Monday letters: Bush’s presidency also unraveled

December 9, 2013 

Bush Heart Procedure

TONY GUTIERREZ — AP

George Will argues that Barack Obama’s presidency is unraveling on account of the Affordable Care Act (“How a presidency unravels,” Nov. 24). But Will does not have to look back as far as Jimmy Carter’s presidency to find another presidency that unraveled. George W. Bush’s presidency also unraveled on account of two costly, unnecessary wars.

The total cost of the Iraq war is estimated to be about $3 trillion; the total cost of the Afghan war will be roughly $2 trillion. We could have used that $5 trillion to rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, or pay down the national debt. Another thing: The odds are better than 50-50 that Obamacare will eventually succeed in providing health insurance to the 30 million Americans who do not have any.

Anthony J. DiStefano

Aiken

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