Oct. 16, 2012
To the editor:
I get the feeling we’ve played this story before. I was a youngster in the ’70s and remember a few things that were going on during that time. The Carter years weren’t that bright; it was as if Horshack from “Welcome Back, Kotter” was running the show.
History has a knack of repeating itself — we might not make it through another rerun. The similarities between Carter and Obama are uncanny. It’s as if Obama is using Carter’s useless playbook.
Carter told us to wear a sweater, and Obama told us to inflate our tires. Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for doing something, and Obama received the same prize for doing nothing. We had massive inflation during the Carter years, and some would argue that we’re experiencing the same right now. We had high unemployment during the Carter years, and, déjà vu, we’ve got that right now. Carter bowed to a North Korean official, and we know Obama can’t help but lean over. Carter/Iran and Obama/Arab spring, and don’t forget Carter’s Department of Energy and Obama’s Solyndra — what can I say? When it comes to how well they treat Israel, it’s as if they’re two peas in a pod. Carter got the ball started with the Community Reinvestment Act; Obama, as an attorney in the mid-1990s, disastrously helped force Citibank and other lenders in the Chicago area to issue more subprime loans.
I must say I’m a little too tough on Carter; he did run a successful business — he knew how to make peanuts. Community organizers create chaos — chaos is what we have. Talking about old reruns; on the local front I can’t help but sense that I’m watching an old Twilight Zone episode when it comes to our borough mayor. Is he really the fiscal hawk we’re told he is? Is the mayor really trying to save us a buck? The approved budget in fiscal 2009 was around $127 million; our borough budget in 2012 was more than $140 million. I have the feeling that too many of our borough residents are watching Fantasy Island or, thanks to our public education system, are unable to add.