Partisan to the extreme but claiming to hold the moral high ground
No matter which party selected the successful presidential candidate, once the election is over, the president is under oath to protect and defend the Constitution and enforce the laws, and more important to represent all the people fairly.
Under Mr. Obama people are not being treated equally or fairly. It should be clear that infrastructure, construction and green energy projects favor union contractors and workers over nonunion contractors and workers, with the many federal and state mandates in place. It is the union leadership and not the union workers who continue to promote these unfair labor practices.
Mr. Obama and the Democrats are beholden to the union leaders and failed to provide an equal opportunity for job applicants. The priorities for unions are wrong in two important ways. The first is in discriminating against non-union workers. The second is lack of competitive bidding on projects, which ends up costing taxpayers a lot more, and often means scheduled completion times are not met.
Mr. Obama said he came into office to be accountable and to listen to the people. He has blamed many individuals and groups, including George W. Bush, Republicans, banks, insurance companies and giant corporations for his failed policies, and not once accepted the blame. He may hear the people but he does not listen or act on their wishes. His controversial health care reform bill was passed in spite of opposition by a vast majority of the people. The lead-up to his new job proposal speech essentially was to set up the Republicans to be blamed if they did not agree with his flawed proposals. Asking Republicans to put country before party ignores the fact that Mr. Obama and the Democrats have put party before country for the past 4-plus years they have controlled the country, including having Mr. Obama as president for 2plus years.
The Democrats and liberals, especially those in the media, are falsely describing Mr. Obama as a conservative who has moved to the center. On a baseball field Mr. Obama would still not have crossed the left field foul line into fair territory. Marvin L. Hoovis, Centerville, Massachusetts