Fairfield Ledger

Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 23, 2016

Do facts still matter in the campaign?

Sep 22, 2016

To the editor:
Last Friday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump acknowledged that President Obama was born in the United States.
After five years, of spearheading the so-called “birther” movement, Trump made a 180 degree turn, stating simply that “President Obama was born in the United States. Period.”
In short, it now appears, Trump’s birther campaign was less of an ideological movement than a five-year marketing stunt to garner enough national attention to galvanize his base and jump start his run for President of the United States.
Any other candidate, who would have pulled off a similar stunt would have been disqualified and vanished into oblivion.
But when it comes to Mr. Trump, the public has become so used to exaggerated claims and straight out falsehoods, that most people appear to just shrug their shoulders and laugh it off with, “Oh, yes, well, that’s just the Donald.”
During the primary, Trump termed most of his adversaries liars, including Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson. But, as some media outlets have pointed out, there’s only one massive liar in this race: Donald Trump. The website Politico once analyzed 4.6 hours of Trump told speeches, and found that he lied, on average, once every five minutes. The Huffington Post catalogued his lies over the course of just one town hall event, they came up with 71 lies.
Strangely, supporters of Trump appear comfortable with the way Mr. Trump has repeatedly stretched the truth on the campaign trail, while maintaining an unshakable belief that when it comes to the promises he has made to them, he will be a man who stands by his word.
Mr. Trump has promised to ‘make America great again.’ Yet, the corner stone of his economic policy emphasizes tax cuts that will largely benefit the wealthy, with little tangible benefits for the downscale Americans (you and me) for whom Mr. Trump claims to speak.
He promises $4.4 trillion dollars in tax cuts, but offers no plausible way to pay for these, creating the potential for vastly increasing the already bloated national debt.
He promises to eradicate the national debt by stimulating economic growth at 3.5 percent per year – a number which is widely considered unrealistic by economists.
In short, Mr. Trump offers up a plan for ‘making America great again, based on the same fanciful rhetoric characterizing his campaign.
This may all be well if you’re a billionaire with deep pockets, who will greatly benefit from the tax cuts proposed under the Trump economic plan.
But as the 2008 economic crisis showed all too clearly, in the very real world of economic realities in which the rest of us live, facts, indeed, do matter. Trust is the corner stone of the society in which we live. Let’s not risk undermining that foundation by putting blind, unfounded trust in a candidate who has repeatedly shown that he will let us down.

– Terry Smith, Fairfield

Comments (3)
Posted by: Glen Joseph Peiffer | Sep 22, 2016 19:40
Posted by: Glen Joseph Peiffer | Sep 29, 2016 13:27
Posted by: Glen Joseph Peiffer | Oct 15, 2016 14:43

Will Hillary Explain Her Dream of 'Open Borders'?



This should make everyone think, be you Democrat, Republican or Independent

From a California school teacher - - -

"As you listen to the news about the student protests over illegal immigration, there are some things that you should be aware of:

I am in charge of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school which is designated a Title 1 school, meaning that its students average lower socioeconomic and income levels

Most of the schools you are hearing about, South Gate High, Bell Gardens , Huntington Park , etc., where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.

Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast and free lunch program. When I say free breakfast, I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll -- but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of it being dumped in the trash uneaten.

I estimate that well over 50% of these students are obese or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more DO have cell phones. The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters or having family watch their kids.

I was ordered to spend $700,000 on my department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year even though there was little need for anything; my budget was already substantial. I ended up buying new computers for the computer learning center, half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by the appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America..

I have had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students, here in the country less then 3 months, who raised so much hell with the female teachers, calling them "Putas"(whores) and throwing things, that the teachers were in tears.

Free medical, free education, free food, free day care etc., etc, etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?

To those who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper and they like to pay less for tomatoes: spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration and see the TRUE costs.

Higher insurance, medical facilities closing, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases. For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.

Americans, We need to wake up.

It does, however, have everything to do with culture: It involves an American third-world culture that does not value education, that accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15 and that refuses to assimilate, and an American culture that has become so weak and worried about "political correctness" that we don't have the will to do anything about it.

If this makes your blood boil, as it did mine, forward this to everyone you know.

CHEAP LABOR? Isn't that what the whole immigration issue is about?

Business doesn't want to pay a decent wage.

Consumers don't want expensive produce.

Government will tell you Americans don't want the jobs.

But the bottom line is cheap labor. The phrase "cheap labor" is a myth, a farce, and a lie. There is no such thing as "cheap labor."

Take, for example, an illegal alien with a wife and five children. He takes a job for $5.00 or 6.00/hour. At that wage, with six dependents, he pays no income tax, yet at the end of the year, if he files an Income Tax Return, he gets an "earned income credit" of up to $3,200 free.

He qualifies for Section 8 housing and subsidized rent.

He qualifies for food stamps.

He qualifies for free (no deductible, no co-pay) health care.

His children get free breakfasts and lunches at school.

He requires bilingual teachers and books.

He qualifies for relief from high energy bills.

If they are, or become, aged, blind or disabled, they qualify for SSI. If qualified for SSI they can qualify for Medicaid. All of this is at (our) taxpayer's expense.

He doesn't worry about car insurance, life insurance, or homeowners insurance.

Taxpayers provide Spanish language signs, bulletins and printed material.

He and his family receive the equivalent of $20.00 to $30.00/hour in benefits.

Working Americans are lucky to have $5.00 or $6..00/hour left after paying their bills and his.

Cheap labor? YEAH RIGHT!


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