Printed letters, October 3, 2012

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A spiffy 747? You mean Airforce One?  Here’s a hint, calling anyone considering voting for our president ‘gullible’ and lecturing them about how stupid and uninformed they are might not be the best tactic to attracting those folks in the middle that actually decide elections. 

I would suggest that the hysteria put out by some on the right is actually a large factor in why the Republican candidate is polling behind.  The deciding vote in Colorado—and in most swing states—doesn’t really respond to such.  Is this suggestion something that the uber-loyal GOP voter in Mesa County will consider?  Maybe not, but it is likely not Mesa County partisans that will decide this election.

While the headline of Dick Todd’s letter (“Obama’s first term hints at what to expect in second one”) has it right, Todd’s factual premises are false—so he reaches predictably preposterous conclusions.

President Ronald Reagan started this country “down a road to become a Third World power” by disguising massive deficit spending as “Voodoo Economics” and doubling the national debt while preaching “fiscal conservatism”.

President George H. W. Bush proved the wisdom of involving the United Nations in our foreign policy by orchestrating a broad coalition to oust Saddam Hussein from Iraq.

President Bill Clinton proved that higher taxes and fiscal responsibility could generate a budgetary surplus and 20+ million jobs – thereby rebuilding the Middle Class.

President George Bush squandered the surplus and moved toward a “Third World” class structure by cutting taxes for the wealthy and precipitating an unfunded “cowboy” War in Iraq that further ballooned the national debt.

President Obama “is trying to repeat history by attracting the young” and well-informed to reinstate the sound economic policies and consultative diplomacy which proved indisputably successful in the past.

Thus, President Obama’s “first term in office should give us a” clear view “of what is coming if he is reelected”.  The “shameful” unemployment precipitated by the Bush recession will continue to improve, the national debt that “skyrocketed” as the direct result of Reagan/Bush economic and foreign policies will be responsibly addressed, and our unrelenting war against terrorists will continue unabated.

Only purported “christians” – not President Obama—are “attacking Christians” (namely, President Obama) “and most other religious faiths” (including Mormonism and Islam). 

As objective fact-checkers conclude, Romney-Ryan have neither a credible “record to stand on” or a serious “plan”, so their “campaign ads are negative misinformation” and – like Todd’s letter – replete with provable falsehoods aimed at the gullible (like Todd).

                Bill Hugenberg

Richard Blosser’s Wednesday letter (“It’s time for America to have a true leader”) rings hollow – because we already have one.

Defined objectively, our foreign policy was “a shambles” when President Obama took office.  Our international standing and moral leadership were at their nadir because of Bush’s false-pretensed invasion of Iraq and “cowboy” incompetence of his “Neo-Con” advisers.  President Obama concluded that war, is ending another, and delivered “red, white, and blue” justice to Bin Laden.

Defined objectively, our economy was already a “mess” when candidate Obama first appeared in Grand Junction on September 15, 2008 – the day Lehman Brothers collapsed.  After a meeting with President Bush, John McCain, and their advisers the next week, “insiders” concluded that McCain “didn’t have a clue” as to how to address the impending collapse of our economy – but Senator Obama did.

After his inauguration, President Obama completed Bush’s TARP to prevent financial meltdown and saved the auto industry (ignoring Romney’s dubious “experience”), reversed and began offsetting the massive job losses precipitated by the Bush recession, and thereby induced stock markets to restore much of the lost value of IRAs and other invested pension plans.  Meanwhile, the housing market continues to slowly recover.

Consequently, ossified “conservatives” like Blosser now resort to trivia to satisfy their anti-Obama obsession – begrudging him for soliciting campaign funds from the “1%”. 

In fact, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have already “engaged with other foreign leaders” more often than Bush, Powell, and Rice did in eight years, and do so even while “flying around on spiffy 747s”. 

As in his historic appearance here on August 15, 2009, President Obama has also “led from the front” on the biggest albatross dragging down our economic competitiveness – the exorbitant cost of our inadequate health care “system”. 

Therefore, President Obama has earned re-election.

                Bill Hugenberg

Republican is suppossed to be the Religeous party, yet Ryan & Romney want to take away helping people. Ryan’s plan, by 2050, 91 percent of all Public provisions and programs, FDA, EPA, Education, College grants, SS & Medicare would be gone. Ryans mother attended a Public college which is funded by the govt. Yes let’s do away with all programs and get government out of everything is what they are calling for when the real problem is we need to get big business/corporations out of government. 5 or 6 mega corporations control everything you read, hear and watch on TV. Fear fear and more fear. Social security has 2.1 million dollars left but they want to do away with it when it’s our money, we paid that money in. Since 1970 wages for the 99% have went down but for the 1 percent it has went up 185 percent. But they deserve it, don’t they. SA

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