- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 11, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I want to believe. I did not vote for President Obama, but as he is my president, I want to believe in his call for a new era of government accountability and personal responsibility and that he does have the best interests of the American people at heart.

I want to believe he will stand up to the Congress and lobbyists and that the addiction to pork-barrel spending and special-interest legislation is over.

The Small Business Administration estimates there are more than 6 million small businesses in the United States and that they have been responsible for as much as 80 percent of new job growth in recent years. Imagine what would happen to unemployment if just 1 percent of those small businesses had incentives to hire just one new person this year and maybe one more next year. For significantly less than the burden we will leave our children and grandchildren, Mr. Obama could fundamentally change this economy and provide the leadership our nation and the world so desperately need.

Mr. President, make me a believer.

RICHARD J. LONGABAUGH

Thiensville, Wis.

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