Face facts on election; address country's issues

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 12, 2013 

I am getting rather tired of the never-ending letters of doom and gloom about our future under President Barack Obama.

Like it or not, he won the election, and if I may say so, with a handsome margin. Almost every day and certainly every week, I read the same miserable forecast for the next four years from people who obviously are unable to face the reality that the president of the United States, regardless of who he or she may be, has a limited ability to directly influence the course of the country in terms of economics or financial policy.

That is directly in the hands of both chambers of Congress, whose members, as we have regretfully seen over the past few weeks, continue to behave like spoiled children or worse.

I recently returned from an overseas trip where I was asked several times: "What is wrong with Washington? Why can't the American government compromise with each other rather than fight on every issue?"

Regretfully, I could not answer.

Geoff Wheatley

Hilton Head Island

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