Reader hopes for a better year in 2019

Dear Editor,
Will responsible government finally return to America in 2019, after two years of irresponsible governance through tweeted edicts and blustering blabber, with a lack of ethical, transparent, strategic planning?
Billions have been thrown to defense spending, and tax cuts were passed out to the wealthy with abandon, but all middle class America has to show for it all is relatively flat income, little genuine tax relief, and teetering, dwindling 401 retirement accounts.
Stock and bond markets are very nervous, with good reason. We continue to spend the world’s highest per capita rate for health care, with relatively mediocre health care results and lower life span expectancies compared to other developed nations.
America’s national debt is anticipated to double to $2 trillion within 10 years, with a full $1 trillion in tax revenue needed just to service the debt. Clearly, we have been hoodwinked by an unethical, incompetent leadership at several national and state levels.
The situation will worsen as world markets continue to lose faith in the U.S. economy and refuse to buy and service our debt. Inflation will continue to grow at a faster rate, with corresponding rises in interest rates, stalling consumer demand and further slowing the economy. We need grown-ups on the scene, now!
Some in Congress will advocate cuts in social security and other safety net benefits—everyone can work until age 80 if they can keep or find a job, and cat food doesn’t taste so bad.
Infrastructure? What’s that? And already, higher health care costs have been been sneakily shifted to working families.
Unless Americans demand change, things will get worse quickly. A change in spending mindset is needed at the top.
He told us before the election that he would never be golfing as president. This was just before he told us Mexico would pay for his wall/fence/wire/beaded curtain at the border. Our leadership needs to understand frugality and responsible spending.
America is a wealthy country that could afford more secure financial retirements for all its seniors, and quality healthcare for all citizens, but only if we curtail and manage more strategically our military expenditures and costs of funding the Congress, and facilitate true and honest tax reform where special deductions, credits, schemes and loopholes designed for corporations and wealthy elites are eliminated, in a system more transparent and efficient where people like Donald Trump pay real taxes commensurate with the wealth they’ve earned or swindled.
We are unlikely to see these reforms from our elected representatives who enacted the last purported “middle class tax cut”, one of the largest frauds ever perpetrated by a government against its own citizens. Spent your tax savings on a Happy Meal yet?
Mike Fetzer
Independence Township

One Response to "Reader hopes for a better year in 2019"

  1. Michael Powell   January 14, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Amazing how republican presidents are always held to a different set of standards then democrats hold for democrat presidents. The notion that Americans elected a republican president who is doing exactly what he promised to do, and so quickly, is foreign to politicians and hated by those who have been acting worse then spoiled little children who didn’t get their way in 2016.

    My 401k, the economy, gas prices, tax cuts, deregulation, the return of manufacturing jobs, are all due to the positive policies of this president, and certainly not because of anything prior presidents did. A mess that was created by predecessors from both parties.

    “Corporations” don’t pay taxes, customers pay corporate taxes. Raising corporate taxes raises prices making the poor poorer. Why advocate that?
    The trillions in overspending and Congresses refusal to live within it’s means falls directly on Congress, not Trump, Obama, or any other president.

    The notion that success should be penalized with high taxation to support the spending of an out of control government is like a junkie giving an addict more drugs with the expectation that the addict will cutback and use less. It never works.

    As for the need for Americans to demand change? I agree! And the only place to start to equal things out is with the equal application of our laws. Why? For over two years now America has been turned upside down investigating accusations of “collusion and election tampering” by Trump and the Russians, yet everything we’ve seen has been proven to be “manufactured” by his accusers .
    But wait, when government documents were revealed showing that Ted Kennedy colluded with Russia to subvert the election of Ronald Reagan democrats weren’t interested in any way. In a democratic republic ruled by law, justice can’t be blind!
    To back my point, here’s just one of the many articles that can be found regarding Ted Kennedy’s Russian election collusion, and how he tried to create fake news to affect our election.

    Source: Newsmax: Ted Kennedy Colluded With Russia to Subvert a Presidential Election

    In 1983 there was collusion with the Russians to influence the U.S. presidential race only this time the collusion wasn’t imaginary. It was Democrat Sen. Ted Kennedy offering to work with the KGB to defeat Ronald Reagan.

    Kennedy believed the popularly elected president of the United States was a greater threat to the world than a Communist regime that had murdered up to 160 million people and enslaved millions of others.

    In a secret letter written to Soviet General Sec. Yuri Andropov, Kennedy said he was eager to “counter the militaristic policies” of Reagan and “undermine his prospects for re-election in 1984.” His plan had everything. Fake news, a pliant opposition media, and a cutout to keep him from direct contact with the KGB.

    Kennedy said he could work with the American big three news networks to engineer positive news coverage for Andropov and other Soviet officials. Kennedy was so confident of having the media in his pocket that he said he could persuade then nationally known anchors Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters to travel to Moscow to do softball interviews with the Soviet premier.

    The idea was to contrast the peace-loving Soviets with the war-mongering Reagan and persuade the American people to believe the fake news and vote Democrat.

    Kennedy was thinking about running himself in 1984, so he sent his former law school roommate and one-term Senator John Tunney to Russia to do the in-person negotiating. Tunney eventually made a total of 15 trips to the Soviet Union as Kennedy’s errand boy.

    Kennedy’s traitorous behavior — there is no other word for it — became public knowledge when the Soviet Union collapsed and KGB files were briefly opened to the rest of the world. The public investigation of his conduct and the subsequent trial and imprisonment rocked D.C. and permanently damaged the Democratic Party.

    Wait! What am I thinking? There was no investigation of Kennedy. No trial. No public humiliation. He got more bad press for drunkenly chasing coeds in Florida than he did for attempting to subvert a presidential election.

    You know I don’t often agree with President Trump. But I do think he’s right when he talks about a “rigged” system in Washington, D.C.

    The silence on the real and proven democrat Russian election collusion is yet another example of how Americans did the right thing when they elected Donald Trump.


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