Trump ignores reality of America’s economy

Adjusted for inflation, working-class wages in the United States are little-changed over the past 45 years, while the cost of living has greatly increased, and the super-rich have soaked up enormous gains in wealth.

Many workers have lost their wage-bargaining power.

This sorry situation is due to a fundamental structural revolution, where computer automation has cut jobs in most industries and many occupations – and continues apace today.

All this has escaped the attention of President Trump, who boasted of a strong economy in his State of The Union address. While touting a low unemployment rate and a record-setting stock market for the wealthy, he falsely proclaimed that: “Incomes are soaring. Poverty is plummeting,” and “Our families are flourishing.” And he slyly asserted that “Real median household income is now at the highest level ever recorded.”

These grandiose examples are but a few of Trump’s false, exaggerated, and deceptive statements of the evening, and I believe they viscerally contradict the personal experience of over 40 percent of working families in Baker County who cannot make ends meet.

In the Democratic response, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stated, “It doesn’t matter what the president says about the stock market. What matters is that millions of people struggle to get by or don’t have enough money at the end of the month after paying for transportation, student loans, or prescription drugs.”

I say, let’s follow Gov. Whitmer’s lead and demand honest and meaningful policies that counteract the dreadful state of today’s economy — policies like substantial federal income subsidies, as proposed by presidential candidate Andrew Yang with his $1,000 per month per person “Freedom Dividend.”

Our self-serving president cheats and lies about almost everything, even golf! But, together, we can join Speaker Nancy Pelosi, rip up his divisive campaign-style speech, and, starting in January, 2021, move forward with a new administration for us all, based on truth, reality and our own innate creativity.

Marshall McComb

Baker City

Newspapers have to charge for their products too

I was flipping through The Herald’s social media today, and couldn’t help but notice a group of residents posting angry comments when they weren’t allowed full access to articles for free. The newspaper is a company with expenses like any other company, and it creates a product that consumers need to pay for ... if the company wants to meet that overhead.

To the gas station manager: Would you let that driver whose tank you’ve just filled up drive away without paying for it? And to the housewife: Are you entitled to a cart full of free groceries at the store just because you want it? No? Then why is The Herald’s product any different? If you want the benefit of someone else’s efforts, compensate them for it.

Kerry McQuisten

Baker CityTrump ignores reality of America’s economy

Adjusted for inflation, working-class wages in the United States are little-changed over the past 45 years, while the cost of living has greatly increased, and the super-rich have soaked up enormous gains in wealth.

Many workers have lost their wage-bargaining power.

This sorry situation is due to a fundamental structural revolution, where computer automation has cut jobs in most industries and many occupations – and continues apace today.

All this has escaped the attention of President Trump, who boasted of a strong economy in his State of The Union address. While touting a low unemployment rate and a record-setting stock market for the wealthy, he falsely proclaimed that: “Incomes are soaring. Poverty is plummeting,” and “Our families are flourishing.” And he slyly asserted that “Real median household income is now at the highest level ever recorded.”

These grandiose examples are but a few of Trump’s false, exaggerated, and deceptive statements of the evening, and I believe they viscerally contradict the personal experience of over 40 percent of working families in Baker County who cannot make ends meet.

In the Democratic response, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stated, “It doesn’t matter what the president says about the stock market. What matters is that millions of people struggle to get by or don’t have enough money at the end of the month after paying for transportation, student loans, or prescription drugs.”

I say, let’s follow Gov. Whitmer’s lead and demand honest and meaningful policies that counteract the dreadful state of today’s economy — policies like substantial federal income subsidies, as proposed by presidential candidate Andrew Yang with his $1,000 per month per person “Freedom Dividend.”

Our self-serving president cheats and lies about almost everything, even golf! But, together, we can join Speaker Nancy Pelosi, rip up his divisive campaign-style speech, and, starting in January, 2021, move forward with a new administration for us all, based on truth, reality and our own innate creativity.

Marshall McComb

Baker City

Newspapers have to charge for their products too

I was flipping through The Herald’s social media today, and couldn’t help but notice a group of residents posting angry comments when they weren’t allowed full access to articles for free. The newspaper is a company with expenses like any other company, and it creates a product that consumers need to pay for ... if the company wants to meet that overhead.

To the gas station manager: Would you let that driver whose tank you’ve just filled up drive away without paying for it? And to the housewife: Are you entitled to a cart full of free groceries at the store just because you want it? No? Then why is The Herald’s product any different? If you want the benefit of someone else’s efforts, compensate them for it.

Kerry McQuisten

Baker City

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