Letters To The Editor 12/18/2018

December 18, 2018

Enthusiasm baffling

Editor: It seems that conservatives never permit themselves to reject Trumpism bluntly and publicly. The president’s bold and reckless presentation has them totally snookered; the other side remains confounded at their enthusiasm.

Regarding indebtedness, the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 10 featured two interesting and unusual articles. An op-ed proclaims that President Donald Trump’s tax cut will stoke a healthy economy into the foreseeable future. Like President George W. Bush’s tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, its success probably will have a short duration. Bush’s lasted but two years and President Ronald Reagan’s back in 1981, about 3½ years. Reagan budget director David Stockman said in 1985 that it had been a gross failure. It was called “trickle down” economics, which would be tried again and again — even to now.

The second Wall Street Journal article is an editorial and it is equally obtuse: The special counsel’s probe should end posthaste. The truth is that Robert Mueller’s superb team needs more time to get to the bottom of its investigation.

Trump provides an unprecedented challenge. How so? He thought, like nearly everyone else, that he had no chance of winning the 2016 election. He didn’t, however, want to lose badly. In fact, he wanted to make it as close as possible in order to enhance his credibility. Maybe then he could dramatically rebound to build the Trump media empire to the satisfaction of his zealous followers.

That is a reason for his irregular campaign behavior, large and irresponsible and unethical. He never sought to exercise control over the miasma. That is the reason we are now in this place.




Restore fairness

Editor: As a Pennsylvania voter, the rules matter to me.

It’s important to hold our public servants accountable to the rules set forth that govern our great commonwealth. During last year’s session, House Bill 722, which would have effectively ended partisan gerrymandering, was never given a vote.

That’s why I find it inexcusable that a strong bipartisan bill like last session’s HB 722 — which had support from a majority of legislators and was supported by millions of Pennsylvania voters — could effectively be blocked by one person, elected by one district, manipulating the rules to fit a personal agenda that did not align with the will of the people.

I encourage all state legislators to support changes that ensure bills with bipartisan support are given a vote in committee — and bills reported favorably from committee are guaranteed debate and a vote on the House floor.

I also encourage all voters to call their House and Senate representatives and express desire to change the procedural rules and make our state House more responsive to voters. This way, we allow every state representative the ability to move bills with bipartisan support to a final vote.



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