A recent writer (Steve Ball, July 17, 2013) castigates President Obama and liberals for an unemployment rate that rose after he took office. Mr. Ball then concludes that only conservatives can fix the economy.
Oh really? Either Mr. Ball is woefully ignorant of reality or he is being disingenuous. President Obama took office on January 20, 2009. Perhaps Mr. Ball does not know that the largest recession since 1929 began two years earlier as a result of unbridled Republican spending under George II, a Republican controlled Senate and House, and Wall Street excess. Beginning in 2007 and continuing for four years, the Republican Recession saw the permanent loss of millions of jobs, jobs across the entire economic spectrum.
Does Mr. Ball, and his ilk, seriously think that any new president could have stopped that landslide? What President Obama and the liberals in the Senate and House did do with his stimulus bill was cushion the blow and ease the pain. Thank goodness or the situation would have been far worse.
Return the economy to the conservatives who created this mess? No thanks, Mr. Ball, I’ve been down that road and it’s not a pleasant ride.
Edward F. Murphy