Oct. 27, 2012
To the editor:
The Supreme Court has ruled that it is OK to knowingly lie in the course of election campaigns. Apparently it is considered free speech, and we should be able to detect the lie. That ruling is being fully exploited this election campaign.
The Republican position is that President Obama’s policies have failed. What they do not tell you is that the president is powerless to implement most of those policies without congressional action. The Senate minority leader publicly stated that the Republican senators’ primary mission was to defeat President Obama in the 2012 election. This resulted in unified and dogged Republican opposition to almost every presidential initiative. The Democrats would have had to have a filibuster-proof majority of 60 in the Senate to pass legislation over the opposition of the Republicans. They had 58 during the first two years — fewer since. The truth is that President Obama’s policies have not been significantly implemented. So how can we say they failed?
In spite of this dysfunction in Congress, many improvements have occurred. The S&P 500 is up 81 percent. The unemployment rate is under 8 percent. Manufacturing is up 50 percent. Consumer confidence is up 86 percent. Petroleum imports are down 23 percent. Wind and solar power is up 116 percent. U.S. drilling rigs in operation have increased by 23 percent. The U.S. has pulled out of Iraq. Economists predict that 12 million new jobs will be created in the next four years — no matter who is president.
The economic strategy our president is pursuing is working. The economic plan proposed by the Republican ticket is the same one tried by Ronald Reagan in the ’80s. That was the plan under which federal spending doubled and the federal deficit tripled during the prior eight years. The economic recovery that occurred then was the result of federal borrowing and stimulus — not Reaganomics. Reaganomics did not work in the ’80s, and it won’t work now.
Space limits prevent discussion of all of the falsehoods floating around. Be skeptical. Search for the truth. Shun those who lie.