Resident David C. Wilcox is clearly worried about President Obama but presents a tepid rationale for the existential threat to liberty that the Obama Administration evidently poses [“Terrified of another term for Obama,” Mailbag, April 5]. Yes, the deficit is a problem. Under President Bush, Republicans aggressively reduced taxes and dramatically increased government spending, thereby squandering a huge Clinton-era surplus and guaranteeing decades of red ink. But I am guessing that Wilcox was not as concerned with the financial impact of undeclared war on a country that posed no direct threat to the US (Iraq), the tax cuts that were not offset by budget reductions, or the unbudgeted expansion of Medicare for prescription drug benefits when this agenda was signed into law by a Republican.
When the Great Recession hit at the end of the Bush Administration, short-term stimulus spending was required to keep the economy from a depression, further elevating deficits. But let me get this straight: When a Democrat cannot immediately turn the tide against nearly a decade of irresponsible Republican fiscal policy, we are marching down the road to socialism?