To the editor:
I’m getting a little tired of letters blaming President Bush for the problems this country is having. To set the record straight, the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress on Jan. 3, 2007.
At that time, the Dow Jones closed at 12,621.77, the GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5 percent, and the unemployment rate was 4.6 percent. President Bush’s economic policies had set a record of 52 months of job creation.
Remember that Jan. 3, 2007, was the day Barney Frank took over the House Financial Committee and Christopher Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown happened 15 months later in the banking and financial services.
You can thank the Democrats for taking us to this crisis by dumping $5 trillion to $6 trillion of toxic loans on the economy from your Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fiascoes.
Who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? Obama and the Democratic Congress. So when someone tries to blame Bush, remember Jan. 3, 2007, the day the Democrats took over.
Set the record straight. Bush may have been in the car, but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel. They were driving.
Place responsibility where it belongs. I rest my case.
F. William Stryker
There’s no need to increase the election board’s budget
To the editor:
Why increase the budget of the Washington County Board of Elections?
- The party of the sitting governor has the majority on the board 3 to 2
- The chairperson is paid $4,500 a year and the other two are paid $4,000.
- There are two alternate members; one of each party who are paid $75 for every board meeting (12 times a year). Changing them to full-time board members does not change the political composition of the board
- In an election year, the alternate board members are paid an hourly wage on an as-needed basis.