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Regarding "The Obama Illusion" (Sept. 28 letters): Reading that diatribe left me with the thought that a hot air balloon had just been punctured. The sad part is that the writer may actually believe what he has written. It speaks of truth and facts. The Republican rhetoric this election cycle has been so devoid of truth and facts that to some Democrats it has become a laughingstock.

Karl Rove's ideology (divide and conquer) has been adopted by the Republican Party, along with his philosophy of attacking even the strong points of the opponent. Now the Republican messages are incredible. They intend to win this election, not by proposing solutions, but by destroying their opponent with a continual bombardment of criticism. They cry that the country is going in the wrong direction. They conveniently forget where the country was headed at the end of the Bush administration -- in free fall.

I grew up in the wake of the Great Depression, after Herbert Hoover left the White House and FDR became president. Hoover's governing philosophy was much the same as Mitt Romney's -- every man for himself. FDR operated under a different philosophy and initiated a number of programs that slowly pulled the country out of very severe straits.

Abraham Lincoln had it right; this government is, "of the people, by the people, and for the people," not for just a few. Trickle-down economics simply does not work.

This economic recovery is slow, similar to when FDR became president in 1933. Both economies have been dealt a severe blow. This economic recovery could have been faster if the Republicans had not stonewalled and defeated a number of proposals to speed up the recovery made by this president.

It is inexcusable that some members of the Republican Party have placed a higher priority on defeating this president than doing what is good for the country.

ALDO T. ANGELO
Ambridge


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