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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 10, 2009 7:30 AM

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Where’s my change?

You can almost hear the sound of Obama bumper stickers being peeled off Priuses across America. As Michael Moore said, Obama has betrayed the hopes and dreams of millions and turned “a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics.”

Yes, Obama inherited a mess. Bush lied us into two costly, corrupt wars. Thousands were killed, maimed, or tortured. Our reputation was ruined, the Constitution shredded, environment despoiled, and economy near total collapse. A tough act to follow.

People voted for change. Instead Obama kept the same economists like Timothy Geithner, who engineered Bush’s corrupt corporate bailouts and military leaders like Robert Gates, David Petraeus, and Stanley McChrystal. Obama increased already-bloated military budgets, rejected a land mine treaty, and escalated the Afghanistan War, saying a troop escalation will destroy Al-Qaeda.

Much of 9/11 was planned on U.S. soil — attackers even took flying lessons here. Obama shouldn’t order drones over America to shred Al-Qaeda infiltrators (or occasional wedding parties).

International police efforts have brought more terrorists to justice than any other means, period.

Bush’s Troubled Asset Relief Program was a gigantic robbery. Obama’s stimulus plan probably helped avoid an economic depression. Obama’s lifting of Bush’s ban on funding international family planning organizations will prevent more abortions than all the conservative efforts to restrict women’s choices. Obama improved our global image, tried to reform health care and discussed nuclear weapons reductions.

But Obama has betrayed peacemakers and dumped middle-class Americans and the poor in favor of corporate CEOs and military generals. When will the rest of us finally get a president? Only if we can make third parties and independent candidates viable.

Jay Miller
UI graduate


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