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Reader's view: Still waiting for change he can believe in

I have been following the letters to the editor in the News Tribune for some time, especially letters supporting President Obama, and I am compelled to respond with an opposing view.

I have been following the letters to the editor in the News Tribune for some time, especially letters supporting President Obama, and I am compelled to respond with an opposing view.

The Obama camp used the slogan, "Change you can depend on," but, so far, nothing has changed.

To date, President Obama has presided over the second-largest depression in this country's history, raised the national debt to more than $9 trillion, engaged the military in another war, and socialized the country. Readers who disagree with "socialized" can look up its definition; when the president of this country gets the CEO fired from his job, we are socialized.

It does not matter when the depression started, only that President Obama is the sitting president when the problem occurred.

President George W. Bush was a lame-duck president and unable to make the changes necessary to correct the economy.

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In addition, Obama signed on to many programs President Bush enacted for the sake of homeland security. He also announced the closure of Guantanamo without a plan for the disposition of violent prisoners.

My problem is with the health-care reform Obama is pushing down people's throats. The federal government is incapable of enacting any federal programs that work. All of the stimulus money is administratively unattainable or slow in arriving.

More importantly, the federal government is unable to keep the public's trust in Social Security and Medicare, programs citizens were required to pay in to and that are now in financial jeopardy. What does that suggest about the proposed government health-care program?

I believe the U.S. government should stay out of health care. The perfect program would be one in which the U.S. government contracted subsidized individual insurance premiums and leave insurance programs to insurance companies.

Bill Wiezorek

Ashland

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