Freedom of speech lets us write virtually anything we like in a letter to the editor, but the assertion in Ronald Piretti’s Sept. 14 letter (“President Is Killing The Job Market”) that President Obama is “killing the job market on purpose” to lead us to a dependency state where “we will all be socialists and on our way to communism” is so bizarre as to demand rebuttal.
Aside from the rantings of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, where is there any evidence of this charge? President Obama has gone out of his way to preserve the American system. Case in point: Obamacare. Rather than establish a government-run system, the program delivers some 30 million new customers direct to the doorstep of private insurance companies. Do we have some social programs? Yes, we have Social Security and Medicare, both decades old. But they merely seek to provide a safety net so that seniors have some protections after a lifetime of giving to the nation. They do not impinge in any way on private enterprise.
You’re right, Mr. Piretti, that current job creation is anemic, which the president readily admits. But the fact is that we were in such a deep economic hole, as former President Clinton pointed out, that “no president, including me, could rebuild the economy in just four years.”
The evidence that does exist shows steady progress toward recovery. Some months it’s faster, others slower, as that is the nature of recovery. But the real question is, do we want to jettison the president who dug us out of the ditch and now has us moving back to prosperity? The polls show more and more Americans staying with Obama. I agree with them. What about you?