Promises made, promises kept?
This is a follow up to my previous letter, which continues the trend of providing a list. This time, however, we are going to be looking at Trump’s record. Lets begin:
Trump is constantly claiming, “Promises Made, Promises Kept!” But what “promises” were kept? He hasn’t even built so much as a mile (out of two thousand) of a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border, let alone a wall. Nor has he got Mexico to pay for it.
He, like any Republican for the last nine years, also vowed to repeal Obamacare, promising to replace it with something much more beautiful and cheap. He has yet to do both.
Trump swore that Hillary Clinton would end up in jail if elected. Guess what?
Trump promised that the coal industry would be back in action. But, according to some sources, more coal jobs have been lost in his first two years than President Obama’s first four. Now, I know what you will do. You will immediately jump to the conclusion that it was Obama’s fault. The truth is that coal is failing not because of strict regulations but because of the simple march of time.
Finally, for today at least, Trump promised that the tax cuts he and the Republican-controlled House and Senate passed at the end of 2017 would make middle-class Americans better off. The reality is, however, that it has not.
Almost everyone who falls into that category has actually paid more in taxes than they ever had. These are the people who are used to getting tax refunds ranging into the thousands but are now getting none.
These tax cuts were designed to benefit the rich, who gleefully horded all of that money and gave nothing greater than bread crumbs to their employees, if any at all.
If you want an example of what an utter stab-in-the-back this was, know that the guy who owns Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has made billions and paid zero in taxes.
That’s really saying something about how incompetent Trump is when he can not even effectively go after a guy that he actually hates.
Edward S. Brenwalt