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Letter: Writer missed the mark with faulty assumptions

Writer missed the mark with faulty assumptions

I wanted to respond to the letter, “Trump just might be Americans’ only hope.” First, while I understand the desire to have a new and entertaining face in D.C. politics, voting for an outsider like Trump means voting for someone who is inexperienced and, in his case, as part of corporate America, part of the problem. Voting for Trump because he is an outsider is like taking your wife to an auto mechanic for a mammogram because some doctors (not all) are in it for the money. Voting for Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or even Ted Cruz (as distasteful as he is) is voting for someone who has experience, knowledge of the job and a proven track record.

Second, it is in error to imply that people just vote along party lines blindly. Most people who vote in this manner do so because a party represents a perspective on the world and what it wants our country to be. Republicans in general prefer corporate interests over workers, believe in either laissez faire or top-down economic policies, and believe in cutting federal funding for everything but the military-industrial complex. Democrats believe that all should succeed and not just big business, have an eye toward the working classes and the needy, and believe that a strong government spending policy domestically leads to better lives for its people.

While the letter makes a fair and articulate statement of why people are supporting Trump, two of the undergirding assumptions of that support are simply wrong.

Mark K. Fulk