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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