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Letter to the editor: Stop pointing fingers

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Monday, May 19, 2014 12:01 am
A recent letter was praising a Democratic majority in government for their spectacular leadership in job growth and a new universal health care plan.Where are the statistics to back up this claim?

Under President Obama’s leadership, the federal debt has increased 65 percent. Food stamp recipients have increased by 46 percent.

Regular gasoline prices have increased 95 percent. The home ownership rate has decreased by 2.4 percent. Long term unemployment has increased a whopping 3.7 million.

While the unemployment rate has decreased, much of that is attributed to those who gave up looking for work or ran out of unemployment benefits and are no longer counted.

Home values have declined 13 percent. New home sales set all time record lows in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Under President Obama people living in poverty have risen by more than 6 million. Surprisingly, corporate profits have increased 178 percent under Obama.

Democrats are under the illusion that Republicans are for the wealthy.

The fact is, corporations will make money no matter which party is in office. Under Obama, exports have increased 34 percent. That means business will do whatever is needed to maintain their profits even if it means laying off or cutting hours of U.S. workers.

Obamacare just began a few months ago and is not even fully implemented. So it is far from being validated as a success. In retrospect, most companies are cutting hours of their employees so they can drop them from their health care plan.

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business in 2010. I lost my job a few months before that and almost four years later I finally found a part-time job while trying to start a small business so I could pay my mortgage.

I am an independent, and poor leadership exists in both parties. So let’s stop pointing the finger and bickering over labels and elect some real leaders to get this country back on track.

Laura J. Smyser


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