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Letter: Columnist omits Bush’s recession, Obama’s economic rescue

July 14, 2018

Back in the day, witnesses testifying in “Perry Mason’s” courtroom were asked, “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” Stephen Moore, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, if asked that question following his July 11 column, “The American worker has never had it better,” might well respond, “The whole truth?”

What Moore conveniently omits from his rosy column is that the recovery from the Great Recession has been a national 10-year slog begun long before the present administration took office. What Moore apparently thinks we have forgotten is that Obama’s administration was not the cause of the Great Recession, but was gifted with it when it came into office.

Furthermore, as Jane Meyer points out in her extensively documented book, “Dark Money,” the Heritage Foundation, for whom Moore works and which is funded by the Koch brothers and their ilk, pushed mightily against every reform and stimulus package Obama initiated to lead us out of the Great Recession, and had it succeeded we might still be where we were in 2008.

As Paul Harvey used to say, “And that’s the rest of the story.”

Glenn Monson

Rochester

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