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Letter: Criticism of Obama has nothing to do with race

Criticism of Obama has nothing to do with race

A recent letter writer opined that Barack Obama was one our greatest presidents. On the contrary, I think Obama was one of our worst. I was counting the days remaining until his “expiration date” finally arrived. This has nothing whatsoever to do with race.

Obama drew “red lines in the sand,” then did nothing when his bluff was called. The situation in Syria is Exhibit A. He used his high office to force his own personal agendas on the populace. He had the final word about hot-button issues such as climate change, immigration, free trade, gun control and abortion. If something had zero chance of congressional approval, he signed it into law anyway, not unlike a dictator. He committed America to the Paris Accord without consulting Congress. Now his unconstitutional executive actions will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Obama would fly to Hawaii via Air Force One and then lecture us on the need to cut back petroleum usage in order to stave off climate change. His hypocrisy is astonishing.

Obamacare simply forces people to buy their own health insurance from the same old insurance companies, or pay a penalty to the IRS. How is that a solution to America’s health care problems? The U.S. is the only industrialized country without single-payer universal health care for everyone.

Instead of negotiating for hostages, Obama sat idly by while the Islamic State beheaded James Foley and two other Americans. In contrast, many European governments pay ransoms. I fail to see how Obama could be referred to as “one of history’s greats.”

Jan M. Bernas

Tonawanda

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