What’s Trump delivering? Trump explained. Stop Kavanaugh’s nomination.
What Trump’s ‘delivering’
A recent letter to the Star-Banner claimed that President Trump is “delivering.” The writer didn’t specify what he is delivering, so I thought I would fill in some blanks.
A huge tax cut for corporations and top 1 percent that will increase the national debt for our children.
Gutting the ACA so premiums will rise and fewer people will be able to afford healthcare.
Removing environmental protections so our water and air will be less drinkable and breathable.
Siding with Russia instead of our intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
Lying an average of more than seven times a day.
Accepting money from foreign governments in violation of the Emoluments Act.
Putting in place the most corrupt set of Cabinet members imaginable.
Attacking legitimate press sources and endangering journalists.
Siding with racists, xenophobes and Islamaphobes.
Thanks, Trump, for delivering so much. I am getting tired of “winning”
Ron Williams, Ocala
Is Mr. Trump a “great guy,” someone I might wish to count among my friends and spend time with? Probably not. But two recent letters may be seen from a different perspective.
In “Assessing Trump”, I would argue that the writer’s points, though well-stated, should be examined in more depth. Tax cuts were applied to everyone, not just “the rich.” Corporate tax reductions have produced unprecedented growth in the financial markets — a boon to personal investment and retirement accounts.
Health care insurance markets were government subsidized under Obamacare, a system of annually escalating costs, on the brink of implosion, enacted by the previous administration without regard to the long-range consequences set to occur when he was no longer in office.
The media continues to report with bias favoring a seemingly “blue” agenda (i.e. “Russian” meddling in our “election” = Russian nationals, in the U.S. legally, using their freedom of speech to post comments in an effort to influence voters’ choice, NOT the Russian government interfering with the election process, but simply negative campaigning.)
DACA, though an admirable policy, was a presidential mandate and not law. President Trump, like him or not, believes in rule of law. It is up to Congress to pass legislation to correct immigration injustices, not up to the president to use executive order to write his own. Additional points are personal opinion and conjecture.
Regarding the letter “Talking about Trump,” OK, admittedly personal opinions here. Trump has never played the game as a “politician,” and the vetting process of his staff lacks political acumen, to say the least. In business, you hire, delegate, and fire those who fail to perform. And although I often wish his Twitter account could be suspended, or at least placed on a delay, I can’t help feeling that he is aware of the bigger picture in negotiations.
Robin Brogren, Ocala
No on Kavanaugh
Last week, the Reform Jewish Movement added its voice to those calling on the Senate to reject the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
He has many professional and intellectual qualifications, but an examination of Judge Kavanaugh’s record makes it clear that his elevation to the Supreme Court would significantly jeopardize or adversely affect the most fundamental rights the Reform Movement has long supported. These rights, rooted deeply in enduring Jewish values as expressed in biblical, rabbinic and modern sources, are specifically articulated in our Movement’s resolutions and illustrate our commitment to the principles of justice, equality, the rule of law and compassion.
I am personally committed to equal protection under the law for all, regardless of race, religion or sexual identity; to protecting a woman’s right to choose and her general reproductive health care; to the environmental protection of our land and water nationwide; and to gun control, including the limitation of types of weapons available to civilians and background checks to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable.
I fear that Judge Kavanaugh’s record shows that he doesn’t favor these protections.
As a concerned citizen and a Reform Jew, I urge our senators to vote against Judge Kavanaugh’s advancement to the Supreme Court, even though he has many excellent qualifications.
Elizabeth S. Brody, Summerfield