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Letter: Two Trump proposals would damage country

Two Trump proposals would damage country

In this presidential election, we seem to have gotten lost in the personalities of the candidates, and are not paying attention to the issues. Perhaps we have forgotten that all candidates are politicians, or they would not have the endorsement of a political party. I can remember a survey many years ago that stated Americans trusted a used car salesperson more than any politician.

I have decided not to vote for Donald Trump because there are two parts of his platform I absolutely cannot support.

1.) His economic vision, which he touts on his website as the “biggest tax reform since Reagan.” By reducing the tax brackets to three, he essentially reduces taxes on the most wealthy, and his plan, if enacted, would lead to an additional $10 trillion to the national debt. We all need to remember that under Ronald Reagan, the national debt tripled and we learned that trickle-down economics do not work.

2.) Trump’s desire to rebuild the military. This is similar to the Reagan years of spending for Star Wars. The United States spends more on the military than the next seven nations combined, and military spending makes up 54 percent of discretionary spending in the federal budget.

So, given my experience of people voting for Ralph Nader instead of Al Gore – resulting in a Republican presidency that more than doubled our debt, the largest recession since the Great Depression and the largest terrorist attack in the history of our country – I will probably vote for Hillary Clinton. I voted for Bernie Sanders in the primaries, and I wish the Democrats had a candidate closer to the age of our current president, but it is what it is.

If you are going to vote for Trump, make sure you are doing it for his stand on the issues, and not because of personality traits.

William J. VanDewater Jr.

North Tonawanda

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