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Buck, your conclusions are faulty

Posted: December 18, 2009 4:40 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.
In response to Kevin Buck’s column (“Mid mid-term political musings,” Dec. 15), I must say, au contraire, Kevin.

I fully agree with you that the GOP acted like idiots for the last some-odd years they controlled the reins of government, but your conclusions are faulty.

First of all, their mishandling of the economy and federal budget simply pales into invisibility when compared to the whopping deficits proposed by your Democratic friends.

But more importantly, you seem completely blind to the political consequences of that.

Currently, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is at 46 percent — which is the lowest ever for any president at this point in his first term since Gallup started such polling during the Truman administration. Congress’ numbers are even lower.

For you to ignore that is self-delusional to an almost unbelievable degree. This is the very problem that caused Clinton to lose both houses of Congress during his first term, and that very GOP takeover of Congress is exactly what led to the fiscal and policy restraint of his administration, because all those bills originate in Congress — at that point controlled by a still-conservative GOP — and they basically saved him from himself.

If anything, the GOP should be given the credit for saving Clinton’s “legacy.”


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