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A few changes could turn around U.S. economy, Obama's legacy

By JIM TIDWELL Paducah

EDITOR:

The current crisis in Ukraine and the Balkans is a direct result of the many serious miscalculations and missteps the Obama administration has made in its foreign policy and national security moves. This, on top of the failures in Obamacare and other problems and scandals, has caused a precipitous decline in President Obama's approval ratings and the prospect of his party holding onto national power following the 2014 elections.

All of this could be turned around remarkably and Barack Obama's legacy rescued dramatically from the trash heap of history with the adoption of a few steps that would be celebrated by nearly everyone in the nation:

n Immediately order the re-installation of the ballistic missile shield that was halted recently in Poland and the Baltic States.

n Abrogate any nuclear arms reduction agreements with Russia.

n Rescind a meaningful number of the military cuts in the current budget, especially in tactical weaponry and a few divisions for limited strike force capabilities.

n Permit more facilities for natural gas liquefaction to allow ocean-going tanker shipping.

n Approve immediate construction of the XL pipeline.

n Repeal the energy moratoriums on petroleum drilling on federal lands.

n Lift the ban on the use of coal in electric power generation.

n Permit rapid approval of nuclear energy production facilities.

These few steps would greatly strengthen our hand in causing Mr. Putin and his Russian power grabbers to quickly rethink their totalitarian adventures in Eastern Europe. In addition, think of the hundreds of thousands of jobs these moves would create almost overnight and the resulting dramatic effects that would have on our depressed economy. The recession would be a thing of the past. A new era of prosperity would be on the horizon.

President Obama's historical legacy would be assured and the Democratic Party might survive the next general election.

JIM TIDWELL

Paducah

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