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Letter: Gerson does not understand voter exhaustion with system

Gerson does not understand voter exhaustion with system

Michael Gerson’s Nov. 8 column on moral and intellectual exhaustion provokes many thoughts.

Why does a recent poll indicate that if the 2016 election were held today, it would be a tie between Clinton and Trump?

Trump may be bad, but the process that delivered the nomination to Clinton stinks. Russian hackers performed a public service by shedding light on the collusion between the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

This observer is not just morally and intellectually exhausted, but thoroughly disgusted after learning of various torpedoes fired at the Sanders campaign.

Gerson laments that the only serious alternative to the corrupt Democratic Party establishment is a “fatuous and shallow sort of socialism held by college freshmen and Bernie Sanders.”

Perhaps he is unaware of the May 2016 Gallup poll that shows 58 percent of Americans favor replacing Obamacare with a federally funded health care system (including 40 percent of Republicans). More than 60 percent believe that high earners and corporations pay too little in taxes.

During much of the 1950s and 1960s, “golden years” of our economy, individual tax rates for high earners exceeded 90 percent. Was that considered socialism, or everyone paying their fair share?

In 2016, CEOs of the largest U.S. firms made 271 times the amount of the average worker. In 1965, it was 20 to 1.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Unintentionally, many voters pulled the pin from a grenade, when an uncorrupted nominating process may have allowed them to pull the ripcord of a parachute.

Marty Walters


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