Just read Michael Hale’s latest diatribe in The Advocate. As usual, Mr. Hale continues to “drink the Kool-Aid” of the liberal left by quoting “facts” that are so distorted as to defy one’s imagination.

He gives Bill Clinton total credit for balancing the budget when it was actually the result of the “Republican Revolution” of 1994 when the Republicans took over both houses of Congress for the first time in 40 years. As a result of the “Contract with America,” Clinton was dragged kicking and screaming to the bargaining table where, after three attempts, welfare reform was finally signed into law. Following that, the other items on the “Contract,” such as a balanced budget, were introduced with most passing resulting in Mr. Hale’s aforementioned “thriving economy.”

As far as Bush turning the balanced budget into a deficit and getting “us involved in two wars,” he fails to mention the 2000 recession, which Bush inherited from Clinton, and 9/11, but I guess that was Bush’s fault, right?

Then there was the housing bubble mainly caused by the FHA and FHLMC policies, urged on by Barney Frank and his cronies, which precipitated “liar loans” and all that entailed, resulting in the Great Recession beginning in 2007. That gave rise to “Obama the Messiah” being elected to save us from this great evil that was nothing more than a normal business cycle exacerbated by wrong-headed government policies. As far as Obama’s economy, the 5.9 percent unemployment rate that Hale brags about is more than offset by the lowest labor participation rate in decades.

As to why the American people decided they wanted no more of Obama’s policies, I suspect that it is because they are smart enough to know when they are being hoodwinked, something Mr. Hale is obviously oblivious to.

I could go on to refute Mr. Hale’s other assertions, but I suspect that this response is already too long for this forum. I will simply say to Mr. Hale and his ilk: Quit drinking the Kool-Aid and take off your rose-colored glasses.

Bill Reed

AT&T, retired