Is the U.S. bet­ter off than eight years ago? Yes, and here’s why

The Denver Post - - NEWS - Bradley J. Mitchell,

Be­ing a fis­cally con­ser­va­tive, small-gov­ern­ment in­di­vid­ual, I have not al­ways agreed with Pres­i­dent Obama and his state­ments. At his last press con­fer­ence he stated that the Amer­i­can peo­ple are bet­ter off than they were eight years ago. I do agree with this state­ment.

In 2009 we had a lib­eral-minded pres­i­dent, the U.S. Se­nate had 59 Democrats, the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives had 257 Democrats, and there were 29 states with Democrats as gov­er­nors.

In 2017 we will have a pres­i­dent-elect who is pro-busi­ness, there are 48 Democrats in the U.S. Se­nate, there are 194 Democrats in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and there are 18 Demo­cratic gov­er­nors.

If you be­lieve in a fis­cally con­ser­va­tive ap­proach to gov­ern­ment, this cer­tainly in­di­cates that we are po­ten­tially bet­ter off than we were eight years ago. Now it is up to the Repub­li­cans to make fis­cally re­spon­si­ble de­ci­sions. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact us at 303-954-1331.

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