Letter: This letter not true record of president's leadershipcord

Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2013, 1:03 pm
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This is in response to the Feb. 9 letter "Socialism, oppression, etc., are not American values." Under President Obama, our economy is improving.

The DOW is at an all-time high. Jobs are being created and unemployment is decreasing. Socialism is defined as vesting of ownership and the control of production. Just HOW will Rep. Cheri Bustos "regulate" free enterprise? Give me an example. These ridiculous statements need specifics. Certain regulations are needed for a safe and orderly society.

Most major countries provide health care for their citizens. It is indefensible to say that it defiles rights and liberty. What defiles our rights is the Republican campaign to take away Social Security and Medicare as we know it and have paid into.

Welfare and immigration didn't originate with President Obama. There is better border control and more illegal immigrants have been deported now than at any other time. Our previous president spent us into a depression so deep we almost didn't get out of it. It will take years to recover from his irresponsible spending and totally unfounded wars. I think we still have total religious freedom in this country. Again, give me an example of religious oppression.

No matter how often President Obama is called a socialist, it's NOT true. Democracy is defined as political or social equality, formal equality of rights and privileges. President Obama's speeches always include his belief that everyone is entitled to a "fair shot". This is true democracy.

Carole Stoner,
East Moline


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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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