Consider what Obama accomplished
To paraphrase a once popular song, “The Election is over but the Malice Lingers On.” I am referring to Mary Logasa’s letter (“How did Obama fail? Here’s how”) in the Nov. 13 issue of the Index-Tribune.
Ms. Logasa, your comments are right out of Karl Rove’s playbook, which takes the nastiest things one is guilty of, then accuses ones opponent of those very things. Rove and his group of poor losers will go on whining and complaining because, even with all that obscene amount of Super Pac money, he was rejected by the American people – and he lost big.
Mary, the Obama campaign didn’t run a dishonest campaign; the Romney campaign did. They honed their negative skills against all those kooks in their Republican primary, and then unleashed them full blast against Obama when the very unpopular Romney finally won his nomination.
Ms. Logasa, don’t you remember how our new president tried over and over to win bi-partisan support for many proposals? Some of his own party even accused him of weakness because of this. But the Republicans, led by their leaders McConnell and Boehner, rejected and filibustered every one. Many of these proposals were Republican ideas, until Obama agreed to them. The Republicans then voted against them. Then they had the guts to accuse him of not getting anything done.
You list your ideas of his failures. Check this list of his accomplishments:
Equal pay for equal work (the Letty Ledbetter law); saving the auto industry (against Romney’s advice); credit card reform; the Hate Crimes Prevention Act; the Affordable Care Act (after years of failure by both parties); student loan reform; Wall Street reform; middle class tax cuts; repeal of “Don’t ask Don’t Tell”; raising fuel efficiency standards.
And then the big ones: Ending the Bush/Cheney unnecessary war in Iraq; putting wheels in motion to end the War in Afghanistan; killing Osama Bin Laden (Bush failed – Obama succeeded).
Mary, you mentioned the tragedy in Benghazi, and tragedy it was. But lets wait for the investigation results before we go off half-cocked, like Romney did. And lets keep things in perspective. We lost more than 3,000 people on our own soil under Bush’s watch, after numerous ignored warnings. Thousands of our troops were killed in Iraq, and thousands more were maimed for life, to say nothing of the thousands of civilian Iraqis killed.
You call Mitt Romney the “man of integrity”? Perhaps.
But does a man of integrity make millions in his own country and then hide the money in foreign countries so as not to pay taxes on it, and then refuse to reveal his tax returns?
Does a man of integrity close down factories, putting thousands out of work and shipping their jobs to China while making millions for himself?
Lets support our President instead of tearing him down.
Our Allies around the world are thrilled that Obama was reelected. He is leading our country in the right direction.
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Bill Schang is a resident of Sonoma.