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July 7, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Obama has had to slide too far

I campaigned and voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and (less vigorously) in 2012. I realized he had to play footsie with the darkside to get along in Washington. The insurance companies are getting a windfall from comprehensive health care reform, and Timothy Geithner being nominated and confirmed as Treasury secretary did not warm the cockles of my heart.

The perpetuation and expansion of Bush policies are unexpected and dismaying. The latest revelations of a private corporate employee having access to our private information, while not surprising, is confusing to me. We voluntarily give up info when we get our CVS, Albertsons and other discount cards.

Should our national security (that is, where we go, who we talk to, where we spend the night) be subject to corporate scrutiny as well?

I think the relevant question to me is that whatever you think of Edward Snowden’s revelations, should an employee of a private company with these security clearances have access to our most private information?

I also have a constitutional question regarding the Fourth Amendment. The amendment says we have a right against unreasonable search and seizure from the government. Do we also have a right against unreasonable search and seizure from Booz Allen Hamilton, the private contractor that employed Edward Snowden?

As the great sage once said, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me a second time … well … you don’t want to get fooled again.”

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  1. Buyers remorse? Hey, Malcolm, another "great sage" once said, "Be careful what you wish for," adding, "There are two great disappointments in life. The first is to lose your hearts desire. The second is to gain it." Luckily, I do not "feel your pain."

  2. A wordy attempt by an Obama supporter saying he's disappointed in the results of his vote. Malcolm, Obama is a likable guy but not a leader. Hopefully, Obama will soon start working on the "trust deficit" he's amassed with the American people.

  3. Perhaps Obama can hire the Teacher's union president from Obama's hometown of Chicago to be his new spokesperson so she can start a new blame game narrative blaming racism and rich white people for America's problems, the liberal way.

  4. Malcolm,

    You quit to easy. Eight years of failure is not a simple fix for any President.But we are making headway under Pres Obama.

  5. Mr. Petrie,

    Ask yourself, who spent billions contracting our national defense system to private firms right after 9/11? Ask yourself, would having McCain or Romney in the White House be a better deal? You might be disappointed, as I am, in some of Obama's policies, but I'd rather have him making policy than the party that was responsible for much of the foreign and domestic damage done to this great nation. We keep hearing the GOP/Tea Party whine about fiscal responsibility but they will spend $30 billion building a fence across our borders while seniors and children go hungry. I often wonder how many secret billions are spent on contractors in the name of defense. I do know billions are spent on weapons the military consider antiquated, inadequate and unneccessary.

    You've heard Republicans screaming "country first" but they've proven winning their seats while neglecting the American people and their needs is far more important.

  6. RefNV,

    You forget that the recession claimed millions of jobs under Bush,and we have just started to come back.Bush did not leave anything that didn't fixing.

  7. ByStopthebs,

    "Five years out and Demonrats still blame everything on Bush!! Hilarious"Obama has HAD to do what ever" because of Bush."

    Had Bush been half a President we would not be in this situation. With having Pres.Obama trying to fix all of Bush's failures.Two unfinished wars,Osama Bin Laden on the run, a near collapse of the banking and stock market institutions,millions of lost jobs,the housing bubble,and 10 trillion in debt. I would say Bush left a lot to complain about. Here's a quote from V.P. Cheney during a interview. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it the same way,as I have done nothing wrong.

    If you are happy with the way Bush/Cheney left things then we have nothing else to talk about.

  8. RefNv, " Sam, I admire your attempts to attribute blame to the previous President."

    To say Bush/Cheney did a good job during the time of their administration is not something anyone would support including the Republican party. To have both Bush and Cheney to not be invited to the Republican National Convention this past year just shows us all where they stand even in the their own party.

    If the Republican party were looking for keynote speakers at any conventions it was having in the future, it wouldn't be Bush or Cheney. The party would like to forget about both of them,as if they never existed.History will never by favorable to the Bush/Cheney administration.