Paul Hauck: Obama supporters out of touch? Think again |

Paul Hauck: Obama supporters out of touch? Think again

Regarding the Jan. 12 letter to the editor, “Obama’s supporters out of touch,” if Ms. Crouch thinks that Republicans other than Donald Trump have hesitated to criticize this president, often in the most distasteful ways, then it is not Obama’s supporters who are “out of touch.”

I am certainly no Obama apologist, but let’s stay “in touch” with reality.

Under the previous administration we went from a CBO-projected $2.6 trillion 10-year surplus to an $2.1 trillion deficit, saw a crash of the stock and housing markets, a near collapse of our financial system, unemployment increase from 4.2 percent to 7.8 percent, and the loss of 40 percent of the net worth of the middle class.

This is the smoldering pile of rubble Obama inherited. Under Obama’s policies, and over the active resistance of a hostile Congress, the S&P has nearly tripled, the housing market has stabilized and unemployment is down from 7.8 percent to 5 percent.

Donald Trump may have called this Columbia-educated, Harvard Law School graduate, U.S. Senator and President “stupid.” If so, it certainly brings the definition of that word into question. But, then again, Mr. Trump has never been burdened with the trait of truthfulness. Politifact, the Pulitzer-winning site, has investigated 81 statements attributed to him and rated three-fourths of them as false.

Paul D. Hauck

Penn Valley

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