Vail Daily letter: Height of partisan rancor, you mean
Vail, CO, Colorado
I would like to offer a few comments regarding the commentary titled “The height of irresponsibility,” by Dick Gustafson.
First of all, I continue to wait for the wonderful moment when some Republican will suggest a program that might decrease the rate of unemployment, home foreclosures or bankruptcies. That’s to say nothing of providing broader health care coverage, improving education or working toward energy independence.
Unfortunately, that prospect does not seem to be forthcoming. Republicans have seemingly decided to offer nothing but blah, blah, blah!
Just like President Herbert Hoover, they choose to ignore the problems. And rather than be constructive, they concentrate on blaming one or more Democrats for our recession.
Mr. Gustafson chose to identify Presidents Carter and Clinton plus Congressmen Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd as the responsible parties. Admittedly they deserve a share of the blame, but somehow he failed to mention the kings of deregulation. They would include Presidents Reagan and Bush plus Sen. Phil Gramm. Merely an honest oversight, I’m sure!
Oh yes, back to Mr. Hoover! As a good Republican, he chose to do nothing following the crash of the stock market in 1929, and so we had a depression in 1932 that gave us a 25 percent (yes, 25 percent) unemployment rate, which was only partially diminished by Franklin Roosevelt’s “stimulus” programs.
But those programs did help, and they were thought to be far better than the Republican consensus of “let’s do nothing”! His re-election was by a landslide!
I most certainly believe that there is enough blame to go around. I also believe that it would be wonderful if the Republicans would make positive contributions toward solving our problems.
I also happen to believe that our nation would be far better off if the press and we, the public, stopped nitpicking our new president and our elected or appointed officials. Let’s just be patient while we all do our very best to be courageous and helpful.
David Le Vine