Ehrlich writes up some whoppers

March 07, 2012

At first blush, my reaction toRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column ("Wondering aloud: thoughts on religion and politics, energy and athletics," March 4) is, how could a seasoned politician have so many unanswered questions? But on closer reading, the object is to promote sharply partisan falsehoods by implication. Let's consider a few of the whoppers.

First, there is the notion that President Barack Obama should be regarded as anti-business. Compare the performance of the stock market during the president's term with that during the Bush years and tell me which president should be regarded as anti-business by Wall Street.

Next, Mr. Ehrlich wants to know how many jobs have been lost due to the Dodd-Frank financial services bill. I don't know the answer to that one, but the more relevant point is how many jobs were lost due to the lack of oversight of the big banks that led to the Great Recession. Millions and millions seems like a good ball park estimate.

Finally, there is the assertion that banks were "leveraged into underwriting questionable mortgages" by ACORN and far-left interest groups. I don't even know what that means, but surely the number pales in comparison to the number of questionable loans and outright illegal foreclosures that those banks have been responsible for. Mr. Ehrlich's point must be that the poor banks are the real victims in the entire mortgage catastrophe. Pointing out very minor abuses of a political enemy and then using it to cast aspersions on an entire group or program is a favorite parlor trick of right-wingers.

The Sun should have higher standards for op-ed contributors than allowing the state chairman of a presidential campaign to make partisan attacks under the guise of serious discussion.

Wilbur Carroll, Columbia

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