Letter: There's no hope and less change

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During President Obama's first term, the debt increased by $5.8 trillion, which exceeds the combined debt accumulated under all presidents from Washington through Clinton. This equaled approximately $50,521 per household. Americans age 16 or older who decided not to work or even to seek a job increased by 8.3 million to a record 88.8 million in Obama's first term, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During Obama's first term, the number of Americans collecting federal disability insurance increased by 1.2 million to a record 8.8 million. As a result, there is now one person collecting disability for every 13 people working full-time.

The Social Security Administration released data revealing that 8.7 million American workers were collecting federal disability insurance payments in September. That sets a record for the number of Americans on disability. This is a four-fold increase in 45 years, with 65 Americans working for each individual collecting disability.

Finally, there is no month during Obama's term when the federal work force was smaller than it was in the first month of his presidency. The president took over in January 2009. Every month after January 2009 has seen more federal workers than were employed in January 2009.

Lee Hemen

Vancouver