Gary Varvel's cartoon on the Daily's Oct. 6 Opinion page was great! What a wonderful medium for getting your message out to voters! Unfortunately, a casual reader would come away with the wrong impression. At least I think Varvel was trying to support the Republican cause. Varvel has President Barack Obama saying, "My opponent wants to take us back ..." And Mitt Romney answers, "That's right! Back to a booming economy, 4 percent unemployment, $2 gas, AAA credit rating, balanced budgets..."
Booming economy? Bill Clinton had a booming economy with no economic collapse. George W. Bush had a booming economy based on a house of cards that turned down in 2007 and collapsed in 2008. Remember?
Four percent unemployment? You would have to go back to the Clinton administration to find a time when the unemployment rate was 4 percent.
$2 gas? Yes Bush had $2 gas. He also had $4 gas. But I won't blame him because presidents don't have control over the price of gas.
Balanced budgets? There have been only four balanced budgets in the past 40 years. The vaunted Ronald Reagan had none of them. Clinton had three in 1998, 1999 and 2000. The fourth in 2001 (courtesy of Clinton) was under Bush. Once Bush took over, it was all downhill -- not a single balanced budget of his own making.
As for the United States' AAA credit rating, it was downgraded for the first time in history in August 2011 when the Republicans in Congress wanted to sabotage Obama's economic recovery, so they refused to increase the debt ceiling. As a direct result, the Obama economic recovery stalled, thousands of jobs were lost and Standard and Poor's downgraded the U.S. credit rating. Anybody remember that? As most of you know, the lower your credit rating, the higher the cost of borrowing. What the Republicans did was self serving, unpatriotic and costly to the U.S. government. And you, the citizens of the United States, will pay for it in the long run.
Do not reward the Republicans with an electoral victory in November! Or, you will pay for it!