Sunday, September 7, 2008

Spare Us More Change.....We've Had Plenty the Last Two Years!

In a letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Dave Bastl of Manor, PA wrote very simply what I have been trying to put to words for a few months:

George W. Bush has been in office for 71/2 years. For the first six years, the economy was fine. A little over one year ago:
  • Consumer confidence stood at a 21/2-year high
  • Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon
  • The unemployment rate was 4.5 percent
  • The Dow Jones hit a record high of 14,000-plus
  • Americans were buying new cars, taking cruises and vacations overseas-living large!

But Americans wanted "Change." So, in 2006 they voted in a
Democrat Congress. And, yep, we got change alright:

  • Consumer confidence has plummeted
  • Gasoline hit $4 a gallon
  • Unemployment is up to 6.1 percent
  • Americans have seen their home values drop by trillions of dollars
  • 1 percent of American homes are in foreclosure
  • The Dow Jones is probing another low--nearing 11,000--and $2.5 trillion has evaporated from our investment portfolios.

Yep, in 2006 America voted for change! And we got it--a
Democrat Congress led by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Now the Democrats' candidate for President claims he's gonna
really give us change! Just how much more "change" do you thing you can stand?

The fact of the matter is that it has been the do-nothing Congress with their pitiful 9% approval rating that have landed us in this current position. I have my own beef with President Bush. The fact that he has approved almost every spending bill this Congress has sent him is aggravating. However, many of the issues occurring today cannot or could not have been changed by Bush alone. Bush does not write bills, Congress does.

What bills have they written? Nothing significant that would help every day citizens. Yes, the bi-partisan Congress passed a stimulus package, but it was too late to stop the downfall. Have they taken ANY steps to reduce our dependency on foreign oil?

Republicans were voted out in 2006 because of the war and corruption. Well, the war is going better, and now the Democrats have the majority on corruption....Senator Dodd, Senator Rengle, Congressman William Jefferson.

Finally, a thought for my friends here in the Ohio Valley and for that matter OH, PA, WV, and MI......who runs your local, county, and state governments? How many of your Congressman and Senators are Democrats? I know this area. These areas have continued to lose jobs and population for decades and in MOST cases, the Democrats have run their governments for DECADES.........To agree with Mr. Bastl above, it's time for change...just not the change Obama offers.


The New Conservative said...

I love this article do you mind if I cross post it on my blog. I'll give you the credit of course.

The New Conservative said...

by the way me and Scott are two different people. I use an alias.

Sheri said...

Great job! I have been telling my Democrat friends that our economy was great until the Democrats took over in 2006. A part of me just wonders if the Democratic congress tried to mess up the economy for the 2008 Presidential election.
I am just so surprised that people can not remember how great our economy was just two years ago!

Stacy said...

the new have my permission. Thanks for the support.

pf said...

Thanks Stacey: You have put out a new perspective for me to chew on. I’m from Pittsburgh but didn’t notice the article you refer to (guess I’ll have to get the paper out of the waste can).

I’ve been making a lot of changes in my political thinking lately - - didn’t ever think I could agree with a Republican. Actually, I’m rather moderate so it hasn’t been too much of a leap. Still pro-choice (up to a point) but I don’t think Roe v. Wade is a real issue in this election regardless of how much the Democrats try to make it so.

I believe McCain/Palin can make a real difference and are the real deal; if not, there’s always 2012.

Christy said...

LOVE this article. I'd like to put a link on my blog if you don't mind.

Stacy said... have my permission.

bb said...

great article. i will share

08 is great

Meg said...


I have many family members from Butler PA... We have so heated political e-mail discussions. I am going to keep the letter to the editor for just the right time. Thanks for finding it! I fell for the "we need change" and did vote for Ross Perot. I still feel dirty. :-)

Meg in Frisco TX

Lisa said...

Great letter...but do you think the economy might be falling apart because of a war we are spending 10 billion dollars a month on? A war that Bush puched for, that oil companies are profiting from? Always pushing blame onto the Democrats, a great republican game.

Stacy said...

Thanks for the comment Lisa. However, you missed the point. This area has been led by Democrats and big unions and they continue to lose jobs. As for the war, that's classic democrat, but my question is....who approved the spending for it? Right...Democrats.

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