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Obama is not scary

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opinion Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

I must respond to Greg Allen’s op-ed, “Is Mediocrity the New Norm?” in the Dispatch on July 17. His remarks about President Obama are patently false. He calls him “scary” and labels him a “deficit shattering spendthrift.” As to the scary charge, and his challenge to name another president whose been labeled that, George W. Bush comes quickly to mind. He scared me from almost his first day in office. He took us to war in Iraq on two falsehoods — that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that Saddam Hussein was in cahoots with Osama bin Laden on 9-11-01. Think of the suffering those falsehoods caused in the wounding and deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis.

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As to his charge that Obama has been a deficit shattering president, the facts reveal that he has spent less than any president since Dwight Eisenhower, 1.4 percent increase over his three years in office, since the first year’s budget had already been set. George W. Bush outspent five times that, Ronald Reagan outspent six times that, something Republicans are loath to admit.

Perhaps you need a fact-checker before you publish syndicated columnists.

Pastor Don Utzman, retired

Lake Hubert

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