E. Field: A different side to the story

In response to Alan Osborn’s letter (Sept. 11):

One person posting something stupid on a blog does not represent a “typical Maine voter.”

President Obama has taught constitutional law and it is ridiculous to say he doesn’t respect the Constitution.

The number of people on welfare is not as high as Osborn thinks. The U.S. Department of Commerce says that, as of July 2012, 4.1 percent of the population was on welfare.

According to statements made on "Meet the Press" by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, that were fact-checked by "Meet the Facts," when George W. Bush took office, Bill Clinton had left a surplus of $86.4 billion. When Bush left, the U.S. had a $1.5 trillion budget deficit.

The president offered a jobs bill, a separate veterans jobs bill, and other bills to improve the economy and Republicans voted them all down. There is still much to be done, but according to CNNMoney, Obama’s jobs record is better than Bush’s.

According to a 2010 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, health care in the U.S. is rated highest in the world for cost and No. 37 for performance, far from “the best in the world.”

Actually, it is House Republicans who want to cut the NASA and science budgets that President Obama approved.

Israel is a very important ally, but Obama, not Benjamin Netanyahu, was elected to run U.S. foreign policy.

Ellen Field, New Gloucester

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

oBAMa may have taught

oBAMa may have taught Constitutional law, but it is no secret that he considers the Constitution to be an obstructive document, too limiting of government powers. He never learned that the Constitution was written to protect the people from Government; not the opposite.

Donald Irish's picture

A different side of the story.

One minor factual point in your letter. The last two years of Clinton's term the House and Senate were controlled by Republicans. The last two years of Bush's term the House and Senate were controlled by Democrats. Obama inherited his own mess and then continued to make it worse The US cannot continue to borrow Chinese money to buy Arab oil. Obama says the US has to become oil independent but doesn't allow increased oil drilling or more refineries to be built. Don't listen to what he says, see what he does. He also says the auto companies have to build more effecient vehicles. They already have them, they can't sell them in the US, just in Europe. Google VW Passant auto mpg in Europe to see for yourself.[

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Great post.

Great post.

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Not too long ago ...

... Obama simply dropped the "work requirement" from the welfare reform legislation signed by Bill "Surplus" Clinton. He seems to believe he has a retroactive line-item veto. Perhaps he found this authority in his personal version of the Constitution, but it's not in the edition the rest of us have.

He certainly does not respect the Constitution. That's bad enough, but the real issue is, he ignores it.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Given another term, he'd

Given another term, he'd probably re-write it.

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So, how does requiring states to move 20% more people from welfare to work in order to qualify for the waiver add up to dropping the work requirement?

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Ellen, If I want to exploit

If I want to exploit and skirt the edges of the tax code, I study it, and I become an expert at understanding its nuances.

Similarly, if I want to exploit and skirt the edges of the constitution, I study it, and I become an expert at constitutional law.

I am not saying that Obama studied constitutional law to subvert the constitution. I just want to point out that saying Obama respects the constitution because he taught constitutional law is equally as ridiculous.


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