Reader B. Hlushchenko blames President Obama and the "far-left liberals" for the nation's problems (Letters, "Blame Obama, far-left liberals for nation's ills," May 7).
Wrong! First, the "far left liberals" are not far left. Most of the programs they support are programs that the majority of Americans support, putting them by definition far more mainstream than conservatives, who never met a war they didn't like, and who still peddle failed "trickle down economics," a major cause of our financial troubles.
Facts probably won't satisfy some people, but for others, a few facts: Democratic President Clinton left office with a healthy surplus; incoming President Bush turned that surplus into a record deficit his first year in office, with two unbudgeted wars and tax cuts for the wealthy.
When President Obama took office we were in the midst of the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression, a gift from Bush. President Obama has brought us out of that recession without any help from Republicans, and has steadily decreased the annual deficit (by about 70 percent) since taking office.
He has also cut expenditures on wars by winding them down, and Obamacare is actually responsible for cutting medical costs for Americans.
Read some history. You will find that typically Republicans run up the debt, mainly by reducing taxes on rich people and waging wars. Democratic administrations clean up Republican messes.
Republicans have always fought every social program passed by Democrats. If it weren't for Democrats, we wouldn't have programs like Social Security or Medicare, and if Republicans keep control of government they will attack those social programs.
Republicans always fight programs helping average Americans, and promote programs helping rich people and corporations.
If you are rich, then vote Republican by all means. But if you believe in the social contract, that governments should serve all their citizens, then you should be voting Democratic.