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Letters to the Editor: June 25 – July 1, 2009


Any Better Now Than When Obama Started?



“Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening?

Where the heck is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder! We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters and union thugs stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car.”


On January 20th, 2009 our elected President, Obama entered the White House and hit the ground running. The Democrat controlled Congress and Senate immediately passed a bill titled “Emergency” Economic Stimulus Bill H.R.1 priced at $787 billion. This bill was acted upon expeditiously due to the level of deteriorations in the job market and it was signed by President Obama. When Obama started his new administration the following numbers or statistics were as follows: Mortgage interest rates at 5.0% for a 30 year loan, Unemployment was at 7.6%, and Gasoline prices ranged $1.59 to $1.65.

Today five months later lets look at what this administration has done for us. Mortgage interest rates 5.58% for a 30 year loan, Unemployment has risen to 9.4% in May 2009 and will definitely break 10% in June 2009 and Gasoline prices range $2.57 to $2.64. So let’s see how much better off we are today? Can anyone tell us what’s going on? Also how many trillions of dollars has this Administration spent and printed through the U S Treasury?

We are immersed in a bloody war (Pakistan & Afghanistan) with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. Once again a broken promise and now we are running the biggest deficit in the history of the country. We’re losing the manufacturing edge to Asia, while our once-great companies are losing jobs to overseas competition and the Democrats and Republicans alike sit idled on their hands. Even our city council is once again intent on trying to catch a rainbow. Hard work and sometimes sacrifices are needed during these tough times. Entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare are underfunded today. Yet this administration does not address these issues before planning to start another one?

Ed Hillegass

Falls Church





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