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No clue

October 12, 2011

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To the editor:

So here we are, with what President Obama speculated a year ago could be the “new normal.” That would be sustained unemployment of about 9 percent. In a “60 Minutes” interview last November, Obama said, “What is a danger is that we stay stuck in a new normal where unemployment rates stay high.” Obama went on, “People who have jobs see their incomes go up. Businesses make big profits. But they’ve learned to do more with less. And so they don’t hire. And as a consequence, we keep on seeing growth that is just too slow to bring back the 8 million jobs that were lost.”

Obama has an utter lack of business sense and apparently truly believes businesses not hiring and tightening their belts is not in any way his fault.  This may be the motivation for (or the result of) Obama’s dogmatic class-warfare rhetoric, possibly one of the most defined campaign strategies in the history of American politics.

Democrats took a beating in the last midterm elections. Obama commented on this: “One of the things I think you understand as president is you’re held responsible for everything. But you don’t always have control of everything.”  Didn’t the Democrats have complete control of Congress from January 2007, and Congress and the presidency from January 2009 until January 2011? I think they did.

Obama does not now, nor has he ever had a clue about running an economy. The only way to fix the economy is to vote him out of office in 2012.

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 6 months ago

Interesting that many economists are now saying that without the emergency bail out and later moves by the Obama adminstration and Democratic Congress, unemployment would have been around 25% instead of the current 9%. A lot of our most important companies would have disappeared forever.

Right wing conservatives such as the writer of this letter would have you believe that we did not need the help of the federal government and that things are much worse now. They would have you believe that allowing the federal government to default would be no big deal either.

Today we have a group in Congress who believe they have the Divine Authority to halt the work of the federal government in the hopes that they can make this administration a failed administration and subsequently promote an agenda designed to benefit the upper 1% at the expense of the rest of us.

State legislators continue to attend indoctrination seminars funded by the Koch brothers where they can learn how to do the same thing on a state level.

The best thing about the current political debates is that Americans have become interested in the issues and eventually logic and truth will prevail.

Perhaps after that, Americans will go to the polls and elect more responsible and sensible people to manage our government. They should realize that the people we elect will dramatically impact our quality of life in America as we face the challenges of the next decade as either a global power or a rapidly declining power in the world.

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weeslicket 2 years, 6 months ago

what if tom shewmon is "the new normal"? (shudders. still shuddering.)

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Mike Ford 2 years, 6 months ago

not baiting an arguement are you????

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Mike Ford 2 years, 6 months ago

let's see... hearing dimwits bait arguements and calling other people hateful for calling out your nonsense.....that's O Reilly's schtick right????

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 6 months ago

Good to hear from ya" Tom. Keep those LTEs coming. I love it when Libs whine!

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its_just_math 2 years, 6 months ago

I have some good advice for all those who support Obama, and to Obama too:

To thine own self be true.

Until you can wrap your head around that, I am afraid you will continue down a perilous path.

Ya'll like Shakespeare, don't you?

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voevoda 2 years, 6 months ago

President Obama isn't responsible for "businesses not hiring and tightening their belts." Nothing he or Congress or the courts have done inhibits businesses from hiring or requires them to reduce their productivity. Business can hire any time they want and they can increase their productivity any time they want. But businesses choose not to do so. Why? Because they don't have enough customers to make more of a profit if they do. Why don't they have enough customers? Because too many Americans don't have enough income to make more purchases. Why don't so many Americans have enough income to make more purchases? Because their wages aren't high enough, they pay too much in taxes, and they can't get credit any more because their wages aren't high enough. Solution: Raise wages. Increase full-time employment. Cut taxes on ordinary wage-earners. If the advocates of the megarich and their defenders will stop with their class-warfare, attacking the working poor, the unions, and government employees, then we might all join together to bring real prosperity--prosperity that isn't just for the top 5%--back to this country.

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esteshawk 2 years, 6 months ago

" . . . businesses not hiring and tightening their belts is not in any way his fault." How is it Mr. Obama's fault, Shewmon? Typical baseless rhetoric with nary a fact to support (or is this an "ad hominem" attack repubs typically accuse dems of?).

Companies aren't hiring because the middle class has no money to spend, thus no demand; this is not a supply side issue, where tax breaks could help. The gross income inequities are what is keeping the economy from rebounding from the recession that was most definately caused by republican ideals of smaller goverment (e.g. not monitoring the banking industry).

Amazing how right wingers can continue to hold ideas in the face of contrary evidence. I believe that's a sign of insanity (or maybe just stupid).

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BornAgainAmerican 2 years, 6 months ago

JANUARY 2013 "THE END OF AN ERROR".

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Mike Ford 2 years, 6 months ago

you are sooo full of it I will laugh at you now in disrespect. I remember going to an Ann Coulter speaking engagement that I and about thirty other people brought to a halt by laughing out loud at her a couple of years ago at the Lead Center. I've heard these lies long enough and their lies and they deserve laughter and pity upon the segment of the population that promotes these lies and the belief of them enough to the point of becoming truth through repetition which still isn't truth. Go watch your television thinking they're coming through the tv to get you....take flouride out of your tap water like those laughable tea party dimwits in florida this week and watch out for the silent helicopters and most of all believe your own lies. dumb america fueled by am radio dummies... halelujah.....

