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It’s time to put America first

July 15, 2012
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

Some time ago, the iconic Dale Carnegie astutely observed that "Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most fools do."

This adage remains ever true to this day, as evidenced by much of right-wing talk radio and many Republican conservative lawmakers who have adopted the philosophy that their offering of the most destructive criticism, while presenting essentially no credible solutions to our nation's myriad issues, best meets their self-serving personal needs. The unwillingness to rally around our nation's chief executive and the practice of obstructionism on the part of the Republicans is not only counter-productive but un-American.

Regarding the issue of health care reform, why is it the United States continues to be the world's only industrialized nation without universal health care, and why is it we as a nation rank 37th worldwide in quality of health care but No. 1 in health care costs?

Perhaps lawmakers, who have the best health care available paid by the taxpayers, apparently value corporate profits over the basic needs of their constituents.

Republicans have consistently worked against President Barack Obama since his inauguration, but in spite of their near constant destructionism, our nation has experienced 28 consecutive months (and counting) of private sector job growth with 4.4 million private sector jobs being created during the Obama presidency to date.

Perhaps a primary reason why our nation's unemployment rate has been slow to significantly improve is as a result of over 170,000 public sector "government" jobs, including more than 100,000 teaching jobs, being eliminated as a result of the Republicans' failed austerity program. Republicans and conservatives unquestionably hold former former Republican President Ronald Reagan universally in high esteem.

However, Reagan as president annually increased the number of governmental public sector employees at the highest rate in decades and raised taxes repeatedly (11 times) while more than tripling the federal deficit.

Is it not finally time to reject destructive political gamesmanship and work together in an attempt to get our nation back on track?

I certainly believe so.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry

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