Obama has reduced annual deficit

A crowning achievement of the Barack Obama presidency has been the reduction in our annual deficit.

The deficit for the 2012-2013 fiscal year that closed on Sept. 30 was an astounding $668 billion, a reduction of nearly 65 percent from a high of $1.9 trillion in the 2008-2009 fiscal year. That was a fiscal year shared by President George W. Bush (four months) and President Obama (eight months).

Obama said he would cut our deficit "in half." He has done more than that. And, importantly, the latest deficit was the first under $1 trillion in five years, the very first being under President Bush in the 2007-2008 fiscal year.

What is even more astounding is that the interest on the existing debt -- at more than $400 billion per year -- works out to be more than 60 percent of the deficit for the past fiscal year.

All this can be verified at www.treasurydirect.gov.

George Fulmore

Concord

Outraged by list of Obama's failures

Satisfied? Americans should be outraged at President Barack Obama's long line of failures, starting with his big decision to go on an $800 billion spending spree of borrowed money that worsened and prolonged the recession.

He also promised to close Guantánamo Bay, a promise he knew was false, since President George W. Bush had already tried.

Then he shoved Obamacare down everyone's throat, despite intense opposition from a majority of the people, and now we learn that it's doing just the opposite of what he promised. Not only is Obamacare raising health care costs and increasing the deficit, it's turning our health system upside down.

No slacker when it comes to crony capitalism, Obama doled out billions of our dollars to his campaign supporters' businesses, sticking the failures to taxpayers. He has alienated just about every country on the planet and has led on Americans about the debacle in Benghazi.

There can be no satisfaction with the most arrogant, dishonest, inept and divisive president we've had in decades.

Dick Patterson

El Cerrito

Shouldn't be on FBI Most Wanted list

Daniel San Diego should not be labeled a domestic terrorist, much less be on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list.

He is accused of being involved with setting off two minor bombs that harmed no one and caused minimal damage in the name of animal liberation, which I support. Of course, no statement by San Diego or his affiliates was published, so we have no balance in reporting.

As government forces and corporate wealth grow ever closer, citizen privacy rights become even more important. NSA monitoring can be used against legitimate environmental and social protest.

There may be a time when any one of us will feel moved to fight back, by any means necessary. I hope San Diego remains free and safe.

Wendy Brubaker

Richmond

Our country's proven resilience

A letter in this paper alluded to an Internet piece: "Is it too late to save America?" It's shameful to pretend patriots have no faith in the proven resilience of our country.

The writer remonstrated against (nonexistent) "attempts to place sharia law in our courts, schools. ... "

She justifiably criticized our enormous debt and high unemployment, but she conveniently forgot that the catastrophe that decimated our economy began in 2007 when President George W. Bush was in the White House. Our economy has rebounded impressively since Bush departed.

The writer, in attacking the Affordable Care Act, declared the law would bring about the collapse of capitalism. Republicans have dredged up numerous phony arguments to attack the act, but avoided that particular nonsense.

She ended her letter with, "Our government ... must be replaced in its entirety. If rebellion is necessary, so be it!"

The Civil War resulted in the unnecessary deaths of more than 600,000 Americans and threatened to permanently fragment our United States. Disgruntled Americans should be very careful with what they wish for to assuage nettlesome complaints.

Ronald Entwistle

San Pablo