I'm thoroughly disgusted with the gall of the far right's continuing efforts to diss President Obama for his inability to instantly resolve problems of their own making. How quickly we forget the incredible wrongdoings of the Bush-Cheney era.
It's as if George and Dick went out to dinner, ordered everything on the menu and left without paying the bill.
They spent $1 billion on the war in Iraq chasing after the wrong bad guy and those elusive "weapons of mass destruction."
They wasted away the "good faith and credit of the United States of America" by returning hundreds of millions of dollars to taxpayers in the form of tax credits which were actually checks.
Billions of income tax dollars go uncollected from the wealthiest among us hoping, like Ronald Reagan, that the money would drip down to us minions in the form of capital formation for new businesses and jobs. Right! How about the truth: The wealthier you become, the tighter you become with your money.
Let's not forget about the housing bubble-to-bust that took place during the Bush-Cheney watch. Not to mention the financial meltdown in October of 2008 one month before Americans booted these two out the door. America came within a hair of another depression.
When Bush-Cheney left the White House, I told my children that it may take a generation of Democratic stewardship to clean up the damage left by eight years of non-leadership.
So what has President Obama been up to the last three years? Cleaning up one incredible mess left by his predecessor.
He has had to focus most of his energy on winding down the "wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time" in Iraq. Instead, he ramped up the war that should have been fought from 9/11 forward in Afghanistan, tracking down and killing Osama bin Ladin - something Bush-Cheney couldn't get done in the years after 9/11.
Obama has attempted to "kick-start" or stimulate an economy that was flat on its back when he took office in 2009.
He's been working every day to figure out a plan to get unemployed Americans back to work, and fixing our broken health care system.
The list goes on and on and on.
So what has been the response of the far right? Pumping steroids into their politics of personal destruction. They seemingly can never debate the merits of an issue. They only want to personally destroy their opponents.
They would have you believe that the federal government should have no role in most anything except for national defense. Ron Paul wants to do away with FEMA. Michelle Bachmann wants to eliminate the Department of Education. Rick Perry would have us believe that another Texas governor can show us the way... Please God, not another Bush! I guess Mitt Romney could simply write a check and pay off our national debt, but maybe his expansion plans for his mansion in Southern California come first. There is not one single far right candidate for president that holds a candle to Obama.
Come on America, get behind our president. Let's finish the work to take our country back!
• Jon Beydler is a 33-year Valley resident and the former mayor of Fountain Hills who now lives in Chandler