The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 2, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-2 | Writer taken aback by scooter ‘ignorance’


— Expectations that  are not realistic

The national news media have, and during the Democratic National Convention, numerous news commentators/speakers have, lauded President Obama’s economic policies as successful.

It’s impossible to understand how anyone could come to that conclusion while facing the worst economic recovery since World War II, an 8.1 percent unemployment rate more like 12 percent adjusted for all the people who have dropped out of the labor force, $16 trillion of national debt, the first-ever downgrading of the United States’ credit rating, 46 million people on food stamps and a health care law considered by small-business owners to be the biggest impediment to their hiring more workers.

Plus, a majority of Americans want Obamacare repealed.

And now, in a desperate attempt to prod the economy, the Fed is throwing a Hail Mary pass by announcing another round of monetary easing. This time, however, the program for all intents and purposes will be open-ended – the printing of money for as long as the Fed sees fit. The Fed, with the blessing of Obama, now has officially bet the farm on this failed strategy. (The problem is, it’s not their farm to bet, it’s ours).

If the question is, what needs to be done and how can we fix America? the answer surely is not Obama, for he and his administration have a total disdain for our American Constitution.

If Obama and Democrats consider these past four years a success, I would hate to experience what they would consider a failure.

Ronald F. Budash

Upper Yoder Township

Obama clueless on international protocol

President Obama apologized to the Muslims after their radicals bombed the American Embassy in Libya, killing and butchering our ambassador along with several Navy SEALs.

Then, Obama snubs the prime minister of Israel, one of our strongest allies.

Does Obama know how the president of the United States of America is suppose to react to crisis, or even protocol, with our allies?

And to think that polls are reflecting a possible second-term win.

Not with my vote.

Karen Gaydos


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