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Reader's View: Money isn’t all that matters to Americans

What about honesty, compassion, intelligence, and ethical behavior?

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In the upcoming election, it is important not to be a one- or two-issue voter. Instead, evaluate the honesty and character of the candidates. A conservative Republican like U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has earned another profile in courage for daring to tell the truth about President Donald Trump's treachery and “Big Lie” (that the election was stolen).

Concerning consumers, the average weekly earnings of all private-sector workers, in “real” (inflation-adjusted) terms, rose 8.7% during Trump’s four years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wages for rank-and-file production and nonsupervisory workers — who make up 81% of all private-sector workers — went up 9.8% under Trump.

However, the market collapsed before Trump left office due to a poorly managed anti-COVID-19 offensive, which led to massive supply-chain disruptions and rising consumer retail prices. Yes, at one point the middle class took home about 10 pennies more for each dollar. But, after Trump handled the pandemic so poorly, that real income no longer surpassed consumer expenses. Much take-home pay was essentially canceled out of the equation when Trump left office.

So is money the only factor that matters in America? What about honesty, compassion, intelligence, and ethical behavior? It has surely become apparent by now that Trump possesses none of these.

Peter W. Johnson



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