where's that transparency? Democrats voted for Obamacare without reading the bill. In whose world is that acceptable? Important legislation must be read. Voting in ignorance is irresponsible. We deserve better.
Finally, Dangel commented, Obama "...might begin to fix things more quickly during a second term." The operative word here is might. What has he done thus far to support such speculation? Then again, he might not. What you have to ask yourself is do you feel lucky? Well, do you?