Obama, not Bush, causing nation to deteriorate

February 4, 2014 

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. In his Jan. 29 letter to the Herald, Rick Lewis accuses the Republicans of relentlessly blaming Obama and the Democrats for the country's ills.

He states that Republicans try to protect Bush who "did some really horrible things to this country," and that they won't accept blame for what Bush did.

Apparently, Mr. Lewis has a very short memory. As I recall, when Bush was president, we were keeping radical Islam at bay, unemployment was 5.6 percent, black household income was $4,000 higher, female-headed household income was $2,300 higher, median income was 4.3 percent higher, there were 16.7 percent fewer Americans in poverty and the number of people on food stamps was 49.2 percent less (sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNS news, Fact-check.org.) That doesn't sound anywhere near as "horrible" as things are today.

Mr. Lewis apparently forgets that things "under Bush" started to go sour shortly after the Democrats took control of the House and Senate in '06 and have continued to deteriorate until today under Obama.

On Obama's watch we have increased debt by $9 trillion, seen unemployment rise to 14 percent (when you count those who have given up trying to find a job), have seen the middle class shrink, the number of people in poverty grow, and the economy stagnate. If Obama is not to blame for that, who should we blame, Bush? Republicans? Aliens?

Mr. Lewis says concerning Bush's culpability, that "there is a time when it's not blaming, merely pointing out the facts." I agree, and the dismal facts of the Obama tenure cited above speak for themselves.

Donald Doherty

Bradenton

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