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Monday, October 17, 2011

Who Is Responsible For The US Debt Crisis AND Why President Obama Can't Solve It. Also A Response to an E-mail about a Very Scared Man's Open Letter To Obama.

Here is an e-mail recently sent to me (and many others) about a very scared man, Lou Pritchett, who once wrote an Open Letter to Obama.  Below the letter was my reply, that addressed a few of the false allegations in the e-mail, but was primarily about how the Clinton Administration ended up with a Budget Surplus and why the Obama Administration is unable to make progress on reducing the US Budget Deficit and the US Debt.

(My response follows the email below, and I might add, the response was written by a very good man.  Smiles)

On Oct 17, 2011, at 7:45 AM, I received this e-mail:  

Wow SNOPES confirmed 

Subject: FW: Chilling Letter from Proctor & Gamble to Obama... a must read
Chilling Letter from Proctor & Gamble to Obama:

Who would have thought, and yet many are thinking it.     
By Lou Pritchett, Procter & Gamble

A LETTER FROM A PROCTER  AND GAMBLE EXECUTIVE TO THE PRESIDENT*  THE LAST SENTENCE IS THE  MOST CHILLING Lou Pritchett is one of  corporate America 's true living legends- an Acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the  world's highest Rated speakers. Successful corporate executives  everywhere recognize Him as the foremost leader in change management..  Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to Be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history. 


Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big  surprise. Since it hit the Internet, however, it has had over 500,000 hits. Keep it going. All that is necessary for evil to succeed Is that good men do nothing.. It's happening right now. 

End of the e-mail I received and the beginning of my reply/response to receiving this email:

To whom it may concern:

I imagine there have been many letters similar to Mr. Pritchett's, just as there have been many accomplished knowledgeable informative supporters of Obama.  One young accomplished supporter happens to be Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, who agrees with Obama that our country's debt is serious and that in order to have a balanced budget, or one with a surplus, we need to raise taxes of the people who earn more than 250,000 dollars a year.  This would reverse the Bush tax cuts on the extremely wealthy to what they were paying under the Clinton Administration.  As you recall, when Clinton left office there was a budget surplus instead of a budged deficit.  Getting our country to this state again (maybe not immediately) is the ONLY way to solve the debt problem of the US, which is in the trillions.  

Under Bush, our country had yearly budget deficits that increased the debt of the United States.  One reason for this was that Bush engaged in two simultaneous wars and increased governmental spending at the same time  he enacted the "Bush Tax Cuts".  This created a huge budget deficit, one we are required to pay sometime in the future.  Unfortunately for all of us, the financial crisis of the banks and investment firms such as Goldman Sachs and AIG also occurred at the end of the Bush Administration.  The TARP bailout of the Bush Administration was crafted by President Bush's Secretary of Treasury, Paulson, who in crafting the bailout of the financial institutions was granted immunity from prosecution.  This passed through congress and Bush of course signed it, after all it was drafted by his Secretary of Treasury.  Obama also supported TARP.  You would be hard pressed to claim that TARP was an extortion of the banks, let alone one that was administered by Obama.

There is one important similarity and one distinct difference in the Clinton and Obama Administration.  At times in both the Clinton and Obama Administration, the executive branch was run by the Democrats and the House was run by the Republicans.  That is the similarity.  The difference is that the Republicans and the Democrats compromised and in doing so created a government that produced a budget surplus.  At the end of the day, our country's economic problems were solved by political compromise. Our country's problems were solved because the political atmosphere was Country over Party, not Party over Country.  Our problems did not get solved by one party remaining stubborn and refusing to compromise, wanting our president to fail.  This is the current attitude of the Republican Party, openly voiced by the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  This is why the Republican Party has been labeled as the Party of NO.  In the end the budget surplus the Clinton Administration was accomplished by compromise between the Republicans and the Democrats.  Both political parties accomplished this feat, it resulted from a combination of tax increases and spending cuts, and not cuts in Social Security.  One of the few things that is preventing our country from the dire 1930's Depression at this point is the combination of Unemployment benefits and Social Security.  However, we are not out of the woods of a significant depression yet and we certainly could march back into one.  In fact the Obama Administration should be increasing the jobs bill to employ far more than 2 million of the unemployed and should be increasing the taxes more dramatically on the very rich, those earning over 5 million a year.

There is a saying in science, that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.  There should be a saying in politics and economics, that an extraordinary recession requires extraordinary economic policies.  This requires bold leadership of a people demanding a change in the corrupt politics where money is spent buying politicians rather than creating a stable functioning society.

SNOPES confirmed that Mr. Pritchett wrote the letter, NOT that anything within the letter is actually factual, valid, or the truth.  In fact, the one thing that I can say about Mr. Pritchett's letter is that he gives a long list of allegations that is short on facts AND he supplies absolutely no arguments to support his allegations.  Anyone can write a long list of allegations, have Snopes confirm that they wrote it, and then not have it published by a newspaper.  I don't know why any paper would publish a long list of allegations short on facts and without argument.  Who knows if he really sent it to the NY Times.  Personally, I have never heard of Mr. Pritchett, unlike Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett who are household names.  

There are many responses to Mr. Pritchett's allegations on the internet.  Here are some links I found when I googled: response to Mr. Pritchett's letter:

There are things I don't like about Obama.  However there are also many things that I don't like about almost all politicians that I have learned about, including the GOP presidential candidates that are allowed to debate.  One GOP presidential candidate I do find intriguing is former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, who has not been allowed in the GOP debates.  However, I will be voting for Obama in 2012.

Phillip Weeks

Please feel free to forward this email to whomever you choose or write me a response.

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