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Letter: Facts show Obama did a good job as president

Facts show Obama did a good job as president

A recent letter citing the writer’s perceived reasons why Democrats still don’t see why President Trump was elected demonstrated the astonishing ignorance of and blindness to facts that are truly the reason why Trump holds the office. In point-by-point, numbered statements, the writer declared the opinion of one who refuses to admit the impact Obama-era policies had in tackling the economic inequity of low- and middle-income families.

Fact: From 2014 to 2015, real median household income for those smack-dab center in the country’s income distribution grew at 5.2 percent, the fastest on record. Fact: The percentage of medically uninsured low- and middle-income citizens was reduced fully to half the previous number. Fact: Wages increased 2.9 percent, outpacing inflation by 1.3 percent. Fact: Between 2009 and 2016, 11.3 million jobs were created, compared with 2.1 million jobs from 2001 to 2008. Sounds like a president who doesn’t just speak to blue-collar workers, but actually works for them.

Talk and bluster are empty words. Oh, and as far as the terrorist argument goes, let’s not forget capturing Osama bin Laden.

As for refusing to bow to political correctness, I concede that Trump doesn’t do that. Neither does he exhibit even a modicum of decent civility toward anyone, except perhaps the No. 1 enemy of our state, Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose word Trump clearly trusts over those of our own CIA and FBI agents.

It’s plain to see why Trump was elected. Some people would rather ignore the economic indicators, the healthier financial systems, the size of the budget deficit and the steadiness in growth of an economy created by Obama and bequeathed to the present administration. I can see that, and I am a proud Democrat because democracy matters. Truth matters. Civility and leadership matter. Moral standing matters. Elections? Not so much when the president doesn’t even bother to protect the process.

Faye Eichenseer


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