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Speaking of reality

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Speaking of reality

Unfortunately, there's little reality in today's liberal government. I can make a good case to prove my point with examples in this letter and others to come.

What was it former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said in 2010 when Obamacare was being legislated? "We have to pass this bill so we can find out what's in it." Turns out Obamacare has become the biggest legislative train wreck in modern history. She also claimed unemployment benefits would be the biggest stimulus to creating jobs and growing the economy. Really?

Liberals claim our economy is getting better since unemployment numbers are dropping. We have 92 million Americans out of work, the jobs being created nationally are part-time, not full-time. Millions have given up looking for work because there are so few jobs; however, they're not even counted as unemployed. Cooking the numbers with fuzzy math and leaving out important data does not add up to the truth.

When I think of liberalism, I think of "feel good, surreal, no facts."

How many liberals do you know who think our $17 trillion national debt is no problem, even though Barack Obama has added to that debt all by his lonesome, so to speak, more than all other presidents combined? Just counting to a trillion would take more than 9,000 years. Try that many years times 17, yet liberals think it's no problem to continue spending more. The word "insanity" comes to mind.

Other words that come to mind as I think of liberalism are "artificial, ambiguous, nuance, utopia, wishful thinking, abstract." And, that's just off the top of my head.

How about Democrat Bill Clinton, when he was our first black president, forcing lending institutions to give poor people, especially minorities, home mortgages? How does a poor person, obviously with little or no money, pay a monthly mortgage on a $150,000 home? We still are trying to get out from under the housing crisis that negatively affected our economy. The idea of home ownership for every warm body is totally unmitigated, unrealistic liberal thinking.

Why the obsession by liberals over global warming when there were periods of time prior to the industrial revolution the earth's surface was warmer than today, and there hasn't been significant warming for the past 16 years? Many liberals actually believe in this myth, but there are many who know this is another way to control all of us with mandates and regulations; an excuse for more big government.

I am trying to figure out why our liberal-controlled government is so gung-ho on redistribution of wealth, big government socialism, equality and the like, when historically facts prove it never has worked before in other countries? Why do liberals insist on going down the same road that has yet to succeed?

How realistic is it to continue with the same agendas of the past five years to reduce income inequality (according to Obama's State of the Union message) when it was those same programs causing greater income inequality? When is this guy going to get real and all the other like-minded people who support him?

Too many Americans voted in 2008 on feelings and emotion. In 2010, there were some using their heads but then ignoring facts again in 2012. I hate to think what this country will be like if a majority vote again with unrealistic expectations in November's congressional elections and the one involving a new president in 2016.

Les Knoll

Victoria and Gilbert, Ariz.

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