Budgets come from Congress
I'm tired of President Barack Obama saying that President George W. Bush created the deficit.
Some people are not aware of this, but the Democratic Party takeover was not Jan. 22, 2009. It was actually Jan. 3, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate at the start of the 110th Congress -- the first time since 1995.
At that time, the Dow was at 12,621.77 and unemployment was 4.6 percent. Bush's economic policies set a record of 52 straight months of job growth.
If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending; that includes when Obama, as a senator, voted for the budgets.
Remember, budgets do not come from the White House, they come from Congress.
There must be a lot of "good" Democrats out there. If they know the truth, they will vote with other "right" thinking Americans and help us clean house.
Distortions of fact in letter about Israel
Give me words to describe the distortions of truth against Israel by Paul Larudee. They have become so redundant.
This time it's "Israel and South Africa do have some similarities," in which he refers to ethnic
I won't bother with a long diatribe of defense.
I'll just say that Israel does not use children as human shields in warfare -- or as martyrs in suicide bombs.
Wanted: A vision beyond election cycles
A June 26 George Fulmore letter states that Democrats are simply better at creating jobs than Republicans. If this is true, why does California, with its heavy infestation of Democrats, show a 10.8 percent unemployment rate, a rate exceeded only by Rhode Island at 11.0 percent and Nevada at 11.6 percent?
Fulmore makes a grave mistake claiming job creation based on job growth alone. The economy is a complex thing loaded with countless variables.
Example: Hurricane Katrina caused economic havoc in most of the Gulf states and a loss of jobs. It would be unfair to blame the governors for this loss. Yet these losses are factored into the unemployment figure.
On the other hand, job gains due to economic recovery following a disaster are typically cited by politicians as their astute handling of the economy.
Clear-thinking economists should be challenging assertions that the president makes things happen shortly after taking office. Many of those policies take years to put into action.
What's needed most is vision that looks past the next election cycle.
Richard A. Hartmann
The GOP would lay blame on Obama
While reading letters to the editor, I remembered a new movie that concerns a 70-mile-wide asteroid striking Earth.
If this were real instead of fantasy, Republicans would blame President Barack Obama. They'd insist on letting the private sector handle the problem, and reaffirm their no-new-tax pledge in the face of calls for government to respond.
"Birthers," who believe the president was not born in the United States, would somehow use this as proof that he was a true alien -- not even born on the planet.
Those who believe he's the Antichrist, hates America, white people, and capitalism, but loves socialism, communism, Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler, would "prove" it through this terrible act of nature.
The average 9-year-old already understands how many unsubstantiated lies, myths, fantasies and stupidities permeate our "digital universe." When will so-called adults get the message?