To The Daily Sun,
In response to Tony Boutin's letter of Dec. 17, I have to wonder if he actually ever tries to be factual. Of course, facts never get in the way of the members of the old white men club that regularly write to this paper, trying to convince everyone that up is really down and stupid is really smart.
Here are some real facts about the Obama years:
In 2009, the economy was losing 800,000 jobs per month. Today, 15.6 million jobs have been created in the last 81 months.
The budget deficit as a percentage of GDP was a whopping 10 percent when Bush left office. At the end of 2015, it was 2.4 percent, lower than the average for the past 40 years.
In 2009 the unemployment rate peaked at a staggering 10 percent. Today, it is at 4.6 percent.
The rate of health care uninsured in 2009 was 15.4 percent. Today, it is 8.9 percent.
In 2009, there were 180,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today there are 15,000.
And yes, the stock market has done quite well under the Obama administration.
Boutin's claim that it has nothing to do with a strong economy is nothing more than ignorant right-wing pabulum meant to continue to feed the masses of those that look and think just like him.
One more fact: In 2009, there were only four states with marriage equality. Today there are 50.
When I read letters like Boutin's that ignore real facts and rely only on rather ignorant statements about Democrats and the left, and many other things, I automatically discount it because of the source. I suspect many others do as well.
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