Published: Sunday, Nov. 11 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
Because... The economic conditions in fall of 2008 when Bush was President were
so much better? What a strange letter!
Oh, joy! Amongst a group of well-thought out letters today, we get this little
hit-and-run gem from someone chewing their sour sour grapes. Look,
Mr. Petersen, I'm guessing that like myself you couldn't articulate in
detail the true cause of the economic collapse, the various economic theories on
how to climb out of it, or the merits of each of these approaches. And I know
for certain that you cannot tell me whether the economy is worse off or better
because of Obama's policies. Not even fully-educated PhD-endowed economists
can agree on that one. And whether Romney's experience as a financial
speculator (not a true business owner) would be of any use in dealing with the
national economy is highly debatable. As Reagan's former budget director
put it:"Mitt Romney was not a businessman; he was a master
financial speculator...that experience doesn’t translate into answers on
the great public issues before the nation"
Those who predicted the ruin of American in 2008 have been proven wrong. Those
predicting the ruin of America in 2012 are just as wrong as they were in
2008.Of course, there will be those who remain angry and petulant
having lost this election, and they will continue working against the president
and against America. They will remain unhappy and seek solace in their anger,
mad at the world and everyone who does not think like them.It is
times like these, one might suspect, where the disaffected ultra-conservatives
would prefer a dictatorship (with themselves in charge, certainly) rather than a
democracy where the people select their leaders. The central point is that they
expect everyone to honor and respect their candidate, but they reserve the right
not to honor and respect the other person's candidate.Fox News
lied to them. The Romney campaign lied to them. The Republican Party lied to
them. They thought they had the White House in the bag. And then they lost!
And it wasn't even a close race. They had been promised a Romney
landslide. And Florida didn't even make a difference.
People give presidents to much credit for the economy. Blame congress.
Sorry, Gary Peterson, the President didn't create the current conditions.
He inherited an incredible mess and, despite the unceasing efforts of the
opposing party, has done a lot to improve what he was given. Had he been able
to work with an opposing party that wanted to do its best for the people of the
United States instead of just trying to make the president a one term president
(they failed in their efforts) we would have been a lot better off. Put the
blame where it belongs -- on the president tht caused the problem (GWBush) and
the people who wouldn't work to make things better (the far right wing
Our current economic conditions were caused by thirty years of banking
deregulation. No one could have reversed that overnight. The U.S. economy is
doing better than most other developed world economies. Even conservative
sources such as The Economist magazine said the Obama has kept the U.S. economy
from much deeper depression.
I love the smell of conservative whining in the morning. Smells like...victory.
The re election of the President was a positive event. We chose reality over
ideology, a steady recovery at a modest rate over get rich quick schemes.
Your guy lost. Get over it.
why does the DN see fit to publish such childish rhetoric?
Spring, DN publishes this kind of stuff because it's important for the rest
of us to be able to recognize delusional thinking when we see it.Only then can we fight against it.
good point one old man, I had not considered that.
Well said. Irrefutable.
The economic conditions HE created? Good one.
To "The Real Maverick" funny that you say that. The fall of 2008 was
better for job seekers than it is now. Back then we were at 6.8% unemployment
with a over 65.5% labor participation rate. Now we are at 7.2% unemployment
with about 63.75% labor participation rate.So, the facts show that
even under the worst of the Bush years, it was still better than the
"best" of the Obama years.
@RedShirtHow about you actually look at the unemployment rate when Bush
left office, instead of months beforehand, it was 7.8%. The unemployment rate is
also currently 7.8%. We did lose tons more jobs in the first 6 months of the
Obama administration, and the unemployment jumped to 10%. Since that time the
economy has steadily gained jobs in the private sector, while loosing government
jobs, or the unemployment rate would be even lower. Get some facts and come back
and see me.
Reality check:Ex-presidents get retirement for the rest of their
lives: 250k+ a year along with lifetime secret service protection.They
also make alot of money giving speaches: 50k+People at the top are rarely
unemployed by choice.He is a millionaire, he does not need to work.He still has a job, most americans voted for him.majority rules!
This is opinion? Sounds like brief sour grapes trash talk. The hyper trash talk
of the right created the "most important election for America's
future". Watch what you are joke and flaunt about unless prepared to face
the consequences of a loss increased in magnitude by expectations of a slam
WOW! Some people need to get a sense of humor. The funny thing about comedy is -
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