, Gloucester, MA

October 31, 2012

Letter: Obama taking us in right direction, deserves vote

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — To the editor:

With regard to John T. Kolackovsky’s letter, “Obama policies decisions taking us in wrong direction,” in the Gloucester Daily Times of Oct. 29 (the day we met Sandy), let me just say that he and I certainly live in very different worlds. Having just returned from a five-week Asian journey that took me to Japan, China, South Korea and Vietnam, I can tell your writer that one thing is for sure ...the rest of the world has a very high esteem for President Obama, which is very different and infinitely better than the feelings towards us during the previous administration.

On the same day that Mr. Kolackovsky chose to harshly critique the Obama administration, the Boston Globe printed a very positive editorial endorsing the president for a second term. And I agree ... this president saved our country from a repeat experience of the 1930s Depression, saved the American automobile industry by betting on its success — and won the bet.

This president ended the Iraq War, just as he promised, and is ending our military action in Afghanistan.

While doing all that, by the way, he found and, with the help of courageous U.S. Navy Seals, killed Osama bin Laden and using drones as promised, in Pakistan and elsewhere, decimated the leadership of al Qaeda.

“Amid Uncertainty, Real Progress,” said the Globe, and it is right. Thirty-five million-plus Americans now have health care and millions of families can see their children insured until age 26. Millions more can now, under the Affordable Care Act, get coverage without regard for pre-existing conditions.

The day President Obama was taking the oath of office in January 2009, the U.S. was in the midst of losing more than 800,000 jobs per month. But we have added jobs ever since; the trend is up, not down. Every state that participated in the stimulus of 2009 has recovered economically more quickly than those that did not; housing markets are rising again and the stock market is almost twice as high as it was when President Obama took office.

To feel the way Mr. Kolackovsky does, you have to carefully reject all of the above. Just back from China I can tell you this — that country is moving forward with a passion and speed that we cannot envision; and, if we do not get our act together in terms of improving our educational system, so that we can finally fill the 3 million skilled jobs that both Bill Gates and Sergei Brin say could be filled, and improve our infrastructure that needs so much improving — in just a few more years the Chinese will be eating our lunch.

The man that has proven that those are his goals too, is President Obama. Replacing him with someone who has plans to strip women of their reproductive rights, remove regulations from the banking industry which needs more, not less, regulating, return America’s health care program to its sordid pre-Obama state (for starters), would be pure economic and moral folly.

Our current president ought to be re-elected on Nov. 6.

Warren Salinger