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Letter: Gosh, another Biden basher relying on facile distortion

(Evan Vucci | AP) President Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University, Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Dover, Del.

In his recent letter to the editor, Daniel Memmott engages in what has become de rigueur among President Joe Biden’s critics — he complains about the deficit that, under Biden, is coming down, without noticing how sharply it rose during every year of Trump’s presidency. Although he asserts that it would be “difficult to overstate” how much harm the current administration has done in just 20 months, he somehow manages breezily to overstate the case. For the record, here are the deficit numbers by year since Trump’s first full year in office (billions):

2017 • $665, up 13.7% from 2016

2018 • $779, up 17.1% from 2017 (increase of $1,271 due to tax cuts for the rich and corporations)

2019 • $984, up 26.3% from 2018

2020 • $3132, up 218.3% from 2019

2021 • $2772, down 11.5% from 2020

2022 • $946, down 65.9% from 2021 (fiscal year ends in September).

He goes on to cite another popular GOP canard attributing high gasoline prices to Biden policies, a charge that ascribes heretofore unknown power to the U.S. president given that gasoline prices spiked worldwide. His additional complaint that we’ve lost “U.S. energy independence” depends very much on how “energy independence” is defined. Still, according to Forbes in March 2022, “…the full calendar years of 2020 and 2021 both turned out to be net export years.”

Gosh, another Joe Biden basher relying on facile distortion. Must be a patriot of the same sort that patriotically stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Thanks, but I prefer a less criminal-friendly variety of patriot.

Thomas Walker, Salt Lake City

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