To the editor,
Last year some time I wrote and offered my opinion on a subject (or two) and included that I was not writing to “the lost sheep of the Pass.”
Now, I am hearing quite a bit of bleating in your letters section.
There used to be an old phrase when someone formally famous or well known was seen out and about. It was “didn’t you used to be …?”
So, let us start out here with the following: I used to be Republican.
Then I found out the Republican Party played trickle down economics, denied climate change and action for political purposes and used the church to deny equal rights to diverse populations AS IF Republicans were the only ones who paid taxes.
Republicans also liked good roads and public works but did not like actually paying for them while they hammered Democrats for taxing and spending.
But was borrowing and spending better?
Now, some people can walk and some people can chew gum, right?
Currently, we have a President and GOP presiding over what seems to be a strong economy and low unemployment to go along with that.
Good for them.
How about a bit of credit for the previous administration? Just a little?
But here is the thing: I can create good jobs (and I am nobody’s whiz) if I offer business people a huge tax break and decimate regulations which protect our environment.
That would be like walking or chewing gum (but not at the same time.)
The trick would be to find the greatest balance between low unemployment, budget sanity and regulations which protect the environment.
This is something the Republicans never do. President Reagan (a fair example of a President) did not achieve the goal (tax cuts and defense spending led to a huge deficit.)
President Trump is not exhibiting any ability to do two, let alone the three needed skills simultaneously (jobs, deficit control, environmental protection).
And we also have gotten all the norm busting, dangerous and just out and out petty behavior as a bonus.
Now he says he would take foreign help and information on an election opponent.
Yeah, we know.
You have already done it.
And you are telling us you will do it again.
Time for the sheep to stop being counted so we can stay awake. America depends upon it.
Think about that as you work your way to July 4 this year.
Be patriotic, care about our norms.
They are norms for a reason.
Or, were Washington, Lincoln and the Roosevelts just part of collection of dupes and losers?
Scott Hamre, Cherry Valley