Pin It
Favorite

Obama Bashing Accomplishes Nothing 

Over the past few weeks I have read with much dismay, the opinions put forth that our president is either worthless or spending too much. Those are not the exact words but they convey the overall tone. First and foremost, I moved here to Bend because of my love for Central Oregon, but what I don't love are the undertones of hate and a disbelief in our current president to be able to get people back to work.

Let's talk about spending. How much was spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, which were started by President Bush? Trillions. But that's ok, right? Spend. Spend. Spend. How much was spent on the world's greatest scam called the housing bubble? Hundreds of billions. But that's ok, right? Spend. Spend. Spend. And how much did Mr. Bush spend on TARP? Over $700 billion. Again, that's ok, right?


And who do you think is paying for that? Yep, all of the hard working people right here in Bend. The people that now have no jobs, have lost their businesses, their construction jobs, and have seen no rise in incomes while their retirement funds (if they could afford one) have all but vanished. But that's ok, right? Oh and by the way, you can also thank Mr. Bush for allowing over 2 million jobs to be sent overseas during all this.

So here we have a president who wants to spend money to get us out. History has shown over and over and over that when you spend big enough, it puts millions back to work. Those millions who are working do something with their money. Get ready for this, it's magic: they spend!!! And guess where they spend it? At YOUR businesses. And here's the whopper. They also pay taxes!! So the deficits that were created can be paid for. Amazing how that works.

If anyone took a few moments to have an open mind instead of finger pointing and laying blame, the president said that everything he proposed was paid for. No spending. Actually, it's cuts.

It's hard not to be defensive when all I see are the same old opinions printed that are not solving a problem. They are only doing what has stopped this president from actually getting anything done: using one-sided thinking to stop progress.

Bend needs consumers spending. It needs tourists traveling and also spending. It needs these things to grow and prosper. It needs this money so people are paying their taxes. And all of the hard-working small business owners in Bend need this spending so they can keep their doors open. Sorry, but this argument that we can't invest a little in our great nation is boloney. And the idea that we can't rally behind our President and support helping out the middle class Americans who have seen their lives decimated is also boloney.

I don't buy into this vitriol of hate and neither should you. We need to get this country back to work and back to being competitive for the long term. And that does not happen with some measly tax cuts or continued cuts in spending... there are no facts that exist which support that idea as being anything that has ever worked.

Shane Ketterman, Bend

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Latest in The Mailbox

More by Administrator

  • Fresh Poop Delivered Straight From the Newsroom to You

    Monday, Sept. 12 The Compassion of Conservatives: Crowd at Tea Party-sponsored Republican presidential debate cheers suggestion that a man in coma should be allowed to die if he doesn't have health insurance .
    • Sep 21, 2011
  • Meet the Koch Brothers

    According to Rolling Stone, at a recent plutocrat's gathering, one of the Koch Brothers, heavy financers of the Tea Party "movement," called President Obama, "Saddam Hussein." Rolling Stone claims to have it on tape.
    • Sep 21, 2011
  • Big End-of-Summer Straight Poop Sale - Stock Up Now!

    Monday, Sept. 5 Tell us how you really feel, Jimmy: Teamsters Union President Jimmy Hoffa Jr., warming up Labor Day crowd in Detroit for President Obama, rips into Tea Party: "Let's take these sons of bitches out" ... Tea Partiers wail about "violent" rhetoric ... In tepid follow-up, Obama promises to support collective bargaining, challenges Congress to pass his forthcoming jobs plan ... Euro-trashed: European stock markets and value of Euro plunge on concerns over safety of banks ... Postage due: US Postal Service nearing default, facing deficit of $9.2 billion ... Well, at least somebody's having a good year: Hollywood scores record-breaking summer, posting box office revenues of $4.4 billion. Tuesday, Sept. 6 Following the money: Super PAC called "Make Us Great Again" plans to spend $55 million to snag GOP presidential nomination for Texas Gov. Rick Perry ... In tape obtained by Mother Jones magazine, right-wing billionaire Charles Koch tells attendees at secret seminar for fellow fat cats that "we have Saddam Hussein" in the White House and 2012 elections will be "the mother of all wars" ... Speaking of dangerous reptiles: Hunters in Agusan del Sur, Philippines, catch 21-foot saltwater crocodile, think there are even bigger ones out there ... Hello, goodbye: Carol Bartz ousted as CEO of Yahoo; tells employees via email, "I've just been fired over the phone by Yahoo's chairman of the board," Roy Bostock ... Calling Det. Axel Foley: Eddie Murphy, who made some funny movies in the 1980s, to host 2012 Academy Awards show, first time for him.
    • Sep 14, 2011
  • More »

Readers also liked…

© 2016 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation