I am compelled to write letters to the editor when I feel a need to offer a different point of view than some letters that appear in the Aiken Standard. A case in point is the letter that appeared in Tuesday’s paper. The writer asked what type of legacy President Obama will have for his eight years in the White House. Let me try to answer him.
Obama will have a legacy of rescuing the country from the greatest recession it has experienced since the Great Depression. He did this without receiving one Republican vote to assist with the effort.
The stimulus funds that were injected into the economy in 2009 saved or created millions of jobs. Instead of losing 600,000 jobs per month when he came into the office, the country has had 42 months of consecutive job growth with 7.5 million jobs created. It is not enough, but with the obstruction he has experienced from the Republicans in the U. S. House and Senate, it’s an impressive feat. He will be remembered for rescuing the automobile industry, and getting the country out of the Bush-era Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Those wars are the primary reason the national debt is as high as it is. Some people are fixated on Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, and the NSA leaks. There are issues to be reviewed, but the negative impact of Obama’s legacy will be minimal. Finally, the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare will survive Republican efforts to undermine it, and I believe that in time, it will be great for the country if more Americans can get access to affordable health insurance. That is not a bad legacy to have.