To The Daily Sun,
I sorta kinda know that this letter is going to fall on Mr. Boutin's purposely tone-deaf ears, but other readers with open minds might understand what I'm saying.
His recent letter, again bashing President Obama for lack of action on almost every front, is interesting for its outright omissions. Yes, very serious omissions. Does Mr. Boutin do this on purpose? Oh wait, if I ask this question it will be totally rhetorical as to ask it is to answer it. We are still awaiting his list of programs and laws which have been put in place by the current GOP members in Congress (who have the nerve to call themselves our representatives, huh?). Programs and laws which would go a long way in helping many Americans with just a few of the following problems:
1. Fair wages and benefits for actual working hours.
2. Quality medical care for all Americans.
3. Lower cost of medications.
4. More realistic and honest hospital charges.
5. Stronger anti-pollution legislation.
6. Fair and decent housing for those who cannot afford to purchase homes or pay for a rental dwelling that isn't in a slum.
7. Improving and strengthening work-related benefits such as pension, vacation and personal leave so they don't disappear or get trashed if a company is sold or merged.
8. Quality and affordable education without having to pay for private schooling.
9. Lower tuition costs and fair repayment plans for two- and four-year colleges.
10. Ending non-profit status for mega rich corporations who are not charitable organizations.
11. Ending tax loopholes for corporations** (and please don't give me the Wall Street Journal pabulum about the high U.S. corporate tax rate when the fact is that in reality the average real tax rate is one-third of the nominal rate because of all the loopholes and tax giveaways).
12. Stopping jobs being shipped overseas.
13. Penalizing corporations who leave this country for cheaper labor, making inferior goods, but still taking tremendous tax breaks.
(**The Treasury Department announced new rules, effective immediately, that will reduce the tax benefits available to companies that have inverted — moving their tax residence overseas on paper to avoid paying their fair share in taxes here at home — while also making new inversions more difficult to do and less potentially rewarding. This and other rules just passed by the Treasury is the administration's latest effort to tackle what it sees as a pressing issue by taking executive actions that side-step a gridlocked Congress.)
Those are but some items that President Obama has tried to address without any support from the GOP in Congress. In fact, the openly stated purpose of congressional Republicans since 2009 has been to automatically oppose anything and everything that President Obama supports. Reminds me of a pack of Pavlov's dogs — trained to salivate at the name "Obama." And listening to some of them it appears that his major crime is "being President while black."
The president never promised nirvana. He came into office with the job of starting to dig this nation out from under what the policies of Bush/Cheney did to this nation ... remember Mr. Boutin ... the Bush/Cheney Regime brought this nation to the verge of total financial collapse. The economy has slowly improved while President Obama has been in the White House. Again, show us your "facts" of how it has not.
Here are just a few of the hundreds of bills Senate Republicans have filibustered for Mr. Boutin's upcoming list just in case he is at a loss to find some.
1. Infrastructure, highway & housing bills (2011, 2012 & 2013).
2. Minimum wage increase.
3. Creating American jobs, bringing jobs home act.
4. Teachers and fRrst Responders Back to Work Act 2011.
5. Student loan reform.
6. Extended unemployment benefits.
7. Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)-filibustered in 2007 and killed by threat of filibuster in 2009.
8. Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act.
9. Repealing Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act.
People should do the research on what has been blocked or obstructed in the House. The House will not bring up a bill for a vote unless a majority of Republicans are for it. Looking into what has actually passed in the House will be one of the hardest and saddest tasks of all.
We cannot change history. That only happens in movies, a novel, or in Mr. Boutin's letters. When you accuse President Obama of being a 'self-centered politician looking out for his best interests above all others" you have an obligation to tell us how, when, where and for how long. Yes, maybe we were too optimistic when thinking that this country could actually be united with the policies put in place by President Obama. But, how many more times do you want the GOP to try and repeal the ACA? How many lawsuits do you want Mr. Boehner to bring against the president? How many times are Republicans going to try to take away the right to vote of seniors, young people, and anyone who is not white while crying about "voter fraud" (when the most recent investigation found a total of 31 credible incidents out of 1 billion votes cast since 2008)?