Those who cling to the excuse that President Bush is to blame for America's economic decline are refusing to acknowledge policy blunders of the past 3½ years. It's foolish and unreasonable to believe that the financial harm caused by overspending during the last year of Bush's second term could be corrected by continued overspending under Obama.
The post Bush economy was denied any shot at recovery thanks to Obama's drive for increased federal spending and regulation, key ingredients for free market failure. Instead of embracing America's economy and making adjustments for recovery, Obama responded with more spending. Big spending is not likely to fix a problem that big spending started.
Obama has had time to make changes, but his policies failed. By his own admission, if America's economy has not recovered in three years he would be looking at a one-term proposition. Since our economy remains a failure, we should use our votes to turn that statement into fact.
The dismal economic indicators tell a story about how Obama's policies continued to weaken an economy that could have been restored. As the economy suffered, so did jobless Americans. As the suffering continued, federal entitlement increases followed and are at a level never seen in modern times. Was this the result he was looking for?
As long as the federal government continues to expand, you can expect that federal regulations will do the same, and those regulations will diminish our personal freedoms because the feds will be making many of our decision for us. And through it all we'll hear less about American exceptionalism and more about European standards. Obama chooses to remain on the same economic path even as the economy crumbles around him. At this point he owns this failed economy. To blame Bush is ludicrous and desperate.
Remember that liberty once lost is rarely recovered. It's time to stop playing the blame Bush card. Obama has earned the rights to this failed economy by his refusal to correct it. Cast your vote to restore America, not a vote to restore Obama.
Leroy Donald, Stephens City