GOP destroyed our nation

If only John McCain and Sarah Palin had won the last presidential election instead of Barack Obama and Joe Biden, today the economy would be humming; unemployment would be down with a balanced budget; and we would be singing Happy Days are Here Again. That didn’t happen.

With all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, President Obama has not been able to put it back together again. With the stimulus money and all the tools in his reach, the country is mired in a huge debt, a high unemployment rate and an economy on the brink of a depression, seemingly without an end in sight. He even doesn’t have help from Congress after the super committee threw in the towel.

When a youngster does something wrong, we of later years understand because we might have made the mistake ourselves. The young person usually gets straightened out and becomes a productive citizen. But I’m not speaking about a mistake; I’m talking about self-destruction. Big difference.

From 2001 to 2008, the Republican Party – under the leadership of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney – destroyed the country.

Starting a war in a sovereign nation on borrowed money and cleaning out the Treasury just about did us in, while leaving a budget for the incoming president with a trillion-dollar deficit – not to mention all the deaths and injuries of our men and women in uniform and the Iraqi civilians who had nothing to do with Saddam Hussein. Couldn’t get much worse.

Someday when historians look back and try to determine when America started down the road to become a Third World country, they will certainly look long and hard at those years. Hopefully I’m wrong as I have been wrong before.

Jim McGaughy

Aiken, S.C.

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