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When Barack Obama took over in 2008 from George W. Bush, the country was facing the Great Recession.  Obama campaigned on healthcare, infrastructure, and education, but his first propriety became rescuing the economy. We were heading for a depression with countless casualties, and it had to be addressed. Obama never complained about the hand he was dealt.  He didn’t blame anyone even though there was plenty of blame to go around. He rolled up his sleeves and went to work. The faux deficit hawks in the Republican Party fought his attempts at aggressive stimulation, but we still embarked on one of the longest economic recoveries in history. This is the recovery that Trump inherited, and then squandered.

We now have another Democrat ready to roll up his sleeves, and take over from another failed Republican. He needs to address the pandemic and economic mess left to him by his predecessor. Without complaining, this will be his first priority. Initiatives on healthcare, the environment, voting rights, gun safety, income inequality, and infrastructure may have to wait. Is this the Republican strategy? Screw things up so badly that Democrats have to fix a wrecked economy every time they take over.  And, as it was last time, Republicans will fight aggressive attempts to stimulate the economy in the name of deficit reduction.

Paul Chiampa, East Longmeadow