The new boss same as the old boss |

The new boss same as the old boss

The May 1 letter, “Vote out our U.S. senators” made me smile. Of course it was full of all the usual buzz-words; Socialism, neo-Marxism, radical-left, etc. Although I am not surprised, I do have to wonder why the author is so anti-Obama. Honestly, I don’t see much difference between the last president and this one.

Let’s do a comparison, shall we?

Afghanistan? Yep, still there. Iraq? No WMD were ever found, but we’re still there, too.

The economy? It tanked under Bush and he gave the banks billions despite the howls of protest by ordinary citizens. Obama gave them even more money on top of that, ignoring the outrage of the masses.

Guantanamo prison is still open and Americans are still detaining men indefinitely with no charges, trying them in secret military tribunals and torturing them using means that Americans punished the Japanese army for using during WWII.

Energy policy? Bush’s VP met in undisclosed meetings with energy company leaders and other cronies of his to set our energy policy just after taking office. Obama is pushing forward the Keystone pipeline.

The drug war rages on unchanged, destroying millions of lives in Mexico and America while only benefiting the Cartels south of the border and the private prison industry in this country.

Domestic spying, already almost out of control under Bush because of the Patriot Act, is now an even bigger program.

Intelligence failures? Bush had his Sept. 11 and Obama has the Boston Marathon.

The sad part is that I could go on. Instead I’m just going to wrap this up by concluding that all we Americans have done lately is meet the new boss, the same as the old boss. If my neighbor liked Bush, then I don’t see why he doesn’t like Obama. They really are more alike than not.

Becky Penn

Glenwood Springs

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