To The Daily Sun,
Over the last six years Messrs. Boutin, Wiles, Earle, Channing-Eddy, Meade and others have pounded out letters and op-eds with dire warnings about what the Democrats and President Obama are doing and have done over. Whine, CAPITALIZE, faithfully repeat talking points from the corporate-funded right wing and Fox. Lather, rinse and repeat.
Sky-high piles of negativity. Collectively these critics give us snippets of this and that, usually more fiction than fact. If we took them as the Matthew, Mark, Luke and John of today we'd be hiding under our beds or locked and loaded in underground bunkers, awaiting the apocalypse.
It's a good thing that their crystal ball is usually more of a fog machine. We keep waiting but most of their rants and predictions turn out like the Mayan calendar end of the world hoax. It reminds one of the fairy tale from our children's book about Chicken Little who ran around town squawking "The sky is falling, the sky is falling'....only to be proven wrong about the world coming to an end.
Here are a few facts for these critics can chew on while gathering information for their next letter to the editor.
In January 2009 the Dow stood at 7,949 compared to 16,4590 today. Unemployment was 7.8 percent compared to 6.7 percent today. GDP growth was minus 5.4 percent compared to plus 4.1 percent today. Deficit GDP was 9.8 percent compared to 3.3 percent today. And consumer confidence has risen from 37.7 to 78.1.
Oh, those pesky facts. Well Done Mr. President. Especially considering that the Republicans in Congress, from Day One, made it their Number 1 purpose and priority to oppose ANYTHING (see, we all can use caps) that President Obama proposed.