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OK delegation uninformed about strengthening economy

Published: February 2, 2014
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Regarding “OK delegation says speech missed mark” (News, Jan. 29): Oklahoma's Republican congressional delegation blamed the bad economy, and every other bad thing they could think of, on President Obama. In the same issue of The Oklahoman was an Associated Press news story headlined “State of the U.S. economy: strongest since recession.” It said the economy is the strongest in six years and that “Employers are hiring. Home prices, sales and construction have surged. Corporate profits and stocks have hit records. And consumers have picked up their spending.” It also said the country is expected to regain in 2014 all 8.7 million jobs lost during the recession and that the economy was expected to grow 3 percent this year — the best performance since 2005.

While not perfect, the recovery is obviously underway. Perhaps our representatives are uninformed or simply unwilling to give the president credit for anything because they might draw a primary challenge and lose their jobs. But by not acknowledging the facts, they're not being truthful with their constituents. They should be pleased that the economy is better. They should deliver an encouraging message to the American people no matter what the political cost.

Steve Ditto, Edmond