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July 6, 2015

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Letter to the Editor:

The GOP is the real party of fear-mongering

Arthur A. Ahr, in his Wednesday letter to the editor — headlined “Democrats resort to scare tactics to pass their agenda” — states that President Barack Obama is a fear-monger.

But isn’t that what the George W. Bush administration did for eight years while it dictated its extreme and maybe even illegal right-wing policies?

If we wish to be truthful about the initial cause of our economic and unemployment crisis, we need not look any further than the invasion of Iraq. Remember this war was funded not through normal budget standards but through fear-mongering tactics of a mushroom cloud.

Reliable economists and statesmen believe this war has so severely damaged our economy and our political world standing that we may never fully recover.

Additionally, the majority of the GOP presidential candidates are using unfounded, unrealistic, idiotic and at times fear-mongering tactics against President Obama to woo what they believe is their true base. If this is their true base, they have my deepest sympathy.

Some of these candidates have signed pledges that have racial overtones, degrade gays and want no tax increases — even for the richest companies. Not all of these policies are fear-mongering, but if you lump them together, it points to both fear- and hate-mongering.

I believe it is not President Obama’s job to set our budget, but he has bent over backward to help Congress solve our economic woes. To reference his statements of fact as fear-mongering is wrong; he is only trying to right a wrong-way GOP.

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