Letters to the Editor

Facts refute claim of US’ fall from greatness

I was baffled by so many of the comments by Republican presidential candidates during the recent debate as they disparaged America’s fall from greatness was all the fault of President Obama. Trump in particular was lavish in his criticism of our descent from any previous high standing. To hear the candidates expound on the subject one would have to conclude that America was now a third-world country.

The facts completely refute such a gloomy view. Our economy is the largest in the world with an unemployment rate of 5 percent (10 percent when Obama took office). The stock market hit a low of 6,470 on March 9, 2009, six weeks after Obama became president. It was recently at 18,351.

We are the world leader in all aspects of technology and our military forces are the best in the world. We are the world leader in entrepreneurship. Our financial services industry is the largest and most diverse in the world. Many of our universities are considered the best in the world. Our individual freedoms and opportunities are the envy of the world.

We need to improve the efficiency of our health care system, but our medical professionals are the world’s best and our health care technology is unequaled. Our education system, prior to college, is not world class, and probably never has been. However, that is mostly up to the states, parents, teachers and the local school boards to improve. So much for “lost greatness.”

Col. Lee R. Pitzer, O’Fallon