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Fleitman column off the mark on Obama

To the editor:

In his Oct. 2 column, “Obama’s sorry record,” Jay Fleitman says little about Obama’s record. It’s mostly about Dr. Fleitman’s opinions.

The first quarter of it is devoted to telling us how biased liberals are. That may or may not be true, but it has nothing to do with Obama’s record. Then he attacks Obama for arrogance in running for office with so few qualifications. I can agree with him there, but that too has nothing to do with Obama’s record in office.

From there he goes on to Rev. Wright and Bill Ayres. Well, I don’t like them any more than Dr. Fleitman does, but they don’t have anything to do with Obama’s record either. Next he criticizes Obama for failing to work with the opposition party. He forgets to mention that Sen. McConnell announced that his primary goal was to make Obama a one-term president. This before Obama even took office.

Then comes the auto bailout which he dismisses as a payoff to the unions. He claims that the industry could have come out all right without government involvement. Maybe yes. Maybe no. But the auto executives didn’t see it that way. They were in Washington pleading for help.

For its part, the administration didn’t want to take the chance that the country’s largest manufacturing industry might be liquidated. We have no way of knowing what would have happened had the government not intervened, but in the end it turned out surprisingly well.

The industry did recover, and most of the money has been repaid. From there on the column descends into innuendos and personal attacks. Practically nothing of substance is said about Obama’s record. I would welcome a well-thought-out critique of the administration.

William Saunders

Whately

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