People made a big mistake in last election
Editor, the Advocate:
Obama has failed, by his very own measuring stick. In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer on Feb. 2, 2009, (more than 3 years ago) he stated "If I [haven't made some progress] in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition."
What has happened in the last three years? Unemployment has gone from 7.8 percent to 8.5 percent and has remained above 8 percent for an all-time record 36 consecutive months, and those figures don't include the under-employed (people working beneath their abilities just to have a job and a paycheck) or the people who have left the workforce altogether.
We currently have 47 percent or 48 percent of Americans who do not pay any taxes at all. This is a dangerous tipping point.
If nearly half of all Americans don't have any "skin in the game" regarding taxes, why should they be concerned about government spending? The number of food stamp recipients increased under Obama's administration from 32 million to 46 million. Now that's "Hope and Change?"
During Obama's administration, government deficits have gone from being measured in "billions" to being measured in "trillions." I believe the next measure is "quadrillions," but please don't let him know.
Hitting closer to home, when Obama took office in January 2009, the national average price of a gallon of gasoline was $1.85. How much was it this week when you last filled up your car or truck? And he is denying more drilling permits in an oil-rich, sovereign land?
In an interview in January 2008 with the San Francisco Chronicle, Obama said, "You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know, under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." If they haven't already, just wait and see.
I'm not allowed enough words here to get into his appointments of czars and "recess appointments," so I will end this with: What a difference one election makes. What a mistake other people made this election. I didn't.
Curtis Carter Jr., Port Lavaca