Building a more equitable world

Monday, February 15, 2021

Editor:

Time magazine reported on Sept. 14 that the top 1% of wealthiest Americans have taken $50 trillion from the bottom 90% over the past four decades. The resulting financial hardship and insecurity experienced by working and middle-class people, aggravated now by the pandemic, is the root cause of the anger and fear that we are feeling and seeing throughout the United States today. And this fear and anger is what Donald Trump seized on and manipulated, not to remedy that situation, not to help working class and middle-class people, but to aggrandize and enrich himself and further enrich the 1%. Trump and the Republican Congress made the problem even worse when they passed the $1 trillion tax cut of 2017 that primarily benefited the wealthiest 1% and major corporations.

To blow smoke in our eyes, Donald Trump continues to use the old divide and conquer strategy used by opportunists and despots throughout history. Along with Fox News, he spews out never ending, worn out racist and other divisive anecdotes and tropes, to convince white working and middle-class people that people of color, Democrats, “socialism” etc., are our enemy, not the failing capitalist system that keeps funneling more and more money to the top 1% of wealthiest individuals and corporations in the United States.

On January 6, after enough of the American people had had enough of the lies and divisiveness and voted him out of office, Trump incited an insurrection that almost took down our democracy. And today, the far majority of Senate Republicans refused to even hold Trump accountable for that.

Instead of embracing Trump’s increasingly destructive lawlessness to a possible civil war, we can start to work together to build a more equitable world where everyone has enough to live, with excellent, affordable healthcare, a strong educational system and safe communities. There are plenty of resources in the world to end poverty and to give every working person a livable income without depriving anyone else of a decent life. I support the Biden administration as it works to help move the country in this direction.

Laurie Talcott
Livingston

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