The strongest and current criticism of President Barack Obama coming from the Republicans is “He didn’t create jobs.”
Mitch McConnell led the party in 2009 when he said, “Our goal must be to see that Obama is a one-term president.” The party joined the fight and Republicans have done all in their power to block attempts to improve the economy, health care, tax reform, etc. With a majority in the House since 2010 and the filibuster in the Senate, they succeeded.
In September 2011, the Sun Journal published a letter I wrote, “Pass the jobs bill now.” Called the “Rebuild America Act,” it would have created jobs by offering loans to rebuild infrastructure and start small businesses. It did not pass the House or the Senate.
I visualize Obama trying to climb a hill and the Republicans holding him back with a rope around his waist. Now they say: “See, he couldn’t even climb that hill.”
The very last thing this country needs right now is a return to the backbone of Republican philosophy of government — trickle-down economics. It has not worked in the past and it will not work now.
Although they hate regulations, if the planet is to be saved for future generations, common sense regulations are essential. Tax breaks for the super rich do not result in more jobs, just more money in their bank accounts. Walmart has destroyed thousands of small businesses.
Every American citizen should take the time to vote.
Nancy Willard, Woodstock