To the Editor:
In February of 2009, President Obama met with Republican congressional leaders on economic issues, primarily his stimulus package and a refundable tax credit for those Americans who don't pay income taxes.
If I remember correctly, he did most of the talking and certainly set the Republicans straight on who was in charge.
"I won," the president announced.
Things changed on Nov. 2, 2010, Mr. President. You lost -- or, to put it in more specific terms, your progressive-socialist agenda lost.
What happened? Well, the citizens came out in droves that day to show who is really in charge. They voted. They voted for an overall change in policy moving toward the conservative social and fiscal side of the spectrum, which I personally agree with.
A great example of that change occurred in the South, where two conservative, Republican African-American men won seats in the House of Representatives, Allen West in Florida and Tim Scott, who took 65 percent of the vote in a largely white district in South Carolina.
I don't remember the exact words, but Congressman-Elect Scott was asked during an interview what the message of the election was. He replied, "We need the private sector to create jobs. If the government could create jobs Communism would have worked, but it didn't."
When he was asked if he would try to join the Congressional Black Caucus, he said that he hadn't made that decision yet, but in his view caucuses tend to create factions and "We need to come together, we need one footprint for America. United we stand, divided we fall."
Now, this is the type of hope and change that I can believe in.