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Open Letter to David Brooks of The New York Times

Mr. Brooks,

George W. Bush increased the size of government and increased government spending more than any previous president.

The Bush White House (January 2001 to January 2009) and the Republican majority Congress (2001-2006) pushed through a $1 Trillion Tax Cut for the superwealthy and started a false war in Iraq (launched on a false premise of Weapons of Mass Destruction) that cost $700 billion and counting.
But waiting in the wings was…THE BIG FINISH…the Bush Securities & Exchange Commission allowed self-regulation by the Wall Street banks concerning subprime-mortgage-backed securities, so that we had to shell out another $700 billion in bailout money. This was in September 2008 under the auspices of Hank Paulson, Bush Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO just before his position in the Bush Cabinet.

Add all that up and you are looking at the majority of our country’s deficit.

On top of that we have:

-10% unemployment

-a frozen-to-starting-a-trickle credit market

-home values cut in half

-401ks obliterated

-the Dow is half way back to its high of 14,000 in October 2007 (so all stock portfolios have been negatively affected)

* During the last decade the average American’s wages were stagnant, but productivity went up. Meaning, Corporate America squeezed more hours out of workers without sharing the rewards with the workers.

Very simply, Mr. Brooks, President Obama and the Democratic-led Congress are cleaning up the messes (plural) left behind by George W. Bush and the Republicans.

It’s not about BIG GOVERNMENT or small government. It’s about taking care of the majority of Americans, making sure they have jobs and homes, they can take care of their families and enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The American Dream just got stepped on by the greedy corporate crooks who took over the Bush White House and Wall Street (the Subprime Market during the 2000s). Didn’t you see the recent NY Times article, “Handing Out Money to Stave Off Homelessness”?

Sometimes I think you have tunnel vision, Mr. Brooks. You’re theoretical instead of practical a lot of the time when I hear you on the radio or read your column. We’re talking about blood, flesh, bones, bad breath, hair and skin, teeth that need braces and eyes that need glasses. We’re talking about moms and dads and their kids.

The Great Recession is the result of Republican Party Rule. We’re just going about the business of cleaning up the messes (plural) left behind by Bush and the Republicans.

Lead, follow or get out of the way, Mr. Brooks. Uh, you’re in the way Mr. Brooks, get out of the way.

Sincerely, your fellow American

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