On the economy -- PATIENCE, People
The Kansas City Star
I’m beginning to think that the majority of people slept through their high school History classes. The Great Depression started (officially) in 1929. It didn’t end until World War II started — 12 years later!
Yet the TeaParty Whiners and the people who knee-jerk voted for GOP candidates in 2010 expected Obama to fix the worst recession since the Great Depression in his less than 19 months in office. People, it just doesn’t happen that fast.
I was reading about the Ohio speeches by the candidates. In the “Political fact check” the AP writers said that Obama “is not exactly cutting up the cvredit card… he proposed using half of the money that would have gone to pay for the wars on a massive infrastructure plan.” Well, DUH. This sounds like a good thing to me, for three reasons. 1. Anyone who’s driven on our interstates knows that our infrastructure needs work. 2. Rebuilding the infrastructure will put lots of people to work. 3. I’d sure rather have my tax dollars go toward building up rather than the destruction of war.
The GOP beats “Obama’s failed stimulus package” drum incessantly, yet the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated that the stimulus “saved or created more than 3 million jobs.” That doesn’t sound like failure to me.
The GOP wants to give more tax cuts to the super-rich, get rid of the regulations that control worker safety and help clean up pollution and cut programs like Medicare and Social Security. These sound like bad governance to me.
I cannot understand why anyone making less than a million dollars a year would be foolish enough to vote Republican. Seems like you’re cutting off your noses to spite your faces — and the USA.