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Letter: Stats and Obama’s legacy

Sonny Black’s letter of July 12 was either a poor attempt at satire or just a poor understanding of social statistics. Mr. Black moans of the economy being stagnant over the past eight years.

Hardly, sir. The economy has gained five times more jobs under Obama than during the Bush administration, previously, and unemployment rates dropped below the historical average.

Mr. Black asserts that Obama has added an estimated $19 trillion to our national debt. Not so. The debt has increased, but to a total of $19 trillion. This is an increase in raw numbers from about a $14 trillion debt assumed from the Bush administration. Still staggering numbers, but these dollar amounts are not all measured in the same manner, however, because of inflation.



If one viewed, instead, the percentage increase in national debt from the inauguration of one president to the next, W had a percentage increase of 80 percent, compared with Obama’s 60 percent. FYI, Reagan’s was 175 percent and Clinton’s 30 percent.

Regarding health care and the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Black calls it “a failing disaster” yet provides no rationale for such a condemnation. As of March 2016, 20 million have gained health care insurance coverage as a result of that act. That act seems a great success to those now covered.

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As for the respect with which America is held around the world, I have lived in Europe three times in the past 30 years and travel there often. The respect for Barack Obama is noteworthy among citizens of Europe. Regarding George Bush, Europeans often asked, in astonishment, how such a (stupid/ignorant/dumb) person could have been elected president.

As Mr. Black notes, “OK, that’s enough …” I could go on, but will simply note that facts and Mr. Black seem strangers to one another.

Murry Nelson

Glenwood Springs


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