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Letter: Class warfare, but not on the rich

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a meeting

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a meeting of his Export Council in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. (Sept. 19, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

The writer of "Class warfare over beach path?" [Letters, Sept. 16] must be kidding. President Barack Obama performed a magic act and created class warfare?

The president who did not prosecute Wall Street bankers? The president whose Treasury Department printed billions of dollars for the Federal Reserve to buy worthless assets from essentially defunct banks?

The president who avoided Wisconsin like a plague, while public sector unions were being busted? The president who called for a debt commission with the object of putting Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block? Who, after being re-elected, put on the table a proposal to reduce inflationary increases for veterans and Social Security benefits?

The president who renewed the Bush tax cuts, including generous benefits on the inheritance tax? The president who went along with exempting the air traffic control system from the sequester, so that those of us wealthy enough to jet around the world for business or pleasure would not be inconvenienced? While programs for the poor were cut?

The president whose trade commission is racing full steam ahead on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the mother of all free-trade bills, which one congressman described as "a punch in the face to the middle class"?

The president is fostering class warfare, but not on the rich.

Joel Herman, Melville

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