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March 2, 2009 at 5:00 PM

President Obama

All actions are a gamble, especially repeating the past

Editor, The Times:

David S. Broder’s syndicated column, “Obama, the gambler, has put all his cards on the table” [Times, March 1], is a good example of the decline of the pundit class.

Broder fails to realize in these times, all actions are a gamble, and the biggest gamble of all would be doing what’s already been done.

Broder writes that President Obama wants to do it all at a time when there is great political challenge. Broder clearly does not understand the past-piecemeal approach to the nation’s ills is the problem, not the solution.

It is time for a comprehensive approach to updating our economy and our government for the 21st century. One of the nation’s main problems right now is too many old men that are stuck in the ’50s and ossified in their thinking. Broder belongs to the past. Obama is the future.

And yes, it will be a different future from the 20th century, just as the 20th century was different from the 19th century.

— David South, Redmond

Proposing change from our pockets

“No taxes” and “I’m going to love my budget.” Anybody had enough with the hypocrites in the Democratic Party yet?

The “change” is change they plan to take out of your pockets. Wake up and smell the poverty on its way, compliments of local liberals, who have their hands and feet in every poor soul’s piggy bank.

We will all pay dearly and painfully for big government.

— Elaine Solberg, Shoreline

Topping big government with elephantine proportions

With a straight face, President Obama claims that he is not in favor of big government for big government’s sake.

Given his history of always supporting big government, the only sense in which Obama’s claim could possibly be true is if what he really backs is not big government, but, rather, gigantic, humongous, elephantine, oppressive, tyrannical government.

— Mark Kalinowski, New York, N.Y.

Changing the meaning of the English language

President Obama campaigned on “change” and, boy, what change have we seen.

The economy has gotten worse and worse.

It’s funny how this all started in 2007, when Democrats basically took over the purse strings of our country. Sure, Republicans spent money like it was going out of style, but we had a decent economy. It never had a negative-growth rate and unemployment was always at or around 5.5 percent until 2007, when the Democratic Party took over Congress.

This is when the economy started to tank.

Democrats had their hands on the purse strings. Former President Bush tried three times to get Congress to regulate banks, but Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., refused.

Even going into the final days of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, Frank was telling people it was a solid investment when he knew it wasn’t. Yet, he has never been held responsible for this.

Is this the “change” Obama promised us?

In his speech the other night, he had the audacity to claim he had finally passed a spending bill without any earmarks. I guess this was the “change” he was talking about: changing the meaning of the English language. It was eerily reminiscent of the Clinton years and the “meaning of the word is.”

I hate to tell all the lemmings, who voted for Obama and were hoping for change, the change he was referring to was the change you will have in your government-owned bank account. Welcome to 1984.

— Pat Ferrell, Renton

Laying golden eggs for us

Seattle can believe in change now that America has President Obama-birds nesting around our White House, laboring to lay trillions of golden eggs for us.

We hope their regime will hatch policies to rescue us from war, disease and debt. Eight years from now our children will inherit a “green” promised land, wherein progressive executive orders, corporate-congressional laws and world-court orders have bailed everyone out of Baltic Avenue slums into Boardwalk condos.

Pray we aren’t fooled again. Obama’s flock preach the gospel that government is ordained to control our lives for our own good.

They breed with other well-intentioned authoritarians consecrated to regulate the global economy, reform Earth’s changing climate and replace obsolete hopes with modern ones.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

— Bruce Hill, Monroe

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