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To the Editor:
I am writing to commend Gail Walker for her excellent letter in The Free Press Standard.

Randy Miller and Maryann Marshall’s recent letter to the editor were classic examples of distorting the truth. Randy Miller implies he would love to go backwards to 19 months ago when unemployment was 4.7 percent. On Jan. 19, 2009, the last day President Bush was in office, the rate of unemployment was 7.4 percent. This statistic was obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor. On the other hand, all  Mr. Miller has to do is move to North Dakota where, last month, the rate of unemployment for the entire state was 3.6 percent.

He goes on to say taxes were lower 19 months ago. This is false. USA Today published an article in May 2010 and the Bureau of Economic Analysis also reported when President Obama gave the middle class a tax cut, it brought the level of federal taxes to the lowest it has been since 1950. Last fall, I watched an interview of Warren Buffett, the multi- billionaire. He was asked what he thought of the recent tax cut President Obama gave to the middle class. He replied it was the first time in his lifetime he could remember a tax cut being given to the middle class; always before tax cuts were given only to the wealthy. He went on to say he doesn’t pay any taxes.

In eight years, George W. Bush brought about the worst recession in the history of the United States and yet there are people who expect Barrack Obama to be Houdini and reverse all this in 19 months.

Maryann Marshall’s letter makes reference to President Obama using the BP oil disaster  to his advantage by delaying efforts to protect beaches and cleanup. This couldn’t be further from the truth when on Aug. 5, 2010 CNN News and the Associated Press reported the majority of the oil spill had been cleaned up.

She criticizes President Obama for having a moratorium on all drilling in the Gulf as being an act to drive oil sources away and causing the loss of thousands of jobs. That fact that 11 men were killed and BP doesn’t know what caused the explosion should be enough of a reason for a moratorium. As long as the oil companies cannot prove, with safety programs in place, the worst environmental disaster won’t occur again, there should be no drilling allowed. Since when are jobs more important than a clean environment and the safety of human lives?

Mrs. Marshall implies that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were responsible for the failure of the housing market. This is completely false. The sole purpose of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is to buy mortgages from the financial sector. By doing so, they provide liquidity in dollars to the financial market.  They were victimized by Wall Street, the major banks and mortgage companies who were responsible for the financial collapse in this country.

Barrack Obama was raised by a single parent, his mother, a Christian by religious faith who worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia and Pakistan doing research on poverty. He cannot help being only half white and Michelle Obama cannot help that one of her great grandfathers was white.

The message from Maryann Marshall’s letter is not of animosity or antagonism, it is pure hatred towards the President. She goes on to day there should have been an investigation into his radical and Muslim backgrounds. I wonder if she meant to say racial and Muslim background?

Marc Blanc
North Canton, OH  


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