LETTERS: Obama is no Margaret Thatcher

Since Obama has been president, unemployment has not been below 7.7 percent, 24 million people are looking for jobs and millions have just given up. Twenty million plus additional people are collecting food stamps, record numbers of people that could work are collecting disability, gasoline has doubled in price since his first inaugural and, regrettably, the list could go on and on.

Regardless of these facts, Eugene Robinson ("Following in the footsteps of Thatcher," Feb. 15, 8A) compares Obama to Margaret Thatcher? Then, he compares Sen. Marco Rubio's taking a drink of water on camera to a Monty Python sketch that had no content?

The comparison between Obama and Margaret Thatcher is light years further apart than any comparison between Sen. Rubio and Monty Python.

-- Jonathan DeLoach Lawrenceville


FactChecker 1 year, 2 months ago

One error in the above needs addressing because this is a common error. Food stamps in 2012 went to 46.6 million. In 2009, President Obama's first term, it was 33.5 million. A 13 million increase or a 28% increase. No one complained for the Bush Presidency that went from 17.3 million in 2001 to 23.8 million in 2004, his first four years. This is a 37.5% increase over the same time period. Compare these to President Clinton who went from a beginning high of 25.4 million and pulled it down to a low of 17.2 million by the end of his 8 year administration. To find a lower number, one must go all the way back to President Jimmy Carter with only 16 million in 1978. http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/SNAPsummary.htm


news2me 1 year, 2 months ago

Wow, only one error? Glad that you agree that Obama is to blame for these other items that you totally ignored:

  • Unemployment at 7.7 percent or higher

  • 24 million people looking for jobs + millions just given up

  • 20 million plus additional people are collecting food stamps

  • Record numbers collecting disability but able to work

  • Gasoline doubled in price

I could add more historical numbers but these should be bad enough

An asterisk to your one error ... what about the widespread abuse of the food stamp program currently all over the news. Do you have any data that supports this abuse that is rampant under the Obama Historical Legacy?

FactChecker, your dog don't hunt and is in dire need of lasik surgery for a clearer view of the Facts ....


ogottogo 1 year, 1 month ago

JImmy Carter, now that is a great example of how bad things could be. Comparing Obama to Carter? It will be a race to see just how bad things will be after the next four years compared to the financial mess Carter left this country. My guess, Obama will win because he is steering this country towards total bankruptcy.


ogottogo 1 year, 2 months ago

It is always amazing that the liberals use Bill Clinton's presidency as the refernce point for how good things were and in the same sentence do not state the facts: Of the eight years of his presidency, six of those years he had a Republican Congress (House of Representatives and Sentate) to keep his tax and spend agenda in check. Needless to say, he did manage to enjoy a good cigar with a White House intern. Neither of these two facts are mentioned in the same sentence giving Clinton credit.

Obama did what Bill Clinton could not do, get his socialist policies passed in his first two years (with a Democrat controlled Congress) and use the next two, or sadly now, his next four years to drive this country into bankruptcy. God only knows how bad it could or would be if the Republicans had not gained (2010) and maintained (2012) control of the House of Representatives. Liberals always have a short or non-existent memory.

Those are the facts.


notblind 1 year, 2 months ago

Yep, it's still Bush's fault... rolleyes


Jan 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you, FactChecker, for the information and link. You should also note that people must apply for food stamps. Many that qualify are hesitant to apply to avoid the stigma of being a food stamp family. Only after being faced with dwindling resources to stay afloat do most people turn to food stamps. I have been in line behind people using food stamps and never saw anyone that seemed proud of their ability to get them.

notblind, FactChecker only presented facts as well as a very reliable source. It is unfair to accuse him/her of attempting to blame everything on Bush. He only pointed out the hypocrisy of the republican party on this issue. Of course Bush doesn't shoulder the entire blame, the republicans that filibuster most progressive legislation in the Senate and the republicans, especially tea party, in the house that waste time proposing ultra conservative ideas that they know will get voted down in the Senate also must share the blame. The main problem with Obama is that he has been too willing to make major concessions to republicans, such as the extension of the Bush tax cuts.


news2me 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks for your non-contribution, except to:

  • Praise FactChecker
  • Worship Obama
  • Blame GWB / aka Bush's Fault

jack 1 year, 2 months ago

"It's Bush's fault." is so passe.

Today, one repeats: "It's the Republican's fault."


news2me 1 year, 2 months ago

Agreed. And that One would be Obama ....


JV 1 year, 1 month ago

Margaret Thatcher was not a liberal. However...


John5214 1 year, 1 month ago

Like I have said before. Obamarama didn't have the experience to run a Radio Shack at the mall when elected. Yet, here we are. He should have been saying, " You want fries with that order?"


SuxBeanU 1 year, 1 month ago

the only reason obama cannot be compared to maggie thacher is that she never wore mom jeans.


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