LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Amazing changes in two years

May 2, 2011


The following items are from January 2009 and today: The average retail price/gallon gas in USA $1.83, today $4.19; crude oil $43.38, today $112.00; gold (per troy ounce) $853.25, today $1,500.00; corn No. 2 yellow bushel $3.56, today $8.20; soybeans, No. 1 yellow bushel 49.66, today $14.55; sugar cane, raw per pound $13.37, today $37.33; number of unemployed 11,660,000, today 14,585,000; number of food stamps recipients 32,000,000, today 43,200,000; people in poverty 39,000,000, today 43,600,000; U.S. rank in economic freedom world ranking 2009 fifth, today: 9th; value of U.S. dollar $.89, today $.82; national debt in trillions $10.6, today $14.5. On the last item, the last two years, we have accumulated our national debt at a rate more than 27 times as fast as during the rest of our entire nation’s history.

Next we’ll look at the percentage of each president’s cabinet going back 100 years. The number of each cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet. You know what the private business sector is? A real-life business, not a government job. Top of the list is Ronald Reagan at 58 percent; last on the list Obama at 8 percent. This helps to explain the incompetence of this administration, only 8 percent of them have ever worked in private business, and these are the people who are telling our big corporations how to run their business. They know what is best for GM, Chrysler, Wall Street and you and me.

How can the president of a major nation and society, the one with the most successful economic system in the world today, stand and talk about business when he has never worked for one?

President Obama and his cabinet have spent most of their time in academia, government, and non-profit jobs or as “community organizers.”

— Bob Glavich, Grand Haven



Opps you're wrong on the fact about the experince too... You've been dooped... cite your sources specifically.



Oppps wrong on gas prices...



Don't you teabaggers ever get tiered of being wrong?


I can't really imagine you believe this nonsense. Only people who have worked in the private sector are worthy cabinet members? The private sector and specifically mortgage divisions in our largest banks created the largest financial mess ever created. Currently, high gas prices are a direct result of the commodities speculation market that are artificially driving prices for a huge profit to who? That's right greedy private sector investors. Its pretty clear you need to relearn how to "analyze" your numbers and not just build a flimsy case to try to point out your perceived ineptness of our current administration. Pretty weak.

I. Trollu

Sorry Bob, your silly biases are now exposed for all to see. And using the Heritage Foundation as a source is humorous at best...they definitely aren't conservatively biased. No way, no how.

I especially enjoyed your last line, mocking our president for being a part of academia and doing non-profit work...what nerve of him! And wasn't one of the complaints about Obama his lack of government experience; now it's a flaw?

Back to the drawing board homie


Ok lets use your same rationale Bob. If Obama cant talk about business because he has never run one; you cant talk about politics, because you have never been President. Dumb agrument eh?

Michael Johnson

Unfortunately, the tired conceit that our nation, our society, is analogous to "business" HAS gained an enormous amount of traction over the past several years. It is also tragically misguided. The complex entity that we call "America" is not a "business"; it is not a "family"; it is a society, and it cannot be simplified with poor analogies just because we wish we could simplify it that way. In a way, your own argument betrays the truth of this: a society has far more in common with the concept of a "community" than it does with a business model, and therefore experience as a community organizer is more relevant than business experience when it comes to attempting to govern the many complexities that define our nation AS a nation. Unfortunately, it is the influence of the business world in politics that has made this false analogy seem real - when your politicians are bought and sold like commodities, it is inevitable that people begin to view government as another form of Wall Street. It doesn't have to be this way, but many Americans have been duped into thinking that it is either inevitable or, worse, desirable. It is neither; remove the influence of cash from the governmental equation, and the country might actually see that you can have a strong government that coexists with successful capitalist free enterprise - the two are NOT mutually exclusive, whatever fear-mongers have been trying to tell you. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you are convinced the business world can cure all of society's ills, then inevitably government should be run like a business and only businessmen and women should sit in the halls of governance. Frankly, I think our Founding Fathers would have been horrified by such an idea...as they would be by so many things modern Americans seem to equate with the "American Dream."

"What is best for you and me" certainly cannot only be interpreted as pure economics - which is part of my point. To think that a business model can satisfy all the many varied and diverse needs of the citizens who make up our nation is simply ridiculous - and to argue that our political leadership should consist solely of those with experience in business is equally short-sighted. This country needs a President, not a CEO, because it is a COUNTRY, not a business - and carrying the analogy through proves it: you cannot "fire" a citizen of the United States. And if you WISH we could, maybe you need to reread our Constitution. Or perhaps read it for the first time.


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