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11/2/2012 6:40:00 AM
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To the Editor:

The upcoming election looms as one of the most pivotal events confronting the citizens of this country. Let’s take a second look at history to help us with our voting decisions. 

1929 was the beginning of the severe worldwide economic event known as the Great Depression. In a landslide election in 1932, Franklin Roosevelt became president because many believed he could solve all the problems. By all accounts the New Deal programs initiated by Roosevelt between 1933 and 1945 eased the hardship; however, the U.S. economy was still extremely bad at the end of the 1930s – years after Roosevelt became President.

When Barack Obama became our 44th president, many believed, as in 1932, he could solve all the problems. No president could solve in four short years all the problems left by the prior administration; however, President Obama has had remarkable success. Despite inheriting one of the worst economic messes since the Great Depression, 5.2 million private sector jobs have been added to our economy and indications are that our economy is slowly improving. 

He ended the war in Iraq and is drawing the war in Afghanistan to a close – like he said he would. He supports education by giving more flexibility to No Child Left Behind and by making college aid more available. He believes in equality for all people and signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help women get equal pay for equal work. 

He is in favor of women having free preventative health care. He signed the Affordable Care Act that removes restrictions on pre-existing conditions, makes health care more affordable for small businesses, provides insurance for many, many thousands, and more. 

Importantly, President Obama has been able to obtain the cooperation of our allies to deal with international issues. He is a study in restraint as well as tenacity that is exemplified by his focus on the pursuit and capture of Osama Bin Laden.

President Obama deserves re-election and he deserves a Congress who will work with him rather than one that pointedly seeks his failure.

Irene Asp
Stone Lake

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 2, 2012
Article comment by: George A. Bratina

Ms. Asp’s letter reflects an incomplete knowledge of history, or one shaded by the progressive left. The Depression did hit in 1929, as a result of uncontrolled investment. Roosevelt was elected in 1932. The U.S. was coming out of the depression in the mid-1930s, but his policies threw us back into the depression, from which we really never totally recovered until sometime in the late 1940s, and that was with World War 2 stimulating the economy. That’s history.
Capitalism is cyclic, and the lesson is that if one leaves the economy alone, it will right itself. The other lesson is that when the government interferes, particularly with regulations which promote progressive concepts, things get worse. I suspect that years from now historians will be saying the same thing about Obama as they are about Roosevelt, that the current recession would have been over by 2011 or 2012, if the government had just kept hands off for the most part. (For example, when General Motors was in financial trouble, the government had no business propping them up. They should have been allowed to go into bankruptcy, renegotiated their union contracts, and now they might be as profitable as Ford.)
Either we have a Constitution or we do not, and most of the “nice” items that Ms. Asp promotes are the responsibility of the individual and not the government. If we continue down this path it will lead to greater government control under the auspices of Socialism, and Socialism is responsible for the 150 million murdered by Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Hitler, the Korean Kims etc. right up to Saddam Hussein and his Baathist Party in Iraq. I do not want Barack Obama, or Ms. Asp, deciding what portion of my property is excess to my needs and should be passed on to those they deem are more in need of it.
George A. Bratina, Spokane, WA

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