Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Don Laible

In his letter published yesterday in The Oneonta Daily Star, Don Laible claimed that under Obama the national debt doubled to $20 trillion.  However, the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget insists that it is an overstatement to blame Obama's actions as the sole cause of the ballooning debt.  The debt would have risen by $3 trillion because of tax and spending policies that were already in place.  The Great Recession drove up spending on safety net programs, such as Medicaid and food stamps, without Obama or Congress doing a thing.
President Obama’s 2009 stimulus plan and making most of George Bush’s tax cuts permanent in 2012, contributed to the debt.  He couldn't make any financial measure without the approval of Congress.  Notably, Republicans controlled the House for six years of his term and the Senate for two years. 
Laible claimed that real medium household income declined by $3,000.  Ironically, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a similar false assertion: “the average person is about $3,000 or $4,000 a year worse off today than when President Obama came to office.”
Actually, real median personal income was down about $400 as of 2014, the most recent census data available.  Furthermore, according t0 the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average hourly earnings adjusted for inflation of all private-sector workers increased 2.6 percent since the end of 2014.  
Laible pointed out: “Food stamp dependents increased to over 43 million citizens, seven more million Americans are living in poverty, and home ownership is at a 51-year low.”  That is usually what happens when our Republican presidents fail to hold Wall Street accountable.

Today, our country is at a record low for uninsured citizens of 8.6 percent, because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.   


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