Opinion

‘Let’s set the record straight’

EDITOR:

In a recent letter to the editor, Mr. Foust makes many dubious claims and conclusions about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Let’s set the record straight on the accomplishments of the ARRA and the administration of President Obama.

We can then be confident that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will bring many benefits to the American people.

In fact, the ARRA was very successful and only about 1-percent of the approximately $800 billion was attributed to waste and fraud (source: NPR). The Obama administration inherited the Great Recession from the preceding Republican administration, an economy almost as bad as the Great Depression. The ARRA and policies of the Obama administration saved our economy and country. In 2009, the unemployment rate in the U.S. was 10 percent; in November 2016, the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent (source: www.bls.gov). The ARRA raised the U.S. GDP by more than 3-percent in 2010 and generated almost 6 million job-years (years of full-time equivalent employment) through the end of 2013.

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It’s easy to condemn

EDITOR:

I read with interest the letter from Mr. Foust. My question is, “Could it ever stand up in any court?” The whole trust, and nothing but the truth. Would Mr. Foust stake his life on his statements? First off, we have spent far too many America dollars on foreign wars. We haven’t spent billions, but trillions, on two wars that should have never happened.

The soviets invaded Afghanistan in the 980s believing with all their armor and air power that it would be a cake walk. It wasn’t. Nine years later the Soviets left, leaving their armor.

In the 1980s war the United States supplied the rebels (the Mujahideen) with arms against the Soviets. The final coast was $3 billion over the nine year war. Osama bin Laden was an ally against the Soviets and after the Soviet war we completely backed away frons this war-torn nation and bib Laden knew he had been used by the West.

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