To the Editor:
President Obama is a proud American citizen, a husband, a father and a Christian who believes in the American people and the United States of America.
A few of President Obama’s accomplishments include passing Wall Street Reform, ending the War in Iraq, beginning the drawdown of War in Afghanistan, eliminating Osama Bin Laden, turning around the US auto industry and increasing support for veterans. In less than four years, and despite an uncompromising Republican Congress, President Obama has made headway in our economic recovery.
George Bush and the Republicans took a budget balanced by President Clinton and in eight years left our economy close to collapse. With President Obama’s election, Republican leaders stated it was the Republican’s number one goal to make President Obama a one-term president. The goal was NOT jobs or economic recovery. While President Obama sought compromise and negotiation, he was met with divisive obstructionism by the Republicans.
The agenda to prevent President Obama’s re-election is the Republicans’ failure to honor their responsibility to work together to find solutions to our challenges. Solutions need to be found for managing Medicare and Social Security. Effective plans need to be made to reduce the deficit. We can not simply ignore the need to provide support for our veterans and senior citizens, to provide care for a pregnant woman and her unborn child and nutrition and healthcare for children. We can not ignore the continued threat of terrorism against the U.S. and the need for a strong military defense.
Republicans and their supporters have spent four years trying to sell fear to the American public. They continue to spend millions of dollars to mislead, confuse and deceive the American voter. Check non-partisan websites such as PolitiFact.com and Factchecker.com to see how BOTH parties fare with their claims.
President Obama cares that all Americans have affordable healthcare and will not face a wrenching decision of how to seek medical care for themselves or their loved ones. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has concluded that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will REDUCE the federal budget by $84 billion and that repealing the ACA would mean a net increase in the federal budget deficit of $109 billion over the 2012-2022 periods. Claims that the ACA constitutes the largest tax increase ever is incorrect. Tax increases approved by Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan were the largest in modern times and each about twice the size of the ACA. The largest increase, passed during World War II, was 10 times greater.
I support President Obama and the Democrats who have been committed to solving our common problems. The main agenda of the Republicans and their supporters has been to see President Obama fail and to scare the public with untrue claims and divisive and malicious rhetoric.