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Confidence waning
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Many think we should get involved in Syria but have no confidence in President Obama for a positive outcome. Muddled messages, indecisiveness, his lack of response to the Benghazi attack, and retreating from his "red line" comment make him look weak at home and abroad.

The brewing scandals of Benghazi, the IRS and the NSA were all known to the administration before his re-election. Since then, their lies have been uncovered.

Problems with Obamacare arise almost daily. Computer programs and privacy requirements aren't implemented. They said its cost would be $900 billion. Estimates are now at $2.6 trillion over 11 years. They delayed the employer mandate one year (after 2014 elections). Many jobs are cut or limited to part-time, avoiding the high costs of Obamacare.

August's job's report showed weak job creation, fewer jobs in June and July, and a 63.2 percent job participation rate, the lowest since 1978. Obama could approve the Keystone Pipeline, creating 10,000 seasonal construction jobs, plus related indirect jobs. Instead, he mocked the project as creating "about 50 permanent jobs." By that measure, no construction job is worthwhile.

Obama has lost credibility as evidenced by his job-approval rating of just 42 percent.

Sheila Thompson

Salt Lake City

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