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Democrats respond to the President’s SOTU

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Sent to the Mountain Democrat – 01/31/2018

The current President is delusional in his words that our county is safe and people are better since his election.

The fact that the rich are getting richer healthcare is harder to get (shortened by suppressing the time for people to sign up for ACA), and job growth is really slowing.  According to him and his fantasy five heroes Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, and the Mercer and Koch families, the executive branch of our country is being used as an opportunity to continue to fill the pockets of those who stepped in to support him, when the GOP establishment did not want to.  

The real facts are, the stock market is on the bubble and the market is volatile.  Women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people. along with people with disabilities are facing more harassment, assault, and more barriers to opportunity.  A tax bill handoff that gives a FIXED decrease in Corporate taxes, but only a temporary decrease to the hard working worker is a sham.  Along with the resulting big corporation bonuses from Wells Fargo, WalMart and other large corporations in the form of bonuses to millions of the employees are only going to to give the economy a temporary boost when they spend that money.  In the end, their basic income will not have increased and does not sustain an economic growth with jobs and employment for future workers.

The state of the world is even worse. The United States stands isolated, backward and alone in refusing to combat climate change. The current President is foolishly provoking a trade war with China, and his macho posturing with North Korea threatens millions of lives, including tens of thousands of American soldiers. Russia is openly subverting democratic norms in the U.S. and around the world, and Congressional Republicans are more interested in running interference for Trump than they are in protecting the integrity of the U.S. government.  To make matters worse, the current President is flagrantly subverting the will of the House and the Senate, who voted overwhelmingly to implement strong sanctions against Russia, and the current President has decided to not do that.

While Republicans continue to focus on enriching the ultra-wealthy and sticking everyone else with the bill, Democrats will continue to fight for meaningful change that lifts everyone up. We will keep working for an economy that works for everybody, healthcare for every American, affordable college for all, robust protection against all forms of discrimination, genuine immigration reform that allows Dreamers and immigrants to live the American Dream, repairing our crumbling roads and bridges, and revitalizing our frayed relationships around the world.

The strength of our Union cannot be found in Washington D.C. because Republicans who control the White House and Congress are only interested in further enriching billionaires while lining their own pockets. Instead, the true strength of our Union can be found in the millions of people who have taken to the streets in protest, called and e-mailed their Representatives, and spoken out against this unprecedented assault on decency.

El Dorado County Democratic Party
Lori Anzini, Chair

Democrats respond to the President’s SOTU