Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

August 4, 2011

Republicans are bad

Bob Holdefer
Journal-Express

Knoxville —  

To the editor:

As I write this, our country’s financial crisis has not been resolved, and Governor Perry of Texas has not announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. 

A newspaper reports that Perry is waiting for “a call” before entering the nomination race. I was an elder in a local church when Perry was born and believe that a call can come from either darkness or light. Tea Partiers and Steve King seem to have embraced the policies of Coolidge and Hoover which I thought had disappeared. 

I have followed the career of Senator Grassley, even when he was in the Iowa Legislature. I have given up on him. 

On a positive note, many Republicans are now retaking their necessary and historical role of seeking restraint and fiscal responsibility by government. It is sad to note their lack of action during the eight years George W. Bush was president. 

We went from a balanced budget under Clinton to the present financial mess. 

Before his death, the Republican opponent of Roosevelt in 1936 said that Roosevelt saved the country. President Obama is the best hope for our country at this time.

Bob Holdefer

Knoxville