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its_just_math 2 years, 6 months ago

The letter writer, obviously a thoughtful, intelligent and caring conservative, is a little off base as I've had a chance to digest the letter some more. Obama is not clueless about what to do; he knows exactly what Americans really need. But based on his radical past and associations, he chooses to go down the road of socialism, income redistribution and heavy class warfare. Obama is a hate-filled man. He wants to take what he has loathed----what he sees as white man domination and tear it asunder.

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Jean1183 2 years, 6 months ago

Herman Cain would be a great person to have on the Republican ticket. Check out his bio.

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gudpoynt 2 years, 6 months ago

"The only way to fix the economy is to vote him out of office in 2012."

Sadly, this is the corner that so many bitter, thoughtless conservatives have resorted to.

The power players who control the message for the political right have far surpassed their counterparts on the left in crafting and marketing an uncompromising polticial identity that is necessarily anti-Obama everything, and by proxy, anti-Liberal everything, anti-Progressive everything, anti-Democrat everything.

This uncompromising anti-Obama feature of the political identity is necessary since the whole goal of the political identity is to defeat Obama, and return to power those favorable to business. That's the whole point.

The problem with this, of course, is that there's plenty of common sense overlap between Republians and Democrats.

So what you end up with is a class of people like the LTE writer (and many others who post on this site) who end up sounding ridiculous, refuting what most people would consider common sense, in defense of a rigid political identity that necessarily requires that they remain anti-Obama everything.

I feel like the upcoming election is a battle between the common sense of individuals, and the betrayal thereof by adherence to a political identity that has been crafted and marketed by the most powerful political interests.

The winner will not be determined in the general presidential election. The winner will be determined in the Republican primary. If Romney loses to Herman Cain, Rick Perry, or Michelle Bachmann, then common sense will have been defeated. Right now, Romney is the only hope for common sense among Teapublicans.

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Darrell Lea 2 years, 6 months ago

The only way to fix the economy is to fix the economy. Voting President Obama out of office in and of itself will not fix the economy. Voting out a few crazed right wing corporate lackeys might help the functionality of government somewhat, but in and of itself will not fix the economy.

An economy is based on the creation and sale of goods and services. The U.S. is said to have lost twenty per cent of its net worth as a direct result of the economic collapse of 2008. For the economy to return immediately to the level it was pre-recession, the U.S. would have to regain the 20 per cent net worth it lost, or shed 20 per cent of it's population.

Since we currently live in a polarized society where the primary function of one political party is to confound and block at all costs any initiative taken by the other party, the citizens who are not benefitting directly from this ongoing game of chicken are basically on their own.

I support President Obama and his agenda, but as long as there are people like Eric Cantor and John Boehner in power, nothing will ever get done. If Obama is re-elected, we will have four more years of political gridlock. If one of the non-Obama candidates currently blathering on the Republican debate circuit gets elected, the best a reasonable person can hope for would be four more years of the same political gridlock.

It's said that one gets the government they deserve. Considering the level of public discourse that defines the US in 2011, I have to agree.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 6 months ago

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jafs 2 years, 6 months ago

Obama's quote is one many economists have predicted as well.

The causes of this are most likely complex - whether or not it's "Obama's fault" is open to debate.

And, it's interesting that a right-wing letter has the phrase "running an economy" - I thought those on the right didn't believe in that sort of thing.

Finally, who's the better choice in the next election?

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mloburgio 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks To Obamacare The Healthcare Industry Added 44,000 Jobs In September In April of 2010 when the law was signed the hospitals of America had 4,675,000 employees. Today that numbers stands at 4,774,000 that is an an increase of 100,000 employees in a year and a half. The entire healthcare industry in April of 2010 had 13,739,000 and in September of 2011 it has 14,180,000 which is an an increase of 441,000 employees in a year and a half. http://www.politicususa.com/en/obamacare-heathcare-booming

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thuja 2 years, 6 months ago

If they posted your phone number after the title and author of this LTE on the front "page" of the paper, it would look just like a yellow pages listing:

No Clue Tom Shewmon, Linwood 555-1234

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Liberty_One 2 years, 6 months ago

"The only way to fix the economy is to vote him out of office in 2012."

Unfortunately unless the GOP candidate is Dr. Paul it won't help us any.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 6 months ago

Obama is not clueless to people like himself. The only way Obama knows how to make money is to steal it. That's it. People like Obama will never think he is clueless. Liberals love shovel ready jobs because there isn't any.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 6 months ago

les, did we really need to see this same post three times?

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Les Blevins 2 years, 6 months ago

Three of the four Letters to the Editor in today's paper make perfect sense. Those are from Clark H. Coan (which currently isn't available online as I write this) another is by Catherine Bolton, and the third is by Sammie Locke. The other letter is as far from reality as one could hope to read but is very entertaining.

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uncleandyt 2 years, 6 months ago

pill-poppin' dittos, you're a great listener

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Mike Ford 2 years, 6 months ago

stop drinking the water in stranger creek....it's not helping.....

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Gandalf 2 years, 6 months ago

Tom,Tom the article caption says it all. "No Clue". Who do you propose to run against Obama? Perry? That's all the country needs right now is someone like brownie at the national lever! (Sarcasm meter pegged!)

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ksrush 2 years, 6 months ago

Mr Shewmon you are 100% correct.

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thuja 2 years, 6 months ago

If you say "the only way to fix the economy" over and over and over again, it loses all meaning.

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