Las Vegas Sun

December 3, 2016

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Letter to the editor:

Politics is slowing the recovery

The Sun’s May 20 editorial, “Making Things Work,” reminds us that we have a House of Representatives that seems to have expressed an avowed duty to make sure that nothing works, at least, that nothing works until Barack Obama is defeated in November.

The economy plods along, despite the Republican-controlled House; it’s time for the country to pause and reflect on the story of America during the past three years. If the economy were a human being, in 2008 the economy was barely alive, sick with cancer, heart disease, diabetes and kidney failure. Nobody was buying while home equities disappeared overnight and home values continued to go down. Jobs were disappearing to the tune of nearly a million a month. Cars were practically being given away. Car dealerships were falling like flies. Commercial properties were being hollowed out.

It took a year for the Obama administration to succeed in halting the economy’s free fall. Now, in the 3 1/2 years since Obama became president, the economy is adding jobs and is on its way to a slow recovery, but the Republicans and the impatient American public are all screaming that the economy should be like LeBron James right now, running around and dunking the ball.

Reading between the lines, the editorial highlights the fact that the Republican-controlled House is working against the interests of the American people and it is doing this shamelessly for political reasons.

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