Presidential Politics

Dear Editor,

As Republican Presidential candidates continue their verbal assaults on President Obama regarding the current state of our nation’s economy, why is it that none of said Presidential hopefuls ever evokes the name and/or policies of former Republican President George W. Bush in any of their campaign rhetoric or have had former President Bush or any of his most prominent members of his administration speak or actively campaign on their behalf?

Could it be that they do not wish to remind the American electorate that indeed it was primarily as a result of the leadership and irresponsible fiscal policies of President Bush and Congressional Republicans that our nation’s most recent recession occurred and continued to worsen?

For the record, our economy under President Obama continues to improve as indicated by facts including that during the most recent six month period the economy has generated more than 100,000 jobs per month on the average and is projected to continue to grow in 2012 by 175,000 jobs or more per month, in spite of Republican obstructionism.

Another encouraging sign is that the rate of unemployment in our great nation has declined from 9.8 percent in November 2010 to 8/5 percent in December 2011, with 200,000 jobs created during December 2011.

Although our country is economically moving in the right direction, we still have quite a long way to go to ensure a full recovery, and cooperation between governmental leaders is paramount in order this positive momentum, including 23 consecutive months of private sector job growth, is maintained.

Finally, even though current Republican Presidential Candidates are obviously reluctant to bring up George W. Bush. The name of former President Ronald Reagan is often reverentially revoked as a great icon of the conservative, philosophy of government and presented as their role model.

However, during Reagan’s Presidency, he approved 11 tax increases on the American people tripled the federal deficit, granted amnesty to more than three million illegal, immigrants, increased the size of the federal government and never sent a balanced budget to congress during his tenure in the White House.

Perhaps image does not always accurately reflect the true actions of the individual.

Thank you.


Richard Hord

Martins Ferry