Letter: Obama’s Bad Decisions
To the Editor:
In his letter “Ignore Republican Propaganda,” (Dec. 31), Robert Pollard demonstrated misinformation and emotion-based partisanship. Contrary to his accusations, not everyone who opposes Obamacare marches to the beat of the drums of conservative talking heads. Many oppose it because our government rarely does anything efficiently and competently. Waste, fraud and abuse are rampant in many federal programs. Nobody needs the GOP to so conclude.
I buy my own health insurance. Under Obamacare, once the extension expires at the end of March, my existing plan (with which I am satisfied) will no longer exist. What about Obama’s promise that “if you like your health insurance you can keep it?” The most similar coverage I have found yet will have higher premiums, a higher deductible and will require a co-pay once the deductible is met. This is “affordable?” Furloughed federal employees reportedly received back pay once the so-called shutdown concluded. Essentially they got a paid vacation. Where’s the problem?
It was a lousy presidential decision to close national partks. There were plenty of other expenditures that could have been postponed, such as the $5 million purchase of hand-blown glassware for American embassies. If President Obama had just kept Air Force One on the ground a few times, or canceled one of his multi-million dollar vacations, the money saved would have funded many things. Self-sacrifice is evidently not for the ruling elite.
Closing the World War II memorial was among the worst of Obama’s poor decisions. I’ve been to that memorial: It is an open-air facility with no gates which provides a beautiful place to pause and reflect upon the sacrifices made by a great generation. To hire armed guards to keep the public out of that monument was nothing short of an arrogant abuse of power.