LETTERS

Mockery of the Constitution

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To the Editor:

If all the allegations reported by the New York Times, the Washington Post and other reputable news sources are accurate (and there is plenty of evidence to believe they are) then do we have a criminal element in the White House dictating policy that will affect our nation for years to come? We have a president who is making a mockery of the Constitution, a document that was so carefully crafted by our founding fathers. Trump is making a sham of the oath of office he swore to uphold. He threatens those in the House he will wage "war" if they oppose him-another impeachable offense. Thankfully, we still have a free press led by credible news sources such as those mentioned above and those dedicated journalists whose primary mission is to seek the truth. Donald Trump is a cancer on our democracy; his impeachment should be the first order of business for the new Democratic House!

Anthony D'Abrosca Coventry

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davebarry109

Yes, he's a terrible president. Impeachment is a dream. The senate will not convict. They never have in history. The election in 2020 is what will get him out. Until then, stop the hate. One president cannot bring us down.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
PaulHuff

TDS runs rampant here in the swamp that is R.I. This guy might be the best president in the last 75 years. If you think the press is free and reports neutrally then I got a bridge to sell ya.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
JohnStark

Mr. D'Abrasca's tongue-in-cheek rant (e.g. "journalists whose primary mission is to seek the truth") scores points for humor, as it captures the pervasive ignorance of the left. I'd have a tad more respect for the left if one of them just said: "He's icky, and all the cool kids know it." Is the president rude, full of bluster, egotistical, and arrogant? Of course. Is it enough for his supporters to second guess their electoral decisions? Hardly. Bed-wetting Americans should be careful what they wish for as Mike Pence, a principled conservative, is in the bullpen. In the interim, we'll embrace:

record low unemployment

a vast reduction in food stamps

wage growth

robust housing starts

fewer regulations

lower taxes on those who pay taxes

Q3 S&P earnings growth of 28%

a stock market that is still 26% higher than when the president was elected

stability on the Korean peninsula

Good Lord...when will it end!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Cat

JohnStark - My attempt at refuting some of your points. Always open for discussion and debate. I am always learning.

record low unemployment -

Yes, unemployment is at the lowest rate since December 2000. At that time, wages were rising at +4.3% year over year, compared to just +2.6% year over year today. Wages are barely increasing while the cost of living is going up by 2-2.5% per year. The reason why people are picking up side jobs is because while they do have a job, it doesn’t pay enough to meet a standard living wage. Down side to the low unemployment.

a vast reduction in food stamps –

A high percentage of food stamp recipients were already employed. Programs like SNAP already had a stringent work requirement. Now, if someone works 5 hours over they stand to lose their benefit entirely. Why were they on assistance? Because they have a wage gap with no cost of living adjustments.

wage growth –

From all the sources I checked, wage growth is slow in 2018 despite a lower unemployment rate. Low and middle haven’t really budged. Today’s real average wage has about the same purchasing power it did 40 years ago. What wage gains there have been are going to the highest earners. The sluggish and uneven wage growth has been pointed to as a key factor to the income inequality seen recently in the US.

fewer regulations –

What Trump has done is stalled the regulatory system. It isn’t helping government run smoother, it is causing it to flow as a trickle. There aren’t new regulations being put up in place and the old ones have been rolled back so what do you have? A free for all? Who is running the show? The old guys with the money who don’t care about you and me? A society without rules and regulations is bound to fail. Do we really want to roll back to the 1960’s? Scary.

lower taxes on those who pay taxes –

According to a study that came out 10/17/18, one of the authors, Carl Davis, stated: “The 50-state analysis by the nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found that the lower one's income, the higher the effective overall state and local tax rate. The study includes sales taxes, excise taxes, user fees and income taxes. In fact, states which boast low income taxes are often the most likely to have systems that end up shifting the fiscal burden to lower-income residents.”

Nationally, the people in the bottom 20 percent of earners face a state and local tax rate that is 50 percent higher than the top 1 percent of households, the study said. That does not mean lower-income people pay more in absolute dollars, only that their effective tax rates are higher. The national average effective state and local tax rate is 11.4 percent for the bottom quintile of taxpayers, compared to 7.4 percent for the top 1 percent of income earners, the study said.

a stock market that is still 26% higher than when the president was elected -

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 26% from Trump’s first day in office through yesterday’s close. That is short of the 38% increase seen over a comparable period in the Obama presidency.

stability on the Korean peninsula –

If this works in the long run and doesn’t backfire, Kudos to the Administration. Please forgive me if I chose not to put all my eggs into crazy Kim Jong Il’s basket.

I can't find it in me to support Trump or his administration. I do not find him to be someone admirable, honest, ethical or even intelligent. I cannot respect someone who says and does the things he does on a daily basis. I don't think his policies are going to benefit any of us in the long run. Maybe I will have a different opinion when 2020 rolls around but as of right now, I am embarrassed by the POTUS.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018