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Better off

September 19, 2012

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To the editor:

As Scott Flitcraft decided to respond to Steven Bruner’s letter, I am moved to respond in kind.

Flitcraft bases his rebuttal to Bruner on three points: the country and the economy are not better off than four years ago; he agrees we have poor memories; and we have “a health care bill that the majority of the country would like to see repealed.”

It appears that Flitcraft, at least, certainly has a poor memory. He seems to forget that, when President Obama took office, the economy was in free fall. Are we better off? We were headed for bread lines, now we’re headed for a return to prosperity.

Regarding the Affordable Care Act, when asked if “Obamacare” should be repealed, a selection of recent polls shows just over 50% in favor. However, many of these respondents indicate they feel the law didn’t go far enough. In addition, when asked about specific provisions of the law, such as covering pre-existing conditions, a large majority are in favor.

Simply put, Flitcraft has bought the Republican “Obamacare” propaganda. When folks are asked if they like BS, they’ll say no. Ask them if they like organic fertilizer and they’ll say yes.

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somedude20 1 year, 7 months ago

rockchalk1977 , is this you? Mirrors what you say and even has your avatar in it. KKKeep up your fine worKKK!

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 7 months ago

An audio recording of Obama surfaced on Tuesday in which he can be clearly heard telling a Loyola University audience that he believes in the redistribution of wealth in America, something that his critics have long charged. “I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution". I knew Obama was a socialist all along. Let's end the nightmare in November.

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OonlyBonly 1 year, 7 months ago

"Are we "better off?" Yes?" You're kidding me. Fuel costs higher, food costs higher, unemployment worse, number of unemployed workers still looking for a job worse, deficit worse (BO did it in 3, Bush took 8), energy independence worse, Obamacare "it's not a tax" "Oh, thank God they said it was a tax!" On and on and on and........ Open your eyes people it's one heck of a lot worse.

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tbaker 1 year, 7 months ago

Mr. Burger - we are not "headed for prosperity."

Mr. Obama's policies have put our country in decline. We are headed in the other direction.

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Eddie_Haskell 1 year, 7 months ago

Funny, Steven Bruner writes these letters that show him as some kind of loving human being. Just don't show up at his office without health insurance. He'll toss you out the door.

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 7 months ago

And the answer is==================coming after the first of year 2013

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geekin_topekan 1 year, 7 months ago

Hey! What has become of Falsie no Changie?

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Shelley Bock 1 year, 7 months ago

I wonder what suggestions other than what was enacted would have been proposed to move the economy out of recession in 2009. Does this include the bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler? Would this proposal have been greater austerity than what has occurred? I've read that a criticism of the stimulus program was that it didn't go far enough. Do you believe that is correct? In other words, what would you have done to make things better than 4 years ago?

I've always thought if tax cuts tend to spur the economy forward as is proposed by the Romney, why haven't the Bush tax cuts made recovery possible.

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grammaddy 1 year, 7 months ago

If you believe all the religious hype, even Bin Laden is in a betterplace than he was 4 years ago.

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jaywalker 1 year, 7 months ago

Oh yeah, we're "returning to prosperity" all right.

From the Wall Street Journal: " Egan-Jones Ratings Co. said Friday it downgraded its U.S. sovereign rating to AA- from AA on concerns that the Fed's new round of quantitative easing, or QE3, will hurt the U.S. economy. The ratings agency said the Fed's plan of buying $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities a month and keeping interest rates near zero does little to raise GDP, reduces the value of the dollar, and raises the price of commodities. "From 2006 to present, the US's debt to GDP rose from 66% to 104% and will probably rise to 110% a year from today under current circumstances; the annual budget deficit is 8%," Egan-Jones said in a note. "In comparison, Spain has a debt to GDP of 68.5% and an annual budget deficit of 8.5%.""

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

Not only that. In the end big debt and super duper bailouts HAVE BEEN the results which does not seem to bother Republicans, as long as they are in power.

In fact, by the time the second Bush left office, the national debt had grown to $12.1 trillion.

This ENTITLEMENT - Over half of that amount had been created by Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy.

ANOTHER ENTITLEMENT - Another 30% of the national debt had been created by the tax cuts for the wealthy under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

YET ANOTHER ENTITLEMENT - Fully 81% of the national debt was created by just these three Republican Presidents. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2010/0111orr.html

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

Yes voters do have short memories. When Reagan asked if Americans were better off than 4 years before Reagan/Bush responded this way.

This ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

Then Bush/Cheney did a repeat performance inflicting ever more damage to the economy and job market.

This ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

This ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

How many jobless republicans are better off as a result of republican economic destruction?

Can republicans afford to vote republican ever again?

Republicans have made owing a home very risky business. How many republicans and democrats want to owe more on their homes than they are worth?

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Armstrong 1 year, 7 months ago

Barry, organic fertilizer. I agree

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