Re: "Which party is really the dysfunction one?" (letter, 3-26).
The writer quotes President Obama's rosy economic statistics as if they're gospel. They're not.
He tells us the unemployment rate is 5.5 percent, with 7.5 million new jobs created in the private sector and 42 straight months of economic growth. No mention that the unemployment rate is actually around 11 percent with the participation rate so low, 39 percent of the job growth from 2010-2014 was in low-wage industries and economic growth over the past five years has averaged a lackluster 2.2 percent, far lower than normal for a deep recession.
The 7.5 million new jobs don't include the jobs lost from 2009-2010. Who was president then?
The stock market is up 10,000 points. So what? That doesn't help the 46 percent of Americans who don't own stock market investments.
The insinuation that Republicans want to gut social programs is nothing but propaganda. Democrats have to scare grandma and lower-income Americans to win elections.
The Obama recovery has been built on low-wage jobs. I wouldn't call that prosperity, and quoting misleading statistics won't change anything.